My Favorite Music Videos (Not Hip Hop)

“Jeremy” – Pearl Jam – Ten (1991)

In today’s day and age, with all the chaos surrounding mental health and gun control, I thought it would be appropriate to start off with Pearl Jam’s “Jeremy”. With the eerie hook, “Jeremy spoke in class today…”, the song is inspired by something Eddie Vedder read in a newspaper about a 16-year-old boy named Jeremy who went up to the front of his English class and shot himself in the head on the morning of January 8, 1991. The video opens with it being 64 degrees in a cloudy suburban neighborhood, and it closes the same way. That is to illustrate that nothing happens, and life goes on. Eddie Vedder saw the little newspaper section regarding the teenager, and felt like he wanted to make something out of it, dedicating the lyrics to his life, and portraying a music video to illustrate the pain he went through, and how little has been done to prevent these kinds of things. It is a powerful video, viewers discretion is advised, and if you watch it and feel uncomfortable, well, you’re supposed to. May Jeremy Delle rest in peace, and although he may have thought he stood for nothing, he will never know the impact he had on millions across the world when Pearl Jam released their powerful single.

Side note: If you ever get the chance to see Pearl Jam live, do it. I saw them and they played almost 40 songs. It was incredible.

“Get You” – Daniel Caesar ft. Kali Uchis – Freudian (2017)

The only word to describe Daniel Caesar’s impeccable voice is “soul”. A classic video accompanying a soulful number by the young singer was delivered. Take a step into the setting of a small stage at night with young people dancing while Daniel Caesar is singing almost directly to you. This song and video will make you think of that special someone.

“When You Die” – MGMT – Little Dark Age (2018)

After their eruption into the mainstream back in 2007, MGMT almost shuttered at fame and their next few projects were not what fans were expecting, and commercially were busts. Their latest release, however, is proving that MGMT is back, and they are killing it. With that signature MGMT sound, the upbeat, yet sarcastic, song puts listeners in a trance, and the music video is like nothing you’ve ever seen. The satirical psychedelic visual will make your head spin, but you will love every second of it!

“Mind Mischief” – Tame Impala – Lonerism (2012)

When people think of Tame Impala, they think of his masterpiece, “Currents”. In my opinion, “Lonerism” was just as good, and it has one of the most riveting music videos I’ve ever seen. Set in a classroom, the Australian psychedelic rock musician’s stellar music comes out swinging. The student is evidently attracted to the teacher, which results in them going outside into her car where they smoke a joint, and that is truly where the video itself “starts” in a sense. What happens after that is simply incredible, and the title “Mind Mischief” is a perfect name for what your head will be thinking when watching the rest of that music video.

“Nikes” – Frank Ocean – Blonde (2016)

Given how little he raps, and how unbelievable his voice is, I refuse to consider Frank Ocean a rapper. The looseness and absence of structure on Blonde, with the beautiful instrumentalism made the album one of the best pieces of music I’ve heard in a long time. The video for “Nikes” is as honest and true to Frank’s persona as it is visually stunning. The music itself puts you in a trance, the video does nothing but make that trance turn to euphoria. The imagery in the video sends chills down your spine at some points, such as the reenactment of the Heaven’s Gate ritual mass suicide of 1997. Frank Ocean’s unique style with the use of cars has always been a staple in his work, and he executed “Nikes” perfectly.

 

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“Queen of California” – John Mayer – Born & Raised (2012)

Now let me just say that I fucking love John Mayer (excuse my French), and “Continuum” is a top 5 blues album of all time. Now, the music video for John Mayer’s “Queen of California” is almost triumphant. John Mayer walks from set to set in a one take shot, with a multitude of different scenes filled with joy and music. It is one of the most entertaining videos I’ve seen in a long time.

“Serpents” – Neck Deep – Life’s Not Out To Get You (2015)

The British pop punk band stormed the scene in 2015 when their second album blew up among that community. While dedicated fans consider their debut, “Wishful Thinking” to be just as good as their follow up, the 2015 album garnered much more commercial success. “Serpents” is a hard hitting song about being used in a relationship, which is something many can relate to. The music video features the band in a cartoon haunted mansion, illustrating what it feels like to be in such a situation.

“Everytime” – Boy Pablo – Roy Pablo (2017)

The indie group out of Norway is gaining recognition among the indie community. Their hit “Everytime” is a smooth and sunny song that reminds us of teenage love. The music video has a humorous taste to it, with the members playing in awkward positions, and giving quirky smirks to the camera. It is an entertaining number, and a joyful little video that was made by the group. A lot of talent is there in Norway, and more people should take notice!

“Na Na Na” – My Chemical Romance – Danger Days (2010)

My Chemical Romance was one of the best rock bands of the 2000’s, ranging from hard rock, to punk, to more hardcore songs. Their 2006 album, “The Black Parade”, was a smash hit, and I think I speak for everyone when we say that if any of those songs come on, we’d still sing along today. MCR’s frontman, Gerard Way, is a theatrical man, and is the genius behind he themes that each MCR album has, such as the dark murderous assassin in “Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge”, the triumphant “Black Parade” with skeletons in marching band attire belting out anthems, and it was no exception for their 2010 album when he created the Killjoys. Taking place on another planet, the album tells a story of the Killjoys and their dangerous, yet flashy experiences and battles. Their music videos for the album actually accompany each other, and tell one big long story. In almost comic book style, the video for “Na Na Na” is electric, and is their battle song, with the Killjoys fighting off their enemies with space lasers throughout the video. The lyric video is just as exhilarating if you get a chance to watch both!

Honorable Mentions

“A Lizard State” – King Krule – 6 Feet Beneath the Moon (2013)

“Everlong” – Foo Fighters – The Colour and the Shape (1997)

“Holocene” – Bon Iver – Bon Iver (2011)

“In Bloom” – Nirvana – Nevermind (1991)

“Buddy Holly” – Weezer – The Blue Album (1994)

“Someday” – Sugar Ray – 14:59 (1999)

“Hurts Like Heaven” – Coldplay – Mylo Xyloto (2011)

“Kings and Queens” – 30 Seconds to Mars – This Is War (2009)