The Best Music Videos Of 2014

Has the Internet killed the video star? MTV and Much are desperately hanging onto the last bits of their relevance, but I hear more people talking about their reality shows or award ceremonies than the music videos that these networks show. That is, if people even talk about MTV or Much. Despite all this, music videos are just as relevant as ever. And now they’re just as capable of being artistic statements as they are part of marketing campaigns. We asked our Demo contributors to share their favourite music videos of 2014. And what a great year for music videos it’s been.

Taylor Swift – “Blank Space” (dir. Joseph Kahn)

Taylor Swift addresses her crazy ex reputation by living up to it and then some. Thankfully, no “animals, trees, automobiles or actors were harmed in the making of this video.”

– nominated by Alexander Si and Angelo Mateo

Mac DeMarco – “Passing Out Pieces” (dir. Pierce McGarry)

Mac DeMarco is basically who Kenny Hotz would be if he were a musician; he’s over the top, bordering on insane, and doesn’t give a fuck. In typical Mac DeMarco fashion, the video is filled with grotesque, surreal and bizarre situations filmed in a lo-fi, grainy home movie aesthetic. He kills a few guys, dances around, and gives birth to a stillborn lettuce baby; just another day in the life.

– Maria Solusky-Dolnycky

Melanie Martinez – “Dollhouse” (dir. Nathan Scialom and Tom McNamara)

Melanie Martinez has a secret she wants to share. Hidden in the faded pinks and carpeted corners of her dollhouse, this music video becomes a very uncomfortable testimony. Every freckle and fake grin makes it harder to stop watching Martinez’s pathetic family portrait. Paired up with a frustratingly catchy song, “Dollhouse” is the little-sister poltergeist that haunts the empty rooms in your mind when your thoughts begin to wander.

– Rachel Chiong

Majid Jordan – “Her” (dir. A Common Good)

Toronto duo Majid Jordan graced the world with the video for “Her,” featuring intensely simple black and white visuals that look like an extremely futuristic monochrome scene from A Clockwork Orange.

– Emily Scherzinger

OK Go – “I Won’t Let You Down” (dir. Kazuaki Seki and Damian Kulash, Jr.)

Synchronized dancing is the shit.

– Kalina Nedelcheva

Lykke Li – “No Rest for the Wicked” (dir. Tarik Saleh)

Lykke Li plays one half of a tragically star-crossed interracial relationship. (And I kind of wish I were the other half.)

James Li

Childish Gambino – “Sweatpants” (dir. Hiro Murai)

I don’t watch a lot of music videos, but out of the ones I did watch, I thought Childish Gambino’s “Sweatpants/Urn” video was pretty dope.

– Sayem Khan

Iggy Azalea – “Fancy” (dir. Director X)

Iggy Azalea, with the help of her sidekick, Charli XCX, makes a throwback to the glamorous 90s as they pay homage to Clueless.

nominated by Elysse Cloma

St. Vincent – “Digital Witness” (dir. Chino Moya)

Annie Clark tackles technological alienation in a pastel sci-fi dystopia. All while having a great hair day, of course.

– nominated by Ayla Shiblaq

Bonnie “Prince” Billy – “Quail and Dumplings” (dir. Ben Berman)

Noted sad sack folkie Will Oldham goes on a miserable trip to the waterpark with his friend Nina Nastasia.

– nominated by Stuart Oakes

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