The 10 Best Music Videos (according to LxL)

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Looking back at our first four years of LxL, we were truly shocked we never did this list. We have talked about it a number of times, but for whatever reason, we never got the guts or time to go through and figure out the best music videos ever. In many ways, music videos feel like a thing of the past, hitting their high period during the 80’s when MTV launched and in the late 90’s with Carson Daly and TRL. But the last five years haven’t exactly been terrible for music videos either, with YouTube being a primary listening tool for people, music videos have gained more relevance again. So with the recent release of music video master Grimes and Bowie’s new music film Darkstar, we give you our 10 favorite music videos ever.
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The 10 Best Spring Songs

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Ahhh…the spring. The time for birds chirping, flowers blooming, and of course, the start of a new music festival season. Last year at this time of year, we gave you our favorite spring albums, and many of the songs on this list, belong on entries for that list. Oh by the way, this week, we are bringing you the best songs for spring, the songs that help break us from our winter hibernation, throw open the curtains, and spring out into the world (pun intended). So join us as we clean out the old song garage and give you our ten favorite spring songs.

Editor’s Note: This is a repost from a list made in 2013. Enjoy!
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The YouTube Music Video Awards: Why Not?

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Music awards and ceremonies these days have become nothing short of a joke. Grammy’s: worthless garbage. MTV VMA’s: maybe if this was still the 90’s. American Music Awards: is that really even still a thing? In my opinion, if we consumers really need our music taste validated by some worthless award ceremony it should at least be one that eliminates all political or monetary persuasion, and is not restricted to the grip of big label entertainment. Enter the first YouTube Music Video Awards. Sound gimmicky? It more than likely will be. The performance lineup already looks stupidly similar to a Grammy’s bill. The artists so far include Eminem, Lady Gaga, and Arcade Fire, who judging by their horrific SNL performance last saturday, will likely be the worst of the three always over-hyped acts. So what edge DOES the YouTube Music Video Awards actually have that might make it worth watching? Let’s explore:
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Top Ten Thursday: Best Spring Songs

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Ahhh…the spring. The time for birds chirping, flowers blooming, and of course, the start of a new music festival season. Last year at this time of year, we gave you our favorite spring albums, and many of the songs on this list, belong on entries for that list. Oh by the way, this week, we are bringing you the best songs for spring, the songs that help break us from our winter hibernation, throw open the curtains, and spring out into the world (pun intended). So join us as we clean out the old song garage and give you our ten favorite spring songs.
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Top Ten Thursday: Tracks to Get You Ill – In Memory of MCA

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The creators of a new bread of hip hop, re-innovators of the sample, and the only reason Brooklyn ever became cool in the first place. The Beastie Boys launched their debut album in 1986, and they have been rhymin & stealin ever since. In fact, “Rhymin & Stealin” itself (the opening track off their debut album, License to Ill ) does a pretty good job of describing The Beasties. There is no better move to make you seem like a badass than using the drum intro to Led Zeppelins “When the Levee Breaks” as the intro to you opening song on your debut album. If the rumors are true, they are still being sued over some of the samples used in both License to Ill as well as Paul’s Boutique.
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