Finally! We're in the midst of the very last week of 2013! It's almost all over, everyone! So, what have we learned from music this year? Well, mostly that you need a completely naked woman in your promo clip if anyone is going to pay attention to your song. Thankfully, the ridiculous lengths musicians went with their videos this year have provided us with a wealth of comic relief. Here are the five greatest music video parodies of 2013.
5. "Suits That Fly," Wekejay
This wasn't one of the most famous parodies of 2013, but the Ironman nerds freakin' loved it. Also, trust us when we tell you that once you've listened to this thing once, you will never again be able to listen to Justin Timberlake's "Suit and Tie" without singing the line "Gonna blow up a few things." Masterfully done, comic book geeks!
4. "Hard Out Here," Lily Allen
While the focus, after she released the hilarious video for "Hard Out Here", was on Lily Allen's shocking (but awesome) swipe at the "ROBIN THICKE HAS A BIG DICK" moment from the super-creepy "Blurred Lines" video, Lily was actually waving angrily balled-up fists at every damn hip-hop video that has exploited women's bodies in the last five years. Her brave and hilarious "LILY ALLEN HAS A BAGGY PUSSY" moment, paired with some serious rump-shaking and uncomfortable slow-mo close-ups, showed up the absurd nature of sexism in music promos, all while Lily quite transparently had a massive laugh. Brilliant.
3. "Hopeless Wanderer," Mumford & Sons
Turns out that Mumford & Sons are fully aware of the fact that a great many people find them to be over-earnest, predictable, and downright irritating. So, for the "Hopeless Wanderer" video, the band employed some big comedy guns -- Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Ed Helms, and Will Forte -- to strap on banjos, hang around in rural locations, and mock Mumford relentlessly. The results were laugh-out-loud funny... because, yes, actually, we do believe that Mumford & Sons rehearse in boats and cry in barns.
2. "We Did Stop", Miley Cyrus & SNL
Though Miley's "Wrecking Ball" was one of the most parodied videos of the year, it was the one that Saturday Night Live put together for "We Can't Stop," featuring Miley herself, that became our Cyrus cover of the year. Right in the middle of the government shutdown, Taran Killam played a Miley-ed up John Boehner, while Miley was a saucy Michelle Bachmann. It made us laugh, but also perfectly captured the recklessness of the House of Representatives' stance on Obamacare and the shutdown. The timing was perfect, the execution was flawless, and, boy-oh-boy, it just made us love Miley.
1. "Bound 3," Seth Rogen and James Franco
It was a remarkable jump for Kanye West to go from the sheer, weighty power of "Black Skinhead" to the ridiculous and unintentionally hilarious "Bound 2". While the world watched the unbelievably tacky video with a mixture of bemusement and unadulterated amusement, Seth Rogan and James Franco went one step further and recreated the awful video frame-by-frame, with Rogan in the half-naked Kim Kardashian position and Franco doing his best rapper face. The end result? One of the funniest things we saw all year. This thing is never going to get old.