The role of the music video is a little unclear in 2012. It's certainly not for television anymore. With parody clips, cat fails, and random viral disasters racking up the pageviews on the Internet, it sometimes seems like wasted effort to put effort into making a creative, time consuming, well-done set of visuals. We're glad that artists are still doing it, though. The year's best music videos are also some of the most creative. Sometimes it was a trippy, mind-blowing type of creativity, and other times it was more subtle. Whatever the approach, each one of these videos is thought provoking or at  least visually stimulating, in its own way. One more list for the year—here are the 20 best music videos of 2012.