2013: It was the best of times, it was the twerk of times... and a little bit of everything in between.
When it comes to the music video trends of the year, there was a lot less "Gangnam Style" than last year, and we're pretty sure that whole seapunk thing is officially not happening anymore. But goats, cats and Miley Cyrus' butt have filled in the void left from the music trends of 2012. (There's a NSFW joke in there somewhere.)
Take a look back through some of the biggest themes and memes of the music videos of 2013, and place your bets on what's going to be big in 2014. I'm hoping for a sweatpants trend. For obvious reasons.
Last year, Brooklyn producer Baauer had no idea that his spastic, bass-heavy 2012 single "Harlem Shake" was going to become a household name and the No. 1 song in the country. But by the summer of 2013, everyone was recording videos of themselves wildin' out to the song, even the Simpsons.
Baauer has since gone on to sign with Diplo's record label Mad Decent, but he admitted the overnight success of the single made him "kind of depressed." You know what might help? DOING THE HARLEM SHAKE.
If we had to sum up 2013 in one word, we don't think we're the only ones who would choose the word "twerk." Hell, the word even got itself into the Oxford English Dictionary.
Though the origins of twerking trace back to the early '90s and the New Orleans bounce music scene (H/T Big Freedia), it was a one Miss Miley Cyrus who really got the ball rolling. When her WTF-inducing video for "We Can't Stop" dropped, Miley is seen moving her butt in all kinds of directions, which some argue isn't even actual twerking. Regardless, my mom says "twerking" now, so the damage has been done.
Whether it was her newfound love of twerking, calling off her engagement to Liam Hemsworth or her budding friendship with Terry Richardson (he directed her "Wrecking Ball" video), Miley Cyrus did something (or a lot of things) right this year.
Once Miley hit the 2013 VMAs onstage in a nude two-piece with a bunch of perverted teddy bears, our mostly Miley-free life as we knew it was over. The Bangerz star was everywhere—she popped up in Mike Will Made It's "23" video, she pulled double duty on Saturday Night Live and more people searched her name this year than "Obamacare." Also, Tegan and Sara recently called the "Adore You" singer "this generation's Madonna." Whoa.
We never thought we'd see Jay Z releasing a "performance art film," but art (or Art) had a serious moment in 2013.
Jay is seen rapping in performance artist Marina Abramovic's face in his video for "Picasso Baby," and Lady Gaga got her very own Jeff Koons sculpture (pictured on the cover of her ARTPOP album). Also, Kanye West teamed up with visual artist Vanessa Beecroft, and his fiance Kim Kardashian got her very own "Warhol." I guess those two semesters in Art History were worth something after all.
A whole bunch of ladies rocked grills in 2013, because nothing says "I'm richer than you" like diamonds on your teeth. Miley Cyrus, Ke$ha and Ciara all sported some mouth bling, but our favorite grill moment of the year definitely goes to Beyonce.
Though she has yet to drop the single officially (hurry up, B!), the mysterious video preview of her amazingly ratchet track "Bow Down" is enough to hold us over until Queen B decides she's ready. Like everything else she wears, she looks great in a grill.
More popular than Miley Cyrus and Kim Kardashian combined are the supreme rulers of the Internet: Cats. So instead of trying to beat them, artists joined them this year.
Katy Perry, who's always been a fan of the felines, continued her career-long cat worship with her debut Prism single, "Roar." Not only is the title a shout-out to her furry homies, but she actually tames a tiger in the video.
Okay, so maybe there weren't vulgar balloons for everyone, but 2013 saw more vulgar balloons than ever before. The two grossest culprits? Robin Thicke's ubiquitous video for his song of the summer "Blurred Lines" and Lily Allen's hilarious "Hard Out Here." We can't tell you what the balloons actually say, but chances are you already know. Unless you were asleep for the entire year.
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