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One of my favorite things to do is watch music videos. Whether I am rewatching old favorites, or discovering new ones, an hour spent watching music videos is an hour well spent. I decided to put together a list of my favorite videos of all time, and keeping it limited to ten was no easy task. After much consideration, and in no particular order, here is a list of my personal favorite music videos. Enjoy!
- It’s Gonna Be Me – N*SYNC
While I have to give an honorable mention to Hanson, this is the video that I remember being my favorite from childhood. Starting off as dolls that are bound inside of their box is brilliant, considering this song was on their No Strings Attached album. I didn’t have N*SYNC dolls, but if I did I would have been very disappointed that they didn’t come to life at the store check out counter. I love this video because this synchronized dancing is something you don’t see boy bands (or really any bands, for that matter) doing anymore. It’s a lost art really, and I would love to see it make a comeback.
- Wrapped Around Your Finger – The Police
My dad and I can sit down and watch music videos for hours. This is one that I remember him showing me from an early age, and it’s remained on of my favorites. It’s very much a video from the 80’s, with Sting jumping around in a maze of candlesticks and wearing what looks to be an oversized karate uniform. The end of this video, however, is where things really get exciting.
- Chandelier – Sia
Although this video has only been out for a year, it has quickly become one of my favorites. I love Dance Moms, so watching Maddie is definitely my favorite part of this video. The message of the song remains though, and I think the video emphasizes it. It is an incredibly powerful video that I could (and have) watch three or four times in a row. I love that Sia has continued to put out videos in which Maddie portrays her, but none of them hold a candle to Chandelier.
- Jessie’s Girl – Rick Springfield
This is another video that I grew up with, thanks to my dad. Another quintessential 80’s video, this one features Springfield dramatically breaking his bathroom mirror with his guitar. It’s a fairly simple video, but it’s still a classic to me. I love the dog sitting in the movie theater at the end, a nod to the album title on which the song is featured.
- Call Your Girlfriend – Robyn
While there isn’t a whole lot to this video, I am incredibly impressed when music videos are filmed in one shot (see No. 10). I love this for a few reasons: one of them being Tarran Killam’s incredible reenactment of it, and the other being how fun it is in reenact yourself after a drink or two.
- Set On You – George Harrison
It is impossible not to smile while watching this video. I’m not into taxidermy, but maybe I would be if the animals could sing harmonies with me. Harrison produced two different videos for this song, but this is the one I prefer. It’s a little less predictable than the other.
- Pork and Beans – Weezer
I think this may be one of the most brilliant videos of all time. What should you do with the most popular viral video clips ever? Remake them and put them into a kickass music video! I’m not surprised that Weezer would put out such a clever video. I had a hard time choosing between this one and Buddy Holly for my list, but ultimately I like revisiting these video clips just a little bit more.
- Boys Chase Girls – Ingrid Michaelson
This is a rare instance where I think the video is better than the song. This video pays homage to Robert Palmer’s Simply Irresistable. I love Michaelson’s video though because I think the swapping of genders, but keeping the heavy makeup and tight clothing, makes an interesting statement. It is definitely worth your time to check out both videos though.
- Out of Touch – Hall and Oates
Of all the videos I have watched with my dad throughout the years, this is our favorite to come back to. I don’t know if it’s Daryl Hall’s Footloose-esque dance moves, the fact that John Oates only seems to contribute one word to the entire song, or the confusing giant drum, but this video is pure gold. I love Hall and Oates videos because they seem to be having so much fun, even though they know that what they are doing is ridiculous.
- This Too Shall Pass – OK Go
I don’t think any list of best music videos can be complete without OK Go. They put a lot of time and effort into their videos, and it definitely shows. Like Robyn’s, this was shot in one take but is significantly more impressive because it features a Rube Goldberg machine that moves along without a hitch for almost four minutes. Almost as remarkable as the video itself, the behind the scenes look is definitely worth a watch.
Honorable mentions go to Rosanna by Toto, MmmBop by Hanson, Buddy Holly by Weezer, and Goodbye Earl by The Dixie Chicks.
Do any of these videos make your list of favorites? Let me know which we have in common and which I may have forgotten!