As a matter of principle, I dislike songs that are painfully slow or lyrically meaningful.
A song, in my opinion, should be ambiguous, tuneful, bizarre in an endearing way, and preferably in a foreign language so that the narrowly meaningful lyrics does not hamper the enjoyment of the song.
Here’s a compilation of my current favourites in no particular order:
1. Stromae, Tous Les Mêmes
The best thing about the song is it rapidity — of visuals, movements, beats.
2. Glass Animals, Hazey
Weird, slick, great ambience. and utterly no perceptible connection between lyrics and video. What more do you need?
3. Saad Lamjarred, لمعلم (lam-allem)
Amusing, colourful, and ergo, a treat to watch.
4. TVXQ!, Mirotic
I’m not a fan of K-pop usually, but this one is a winner. There is an element of ludicrousness, but still the settings, choreo, and ambience of the visuals matches the coolness of the song.
5. Sati Kazanova feat. Arsenium, До рассвета (dho rasveta)
The song is bright, lively and it is matched by the pleasant colour scheme, singers, and the good editing in the video.
6. La Yegros, Trocitos de Madera
The voice of Mariana Yegros is unusual, with a folk touch to it. There is a lot of life in the voice and music, it’s energizing.
7. Ylvis, Yoghurt
The Ylvis brothers, a recent discovery for me, are amazingly fun, cheeky and superbly comical. There is a bit of satire in their songs, but not the Sacha Baron Cohen kind of satire, but more of a school-boy kind of harmless, almost cute, picking on music culture. Watch their “Jan Egeland,” a hilarious mock-tribute to the Norwegian political figure.
8. Chinese Man, Skank in the Air
Cool, great beats, eerie-enough animation.
9. Peking Duk, Say My Name
Colourful, crazy, funny.
10. The Verve, Bitter Sweet Symphony
A long-time favourite, there is no tiring of it no matter how may times I have seen the song. It has a curious, somewhat existential appeal what with Ashcroft’s devil-may-care gait and the indignant passers-by disapproving him. The classical touch of the song highlights the disunity between a typical modern dilemma of divided selves and the traditional sense of the coherent, continuous identity.