Best Music Videos of the 2000s

The 2000s was an interesting period for Music Videos. Music video production was highly profitable, THR, VH1, & MTV were very popular. Often running music videos on their channels for long segments. High-quality video production for music videos had a high peak in the 2000s.

Here are the Best Music Videos of the 2000s:

(2001) “Get Ur Freak On” by Missy Elliott

The music video directed by Dave Meyers had this song on everyone’s lips back in 2001. The video featured exaggerated kung-fu moves mixed with a funky dance style amidst a rip-off of Michael Jackson’s thriller moves. This video went ahead to get nominated for the VMA best music video later that year.

(2000) “Californication” by Red Hot Chili Peppers

The duo of Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton joined forces to direct the Californication video of the band Red Hot Chili Peppers. The gist of the video is about gaining immortality in the form of video game characters. Inspiration was taken from scenes of the Tony Hawk Pro Skater and Grand Theft Auto games where the band members interact before finally converging in their 3D form in the center of the earth to gain entrance back into reality.

(2000) “The Real Slim Shady” by Eminem

The year 2000 saw Marshall Mathers aka Eminem release an album that produced a lot of hits amongst them being the track The Real Slim Shady. The track alone was controversial in its own right from taking jabs at celebrities and going on to pinpoint himself as an inmate of an asylum. Costumes used included his school girl outfit inspired by Britney Spears, his alter ego as a fast food worker. The risqué video and its costumes make it one of the most beloved videos of the year 2000. Directors were Eminem himself, Phillip Atwell and Dr.Dre.

(2008)”Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” by Beyonce

The black and white video directed by Jake Nava draws power from its simple form. With Beyonce dressed in leotard and high heels alongside a pair of back up dancers brings this video to life. The choreography in the video is very intense and as a result earned Beyonce a lot of awards and nominations. The video itself has received a lot of acclaims while also inspiring parodies on the part of singers like Joe Jonas and Justin Timberlake.

(2001) “You Rock My World” by Michael Jackson

The late pop king Michael Jackson shines in this video that showcases a lot of vices from women, gambling, smoking, drinking and getting high. This is more of a short film than a 4-minute video directed by Paul Hunter. Although Michael Jackson is well known as a dancer and for inventing the moonwalk, he still manages to take on the role of a fighter very easily in this video. Characters of the bad guy and sidekick of the hero were played by Marlon Brando and Chris Tucker respectively.

(2006) “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” by Panic! At The Disco

Like the name says, sins and tragedies are what should be expected and this video kind of delivers that from the circus, face paint, wedding, and glitter. This video with all its corniness went on to win the 2006 VMAs award for Video of the Year thanks to the direction of Shane Drake.

Intro to the Origins of Rock ‘n’ Roll

A music genre does not simply manifest out of nowhere. It comes from an entire process of progression that evolves through time from innovative performances, critics review, publication or recording that allow listeners to perceive its unique qualities and apply a genre.

And that’s how Rock and Roll came about…

However, its history is still a bit of a question mark until today. Many sources claim different origins of this timeless music genre and it’s hard to tell which one’s the most accurate.

It’s Origins

Rock and roll is a crossover of rhythm and blues music mostly performed by African-American artists for African-American audiences and repurposed by white artists for mostly white audiences. Until 1951, that the music industry finally understood that there was a market for white people for black music and that capitalism can’t do anything with it.

Alan Freed catalyzed this movement when he wittingly coined the term, rock ‘n’ roll. Freed was a radio jock at a Cleveland, Ohio radio station. Although the term has already been used loosely in the 1940’s, he was the one who used it to pertain to a music genre.

Many white Americans enjoyed rhythm and blues (R & B) but it was only being played on certain music outlets and were hardly heard in the mainstream. Freed was able to play R&B music on his radio station by calling it rock ‘n’ roll. And so it was popularized.

Elvis Presley

elvis-presley-king-rock-n-rollA notable artist come to mind when talking about rock ‘n’ roll— Elvis Presley’s music had been successful as it was able to resonate amongst people from different classes of buyers. A Memphis paper even said once that “He has a white voice, sings with a Negro rhythm, which borrows in mood and emphasis from country styles.” Elvis often sang music composed by obscure African-American men.

Elvis was a rockstar both on stage and on TV, and while he embodied pop rock ‘n’ roll, the minority and some majority group has started to use the genre to epitomized youth’s rebellion as a soundtrack of their dreams of anti-conformism, war, civil rights, and important civil issues of the time.

But beyond various political movements that may seem to have pushed rock ‘n’ roll to the surface, it rose as one of the most influential, fastest developing, more often a 4-piece quartet music genre in America.

The Progression

From the poetic lyrics of Bob Dylan to the evolution of surf music in America, to the pivotal rock invasion in the 60’s right in the heart of Britain— London—where bands like Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds, the Animals and The Beatles became a sensation.

The Yardbirds were the most influential to great rock ‘n’ roll names such as Jimi Page, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and Led Zeppelin. While The Beatles took achieved a worldwide success, Led Zeppelin started to change the face of rock again.

This second generation rock’s stars are The Kinks and The Who who both went on record concept albums. The impact of British ingénue in their version of rock ‘n’ roll have shattered bounds of what rock symbolized in America and pretty soon, it was the war cry of every kid in their garage, playing rock music to express themselves.

sublevel203-modern-rock-n-rollModern Vibe of Rock ‘n’ Roll

Names like the Doors, Pink Floyd, Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart, Simon and Garfunkel, Jimi Hendrix, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Janis Joplin came from different sub-genre of rock but were able to electrify the world with their experimental genius.

Rock ‘n’ roll, an ever-evolving music, went on until the 70’s to influence more geniuses which gave birth to countless other genres such as country-rock, reggae, funky, heavy metal, hard rock, etc. and the world has never been the same again.