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While Mark Romanek isn’t a household name, he’s one of the best and most established music video directors working today. He did make two feature films with One Hour Photo and Never Let Me Go, but it seems that his heart will always be with the music video format. Here are 18 music videos from Mark Romanek.
- “Free Your Mind” by En Vogue. This is the first music video that got Mark Romanek some recognition. He was nominated for five MTV Video Music Awards, including Video of the Year, while he won three.
- “Are You Gonna Go My Way” by Lenny Kravitz. Because of the success of “Free Your Mind,” Romanek became an in-demand music video director and the video for “Are You Gonna Go My Way” sealed him as one of the best directors in the format.
- “Rain” by Madonna. This video was nominated for two MTV Video Music Awards.
- “Cold Beverage” by G. Love & Special Sauce
- “Scream (featuring Janet Jackson)” by Michael Jackson. At the moment, this music video is the most expensive of all-time with a budget of $7 million. It was nominated for 8 MTV Video Music Awards, while it won three.
- “Novocaine For the Soul” by Eels. This music video was nominated for two MTV Video Music Awards.
- “El Scorcho” by Weezer
- “Devils Haircut” by Beck
- “The Perfect Drug” by Nine Inch Nails. This music video probably sums up Mark Romanek’s visual style, as it was nominated for five MTV Video Music Awards, including Video of the Year.
- “Criminal” by Fiona Apple. With the help of this music video, Fiona Apple’s career in music took off.
- “I Try” by Macy Gray. Mark Romanek did two music videos for Macy Gray in 1999, but the one for “I Try” is my favorite. It’s also the video Macy Gray won the MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist.
- “Hella Good” by No Doubt
- “Cochise” by Audioslave
- “Hurt” by Johnny Cash. Before Johnny Cash died in 2003, his last single and music video was for the song “Hurt,” which was a cover of a Nine Inch Nails song. The music video is bittersweet because it’s his last one.
- “Faint” by Linkin Park
- “99 Problems” by Jay-Z. Mark Romanek directed the music video for “99 Problems,” which featured Vincent Gallo and Rick Rubin.
- “Speed of Sound” by Coldplay
- “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift. This is probably Mark Romanek’s most popular music video and I don’t think it’s shocking that it’s for Taylor Swift.
Check out the mashup for Taylor Swift vs. Nine Inch Nails – Shake It Off (The Perfect Drug). I don’t think it would’ve worked with Mark Romanek’s visual style, even though it is separated by 17 years.