Men lie. Women lie. Numbers don’t. After taking a deep-dive into this year’s VH1.com streaming data, we’ve come up with a list of the Top 40 Most-Watched Videos of 2012. All you favorites are below, and there are even some underdog surprises that we didn’t expect to rank so favorably. So yeah, consider this an early New Year’s gift, and start re-living all the music video glory that took place in this incredible year of the apocalypse.
‘Twas the Friday before Christmas, when all through VH1 everyone in the office was starting to hum. Beats By Dre buds were hung in ears with care in hopes a good Xmas tune soon would play there. PA’s tapped their toes all snug in their chairs, while visions of *NSync danced in their heads. And our editor with his iPad, and I mine too, listen on repeat to “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” So show us your preference, no matter your taste. Vote Mariah or *NSync to win first place! Now go, read our arguments for each cheery chart-topper while I go hang some mistletoe around the office.
Today’s Friday Face-Off honors VH1 DIVAS by having friends and fellow performersMiley Cyrus and Demi Lovato duke it out. Let’s see who’s video proves she’s the sassier diva before they hit the big stage Sunday at 9PM/8C: Miley’s “Party In The U.S.A.” or Demi’s “Give Your Heart A Break.” Can’t decide between the former Disney teen queens? Read our argument for each and vote while we hunt down someone to pick the brown M&M’S® out of this bowl.
Uh oh, Taylor Swift‘s in trouble. Like, a lot of trouble. So much trouble that she’s been forced to act. And act she shall–putting all the emotion in her now-23 year old body into the “I Knew You Were Trouble” video. It’s perfect, actually–those dip-dyed locks were made to roll around on the desert floor. Even a meaningful key drop is made dramatic by Taylor, who is a huge fan of metaphors. Want to see what we mean?
This new video for Taylor Swift‘s dubbed-out new single, “I Knew You Were Trouble,” is a curious thing. Gone are her pretty ballet flats and handsome fellas, the woodland creatures and Parisian skyline; and that cutesy Dirty Dancing routine she did with Harry Styles this is certainly not. Rather, we get Taylor with messy, pink ombre hair and a love interest who looks an awful lot like Pete Doherty, a crusty looking motel room and several ratty t-shirt changes, a long opening monologue ala Lana Del Rey‘s “Ride” video and lots of other moments that will have you thinking Taylor may not be such a goody two-shoes after all.
The mini-epic begins with Taylor alone and in the desert, just woken up in the detritus of some festival — if we had to guess which we would say Coachella, because she’s in the desert and too clothed to have just attended Burning Man –and all alone. An ominous score plays, and to the thumping of a heartbeat she delivers this dozy of a speech about her “kaleidoscope of memories” and “how can the devil be pulling you towards someone who looks so much like an angel” and the meaning of life, just in general:
Songwriter Skylar Grey is breaking out on her own with a little help from Eminem. “C’mon Let Me Ride” is a girl’s plea for her crush to let her ride…his bicycle. Only this boy and his two-wheel choice of transportation lives in the trailer park. Skylar’s grunge, edgy vibe causes her to stick out like a sore thumb from the other girls in the neighborhood with their faux tans and skimpy bikinis. Read more…
You’ll want to know, “Who’s this Midian chick?” after watching the VH1 premiere of the video to her debut single “Bitter.” Her chilling voice is soulful to its core. Vocally she’s a mix between Adele and Christina Aguilera. Those are not comparisons of her artistry as it’s much too early in her career for that. In what may be her breakout song, the R&B singer/songwriter pours her transparency over the soft piano keys and drum beat. “You don’t know how I feel when I see you out with your new girl/And knowing that you don’t love me anymore makes me so bitter.” Vulnerability is a gamble. No one wants to to admit to the feeling of bitterness after a failed relationship, especially when the ex has moved on. But vulnerability can also be relatable. Read more…
There will never be another musical genius like Michael Jackson. Now that that’s out of the way, today marks the 30th anniversary of MJ’s classic sixth studio album, Thriller. One album produced greats like “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’,” “Thriller,” “Beat It,” “Billie Jean” and “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing).” As usual he outdid himself with a project draped in smooth vocals, feel-good lyrics and melodic instrumentation. But aside from the album’s greatness, Thriller is etched in history books for one reason: the video to “Thriller.” Read more…
To build excitement ahead of his fifth album Jesus Piece‘s arrival on December 11th, Game has been dropping new music each week, #SundayService style. This week the Compton rapper and soon-to-be hitched Marrying The Game star used the pulpit to share a Wale collaboration called “Stripper.” Not your grandmother’s Sunday Service, this latest installment pays homage to dancers, but not the kind you’ll see at Lincoln Center.
Over a lazy and soulful beat, he goes into great (and often vulgar) detail as to the things he likes about strippers: work ethic (“She got two jobs, work late, college courses on her plate”), her look (“Them high heels, that black lace, that long weave”) and their taste in music (“UGK on the iPod”). He’s got one girl in particular on his mind, a girl with hips “like the kit of a Challenger” and she’s “the best [Drake's] ever had”: Maliah Michel.
“I knew Maliah before Maliah went to H-Town and that’s straight up,” he raps, staking certain claims for Drake’s -ex. And as for Drake’s tendency to rap about her, Game sounds like he’s not having it: “Drake talking ‘bout her /Make a n**** mad, you heard that song? Yeah, best that he ever had.” Wale chimes in in agreement, but unlike Drake, he is careful not to step on Game’s toes: “My favorite stripper although I got some options.”
This new video for Lil Wayne‘s Dedication 4 single “No Worries” returns the YMCMB boss to Vegas, but not for the same sugar fueled and neon lit adventure that “Lollipop” was. Rather, it finds Wayne gone gonzo as journalist Hunter S. Thompson in a tribute to his counterculture classic Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. The loopy Colin Tilley-directed clip features a worry-free Wayne flying down the strip in a convertible, hallucinating a bat attack and wobbling through a casino. This act might have been more convincing back in Wayne’s weed and syrup addled Da Drought 3 heydays, but having traded his skate board and slime boots for aviator glasses and bucket hat, he looks plenty enough the part to assure that this video is a real trip — even if you aren’t on drugs yourself!