I have made a list of five of some of the best music videos ever....ok, I might be a little biased, but I like them and that's all that matters...right? I usually like to stay away from watching music videos, because they tend to just be a project for some director, and have nothing to do towards the actual music. So the last thing I want to be thinking of while listening to a great track, is the image of the crappy music video that's connected to it. But once in a while, I'll find myself enjoying the music video, and it will sometimes even add to the listening experience (which is what music videos should be doing, to begin with). With all that said, here are my top five videos in no particular order:
1. Aphex Twin - Windowlicker
I remember the first time I watched this, the girls creeped me OUT and actually kind of scared me (I was pretty young, so don't judge). At first, his video might contradict what I just said about how videos should relate to the music, since the video includes thugs, Aphex Twin-like creatures/monsters, and hip-hop dancing. But I think it fits perfectly with Aphex Twin's unique sound, and the great cinematography juxtaposed with the odd storyline makes for a great video. If you're not digging the hip-hop satirical first half, then there's also an edited version that starts with the music.
2. The Chemical Brothers - Star Guitar
Not only is the track a classic, but so is the video. The elements of the track are choreographed with the video's content, which is original and creative. I remember watching this every weekend when MTV2 had a show that would air Saturday nights called Dance
(yes you read right, MTV2 used to show quality material). It would air classic and current electronic videos. So maybe it's not just the music or the creativeness of the video, but the nostalgia that comes with it that makes it a favorite of mine.
3. Kenneth Bager - Love Won't Leave Me Alone
What do you get when you mix a supermodel, a Spanish pornstar, a ballet dancer, and good cinematography? The video above. That already sounds great, but then there's the song that makes it even better. And if it sounds familiar, that's because Danish producer Kenneth Bager samples "Theme From A Summer Place", which is a song from an old movie, used in commercials and other stuff. N*Grandjean's great vocals top it off to give the song a classy feel.
4. Iio - Rapture
This one holds a sweet spot in my heart, as it was one of the first electronic songs I was obsessed with. I would wait every week for the weekly countdown to listen to it, and I would always catch it on Dance
on MTV2. It's like a slap of nostalgia everytime I watch it. Plus, a young Nadia Ali didn't make it hard to watch. I'm glad the song still sounds good and I can still enjoy it after all these years.
5. Felix Da Housecat - Silver Screen
This video is really weird, and I like that. I used to watch it all the time when I was younger, and for some reason I was really amused by it. It could have been because of the dark and aggressive music playing alongside the dark and odd video. Whatever the reason may be, I was still an odd kid, and this is still a great video and song.
Special Mention. M83- Echoes...
Although this isn't a music video, it is a video with music, so I thought I should mention it. This was the teaser trailer for Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
, and it's done gorgeously. In fact, I liked the teaser so much, I liked it more than the actual album.