Okay, there weren't many innovative videos that complimented the songs, but the following videos were the ones that stayed in my mind and were in heavy rotation this year. Feel free to add your favorites if they are not listed.
1. Beyonce 'Single Ladies'
Officially one of the simplest (and the most copied) videos of the year. bey definitely turned it up on this video. Can't say the same about the other mediocre videos she released from Sasha Fierce. From her album "I am...Sasha Fierce.'
2. Lady Gaga 'Bad Romance'
The bra that sparks fire. The McQueen shoes. The coat made from polar bear fur. The fierce choreography. The coffins in the bathhouse. The costumes. Gaga being sold into sexual slavery. Did I leave anything out? This video was an orgy of creativity and European sexual vision. oh, and the song ain't half bad either. From her album 'The Fame Monster.'
3. David Guetta ft. Kelly Rowland 'When Love Takes Over' Unfortunately, Kelly's not number one (again because of Beyonce). The video has a summery feel, but one thing Kelly can say that Beyonce cannot. She had the hottest song of the summer. From David's album 'One Love.'
4. Shakira - 'She Wolf'
Yep them hips don't lie. This video had me confused for a moment though. I got the whole dancing like an animal who wants to be released from it's cage, but in one scene was she dancing inside of a vagina? Still can't figure that out.
5. Ari Gold - 'Human'
Love this video and the kaleidoscopic colors featured in this video. It's also one of the best videos released from Ari's awesome album, 'Transport Systems.' It's also good to see Ari flexing all his beauty in a video rather than seeing him animated like his first single, 'Where the Music Takes You.'
6. Rihanna - 'Russian Roulette'
The second video off of 'Rated R,' RiRi definitely came into her own as a woman and as an artist to be taken seriously. The clothes. The underwater sequence where bullets rattled her body. You definitely felt the pain she conveyed while watching this video. Now come to the light, Rihanna. From her fourth album, 'Rated R.'
7. Johnny Dangerous - "(Wan Dat) Azz Iz"
Any song that talks about booty and has a chorus I cannot get out of my head, you have my vote. FFeatured on his raunchy sophomore album, 'White Hot.'
8. Q Boy - Q.B.O.Y (Is Just So Fly)
Sexy and talented, love this video because it's so basic and shows off many of Q Boy's assets, including his awesome skills on the mic. Also love the basic homage to classic hip hop videos from the 80's that were shot in NYC.
9. Adam Lambert - For Your Entertainment
While I could care less for that horrible song 'Time For Miracles,' (and the cheesy post-apocolyptic video that accompanies it), FYE (aka the song that got him into trouble at the AMA's)showed off Adam's strengths. The flashy gothic costumes, his knack for giving a good performance, some sexy choreography, and a well-directed video. It also didn't hurt that he got to have some input on the creativity of his official first music video. Not bad for someone who came in second on a tired singing competition show.
10. Madonna - Celebration
Yea it's just a simple video with Madonna dancing along with her dancers from the Sticky & Sweet tour freestyling, but we also got to see Lourdes show off her talents as a dancer (although brief), as well as Jesus Luz play DJ. That's one way for a pop Icon to keep an eye on her boytoy. Cast him in her video.
11. Jipsta - 'I Want Your Sex'
This is one of my favorites because we have an unappolgetic homo rapper who not only isn't afraid to have hot gay guys doing naughty things in his video, and uses one of my favorite George Michael songs as a sample, but also has the very hot gogo bear Johnny Mack
in his video as the object of his effection. If you ever come to New York, you definitely have to see him shake his tail feather. He'll show some of these hairless twinks how it's really done. This is also the perfect song for radio, but unfortunately, hip hop stations are still all about promoting outdated topics like getting shot, and putting down bitches and ho's.
12. Bebe Zahara Benet - I'm The Shit
A fierce bitch track from a fierce drag queen. So glad my girl Bebe (and RuPaul's Drag Race season 1 winner) has officially become a part of the NYC gay community and moved to the concrete jungle where dreams are made of. From her forthcoming EP
13. Ke$ha - Tik Tok
The bastard love child of Peaches and Lil Kim, this girl is definitely a force to be reckoned with. Not only is this song doing big on the charts, but she has no qualms about partying until she passes out (is there any other way to do it?). It also doesn't hurt thatshe had former MTV/VJ and former porn star Simon Rex driving the car in this video as well. I'm sure he needed the work. Also anyone who brushes their teeth with a bottle of Jack is a friend of mine.
14. RuPaul - Covergirl (Put the Bass in Your Walk)
This version features Bebe Zahara Benet, Nina Flowers, and Rebecca Glasscock. The track was the first single from his awesome album, 'Champion' and is the featured theme song from the LOGO guilty pleasure, 'RuPaul's Drag Race.'
15. Erikatoure Aviance - 'My Pumps'
A fierce drag queen with an amazing sense of style and awesome taste in shows. Love Erikatoure.