1. Pharrell – “Happy” [Creative Director: Woodkid] – The full video for “Happy” is a day-long experience that plays on a loop on 24hoursofhappy.com.  I haven’t watched every last minute of the 24 hours, but I am impressed by it nonetheless.  I have seen the four-minute edited version, and it is pretty cool, too.  A menagerie of people dance however they want to dance as they walk through streets and hallways, gladly taking heed of the commands in Pharrell’s lyrics.  Everyone indeed looks happy.  Rarely has such an earnest effort calling for positivity been successful on such a gargantuan scale.

2. Haim – “The Wire” [Director: Jonathan Lia] – The music video with the best short narrative of the year is “The Wire,” in which the Haim sisters break up with some guys, but remain awesome.  Also awesome, hilariously so: Jorma Taccone’s cry-face.

3. Justin Timberlake – “Mirrors” [Director: Floria Sigismondi] – JT’s tribute to his grandparents is a tearjerking testament to a love that decades later remains as strong as it was the day it began.

4. Miley Cyrus – “We Can’t Stop” [Director: Diane Martel] – A year in which a Miley Cyrus video is reminiscent of Zardoz (re: talking, floating heads) is a pretty good year.

5. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Sacrilege” [Director: Megaforce] – Slut shaming: the music video.  The sex is thrilling, but in this crazy mixed-up world, it’s still too much for some people to handle.

6. Bat for Lashes – “Lilies” [Director: Peter Sluszka] – “Lilies” captures the magic of the musical performances from The Muppet Show, specifically the ones in which the musical guest was accompanied by the more monstrous puppets.  Natasha Khan is equal parts thrilled and freaked out by the imposing, yet fascinating creatures on this spacey seascape.

7. A-Trak & Tommy Trash – “Tuna Melt” [Director: Ryan Staake] – There have been other Rube Goldberg-style music videos, but no others that ultimately merely opened a door to a closet in which a sandwich is on a plate.

8. Tegan and Sara – “Closer” [Director: Issac Rentz] – The Quin twins have the most enthusiastic karaoke party ever, but what really sells this clip is the casual tossing aside of the microphone at the end.

9. Disclosure – “When a Fire Starts to Burn” [Director: Bo Mirosseni] – The “When a Fire Starts to Burn” clip appears to be one of those religious revival meetings in which people become so possessed by the spirit that their bodies start shaking and their minds get lost.  But what’s being preached here is the possession itself: let yourself be overcome by the sensation of being overcome.

10. Avicii – “You Make Me” [Director: Sebastian Ringler] – Is everyone finally ready to admit how awesome roller skating rinks are?  Or at least how awesome roller skating love stories are?