A couple of nights ago, there was a little award show on called the Grammy’s.
All that music and magic got me thinking: I owe you guys a sequel. A sequel to the Five Most Powerful Music Videos you may have missed. This time around, I’m highlighting artists who have consistently produced emotional and effective videos. So don’t just stop at the one, I suggest you check out all their videos! Also this time around: they’re all ladies. If you would like to see the original, you can go right over here:
Without further ado, here are:
FIVE MORE POWERFUL MUSIC VIDEOS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED
5. Whitney Houston- I Have Nothing
Even with the problems she encountered later in life, there’s no denying Whitney Houston’s talent. She’s had plenty of hit singles, lasting songs and great music videos. So how do you choose just one? You start at the top, the pinnacle of her talent…and then watch all the other ones. Seriously, she’s amazing.
I have to go with I Have Nothing. Yes, this is one of those movie+music video tie-ins. But it has two things going for it.
- The Bodyguard was a great movie
- The performance is amazing.
The power comes mostly from the song. Her performance is so honest, so simple, and yet so elegant. Once you watch the movie, the effect doubles. It’s like whipped cream on chocolate milk. Not necessary to enjoy the final product, but oh man, it’s so much sweeter. So if you haven’t caught this one yet, go do it. And then watch every other Whitney video.
4. Adele-Chasing Pavements
Adele is another one of those artists that can just sit there and sing and have an amazing music video. So when she adds a compelling story, it makes it even better. Before Adele became the standard for every radio station, she had a little hit called Chasing Pavements. The song lends itself to a pretty straightforward interpretation. Luckily for us, Adele takes it that one step forward.
In the video, we follow a couple that has been involved in a car crash: and that’s just the beginning. The couple dances, fights and eventually reconciles, despite their untimely demise. This video shows that love is everlasting, even if it’s not perfect. And as Adele observes from a distance, you also get a sense that she truly appreciates her own relationship, despite its own problems. This video (besides having amazing choreography) reminds us to stop and really take stock in what we have, despite obstacles. And again, AMAZING CHOREOGRAPHY.
3. Rihanna- We Found Love (Unfaithful, Take A Bow)
Now we get to the point where artists have made it hard to choose one video. Rihanna is this artist…haha, like you don’t know who she is. Although she doesn’t always go for edgy and powerful videos, when she does, they leave an impression. Again, there are many to choose here. But let’s go recent with “We Found Love.”
In this video, Rihanna takes us through a relationship that is equal parts full of love and full of destructive behavior. The couple seems to be hopelessly addicted to “the drug of love” and to each other. By the end, Rihanna hasn’t fully recovered, but is seen huddled in a corner (presumably from withdrawal). The video is bold on a couple of levels. First off, it’s a strong allusion to Rihanna’s personal life and struggles with her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown. An artist confronting her demons in front of her fans, particularly ones that others may share, is bold on its on. Secondly, it does not have a happy ending.
The rhythm, lyrics and beat could have easily made this song into a happy-go-lucky video. But like the other artists, Rihanna took the extra step and it paid off big.
2. Mary J Blidge- Whole Damn Year (No More Drama, Stronger, Each Tear)
If you’ve never listened to Mary J., you now know what you’re missing in your life. She has a powerful voice and always gives her all on the track. You may have even seen her with a certain Sam Smith (who nearly made the first edition of this list). Mary J Blidge also knows how to make amazing music videos. She has a few trademarks that you’ll see: black and white video, strong narratives and great ballads. Choosing one video was nearly impossible. So again, I’ll go with the most recent.
“Whole Damn Year” is a montage of different people from every walk of life confronting their individual obstacles. It’s hard to identify what it doesn’t cover. There’s scenes involving child abuse, domestic violence and struggling with sexuality. Yes, it does get dark. But in the end, each person finds their light. They either accept what’s happened to them or are accepted by others. It’s an encouraging message, especially to those who are still struggling today.
Not to mention, it’s a great song besides. Get a box of tissues ready and watch Whole Damn Year as soon as you can.
1. Pink-Who Knew, (Sober, Perfect, So many more!)
P!nk is our number one artist today. When I started this music video series, she was the first person to come to mind. Why? Because of the sheer volume of music videos with messages. For years, she’s sought to go beyond the usual rock star video to pieces of art and expression. I remember watching “Stupid Girls” when I was younger and thinking it was hilarious…but also getting the message of how girls are “expected” to behave in society. There was also “So What?” where she took her lyrics almost completely literally. (If you’re not familiar with the song, look at the lyrics and you’ll understand why)
P!nk excels at sending a message that is equal parts hilarious and thought-provoking. But she also knows how to present a straightforward dramatic story. P!nk has dabbled in both categories so well, I legitimately can’t pick a best one.
I’ll just go with one of my favorites.
“Who Knew” is a song about an experience that most of us have had. The feeling of being madly, hopefully, foolishly in love…only to have it fade away. Whether it was a crush or relationship, there’s that slight feeling of longing or sadness that accompanies those memories. The song alone captures that feeling, but the music video hits it out of the park. We watch a couple in an amusement park as they go through the ups and downs (see what I did there?) of their relationship. In the end, we see one of the lovers being taken away by an ambulance. By the end, you can’t help but feel for both of them. They’ve lost so much.
Again, P!nk has so many impactful and influential videos. But when it comes down to it, my favorite will always be of that summer…I mean, that video.
I hope you enjoy these music videos! And remember…bring a tissue. Seriously .