“The purpose of art is to impose order upon experience.” — one of my college professors.
The following music videos meet the stated criterion in some, way, shape, or form. It’s not a terribly high bar, to be sure, but I think it really is the necessary place to start.
Some of these videos are funny. Some of them are beautiful. Some of them are enigmatic. Some of them are a little scary. (NB: If you watch something that bothers you, don’t get mad at me: it probably bothers me, too. I’ve added caveats where needed.)
I don’t have much else to say by way of qualification. I hope you appreciate these!
“White Foxes” by Susanne Sundfør
“Dig For Victory” by Public Service Broadcasting
“Typical” by Mute Math
“Just” by Radiohead
“Good Morning” by The Dandy Warhols
“הפרויקט של עידן רייכל – ממעמקים (Mimaamakim)” by The Idan Raichel Project
“Pork & Beans” by Weezer
“Thou Shalt Always Kill” by Dan le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip
“Zombies” by The Cranberries
“Safety Dance” by Men Without Hats
“What About Love?” by Heart
“Prehistoric Dog” by Red Fang
“Maybe” by Ingrid Michaelson
“Separate Ways” by Journey
“Ava Adore” by The Smashing Pumpkins — WARNING: Disturbing content.
“Nothing’s Gonna Change Your Mind” by Badly Drawn Boy
“Sadness Is A Blessing” by Lykke Li
“I Say Fever” by Ramona Falls
“Click, Click, Click, Click” by Bishop Allen
“We Share Our Mother’s Health” by The Knife — WARNING: Disturbing content.
“Call Your Girlfriend” by Robyn
“Everything You Do Is A Balloon” by Boards of Canada
“Closer” by Travis
Some non-traditional offerings:
“Pumped-up Kicks (Dubstep remix)” by Foster the People
“Lights” by Norwegian Recycling
“If You Want Me” by Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova
“Run (Ratatat Remix)” by Ghostface Killah & Jadakiss — WARNING: Language.