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Video of the year

2006-12-20 16:39
Gnarls Barkley –Crazy
From: Gnarls Barkley - St. Elsewhere
Not only do Cee-Lo and DJ Mouse have one of the best songs in 2006, they also have a creative video that kept viewers glued to their MTVs. Who knew that inkblot art-work, mostly commonly done in standard three (grade five for the youngens), would inspire a video.
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Gorillaz - Dirty Harry
From: Gorillaz - Slowboat to Hades DVD
From the best virtual cartoon rock band, one can only expert a great music video. Set in the desert, this video is strictly animated, with even an animated version of Children's Choir San Fernandez and Pharcyde rapper Bootie Brown who are featured on the song. The video has a strong anti-war message. Not sure what to make of the South African Defence Force Casspir mine-proof vehicle featured in the video. If you recall, Casspirs made a regular appearance in the townships during apartheid for riot control. We still like the video and the band!
Another good video from Gorillaz' Feel Good Inc:
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Justin Timberlake – SexyBack
From: Justin Timberlake - FutureSex/LoveSounds
For one of the longest running number one singles of 2006 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, surely you have to create an awesome video, preferable shot in Europe. According to wikipedia, the music video for "SexyBack" was shot in a luxury building of Barcelona, Spain, and features the Spanish actress Elena Anaya. If you think the video has a strong resemblance to Madonna's "Take a Bow", you are right. SexyBack director Michael Haussman also directed Madonna's video, and he and Justin were inspired to recreate a video with similar dark images.
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Christina Aguilera -Ain't No Other Man
From: Christina Aguilera - Back to Basics
The first video and single from Christina Aguilera very grown up album came out with a bang, big band style. The music video, set in the 1920s-1330s was directed by Bryan Barber, who also directed Outkast members André 3000 aka André Benjamin and Big Boi in their feature musical film Idlewild. Aguilera choose Barber, because she was so impressed with Idlewild. In an interview with MTV, Aguilera stated, "it intrigued me that this man, Bryan Barber, had been very locked into and had surrounded himself with this whole world of the '20s and '30s era."
The video went on to gain nominations at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards.
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P. Diddy - featuring Nicole
From: P. Diddy - Press Play
Maybe his album was no great but this video is hot! When you lack in talent you have to make a visually appetising video. It doesn’t hurt that the sexy-beautiful Nicole Scherzinger, lead vocalist of The Pussycat Dolls is featured doing sexy moves with Diddy. Yes, there is the clichéd club scene, but the lighting and futuristic feel really keeps you watching, and who knows you may end up enjoying the song.
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Red Hot Chili Peppers - Tell Me Baby
From: Red Hot Chili Peppers - Stadium Arcadium
RHCP has always had memorable music video. So this one was no surprise. Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, a directing duo that has worked on many other Chili Peppers videos, directed the music video for "Tell Me Baby". On the RHCP website, Michael Balzary writes: “we made a video for the song 'tell me baby' and we just saw it yesterday i am so excited about it it is the best one we ever did, it was done by Dayton and Faris they made us the best video of our career...”
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Fighting for this spot was the other RHCP video for "Dani California"

OK Go - Here It Goes Again
From: OK Go - Oh No
Who would have guessed that being on a treadmill would be this fun! OK go show us how it’s done with a quirky video completely choreographed on moving treadmills. The video was recorded at the lead singer's home. After they performed live at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards performing, complete with treadmills, their record sales soared. The video has been viewed more than 8 million times on and they been recently nominated for a Grammy for "Best Short Form Music Video".
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Coldplay - The Hardest Part
From: Coldplay - X&Y
Directed by Mary Wigmore, this hilarious video uses clips from a 1980s show Attitude, which features a dance duo Spencer, and Barbara. Barbara is an 84-year-old woman and Spencer is a 25-years-old man, but despite her age, Barbara shows amazing athleticism, despite her age. Coldplay’s scenes were Shot in Florida. A London based special effects company worked some magic to make the one video look like it was shot at the same time.
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Fokofpolisiekar - Brand Suid-Afrika
From: Fokofpolisiekar - Swanesang
Brand Suid-Afrika is the outstanding track from Fokof’s album Swanesang, both in arrangement and conception. Band member Hunter Kennedy calls it Fokof’s reply to people who preach negative sentiment about the state of the country. And its words are frantic and angry, while it’s killer riff takes a lead from the outset and drives its perfect three and a half minutes.
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Those that came so close to making it to the top:
Parlotones - Dragonflies and Astronauts
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Gorillaz - Feel Good Inc.
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The Game - One love
Taxi Violence - Untie Yourself
If you spend most of your day watching Channel O, MK 89 or MTV, then you definitely will have a favourite music video. Here are our top picks.
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