The best videos of 2011 so far

An overview of the audio-visual crop, from the first half of this year

Like we have already done with albums and EPs, today we try to bring some order to the chaos of video releases from the first six months of 2011. The video is a powerful promotional tool for music in the internet age. Furthermore, aside from helping spread the work of new artists, it's also a highly interesting art form in itself. Something everybody knows, of course. So this is not so much a list of songs, but a list purely based on the quality of the videos accompanying them – eye candy, not ear candy. There's no number one, either – this list comes in alphabetical order.

Austra: “Beat And The Pulse”

Directed by Claire Edmondson

Battles: “Ice Cream”

Directed by Canada

Beastie Boys: “Fight For Your Right (Revisited)”

Directed by Adam Yauch

Beni: “It’s A Bubble”

Directed by Cédric Blaisbois

Beyoncé: “Run This World (Girls)”

Directed by Francis Lawrence

Bill Callahan: “America!”

Directed by Okay Mountain (Sterling Allen, Peat Duggins & Ryan Hennessee)

Britney Spears: “I Wanna Go”

Directed by Chris Marrs Piliero

Broken Social Scene: “Sweetest Kill”

Directed by Clair Edmondson

Chrissy Murderbot: “Bussin’ Down (feat. DJ Spinn)”

Directed by Jon Sands & Jay Schroeder

Cults: “Go Outside”

Directed by Isaiah Seret

Cut Copy: “Need You Now”

Directed by Keith Schofield

Dan Deacon: “Surprise Srefani”

Directed by Andrew de Freitas & Mathieu Arsenault

Death Grips: “Guillotine (It Goes Yah)”

Directed by Flatlander for

DJ Cam feat. Chris James: “Swim”

Directed by Sonia Sieff

Fall On Your Sword: “The First Time I Saw Jupiter”

Directed by Rupert Cresswell

FunkinEven: “Rolands Jam”

Directed by Hiroo Tanaka aka Inumikaku

Handsome Furs: “What About Us”

Directed by Scott Coffey

Iamamiwhoami: “John”

Directed by Iamamiwhoami

Is Tropical: “The Greeks”

Directed by Megaforce

John Maus: “Head For The Country”

Directed by Jennifer Juniper Stratford

Kanye West: “Monster”

Directed by Jake Nava

Katy Perry: “Last Friday Night”

Directed by Marc Klasfeld

King Creosote & Jon Hopkins: “Bubble”

Directed by Elliot Dear @ Blinkink

Lykke Li: “Sadness Is A Blessing”

Directed by Tarik Saleh

Mario & Vidis feat. Ernesto: “Changed”

Directed by Phantom

Memory Tapes: “Green Knight (CREEP Remix)”

Directed by Ellen Frances

Mendetz: “Hap Your Clands”

Directed by Mario Barranco & Hugo Baena

Metronomy: “The Bay”

Directed by David Wilson

Mogwai: “San Pedro”

Directed by Anthony Crook

Mums Of Death: “Golden Axe”

Directed by Scattle

Panda Bear: “Surfer’s Hymn”

Directed by Sam Fleischner

Peaking Lights: “Amazing & Wonderful”

Directed by Ben Shearn & Amanda Brown

PJ Harvey: “Let England Shake”

Directed by Seamus Murphy

Pusha T feat. Tyler, The Creator: “Trouble On My Mind”

Directed by Jason Goldwatch

Salem: “Sick”

Directed by Douglas Burgdorff

Scissor Sisters: “Invisible Light”

Directed by Canada

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart: “The Body”

Directed by Phillip Van

The Sound Of Arrows: “Magic”

Directed by The Sound Of Arrows & Andreas Öhman

Twin Shadow: “At Me Heels”

Directed by Carol Weaks & Cassidy and Ruth Leitman

Tyler, The Creator: “Yonkers”

Directed by Wolf Haley

Wiley: “Numbers In Action”

Directed by Us

August is marching on and this week we take a look at the best stuff released in the first half of this year. Today, the videos; these are our favourites.

The best songs of 2011 so far

The best EPs of 2011 (so far)

The best albums (so far) of 2011

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