Summer Music Videos: Five you should care about

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If you are longing for an interesting music video to grab your attention, then you’ve come to the right place. I’ve perused the World Wide Web to find five music videos that are exciting, fun or out of the ordinary. Check them out:

5. Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg “California Gurls”

Who doesn’t love a nice game of Candyland? The D-O-Double-G plays singer Perry on a wildly colorful board game of “Candyfornia,” a world laced with licorice and candy cane anacondas. Perry, who rocks a cotton candy wig, wears a bustier laden with rhinestones and gumdrops to match her candy wrapper skirt. It’s campy and scrumptious while being equal parts sexy and ridiculous. If you’ve ever wanted to see Perry shoot whipped cream from her breasts, your wish has come true.

Check out the music video at YouTube.

4. Gorillaz “On Melancholy Hill”

The duo just released their new video, and the video sports some high production values with the cartoon style the group is known for using in music videos. The underwater graphics are soothing to match the vibe of the song, and there is a blend of several different art styles to create another visual adventure through a song by the Gorillaz. The fictional band members you’ve come to love are back, as well with their odd characteristics.

Check out the music video here at YouTube.

3. Snoop Dogg “O Sookie”

Snoop Dogg makes a trip to Bon Temps, La. in this great tribute to our favorite fang-banger, Sookie Stackhouse. True Blood fans will appreciate this more than the average viewer, but it’s a great little ditty. There are waitresses from Merlotte’s that dance alongside Snoop in the video, and there are clips from the television series scattered throughout. Watch it for a good laugh. Be glad there are no spinning heads in the video.

Check out the music video here at YouTube.

2. Hanson “Thinking ‘Bout Somethin’”

Say what you want about Hanson, but the Oklahoma trio has matured enough to make some solid music over the past few years. This music video is a tribute to one of the most iconic scenes from the 1980 classic, “The Blues Brothers,” where The Blues Brothers dance and sing “Shake a Tail Feather” with Ray Charles. In this music video, Hanson and the production crew mimic the scene almost identically. There are people dancing in the street, funky guitar riffs and even a cameo by “Weird Al” Yankovic as the tambourine player. Remove the sounds of “MMMBop” from your mind for about four minutes, and check this groovy track from the brothers. Trust me, it’s not horrible.

Check out the music video here at YouTube.

1. Lady GaGa “Alejandro”

Mama monster is back with another music video to make your eyes go ga-ga. The video starts off with shirtless military men in leather performing a dancer’s military march while Miss GaGa watches from above in her tower. GaGa looks like a cross between Queen Amidala and Darth Vader in this video with her odd steampunk outfit. The dancing is top-notch and fluid. The dancers will make you feel like hitting the gym with their chiseled figures. The context of the music video itself is where the strength of the video lies. There are some subtle and blatant messages implied through the video involving a clash between the Catholic church and gays. GaGa seems to be trying to inhabit the inner conflict between the two opposing groups by swallowing rosaries and mimicking sexual positions. This video continues to show GaGa bringing the music video medium back to an art form.

Check out the music video here at Vevo.

Compiled by Tyler White