In a generation of YouTube, you don’t have to look far to find hilarious music videos archived online. They are entertaining, amusing and, sometimes, just plain bad. Here is a compilation of the 13 cheesiest music videos of all time. You cheddar believe it!
13. Lollipop (Candyman) – Aqua
This 1997 dance hit from Danish group Aqua is their fourth single. Set in a futuristic space movie, the video features the band members in wigs with lavish eyebrow and ear decorations. Lene (the female singer) shows off her fluttering doe eyes and high-pitched voice in each of Aqua's videos, but this is the only one with a giant iguana attack!
12. Bring it All Back – S Club 7
Though the song itself is fairly catchy and uplifting, there is an unforgiving plethora of khaki pants in this video. The dance moves aren’t even what make me cringe; it’s the random montages of action footage that give the number 12 spot to '90s pop group S Club 7. What is the relevance of a girl jumping up from a garbage can? A man leaning out of a window getting a bucket of milk splashed on his face? A guy with spaghetti all over his suit? Turns out these short reels are from their TV show, Miami 7, for which this was the theme song. Still, they add some comical tackiness to 1999.
11. Get Down – Backstreet Boys
It appears the Boys are getting down on a floating disco ball inside of another giant disco ball! And wait, inside each mirror section of the larger disco ball, there are two dancing girls! They also include a floating rapper who seems to be radiating. After a few body rolls and karate kicks, a girl mysteriously flies from her wall panel into the air! The BSB have that kind of magic.
10. C’est la Vie – B*Witched
This video stars a teenage boy in oversize slacks and four ladies that look to be ten years his senior. All is playful in the bright green fields of Ireland, computer-animated blue skies above. The denim-clad girls tie the frightened teen to the tree under his tree house, spray him with water and proceed to do an Irish jig. All in good fun, though.
9. You Are Not Alone – Michael Jackson
The King of Pop is undoubtedly one of the most talented performers in history. Even with powerful lyrics and vocal execution as brilliant as ever, this music video from 1995 is oozing with cheese. The lace shirt and grand theatre setting are somewhat tolerable. However, the vast green-screen desert is not. The close-up fade to a waterfall would be less ridiculous if the song’s backing track was not made up of sappy ballad drums and bass. Possibly worst of all, MJ is shown lounging in only a towel with his love interest, under towering pillars in the open air.
8. Together Forever – Rick Astley
The artist behind the "Rick Rolling" prank video did produce more than one hit. This 1987 video features Mr. Astley in a variety of suits against a multi-coloured pastel backdrop. He chats on the phone with his blonde sweetheart in his surprisingly deep voice and raises a suave eyebrow as he is kissed on the cheek by female dancers. Perhaps it is Rick’s slimy demeanour that makes his videos so corny.
7. Just a Friend – Biz Markie
In 1989, Biz Markie released his hit song Just a Friend. His tale of a relationship with a deceptive woman is recounted in excruciating detail. Biz, clad in Beethoven attire, pours his sorrows out over his piano during the chorus. Even more memorable than that are his nerdy friends: Agnes, Agatha, Germaine and Jacq.
6. Macho Man – Village People
This video is filled with monstrous biceps and ever-changing facial expressions; the Village People are never short of spectacular showmanship. This very intense dance/workout number is no exception. The handstand pushups on green shag carpet set the perfect mood for 1978.
5. Safety Dance – Men Without Hats
It’s evident that this clip was created to break the video norm of 1983. To start, it is set in a medieval village. A dwarf in a jester costume and a seemingly intoxicated peasant girl accompany the lead singer to a festival where brightly dressed partiers carry out the famed "S" dance move (which looks somewhat like an upper-body twitch). What’s more, this band is from Canada!
4. All Night Long – Lionel Richie
Released in 1983, this video starts with a wave of people walking in one direction, while Lionel Richie traverses the crowd in the other; a man jumps over a fence and lands in the splits; dancers in colour-blocked clothing seem to be hiding around every corner. It culminates with a groove fiesta – complete with poppers, hand-clap games, tribal African dancers and a policeman. All this inside a warehouse that’s meant to look like a neighborhood street.
3. Vancouver – Ligia Oancea
What better way to celebrate Vancouver’s overwhelming beauty than to create a music video about it? With tacky percussion and supremely compressed vocals, this head-bopping tune shows off some of Van city’s most scenic landscapes. Oancea sports an array of sweaters, jackets and a hefty fur coat. She even includes a rap/spoken word breakdown in the middle. Actually, her energy is quite endearing.
2. Tunak Tunak Tun – Daler Mehndi
This is another tragic case of highly distasteful graphic editing. Why hire other people to be in his music video when he can use four clones of himself? The dance moves are wacky – he knows how to shimmy on his knees and seems amused that the impact of his fists can cause an earthquake, cracking the animated ground in two. By the end of the video though, the four Dalers are swept up into a tornado and culminate as one joyous man. I just wish I understood Punjabi so that I could go deeper into the storyline.
1. Hooked On a Feeling – David Hasselhoff
What isn't cheesy about this video? Hasselhoff at his finest: sledding in Inuit fur attire, jumping with an African tribe in safari wear, standing on a moving motorcycle, flying through the sky and dancing at a formal party. There are two little girls dressed as angels who escort him everywhere and some wiener dogs that make their fair share of appearances. A song widely covered around the world, it is hard to tell whether this specific version is meant to be farcical. Nevertheless, this is quality entertainment.