Frank Ocean, "Pyramids". A ten-minute single that went gold. Cleopatra, pimps, and a John Mayer guitar solo, and that's not the half of it.
Solange, "Losing You". This video looks beautiful.
Kendrick Lamar, "Swimming Pools (Drank)". It's not that this introduced Lamar to the world at large, but it's when he exploded.
Tame Impala, "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards". Trippy video. "I've got my hopes up again, oh no, not again. It feels like we only go backwards, darlin'."
Fiona Apple, "Every Single Night". The album was titled The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Ever Do.
Spiritualized, "Hey Jane". Another really long track.
Santigold, "Disparate Youth". Is it catchy? It's been used on the soundtrack for commercials for insurance companies and Honda automobiles.
Wild Flag, "See No Evil + Ask the Angels". This is a bit of a cheat. Their one and only album was released in 2011. But I saw them three times, the last at the Fillmore in 2012, so here they are, covering Television and Patti Smith.
Spotify playlist (Wild Flag never recorded these songs, so I've added the originals):