Just short and sweet, I find it a fine line between artistic integrity, videos that were on repeat at friends’ (Donovan‘s) house, and things that just made me happy despite popular concensus when considering what makes my list. But covering and considering all those bases, here we go. Agree or disagree, here were some great visuals to great songs this year that made it 2012 for me, and maybe you, but mostly me.

10. Psy – ‘Gangnam Style’

Love it or hate it, over a billion hits on YouTube can’t be wrong. We may never want to hear it again, but it will definitely, always remind me of 2012. Two words: Invisible. Horse.

9. Fiona Apple – ‘Every Single Night’

It creeped me out, it’s visuals thrilled me, the colours kept me captivated. Fiona came back with something pretty amazing this year and proved she still had artistic integrity. Two words: Sunken. Cheeks.

8. Nicky Minaj – ‘Pound The Alarm’

Pride anthem 2012, the video made me feel like I was watching a high budget drag show. It was on the television, it was playing in the back, and although typical Nicky glamour shots, it’s all around plain, gay, self indulgent fun to watch, and made it a little more 2012 for me. Two words: Titty. Flick.

7. Scissor Sisters – ‘Only The Horses’

One, of two entries by S.S., all you need sometimes is a pretty literal interpretation for a video. One of those videos I can’t stop watching while I start, and accompanied by a fantastic song. Two words: Slow. Motion.

6. Scissor Sisters – ‘Let’s Have a Kiki’

Really, where would we have been without this choreo this year. Even Glee locked the doors, and lowered the blinds. Just a few dance moves and a football outfit, and you can make something memorable. Two words: Mesh. Top.

5. Kylie Minogue – ‘Timebomb’

Kylie came back and knocked it out of the park with her gay-tabulous London music vid this year. We dreamt of red hearts and slutty dresses all summer, and she didn’t let us down. Two words: Macrame. Dress.

4. P!nk – ‘Try’

P!nk killed it when she paired a mediocre song with a killer video. She splashed coloured chalk, contemporary dance, and a gorgeous male lead with an outrageous body. Two words: Ab. Dominals.

3. Of Monsters and Men – ‘Little Talk’

They came out with a fantastic album, a great single, and the most complicated and intricate video this year. A whole lot of fantasy and creativity. Two words: Epic. Journey.

2. Solange Knowles – ‘Losing You’

This year she showed she could leave the shadow of her sister and do something that was wholly hers. With a little Lauryn Hill, a splash of Velvet Rope, and a tonne of polyester, Solange put together something crazy good. Two words: Patterned. Everything.

1. Lana Del Rey – ‘Ride’

I finally got the fascination. And although still not a fan girl, all ten minutes is justified in something that I think is pretty fantastic. A story, some poetry, her best song to date, and some iconic visuals that will always remind me of her. She really did nail it. Two words: American. Nomad.