That's right. You — the fans — deserve some recognition for paying tribute to your favourite bands, and we're going to give it to you. Who would the artists be without you? Nobody! So here are our picks for the best fan videos of 2012, and why they deserve some serious accolades.
10) Kesha - "Die Young" (My Little Pony?)
In one of the most original takes — and one of the most G-rated — on the pop anthem, the (unofficial) My Little Pony dancers channel what all of us have done at one time or another: pretended our Barbies, G.I. Joes, dolls, or teddy bears were the stars of live musical theater. Or in this case, the stars of a highly, highly produced top 40 video.
9) One Direction - "Stole My Heart" (AS CHIPPENDALES DANCERS)
Before you watch, know that you're not going to see any real nudity, or any real Chippendale's dancers. Instead, a fan has juxtaposed the heads of One Direction members onto the bodies of adult men, therefore creating the least sexual imagery in the history of our planet. In a word: brilliant. (Now when are we going to see the same treatment for The Wanted?)
8) Gotye - "Somebody That I Used To Know" Muppets
It's a scientific fact that The Muppets will exponentially improve 99.9 percent of the music they touch, and their cover of Gotye's it-song is no different. However, we all know it would be even better had Kermit and Miss Piggy taken on the starring roles — or at the very least, Statler and Waldorf.
7) Adele - "Someone Like You" (Butter Dance)
There are no answers as to how one art performance of years back came to define 2011's most heartbreaking ballad. And no words for why said mash-up took until this year to be created. Only feelings, expressed through dance — on several bricks of butter in heels.
6) Rihanna - "Diamonds" (WHAT THE HELL IS THIS)
Probably the most accurate visual representation of the original, video creator "Sub Joshua" (who are you, wonderful young man?) managed to capture the vibe of the track with only Video Star and a few sweet moves — with a broken finger, no less. (Now <em>that's</em> a fan.)
5) Nicki Minaj - "Starship" (BBC Fan Collab Contest)
Nicki Minaj is for the people, according to the results of this year's BBC Fan Collab Contest. Creating the ultimate Nicki Minaj tribute through fan performances, lip-syncing, and more iMovie features than you can shake a stick at, superfans Sophia Grace and Rosie better step it up before their next <em>Ellen</em> appearance.
4) Carly Rae Jespen - "Call Me Maybe" (Harvard Baseball Team Cover)
How dare you assume that "Call Me Maybe" is only for teeny-boppers. But if the sustainability of the song over the past year hasn't proven otherwise, perhaps this Harvard baseball team's tribute to Carly Rae will drive the point home. Not even Justin Bieber's lip-syncing in the original video can compare.
3) Taylor Swift - "Taylor Swift + Breaking Bad - We Are Never Ever Going To Cook Together"
FINALLY, we understand the drama, feeling, and urgency behind this song! Yes, dating is tough, and guys can be difficult, but phrases like "never ever" just can't be taken seriously unless they refer to two meth cooks drawing the proverbial line in the sand. The only way this could be better would be with a John Mayer cameo — unless that's whom Jesse Pinkman has been inspired by this whole time.
2) Lady Gaga - "Bad Romance: Women's Suffrage"
We didn't see much from Lady Gaga this year, but that didn't stop Soomo Publishing from paying tribute to Alice Paul and the other American women who fought for women's voting rights in the 1910s. Just in time for election year, too — which, we guess, is the whole point behind the "Bad Romance" video to begin with. (Kidding! We still have no idea what it's about.)
1) Psy - "Mitt Romney Style" (College Humor)
What kind of year-end list would it be if we failed to acknowledge one of the biggest people of 2012? (And sure, we guess Romney was a pretty big deal, too.) So to combine the President-who-never-was with this year's Eiffel 65-equivalent is a logical choice — as is assuming this video had something to do with impacting the election.