For those of you who haven’t been following along this week, welcome! We are in the home stretch of counting down the Top 100 Videos of 2011 … So Far, and for those of you who been riding shotgun, scanning through #100-51 and #50-11 of our list of the most-watched videos on VH1.com, we salute your dedication and loyalty! Now, it’s onto the Top Ten. Drums, please…
10. Cee Lo Green, “F*** You”
What a year it’s been for Cee Lo! Kicking off his The Lady Killer album release with a powerful single that even had your grandma using cuss words, it was only right that he delivered a visual that packed the same punch. Co-written by Bruno Mars, the video for the happily hostile post-breakup anthem chronicles Cee Lo in a diner from childhood to adulthood, dealing with the hardships that often plague those looking for love. In case you can’t get enough of him, hold on to his sweet, nasty and sarcastic Valentine’s Day messages for next year, and check out his incredible Storytellers performance, too!
9. Christina Perri, “Jar of Hearts”
In a much more intense version of Cee Lo’s #10 video, You Oughta Know songstress Christina Perri airs some love-related greivances of her own. Stating very plainly that she refuses to become a notch on someone’s belt, the tattooed beauty opts to avoid an unhealthy romantic encounter with an ex. In the dark video, the male antagonist is literally running around leaving scars, sucking womens souls from their bodies. Eek! Who does he think he is? In any event, we’re proud of Christina for abstaining and staying strong. If you want to catch more of her, check out her Posted content and a super special YOK Live performance she graced us with.
8. Mumford & Sons, “The Cave”
Hailing from the UK, this folk rock quartet showed us all how great they look when they take off the plaid shirts and boots to don some more dapper aparrel! Another artist who wears the You Oughta Know crown on their heads, Mumford & Sons wear fancy suits while cruising around the Indian countryside on Vespas. Equally dazzling, their recent Unplugged performance knocked our socks off, and we can’t wait to see what their forthcoming sophomore LP has to offer.
7. Hanson, “Give A Little”
Band of brothers, literally! Oklahoma’s former MMMboppers Taylor, Isaac and Zac show off their sense of humor in the video for Shout It Out’s second single, and besides you guys, some other folks seem like like this one too! Back in April, ?uestlove remixed the song, showing how he could also give a little heart and soul. The video boasts a lighthearted dance party and colorful visuals, perfect to brighten anyone’s day.
6. Bruno Mars, “Grenade”
Bruno’s certainly come a long way from when he was singing hooks for B.o.B and Travie McCoy. Landing at #6 on our Top 100 countdown, “Grenade” shows the crooner’s plight for loving a girl unconditionally, even if she’s trampled all over his heart. Lugging a piano around all day and night long, up hills, over bridges and through the street, the pain and agony comes to life, and since the Grammy winner’s Doo Wops and Hooligans debut album was critically acclaimed, we’re looking forward to seeing what’s next for this You Oughta Know artist’s rising star.
5. The Script, “For The First Time”
This Irish trio recruited someone special to play the female lead in this video, and luckily her father, U2’s Bono, didn’t mind that she played the part! For the first single off of their sophomore LP Science and Faith, the band reminded us why we fell in love with their “Breakeven” sound in the first place. And even though the video depicts a romantic theme, the band revealed to a Syndey radio station that the song is really about the recession, and starting over, “drinking cheap wine, eating your dinner off the floor.”
4. Katy Perry, “E.T.”
A true powerhouse making this countdown, this is Katy’s fifth video to make our list. Taking her talents to space for an intergalactic affair of the heart, “E.T.” also featuring a verse from hip-hop’s leading man, Kanye West. Not only does Katy look gorgeous as an alien, but the detail in her makeup and styling in infectious, so it’s no surprise that this clip is landing in our Top 5 of 100. And although it took place in this dimension, we’re still high off Katy’s parachuting entrance on our VH1 Divas Salute The Troops show.
3. P!nk, “F****** Perfect”
Often controversial, this new mommy brought some pretty intense issues front and center in video for her Greatest Hits album’s second single. Featuring actress Tina Majorino, the clip tackles depression, anorexia, self-mutilation and suicide, causing quite a stir when it was initially released. Even though the themes and visuals are extremely dark, P!nk succeeds in ultimately sending a positive, uplifting message to listeners, and that’s something we can all appreciate!
2. Bruno Mars, “The Lazy Song”
There’s nothing wrong with being lazy, right? Cashing in with his second video on our list’s Top 10, Bruno goes in the opposite direction of “Grenade,” showing a much more playful side of his personality in this video. I mean, synchronized dancing with monkey masks on? Why not. And now that it’s summer time, being lethargic is definitely relatable, just as long as you can squeeze some occasional outdoor activities and sunshine in between all that laying naked on the sofa. But to each their own; no judgment here.
1. Adele, “Rolling in the Deep”
Drumroll, please! We couldn’t be more pleased with the ranking of this video, especially since we first saw some potential in Adele back in 2008. It’s probably unlikely that you haven’t heard this UK songbird’s beautiful record on the radio or in a TV spot by now, and since it’s the first single off her sophomore LP 21, released in January, this tune’s clearly got legs for days! The video’s imagery is phenomenal, too; countless water glasses trembling in unison to the beat, a dancing samurai, and broken dishes surround the singer in a house while she sits doing what she does best, using those pipes. For someone expressing regret for not having it all, we’re glad that this #1 spot is one step closer to giving Adele just that.
And that’s that! Remember, you can tune into our VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown each and every Saturday to see what videos are popping that week; don’t forget, we are also counting down this year’s Song of the Summer every Monday until Labor Day, too.