Miscellaneous

My Favorite Music Videos

Music videos are truly an interesting form of expression and art. Tying music, visuals, and story together, music videos give us a glimpse into the world of the artist or musician. Sometimes the results are magnificent – the song itself (it’s style, power, and cultural importance) is enhanced by the visual work of the final piece. Other times, the viewer is left wishing they never saw the artists’ interpretation of their own work. I can’t count on two hands the amount of times I’ve loved a song and was totally and completely disappointed by the video; left thinking “Wait, is that what they thought of when they were making the song?” It’s a huge turn off.

Unfortunately, bad music videos happen quite often. But this post is intended to celebrate the excellent ones. Now, I’m a young gal so the scope of my choices are not as varied as if I were a child of the 70s or 80s. But there is variety genre, both in music and visual style.  PS – This list is not in any particular order, just numbered for convenience. Enjoy!

1. Directed by Spike Jonze, ‘Drop’ by The Pharcyde was filmed backwards and reversed. It remains one of my favorite music videos of all time because of the genuine creativity and truthfulness of the work. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=co3qMdkucM0

2. Also directed by Spike Jonze (basically the king of cool music videos) Sabotage is so completely fun that I’d be surprised if anyone dislikes it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5rRZdiu1UE

3. There are two music videos for ‘Pursuit of Happiness’ but my choice is the one created by Megaforce. It is dreamy, trippy, and cool (much like Kid Cudi himself). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Z_Ys3BO_4M

4. Again with Spike Jonze. But seriously, he is that good. I think this is one of the funniest music videos of all time, featuring Christopher Walken dancing around an empty hotel. What more could you ask for? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQ7z57qrZU8

5. Coldplay is one of those bands that no matter what they do or where they go, I will always have a place for them in my heart. The video for ‘Strawberry Swing’ features lead singer Chris Martin moving around these giant chalk drawings. You’ll just have to see for yourself. The video really has nothing to do with the song, but it’s still cute. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lb9X5jMofEo

6. Asshole or not, I think Kanye West is absolutely brilliant. In his 35 minute music video, ‘Runaway,’ West creates a visual masterpiece for a compilation of his album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. In this experimental film he proves that his artistry goes beyond music. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jg5wkZ-dJXA

7. Thriller is one of the most iconic music videos of all time so it obviously had to be included on this list! If you haven’t seen it yet you better get caught up on your american pop culture. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOnqjkJTMaA

8. The White Stripes are timeless. Their video for ‘Seven Nation Army’ doesn’t hold much depth but it does the trick as a smorgasbord of eye catching imagery. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0J2QdDbelmY

9. Devo is goofy but catchy. The video reads as a strange b movie that has the potential for a cult following. It is ******* WEIRD. But I love it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIEVqFB4WUo

10. Some people think Lana Del Rey is overrated and completely manufactured and I couldn’t disagree more. Upon my first viewing, ‘Ride’ made me cry. Now I am an easy cryer – but I can’t help but stand by my admiration for Del Rey’s talent and IDGAF attitude. Her monologue, song, and the visuals of her sprawling story are absolutely beautiful. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Py_-3di1yx0

11. If you own a computer (which you do because you are reading this) you probably have seen this video. It is simple and creative fun. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTAAsCNK7RA Also check out the video for ‘This Too Shall Pass’ to see an awesome giant Rube Goldberg creation. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qybUFnY7Y8w

12. There isn’t anything too special about this video, I just fancy it. M.I.A. is a badass and I can literally feel her grit and talent spewing out of the screen when I watch her in this simple, yet to the point, video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewRjZoRtu0Y

13. The White Stripes Again! They know what they are doing when it comes to creating cool looking (and sounding) stuff. Their video for ‘Hardest Button to Button’ was directed by Michel Gondry, of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind fame. I can’t imagine how long this stop motion real life video took to plan and produce. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4dx42YzQCE

14. I wonder what it’s like to be as perfect as Beyoncé. The closest any of us can get is by watching this video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4m1EFMoRFvY

15. WARNING. This video is very very very strange. It’s like a car accident – you shouldn’t look, but once you do it’s hard to look away. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhrteSZXFzM

16. Bohemian Rhapsody is a classic with a classic video to accompany it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJ9rUzIMcZQ

17. In my opinion Outkast is not only the greatest hip hop duo of all time, they are one of the most talented artists of eternity. ‘Hey Ya’ is there most well known song and my middle school anthem. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWgvGjAhvIw

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