music videos of 2013

Every year music videos get sexier, wilder, more stylish, more ambitious, and frankly, insane. It’s certainly due in part to the fact that the nerds who build cameras and develop video editing technology are constantly making everything look better, but it’s in part because musicians are competitive, and they want to out-do each other.

Below is Part 1 of SlamXHype’s list of the most game-changing music videos of 2013. Lucky you.

Justin Timberlake “Mirrors”

Whoever did the video direction for “Mirrors” — the cuts between old and young characters — deserves some kind of award.

Kanye West “BLKKK SKKKN HEAD

Kanye established DONDA‘s powerhouse creative presence with this animated piece of aggression.

Disclosure “White Noise” feat. AlunaGeorge

Britain’s newest, critically acclaimed EDM-ers, Disclosure, brings you into the secret world of a dancing security guard.

Miley Cyrus “Wrecking Ball”

This Terry Richardson-shot music video — the all white undies, the hammer licking, the emo tears — capped off Miley‘s wild year of transformation.

Beyoncé “Drunk In Love” feat. Jay Z

This is only here because Beyoncé is so attractive.

Bob Dylan “Like A Rolling Stone”

48 years after he dropped the song, Bob Dylan finally offers up a video for “Like A Rolling Stone”: an interactive, TV channel-style romp through the latest of music video possibilities. Also, he had Danny Brown sing the song and eat sandwiches, so that was killer.

Do the whole interactive thing here.

A$AP Ferg “Shabba” feat. A$AP Rocky

A$AP Ferg‘s “Shabba” video is the perfect distillation of what A$AP Mob is all about: getting wild with expensive toys while wearing expensive clothing.

A$AP Rocky “Pheonix”

A$AP Rocky got deep with this stylish Francesco Carrozzini-shot short featuring an irate/heavily armed Joan Smalls, and an in-trouble Michael K. Williams.

Bodega Bamz “Say Amen” feat. A$AP Ferg

Harlem’s Bodega Bamz and A$AP Ferg’s “Say Amen” captured the new gods X goth X couture thing that all the Downtown NYC Scenesters are rocking.

2 Chainz X Pharrell “Fed’s Watching”

An L.A. mansion filled to the brim with models, it was going to be hard for 2 Chainz and Pharrell to lose.

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