My Top Five Non-Recent Music Videos

by Noelle Matonis

Just because a music video is new doesn’t mean it’s necessarily worth watching. Often, old music videos stand the test of time and can be just as interesting, if not more interesting, and entertaining than new ones. I’ve got five of my all-time favorite music videos to share with you that may not be that old, but are definitely not new either.

  1. Foster The People – “Don’t Stop (Color on the Walls)”

The first time I watched this music video, I immediately had to show it to my family. It’s so funny! It features the singer acting as a worker at the DMV, and he has to ride in the car with a woman who’s trying to get her license but is a terrible driver. To quote one YouTube commenter, “This video might only be three minutes long, but I feel like I just watched an entire movie.” Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go watch it again.

2. Beastie Boys – “Sabotage”

This has to be one of the best music videos of all time. It’s structured similar to an action movie’s intro or trailer with the members of the band, obviously wearing wigs, acting as different characters in a high-speed chase. It’s both hilarious and exciting and definitely entertaining. If you haven’t seen it in a while, go watch it right now. When my sister and I were showing each other music videos we thought were really good, after I showed her this, she said–after her laughter subsided–“I can’t top that.”

3. The Black Keys – “Strange Times”

This is one of my favorite Black Keys songs, as well as one of my favorite music videos. It features the band members, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, playing laser tag, which they take a little too seriously. It’s really funny (notice a pattern here?) and I highly recommend watching it.

4. Green Day – “Walking Contradiction”

Another funny classic, this video features the band members casually doing things they shouldn’t, which incites chaos and destruction all over town. You just have to watch it. It’s one of my favorite Green Day songs and it’s a great video.

5. My Chemical Romance – “Na Na Na”

If you know me, you know I had to include an MCR video in here. But seriously, this is also one of my favorite music videos. It’s action-packed and exciting. and contains many references to different Sci-fi movies such as Star Wars, Mad Max, and Blade Runner. It’s fast-paced and tells the story of the concept of the album in a small amount of time. It’s explosive, it’s colorful, and whenever I think of the Danger Days album, I think of this music video. I’m pretty sure it’s the first MCR music video I watched when I started getting into them. Long story short, go watch this music video! It’ll definitely leave you wanting to learn more about the album, and MCR in general.

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