Worst MTV Videos of All Time – Music Videos Even MTV Is Probably Embarrassed By
When you think about legendary music videos, you think about the videos made by Michael Jackson, the Talking Heads, Guns n Roses, the Beastie Boys, REM and Outkast to name a few famous acts. However, there are plenty of outright bad music videos that even MTV would probably have felt embarrassed to have shown. Maybe these videos are a part of why MTV has just about abandoned them these days?
The Beach Boys – Kokomo
This song is a critical example of how much Brian Wilson, who had nothing to do with the song, meant to this group. The video is an unreasonably corny look at island life and features people trying to look as cool as possible but it turns out they’re just trying too hard. It is also debatable as to whether John Stamos is actually playing the conga on this or if they piped in his sounds later through someone else playing it.
James Blunt – You’re Beautiful
James Blunt doesn’t have much of a face or a voice for the camera in this drab and plain video. You’re better off listening to Weird Al Yankovic’s parody of this song instead.
David Bowie and Mick Jagger – Dancing In the Street
What happens when two music icons get together to perform this Motown classic? You get two old guys looking awkward while dancing. It is better to hear them than to see them in this case.
Vanilla Ice – Ice Ice Baby
This is far from the most embarrassing thing that Vanilla has done. Rapping alongside the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and making a heavy metal version of this rap classic are actually worse. But this video is extremely dated and makes it look like he and his backup dancers are trying far too hard.
Cher – If I Could Turn Back Time
This video features Cher in an irrationally-revealing outfit dancing around and straddling a cannon while some sailors look turned on by her. It is a monument of cheesiness.
LMFAO – Sexy and I Know It
Not even a cameo from porn legend Ron Jeremy can save this video that takes sexuality down a notch. The two guys from LMFAO aren’t even that sexy to begin with. Think of it as a parody that gets the idea of what a parody is wrong.
Kings of Leon – Radioactive
The Followil kids are apparently acting in this video as missionaries in Africa teaching people about rock music. This music video is less down-to-earth and more uncomfortable to watch than anything.
Journey – Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)
The air-playing, including Jonathan Cain’s awkward air-keyboarding, make this a notoriously silly video. The nonsensical narrative of the video, which is apparently a dream, makes this a bad video just as well. It’s unfortunate as this is one of Journey’s best songs. It did inspire one of the most memorable music video commentaries on MTV’s Beavis and Butt-Head – one that caused Cain himself to contact MTV about it.
Eiffel 65 – Blue (Da Ba Dee)
You could actually include any video that this Italian electronic music group as done, what with their bad PSX-era graphics and ridiculous sci-fi storylines hovering all over the place. Amusingly enough, the alien guy in most of their videos even “released” his own “solo album” in Europe.
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