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Ghettos and Gardens: the 20 best music videos of 2012

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The humble music video seemed a shade anachronistic in 2012.

For many artists, it wasn’t enough to issue a visual companion piece to a track: apps, games, multi-media extravaganzas and .gif walls – not to mention that somewhat pompous conceit, the album trailer – offered fresh ways of seeing (and touching) new music.

Still, there were plenty of fine efforts to enjoy, ranging from lo-fi collage jobs (DVA’s ‘Where I Belong’) to arthouse hip-hop videos (2 Chainz’s ‘Birthday Song’) to sugar-spotted eye candy (M.I.A’s jaw-dropping ‘Bad Girls). We’ve collected our favourite clips of the year [in no particular order], and it’s a right old olio: found (and faux-found) footage, desert revelations, pitchside shenanigans, and arguably the weirdest house party ever committed to tape all feature.

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