Top 25 Best Animated Music Videos
Since I wrote this article so many amazing animated videos have been released I felt it was time for an update - so I've added 5 new ones all released this year (2012) to make this a TOP 25 list!
Kicking it off with The Shins. However, I still think Fleet Foxes video for The Shrine / An Argument might still be the best.
See my original post for more info...
Bearded Indie-folk collective Fleet Foxes have just released a new animated video for The Shrine / An Argument; one of the most sprawling, rustically melodic tracks off Helplessness Blues (2011)
: and it’s an imaginative masterpiece.
If you aren’t aurally intimate with Fleet Foxes music, they’re the band that successfully made “choral folk” the new black back in 2008, with the release of their self-titled debut. It went platinum in the UK, but failed to captivate the US market - like a lot of quality indie music sadly - despite being one of the best releases of that year (in my humble book obviously… but seriously - get onto it).
Helplessness Blues isn’t an unworthy follow up either. The Shrine / An Argument’s animated video below (by Sean Pecknold & Britta Johnson) with its warm muted copper tones - colours I’ve always envisioned listening to their music – and intriguingly haunting little narrative, is what I would call the “Picasso’s gizz” – pure creative genius.
…And it got me to thinking how much consideration goes into the storytelling of animated music videos… and how the good ones can leave such a graphic imprint in the back of your mind. It’s a lot more than 3 dudes in a garage with a swinging light bulb that’s for sure!
With that in mind, here are the top 20 best animated videos that managed to capture the Radar team’s imaginations in recent years.
Let us know if we missed any!
The Shins - The Rifle's Spiral (If you want to know more about the brains behind this video, head here)
Ryan Hemsworth - CHarlyWingate
Boy & Bear - Big Man
Cloud Nothings - Stay Useless
Gotye - Easy Way Out
Fleet Foxes – The Shrine / An Argument
Gorillaz - Stylo
Daft Punk – One More Time
Radiohead – Pyramid Song
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Otherside
Pearl Jam - Evolution
Goyte – Heart's a Mess
Moby – Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad
Grizzly Bear – Ready Able
MGMT – Time to Pretend
Sebastien Tellier – Look
Kanye West – Heard ‘Em Say feat. Adam Levine
The Chemical Brothers – Another World
Portisehead – The Rip
Tool – Sober
Architecture in Helsinki – Do the Whirlwind
Goldfrapp – Twist
Royksopp – Beautiful Day Without You
Coldplay – Strawberry Swing
Queens of the Stone Age – Go With the Flow