25 Most Ridiculously Amazing Music Videos

Posted: August 13, 2010 in Uncategorized
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Remember when MTV actually played music videos? Remember when there were actually good music videos? Well, here’s something to jog your memory — 25 fantastic music videos. I got the idea for this entry while I was searching for trippy stuff to watch next week while I’m loaded up on painkillers following the removal of all four of my wisdom teeth. Not all the videos on here are trippy, but psychedelia (I’m not sure if that’s even a real word) is definitely a good thing when it comes to music videos. Without further ado, here are my top 25 music videos (note- just click on the song title to watch the video. Embedding all of them would slow things down way too much):

25) Here It Goes Again (OK Go)
This video is just the band doing an awesome treadmill dance. It’s one continuous shoot with no editing. It’s one of the most watched music videos of all-time on YouTube, and rightfully so. Besides the sweet dance, it involves some awesome suits and an awesome beard. I’m thinking about getting a group of guys together, learning this, rolling up to a gym, pushing some treadmills together and just blowing everyone’s mind. Who’s with me?

24) Virtual Insanity (Jamiroquai)
I was absolutely fascinated with this video when I was eight. It just messes with your mind. You think the floor’s moving, but it’s actually the walls that move while the floor stays still. I have to admit that 13 years later, it’s not quite as cool as I remember it. But hey, it made me remember the name Jamiroquai for 13 years, so it definitely made an impression. Oh yeah, and the furniture bleeds. That’s just weird, but in a cool way.

23) Been Caught Stealing (Jane’s Addiction)
First off, this video starts with the band riding those pony things that are outside grocery stores (“the horsy ride” as my sister and I called it). Then it turns into what should be a commercial for PeopleOfWalmart.com. The best part of this video is the dude dressed as a pregnant woman shoving carrots and a pineapple up her skirt. Like… what? And there’s a pole dance in the middle of the supermarket. I’d definitely pay money to see that.

22) Walkie Talkie Man (Steriogram)
SO MUCH YARN! Yarn instruments, yarn recording equipment, yarn buildings and, best of all, a yarn monster that rips the singer in half, revealing yarn intestines. I yarn for crazy videos like this. I’m sorry. That was lame.

21) Bittersweet Symphony (The Verve)
Yeah, this song was a complete rip-off of the orchestral version of The Rolling Stones’ “The Last Time,” but that doesn’t make the video any less awesome (actually, I still really like the song, too). It’s just the singer walking straight down a main road in London, running over everyone and everything that gets in his way. Every time I’m pissed off in Boston, I think about doing this. Maybe this will be the year I finally do.

20) No Rain (Blind Melon)
Everyone remembers Bee Girl. I was only three when this video came out and I remember her. It’s such a great story. First she gets laughed at, then no one will watch her dance, but finally she finds a whole group of bee people where she’s embraced and presumably lives happily ever after. Brings a tear to my eye every time. Oh yeah, it’s a pretty good song, too. Fun fact: Heather DeLoach, who played Bee Girl, has appeared in episodes of ER and Reno 911.

19) Buddy Holly (Weezer)
It’s a song about the 50s performed by a band from the 90s on a set from the 70s. It’s filmed in the same diner that was used for the show Happy Days (which was also about the 50s) and it features clips from the show throughout the video. It even has Fonzi! THE FREAKING FONZ! Besides Fonzi, my favorite part of this video is at 2:00 when the guitarist rather creepily hits on the nerdy girl in the corner.

18) You Can Call Me Al (Paul Simon)
Chevy Chase lip-synching? Check. Paul Simon looking thoroughly annoyed by the fact that he’s on camera? Check. An awkward white-guy dance made even more awkward by the fact that Chase is like a foot taller than Simon? Check. A video that completely mocks all those “performance” videos everyone made in the 80s? Check. A great, catchy song with funny lyrics? Check. All in all, a pretty damn good combination.

17) Baby Got Back (Sir Mix-A-Lot)
Every music video that features girls with big ol’ booties can trace its roots to this. And none of them can top it. Zoom-ins on butts, singing on butts, lyrics about butts… this video has it all. It’s a song and video about nothing but rumps. And it’s great.

16) Float On (Modest Mouse)
One of the best songs of the last 10 years and one of the best videos of the last 10 years. It’s like a really trippy 2-D cartoon. It has sheep (sometimes underwater), scuba masks, fantastic mustaches and a moon with a face. On a more serious note, this song more or less describes my outlook on life — good news is always on the way, so never let bad news get you too down.

15) Tonight, Tonight (Smashing Pumpkins)
Speaking of trippy… This video has early 1900s attire, a zeppelin going to the moon (this moon also has a face), the band playing on clouds, moon monsters, a mermaid killing a beastly fish with a pitchfork, and an octopus. Don’t think I need to say much else.

14) Otherside (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
RHCP had a bunch of great videos — “Californication” and “Give It Away” come to mind — but I always liked this one the most. It takes place in such a weird, dark world. You have Kiedis singing in a tower, Frusciante playing a long rope in a hallway, Flea playing telephone wires and Smith drumming on a rotating clock tower. Plus, there are battles with a fire-breathing dragon, a shadow and a giant crow.

13) Freak on a Leash (Korn)
I don’t like Korn (although I actually did at one point), but this video is friggin’ amazing. Videos of bullets shattering stuff are pretty awesome in their own right, but the messed-up cartoon and the bullet dancing around the band only add to this. Also, how cool is the old-school cell phone at 2:23? Ah, the 90s.

12) Don’t Come Around Here No More (Tom Petty)
Any music video based on Alice in Wonderland is gonna be great. Mushrooms, hookah, sitar, Petty as The Mad Hatter, pink flamingos, cellos, things constantly changing sizes, a baby turning into a pig, Alice swimming in soup, Alice turning into a cake, Alice getting eaten… yeah, this video’s just downright groovy.

11) I Am the Walrus (The Beatles)
What would this list be without the original masters of trippiness? Long before MTV, The Beatles were making their own videos, and none were more ridiculous than this. The song’s lyrics are zany enough, but the video takes it to another level. It has crazy outfits, silly dances, a gorilla, a walrus (naturally) and a… whatever the hell that green thing is.

10) Learn to Fly (Foo Fighters)
This video tells a pretty typical story. Two janitors (played by Tenacious D) try to smuggle an erotic sleeping drug onto a plane, the drug gets accidentally mixed into the coffee, everyone who drinks the coffee (including the pilots) falls asleep, and a rock band is forced to land the plane. There’s also cross-dressing, fat women, a pig-tailed groupie, a geeky dude, and a complete dork of a steward. Like I said, pretty normal stuff. By the way, is there any chance this would’ve ever seen the light of day post-9/11?

9) The Real Slim Shady (Eminem)
This video is simply hilarious, just like the song. There’s way too much going on for me to even start listing stuff here, but my favorite part is either at 1:08 when the two kids react to the rhinos humping on TV or at 3:20 when the fast-food worker is doing donuts in the parking lot.

8) Loser (Beck)
This song and video is straight from the I Am the Walrus School of Wackiness. Ridiculous lyrics and an even more ridiculous video. Unnecessary censorship, a coffin that moves on its own, something that resembles the Grim Reaper, a Native American with a flaming guitar, home video of a dirt-track race, crazy color experiments… and that’s just in the first minute.

7) Total Eclipse of the Heart (Bonnie Tyler)
OK… so we have this gothic mansion straight out of your favorite horror movie for this video. What do we want to put in it? I know — a swim team, some ninjas, a gymnastics team, some fencers, some football players and a bunch of freaks with, well, bright eyes. By the way, 5:10-5:20 is quite possibly the 10 greatest seconds in music video history. Also, fun fact: E Street Band members Roy Bittan and Max Weinberg (also of Conan O’Brien fame) and Rick Derringer (of “Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo” fame) all played on this song.

6) Once in a Lifetime (Talking Heads)
The Talking Heads were the masters of the crazy 80s video, and this was their best. I can’t decide if David Byrne is a puppet, a man having a really long seizure, or a puppet having a really long seizure. Either way, he’s really sweaty. Fun fact: 2:30-3:05 is my go-to dance routine.

5) Sledgehammer (Peter Gabriel)
This is the most-played video in MTV history, and for good reason. The animation, especially the stop motion, in this is just absurd. And there are two skinned and headless turkeys dancing on a stage for some reason. Also, I’m pretty sure Gabriel refers to his penis as a steam train, an aeroplane, a big dipper, a bumper car and a sledgehammer all in one song. I don’t even know what to make of that.

4) Black Hole Sun (Soundgarden)
If any video on this list is going to haunt your dreams, it’s this one. It’s all about a neighborhood getting swallowed by a black hole. But that’s not what will haunt you. What’ll haunt you are all the creepy faces, especially the little girl foaming at the mouth (just remember that it’s actually ice cream, not rabies). Side note: Soundgarden is definitely underrated. I’d take them over Nirvana any day.

3) Land of Confusion (Genesis)
This video is just one big, freaky puppet show about a bad dream Ronald Reagan is having. And it features caricatures of pretty much everyone who was anyone in the 70s and 80s. By the way, does anyone else think Phil Collins kind of looks like Mad-Eye Moody from Harry Potter at 0:55? Oh yeah, there’s a gorilla, some dinosaurs and a nuke in the video, too.

2) Hot for Teacher (Van Halen)
Every boy dreams of having a teacher like the ones in this video. Unfortunately, none of us ever do. So we’re left to just watch this video over and over again. Fun fact: 3:18-3:33 is my backup dance routine when the one mentioned in No. 6 isn’t getting the job done.

1) Sabotage (Beastie Boys)
This isn’t even debatable. This video kicks boatloads of ass. If this doesn’t make you wanna go out, drive fast, kick some stuff, beat some people up and just be an all-around BAMF, you have no soul.

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Comments
  1. Jittra says:

    I like most of the songs in your list :) Thanks.

  2. Me says:

    I only got two out of these :/ i guess it’s just not my taste:(

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