17.12.08 by Jeff

5 Best Music Videos of 2008!

These are my picks for the 5 best music videos of 2008. If you think you already know all five, I’ll tell you that Bjork’s Wanderlust and Radiohead’s House of Cards did not make the cut! We can argue about my decisions in the comments if you’d like. I’ve tried to track down a streaming version and a high quality downloadable version of each video. Here they are:

5. Kraak & Smaak – Squeeze me (Andre Maat & Superelectric)

5 best music videos of 2008

The trick to this video could have become tiresome pretty quick but there are so many well though out sequences that it stays fresh until the end. I love the part where the colourbars become books.

4. Naive New Beaters – Live Good (MEGAFORCE)

5 best music videos of 2008

This is here simply because the amount of fun being had in this video is unparalleled and I have fun everytime I watch it. The techniques are a bonus. Enjoy.

3. Lykke Li – Im good, Im gone (Ted Malmros & Christian Haag)

5 best music videos of 2008

There is no trick to this video, it’s a simple live performance and it’s perfect. The video for the studio version was already fantastic but this is a masterpiece.

2. Justice – Stress (Romain Gavras)

5 best music videos of 2008

I almost feel like this video is here against my will. I assumed there was a message somewhere in this video but I’ve read statements by Gavras like, “Justice, So-Me and I have the same taste for cool things such as girls, sex, alcohol, fans, violence”. (source) He was referring to his documentary about Justice but it kinda soured me on him a bit. Regardless, the editing in this video is incredible. It is a perfect marriage between picture and sound. Violent and quite haunting.

Jus†ice, Stress from ROMAIN-GAVRAS on Vimeo.

1.  Peter Fox – Alles Neu (Daniel Harder)

5 best music videos of 2008

This video is incredible. I can’t really put my finger on why it’s my favourite video of 2008 I just know I’ve watched it 99 times and it is still awesome. It seems like something Terry Gilliam might direct. This song also ranks extremely high on my other list: Songs I love but have no idea what they’re singing about. If you haven’t seen this video you have no idea what you’re in for.




Jeff
Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.








  • Miguel Santiago

    “There is no trick to this video, it’s a simple live performance and it’s perfect. The video for the studio version was already fantastic but this is a masterpiece.”

    i love lykke li
    amen

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/thethankyouclub LMNOP

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVNycEoGtnQ

    this is my favorite! cvech it out! (tilly & the wall – beat control)

  • http://www.behance.net/worktheangle Matt

    Yah, Lykke Li has been a huge one for me this year. Her music is sublime but when you add the videos(all are amazing) it’s all so perfect. The way she moves is so original… I could watch her all day and night. The Bon Iver one is my fave…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4-3Znrbh6c

  • http://www.5ive6ix7even.com A*MAZE

    Justice – Stress! best vid, les banlieu de france a des vrais vagabonds! ce video la est trop speed!

  • Andrew

    I gotta go with OK go “Here it goes again.” So simple, low budget. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pv5zWaTEVkI

  • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ jeffhamada

    I like that Tilly song!

    A* – yea, many people will undoubtedly declare Stress the video of the year. i’d like to check out France at some point

  • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ jeffhamada

    Andrew that video is two years old haha

  • http://www.zink.com/ Chink

    The justice Stress video is a Piece of sh**t – Its not showing the reality of the French Suburbs ! Romain really sucks fro making that – anyways that was just a marketing strategy…

  • http://www.behance.net/worktheangle Matt

    One of my more recent faves is Architecture in Helsinki’s new one The Beep…

    http://thatbeep.com/

  • Shinead

    I knew you were going to have stress on there but I was surprised when I saw Lykke Li, her videos are amazing!! Excellent choices Jeff!

  • Andrew

    My bad! I guess I should read things more closely. Hows about “Pork and Beans” Weezer. They tapped into the obsession that people have with popular media. Tell me you didn’t recognize everyone of those youtube celebs!

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  • http://www.m2newyork.com the-cure

    great great post. thank you for putting this together. i had to repost/link here! http://www.m2newyork.com/post/65445843/boooooooms-best-music-vid-of-2008-click-date.

    keep up the great work – holler at me!

    ~the-cure
    m|2 new york
    http://www.m2newyork.com

  • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ jeffhamada

    thanks to the cure for the repost and to you Shinead!

    yea Andrew that video was great too, loved that they even had peanut butter jelly time in there.

  • Chase

    Whoever called the ‘Stress’ video a piece of shit is just trying to be an iconoclast. It is one of the best music videos in the history of ever let alone this year. Send me a post card from the Parisian suburbs and tell us all about it.

  • teebee

    my friend found the translation for the peter fox video.
    scroll down to the second post:
    http://greeneggpage.com/?p=495

  • more&more

    this is absolutely g8t!
    like them all~~lol~^^
    thx 4 sharin~~

  • jill

    great great videos, i totally agree!

    just on a side note, i never understand when people think the justice video is supposed to show the ‘reality’. it’s a brilliant video, and of course it’s meant to be provocative.

  • http://de.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMeJx1jP2C0 lou red

    i say: the go team! – milk crisis

  • http://www.adrianeden.com Adrian Eden

    One Love from Vancouver Canada! Nice Website!

  • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ jeffhamada

    Cheers you guys!

    Teebee, thanks for the link to the translation!

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  • Kimi

    i’m obsessed with alles neu-thanks!

  • http://jetcomx.com Jetcomx

    nice list Jeff. i only agreed with Lykke Li and Justice though. take a look at my list.

    http://jetcomx.com/2008/12/27/year-in-review-the-10-best-music-videos-of-2008/

  • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ jeffhamada

    well you also agreed with Kraak & Smaak – Squeeze me – but who’s counting? :)

  • Sebastian

    The Peter Fox Song is about a new beginning. In former times, he was the leader of a 11-mem-groud called “Seeed” and now he started his singlecareer…speeking of “Everything is new” which is the title of the song.

    Howdy Ho!

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  • dale

    Loved the Naive New Beaters video and the peter fox. Stress was really well done but leaves a bad taste through out. Call me a wimp, but kids in saskatchewan don’t do that shit. Thanks for the post and happy new year!

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  • c_los

    Love the list.

    Saw that Justice vid when it came out and it kinda just punches u right in the face, but in a good way.

  • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ jeffhamada

    seb – thanks for the explanation helps to know the context

    dale – how much snow you guys got out in sask now?

    C_Los – yea, i am interested to know the camera used to film it, i read that Romain Gavras uses a little digital camera with a 16mm lens that you can only buy in China or something.

    cheers to all you guys, happy new year!

  • dale

    jeff – I’m in calgary now, but was out in sask on the weekend and snow was pretty average (so a lot depending where you come from), it was just nutso cold…. brrr.

  • Chas

    What?! No “Womanizer”? You’re crazy Jeff.

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  • Trevor