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Sometimes popular recording artists parody or get inspiration from very popular movies. Here are 15 music video that are based on movies.
- “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX. The first American single from Iggy Azalea features a Clueless parody as its music video. In this case, Iggy Azalea is Cher Horowitz and Charli XCX is Tai Frasier.
- “Rush, Rush” by Paula Abdul. A very young Keanu Reeve co-stars in the music video for Paula Abdul’s “Rush, Rush,” which is a parody of Rebel Without A Cause. Keanu Reeves is James Dean, while Paula Abdul is Natalie Wood.
- “California Love” by 2Pac featuring Dr. Dre. The music video was actually the first one Hype Williams directed, as it portrays Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.
- “To The End” by Blur. The Brit pop band Blur wanted to showoff their art house movie cred with an homage to Last Year at Marienbad with the music video for “To The End.” It’s weird!
- “Everlong” by Foo Fighters. The music video for “Everlong” from Foo Fighters is a partially a parody of The Evil Dead. It was also directed by Michel Gondry.
- “Tonight, Tonight” by Smashing Pumpkins. The Chicago-based alternative band Smashing Pumpkins’ music video for their biggest hit song, “Tonight, Tonight,” was based on Georges Méliès 1902 silent film classic A Trip to the Moon.
- “Cup of Sorrow” by Faith No More. The music video for “Cup of Sorrow” was inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo.
- “The Kill (Bury Me)” by 30 Seconds To Mars. It looks like 30 Seconds To Mars is a big fan of Stanley Kubrick because their music video for “The Kill (Bury Me)” is a parody of the horror movie The Shining.
- “Mr. Brightside” by The Killers. The music video for “Mr. Brightside” was trying to ape Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge! Eric Roberts also stars in the video.
- “Material Girl” by Madonna. The music video for “Material Girl” was based on the “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend” sequence for the movie Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Madonna portrays the Marilyn Monroe role.
- “Pull Shapes” by The Pipettes. Beyond the Valley of the Dolls is the inspiration behind the Pipettes’ music video for “Pull Shapes.”
- “Son of Sam” by Elliott Smith. The music video for “Son of Sam” by Elliott Smith was based on the French short film The Red Balloon.
- “Stacy’s Mom” by Fountains of Wayne. After years in obscurity, Fountains of Wayne made it into the mainstream with the song “Stacy’s Mom” in 2003. It’s video is based on Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Rachel Hunter is the titular “Stacy’s Mom.”
- “Ghost of You” by My Chemical Romance. Part of the music video of My Chemical Romance’s “Ghost of You” was based on the opening battle scene from Saving Private Ryan.
- “Sixteen Military Wives” by The Decemberists. It’s clear that The Decemberists and director Aaron Stewart-Ahn are big fans of Wes Anderson because the music video for “Sixteen Military Wives” was based on Rushmore. Also the music video for My Chemical Romance’s “I’m Not Okay (I Promise)” is also based on Rushmore.