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Top Ten Electronic Music Videos 2011
This Top 10 Countdown will be consistently updated with your help. There are so many artists out there and many great electronic music videos from 2011 I haven't seen. If you think I missed one mention it in the comments section below. Just remember, it's not "best electronic artist" or "best music video" of 2011... it's the delicate balance of both.
#10) Afrojack & Steve Aoki (f. Miss Palmer) – No Beef
Filmed in Vegas, this is one of Aoki's best tracks. This song has great energy with a very slow build. Up and coming singer Miss (Alyssa) Palmer makes a great debut singing over an ever quickening tempo. The beat drop is subtle but the breakdown is incredibly intense. The video captures some of the “white raver rafting” that Aoki does on almost all of his tours. If you aren't standing up and jumping by the end of the song there may be something wrong with you.
9) Wolfgang Gartner – Illmerica
American history all out of order and extra dramatic! Retold with a not so flattering edge, Gartner (AKA Joey Youngman) takes us on an epic journey into our not so distant past. The song is well composed and the video fits each beat perfectly. I still can't get sick of this song or video.
8) David Guetta (f. Taio Cruz & Ludacris) – Little Bad Girl
This video had to compete with two other singles Guetta put out this year, “Where Them Girls At” and “Without You”. WTGA felt a little too shallow and WY a little too boring. Note: WY is the conclusion to this video, my favorite Guetta track for 2011. I think the fast rapping Luda is balanced out by the smooth Taio. Throw in Guetta in the background building the beat for a huge drop and BAAAAAAAAAAM!! Awesomeness.
7) Dada Life – Happy Violence (VOCAL)
Okay so It was very difficult to choose between the vocal and instrumental versions of this song. Both were done in 2011 and both are very excellent in their own right. The instrumental version feels more powerful but maybe that's just because we heard it first (nostalgia). The Vocal video is much more what we've grown to love about Dada Life – losing your mind and giving up on the rat race. The lyrics seem to fit so perfectly into the song it really has changed shape. For video entertainment purposes I'm voting vocal!
6) Calvin Harris (f. Kelis) – Bounce
Kelis is definitely at her best in this song. She's a perfect fit for Calvin's overly dramatic love and relationships style. The video follows AJ English around the Las Vegas Strip after his girlfriend tells him to leave. The night turns into a rager as he walks into Kelis while filming the music video. This video is shot very candidly which is refreshing for viewers.
5) Swedish House Mafia – Save The World
I have yet to meet someone who dislikes this song. In a world where violence and crime is epidemic where do we turn for help? Animals. Particularly cute and awesome dogs... YAY! Perhaps mankind can learn compassion, loyalty and love from man's best friend.
4) Avicii – Levels
Incredible song... incredible video. The video concept has been done by countless artists however I feel like this production is in the top tier. Rat race nine-to-fiver can't hold back from dancing. The status quo resists such creative impulses. Turns out dancing and having a good time is infectious (in the good way)!
3) Kaskade – Turn It Down (f. Rebecca & Fiona)
This as incredible, original song from a very successful but underrated DJ: Kaskade. Collaborating with two angelic Swedish singers we find another timeless song from a great dramatic musical artist.
2) Skrillex – Ruffneck Bass
Sonny Moore is an incredible young up and coming artist. He got his name by remixing other famous tracks (Benassi, Nero, etc.) as well as producing incredible, original dub step tracks. In my opinion he made dub step cool again.
1) Benny Benassi (f. Gary Go) – Cinema
Gary Go is an incredible song writer. The lyrics in this song are timeless and gender neutral. Gary's voice paired with Marco “Benny” Benassi's musical genius makes for a global success. This song topped charts around the world... as it should.