Wade’s Top 19 music videos of 2012


My favoritest music videos of 2012, originals and covers. (See my 14 favoritest nonmusic videos of 2012.)

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My 2012 soundtrack

Fox promoted the final episodes of “House” with “Live Forever” by Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors. Damn you, commercials!

Buy it on Amazon or iTunes.

How does Jimmy Fallon keep making it into my video picks? Here he is with Carly Rae Jepsen and the Roots performing her hit, “Call Me Maybe.”

Buy it on Amazon or iTunes.

Iceland’s Of Monsters and Men created this gorgeous story for “Little Talks.”

Buy it on Amazon or iTunes.

Scottish rockers We Were Promised Jetpacks performed at Bottletree Cafe as part of Alabama Public Television’s live music series, “We Have Signal.”

Buy the band’s songs on Amazon or iTunes.

Birmingham native sisters the Pierces performed “You’ll Be Mine” in June on “The Late Show with David Letterman.”

Buy it on Amazon or iTunes.

The American Music Awards brought forth this mashup of Psy’s “Gangnam Style” with MC Hammer’s “2 Legit 2 Quit.”

Buy “Gangnam Style” on Amazon or iTunes.

The Alabama Shakes came on strong this year with TV appearances and touring and critics’ raves. “Hold On” is the band’s debut single.

Buy it on Amazon or iTunes.

I am just in awe of OK Go. Each video is so inspired and intricate. “Needing/Getting” upped the ante leading up to the Super Bowl.

Buy it on Amazon or iTunes.

Classiest. Flash mob. Ever. The Volksoper in Vienna performs “Carmina Burana” at a train station.

Buy the orchestra’s music on Amazon or iTunes.

The hemoncology floor of Seattle Children’s Hospital performs Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger.”

Donate to the hospital’s foundation.

“O Fortuna,” don’t you cry for me. I come from “Carmina Burana” with a cello by my knee.

Buy it on Amazon or iTunes.

Under covers

Watching “Nashville” in its debut season, the producers cast YouTube stars Lennon and Maisy as musically talented daughters for Rayna James (Connie Britton). One of their hits is “Call Your Girlfriend” by Swedish pop singer Robyn. (Wait, which one’s Lennon and which one’s Maisy?)

Buy it on iTunes.

Knowing I love the original by Earth, Wind and Fire, a tweep sent me this quirky “September” cover by Pomplamoose.

Buy it on Amazon or iTunes.

Fifty-seven years into her singing career, Wanda Jackson teamed up with Jack White to record the 2011 album, “The Party Ain’t Over.” She’s here with the Lustre Kings performing Amy Winehouse’s hit, “You Know I’m No Good.”

Buy it on Amazon or iTunes.

Adele gets a two-fer in 2012. First up, “Rolling in the Deep” on a Chinese zither. As God intended it.

Buy the original song on Amazon or iTunes.

One Direction’s “Secrets” gets the violin looping treatment by Bryson Andres, performing in Spokane. (A noise ordinance might keep him away.)

Buy it on his site.

I adore Kina Grannis’ take on Coldplay’s “Fix You.”

Buy her songs on Amazon or iTunes.

Adele’s “Someone Like You” is the basis for a contest entry by Charlie Puth and Emily Luther. I nominate it for the sequel to “Once.”

Buy it on Amazon or iTunes.

Mystery Guitar Man didn’t just cover Fun’s “We Are Young” — he made it into a dynamic iPhone mosaic.

Buy the original on Amazon or iTunes.


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