For the past few months I have been watching a lot of music videos, either on my days off, getting up for work or waiting to start work and there have been a lot of videos that I like plus it shows that I have a weird taste in music as well.
9: Carly Rae Jepson- I Really Like You: It’s Tom Hanks lip syncing to the song of course I am going to like it. The video starts off with Hanks waking up and getting ready to go out somewhere and then it leads up to him being on the street encountering people that like him and even autographing a person’s table tennis bat. One of my favourite parts is a text message between him and Jepson in which she uses emojis of two men running and a tree, Run Forest Run, its something small and stupid that I like. The music is good to listen to and it goes well with the visuals and it is a nice video to watch.
8: Linkin Park- Bleed It Out: Here we go for the thousandth time, I have been listening to this song pretty much four or five times a day and it is thanks to playing Guitar Hero a lot to help me reduce my nerves in my day to day life and is one of the few songs that I can play with no mistakes. The video for it is rather unique since that all the video, beside from Linkin Park are all played in reverse and from the videos that I have seen, not that many do this. It is rather interesting, and it is another good music video.
7: Smash Mouth- All Star: When people think of this song they think of two things, Shrek or memes, for me it will always be the end of the Digimon Movie, but this is a pretty interesting video. Being the focus on the film Mystery Men, a superhero film, in which the lead singer from Smash Mouth goes around and does a lot of good deeds in which the leads of the film get annoyed by and then in once scene attack a limo in which the rest of the band are riding in. The video ends with the Mystery Men applauding Smash Mouth. The video is a bit of fun and it still holds up today.
6: Ed Sheeran- Galway Girl: Another interesting cinematographic approach for a music video as it is all done in a first-person perspective, and it was also filmed by Ed Sheeran himself and it follows him going after a girl that he likes in a bar and they basically spend the night around Galway, including them playing darts and him accidentally stabbing a guy with a dart. This then leads them to escape the pub where they were at and go wondering around the streets of Galway where they encounter a group of folk dancers as well as a busker in which both groups recognise Sheeran and get him to sign a few autographs as well as taking a group selfie. Near the end it Sheeran gets taken to a secret(?) bar in which after picking up another round of Guinness, he accidentally spills it on the same guy that he accidentally hit with a dart and Sheeran gets floored by the guy. It then ends with Sheeran waking up in what appears to be the girls room and ends with them hugging and the camera, most likely on a drone flying away from them getting a good shot of Galway from the sea.
5: Queen- Somebody to Love: I pretty much grew up listening to Queen songs and one of my favourites over the past few years but the reason why I decided to put this on the list is that video is different from the previous entries as it is a really good amalgamation since that it uses a combination on live stage performances as well as being in a recording studio as we not only see Freddy Mercury laying down the main vocals for the track but also along with the other Queen members with the back ensemble parts. It is an amazing song and is something that I will still be listen to.
4: Johnny Cash- Hurt: Weirdly this is the only song in which I have never heard the original version of, this song originally done by Nine Inch Nails, since I do really like the version that Cash did. The reason why that I like this version was released a in roughly the same year in which Cash had passed away and him knowing that he was going to die, which is something that is one of the reasons why I like it. The emotions that the visual use was powerful, using a lot of archived footage for the video showing the things that he has done. But one parts that I found to be rather the saddest was that of his wife, June, watching him play the guitar and knowing that this was his last song, possibly, being even more sadder as she died before him. Another reason why I love this song as much as the music video was for the fact that it has been used still today and most recently with Logan signalling the end of Hugh Jackman playing Wolverine (at that time.)
3: Tenacious D- Tribute: I don’t know what I like more Bill & Ted challenging Death through various board games or Tenacious D being challenged by the Devil into playing the greatest song in the world. The video starts off with Jack and Kyle heading to a recording booth in what could be a mall in which they go and record their song with a little bit of ‘studio interference’ and manage to record their song in which they recreate through a story where a demon appears before them asking for them to play the greatest song in the world, in which they battle the demon and they manage to beat him in that. But in the real world where they are recording their song it starts going bad for them as they end up getting arrested and an old lady with glowing eyes takes their CD from them. Also, this is the second song on the list where Ben Stiller appears.
2: Weird Al Yankovic- White & Nerdy: I had such an annoying time trying to pick which Weird Al music video that I liked, and I just went with something completely random and White and Nerdy is just that. The video pretty much plays along with what happens in the song and there are a lot of stupidly awesome bits in it.
1: Michael Jackson- Thriller (Full Version): This could have gone one of two ways, both of my pics for number one were going to be Michael Jackson songs. My other choice was Smooth Criminal since that it was a lengthy Jackson song and is an amazing video, but that was because it was also part of the film Moonwalker. So, I decided to go with my next choice, Thriller. There are many reasons why this is my favourite music video and it pretty much is that I am a huge fan of horror. It opens with a mini movie in which Jackson, playing a different character to the music video, takes his girlfriend out to somewhere but they have car trouble and they start walking. He then ends up proposing to her but that’s not the kicker as that it turns out that he has a dark secret, that being when there is a full moon he turns into a werewolf… werecat…. Were-something and before we see the kill happen on screen it cuts to Jackson and his date sitting in a theatre watching the film and we just hear the rest of the film playing, they walk out of the theatre and then the actual music video portion starts, and it just gets interesting from there as they dance down the street. My next favourite part comes up in which Vincent Price narrates a portion when the Thriller Zombies appear, and we then see that Jackson himself is a zombie as well. The choreography for the entire piece is amazing and well done and was another reason why I had a hard time between this and Smooth Criminal.