Official Users 12/07/2012
20 in ’12: The Top 20 Videos of 2012
December’s a crazy month. It’s a time when we reflect on the year that was while looking ahead to what the new year will bring. A time of learning, regretting, and hoping — simultaneously proud, depressing, and promising. In this tumultuous month of holiday cheer, professional heartbreak (no bonus?!? NO JOB!?!), and the end of days, we decided to ease your stress with the top 20 videos of the year.
2012 was another banner year for video. There were the bold, the beautiful, and the bizarre. Big time blockbuster movies, bangin’ music videos, and cinematic trailers for video games that make you wanna lose your girlfriend and lock yourself in a room for many moons. We’ve also got commercials (somebody’s gotta pay the bills), mashups, compilations, and unforgettable moments that stood the test of time online, which is no small feat. Click the link below to check out all the sweetest eye candy from the past year.
THE TOP 20 VIDEOS OF 2012 (in no particular order)
Chevy Sonic Stunt Super Bowl XLVI Commercial
Oh yeah! That one! The TV spot that had everyone asking, “What’s that song?” Not even a week later and everyone owned it. Not sure the same can be said for the Chevy Sonic, but Dodge bless ‘em for putting out an ad we didn’t skip… at least, not for the first 100 times it aired.
Apparently, a lot of people are bummed that Justin Bieber didn’t received a Grammy nod. His single, “Boyfriend”, was rife for parody and internets webvideomakers seized the opportunity.
You probably saw the Star Wars version (that’s almost a forgone conclusion when the parody wave hits – see ‘Star Wars Meets Call Me Maybe’ Mashup below), but this young lady upped the ante with her obsessive, stalker-ish lyrics. The people who think this chick (whose name is Laina) is serious need to book their flights to the moon. I’d date her.
She inspired memes and even a spin-off – Overly Attached Boyfriend, who looks JUST like her. I’m creepy, but seeing them together gave me the creeps.
Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know
The official music video for this quintessential break-up ballad actually came out in July 2011, but it didn’t really catch on until early 2012 when it debuted on the US Billboard Hot 100 at #91 and steadily climbed to the top spot, which it held for a while. According to the body painter, it took almost a full day to paint both Gotye and Kimbra to fit with the background. It’s been parodied by Saturday Night Live and has been covered so much that Gotye actually edited together a version of the song that used all of them.
The Avengers Trailer
This was a long time in the making. And it didn’t disappoint (despite like 8,000 Hulk duds reaching the big screen). I would’ve hated to be in the theater when this first screened. Fanboys just losing their minds and orgasming everywhere. Ew to the ew.
People Are Awesome Compilation
I see a ton of fails at work. Fails upon fails upon fails. It makes me think we as a species are just one giant fail. Then, something like this comes along and you realize, ‘alright, I’ll give our dominance atop the food chain another 5 years.’
Upstairs by Shawn Wines
In a way, this is like an ode to that classic “Sex Contract” skit on Chappelle’s Show, which, oddly enough, I kind of wish happened in real life. Like, let’s get it all out in the open so I can get down to business and not sweat the questionables. But, I realize that takes the mystery and romance out of the situation. Actually, scratch that. I suck at negotiating. Something like this goes down and I’ll end up with a firm handshake and a sore jaw.
Assassin’s Creed 3 Trailer
The franchise has bounced around in time over time, this time landing smack dab in the middle of the Revolutionary War. What makes this title so great is the injection of the Native American lead character. We’ve programmed since the dawn of textbooks to believe it’s these rich white dudes against these rebellious white dudes, all dressed in ridiculous uniforms. AC3 went all 300 on history by having a hooded figure go ninja style on everyone.
Swedish House Mafia – Greyhound Music Video
We nominated this video for an MTV VMA. Still not sure how they overlooked this gem. It was used in the Absolut Greyhound commercial and it made me actually look forward to the future. Granted, I still won’t be able to afford to attend that kind of race, but at least the organic greyhounds can kick back and relax.
The Dark Knight Rises Trailer
The studio released no less than 1,000 trailers for this highly anticipated end to the Christopher Nolan trilogy. And each one was heavily scoured, skewered, and scoped. People looking in between the lines, dissecting each line of dialogue, noting signs held by an extra in the background of the football scene. It was out of hand. The end result? I think many would agree it was better than Begins but couldn’t match TDK.
As epic as this is, it still won’t change most people’s minds about riding the bus. It sucks. It smells. It has jerks speaking loudly on cell phones, the fat guy taking up too much room, the farter, and the guy who keeps hitting people in the head with his bag. Plus, everyone’s on their Kindle, iPad, or cell phone looking all serious. You know they’re just playing ‘Words with Friends’.
Kind of mind-blowing to see how slow we were back in the day. I say ‘we’ but those dudes in the 20s could still smoke me.
Call of Duty Black Ops 2 Live-Action Trailer
Surprise! I wonder how much Robert Downey, Jr. got paid for this. Probably like a cool mil for like 3 seconds at most. I know it’s ignorant and close-minded, but I still can’t bring myself to believe hot women play video games. It’s like hot women “loving” sports, they list it in their interests, but it’s all for show.
Psy – Gangnam Style Music Video
No joke, my brother-in-law thought Psy was singing, “Open Condom Star.” Like, as in, this guy’s such a stud he’s famous for opening many a rubber. In all seriousness, has anyone translated the lyrics yet? Have we been singing, “Death to America” on loop?
The Hobbit Trailer
Personally, I’m looking forward to the two adult film parodies, “The Slobbit” and “The Throbbit.” Word is they’re showing The Hobbit in some kind of newfangled format that’s 3D but at double the speed, so you can see every single detail right down to Gollum’s outie belly button. Didn’t notice that, did you? Check it. It’s … horrifying.
Clint Eastwood Talking To Empty Chair
A lot of people thought Dirty Harry was having a senior moment. I still voted for him.
Halo 4 Long Form Trailer
Will anyone ever stop playing this game and when is the frickin’ movie coming out?
This needs to be real. I finally got around to seeing The Expendables 2 and Chuck Norris has one of the weirdest / coolest cameos in cinema history. Just completely out of left field. This viral hit is pretty much a Chuck Norris Fact come to life.
Red Bull just keeps bringing the extreme heat. Inventing new sports and stunts. Makes sense, though. Can you imagine working there? Limitless Red Bull. Drink enough of that liquid speed and you reach nirvana. You feel like Big Cat when he’s done debating the Ragin’ Cajun in Wedding Crashers.
Out of all the spoofs, parodies, covers, and mashups around summer’s (second?) biggest hit – and there were a bunch – this one’s literally out of this world. (Pause for laughter and applause to die down) If Carly Rae Jepsen isn’t in the next three Star Wars episodes, Mickey should get his Mouse Bucks back.
Dragon Baby by Patrick Bolvin
Normally, I loathe videos of babies dancing and singing and talking and doing things they typically can’t. But, a baby doing Bruce Lee? Hey, there’s an exception to every rule. If you liked that, be sure to check out Iron Baby.
Not satisfied? We’ve got some HONORABLE MENTIONS for your picky eyeballs:
- Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City Trailer
- Max Payne 3 Official Launch Trailer
- Diablo III Cinematics
- Hunger Games Trailer
- Princess of China Coldplay featuring Rihanna
- Whistle by Flo Rida
- Maria Menounos Loses a Super Bowl Bikini Bet
- Hulk Hogan’s Sex Tape Leaks Online
- Kate Upton Does The Cat Daddy
- Bar Refaeli Plays Tennis In Her Undies
LET US KNOW IF WE MISSED ANY IN THE COMMENTS!
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