Former Idol contestants released more than 25 music videos in 2012.
Here are my picks for the five best, followed by all the others I could find.
I’m sure I might have missed a couple. If you know of any others, let me know and I’ll gladly add them.
But I’m pretty sure I won’t change my top five.
For those who like to look back, last year’s top five were: “Baby It’s Cold Outside” by Casey Abrams and Haley Reinhart; “Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson; “The Last Goodbye” by David Cook; “Double Trouble” by Jack and White; and “Can’t Say Goodbye” by Josh Gracin.
Now, this year’s top five …
1. Daughtry: “Outta My Head”
A little James Bond style intrigue never hurts when you’re making a video. In this one, Chris blows off his band members to track down a dark-haired beauty. And just why is he doing that? Because she’s a dark-haired beauty? You have to watch to the end to find out. Oh, having a great song helps the video, too.
2. Adam Lambert: “Never Close Our Eyes”
The Season 8 runner-up went futuristic sci-fi for the second video from his “Trespassing” album. He plays the role of a rebel in a world of conformists. And starts his own mini-revolution. Big surprise, right? Anyway, I’m a sucker for synchronized floor-scrubbing sequences, so this makes the list.
3. Carrie Underwood: “Blown Away”
Before the album launched, Carrie said she’d be tackling some darker material on disc number four, like this title track about an abusive dad. Penned by the “Before He Cheats” song-writing team, it became one of my favorite Carrie songs the first time I heard it. The black-and-white to color is an obvious ode to “The Wizard of Oz.” And I like the way we don’t find out what happened until the final frame as Carrie strolls back up her country lane.
4. Kris Allen: “The Vision of Love”
Great song. Probably better than anything off Kris’ debut album. And a great anti-bullying message nicely conveyed in this video. He didn’t set out to make an anti-bullying video; it just sort of turned out that way, Kris said back in April. “Bullying’s something that’s a big deal. I’m not trying to jump on board or anything, but you can’t talk about it enough. I want to be part of that discussion.” Shame more people didn’t become part of Kris’ solid second album.
5. Bucky Covingon: “Drinking Side of Country”
Bucky wins the prize for most guest stars in a 2012 video. In addition to recording the song with Shooter Jennings, Bucky has female wrestler Mickie James and motorcross freestyle rider ‘Cowboy’ Kenny Bartram make cameos. But the best part comes when he and Shooter are pulled over by a cop. “HELP!!!” texts Bucky. Who comes strolling down the country road? Why it’s Kellie Pickler wearing daisy dukes and flashing a come-hither smile.
Adam Lambert — “Better Than I Know Myself”
Anoop Desai (featuring ADHD) — “Love War”
Bucky Covington — “I Wanna Be That Feeling”
Carrie Underwood — “Good Girl”
Casey Abrams — “Simple Life”
Casey James — “Crying on a Suitcase”
Chris Richardson — “Joy and Pain”
Chris Richardson — “In the Name of Love”
David Archuleta — “I’ll Never Go”
David Archuleta — “Everybody Hurts”
David Archuleta — “Forevermore”
David Archuleta — “Nandio Ako”
Daughtry — “Start of Something Good”
Haley Reinhart — “Free”
Jack and White — “California Dreamin'”
James Durbin — “Stand Up”
Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston — “Celebrate”
Kelly Clarkson — “Dark Side”
Kelly Clarkson — “Catch My Breath”
Kristy Lee Cook — “Airborne Ranger Infantry”
Lauren Alaina — “Georgia Peaches”
Leah LaBelle –“Sexify”
Mandisa — “Somebody’s Angel”
Michael Lynche — “Who’s Gonna Love You More”
Paul McDonald and Nikki Reed — “Now That I’ve Found You”
Paul McDonald and Nikki Reed — “All I’ve Ever Needed”
Phillip Phillips — “Home”
Ruben Studdard — “June 28 (I’m Single)”
Scotty McCreery — “Water Tower Town”
Scotty McCreery — “Christmas Coming Round Again”
Stefano Langone — “I’m on a Roll”