Here’s a look at the music videos that keep it 1600.
Ariana Grande, “Positions”
Ari is the commander-in-chief of this cheeky clip directed by Dave Meyers for “Positions” (from her upcoming album of the same name), in which she channels Jackie O while overseeing a very fashionable cabinet meeting, gets dirty in the room. kitchen, takes a slow walk like Aaron Sorkin down the hall with cabinet secretaries, and puts her high heels on the Resolute desk as she makes America even fiercer.
Sheryl Crow, “Woman in the White House”
The singer updated her 2012 B-side for our current times, transforming it from a country song to a stomping rocker. Crow changes the lyrics in one line to: “Just look what the hell it’s been / Heck, I’ll write my own name / I guarantee we would all be / Sing a different song.”
When she originally wrote it, Crow said in a statement that she hoped the country would vote for its first female president, but she remains undefeated in the video, which features footage of the women’s marches, the pandemic and demonstrations of Black Lives Matter while lamenting. the 230 years of waiting to put one, well, you know. And although she didn’t recreate the White House like Ari, Crow beams up against the barriers outside the Trump Residence, scratches outside the Capitol, and provocative with acoustics within sight of the Donald.
The rapper “FDT” has not finished poking his favorite presidential target in the salacious clip of his recent single. The Compton MC jabs at Trump’s easily ridiculed features through a buffoonish impersonator, whose face is coated in Trump’s signature bright orange bronzer to accent his ill-fitting suit with an extra-long tie and raccoon eyes.
The clip – which dropped just days after Trump returned to the White House after being at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for emergency treatment for the coronavirus – essentially consists of a fake Trump throwing gang signs and frolicking with strippers in the Oval Office and on Air Force One.
Weezer, “I love the United States”
For their 2016 single, the power chord rockers recruited comedian Patton Oswalt to outfit all of his best reds, whites, and blues for strolling through the Oval Office. Oswalt mouths vocalist Rivers Cuomo’s lyrics about his love for ‘Merica while resting his paws on everything in the room, striking heroic desk poses resolute in his American Flag Zumbas and snatching a wicked solo on his guitar adorned with a flag during a patriotic balloon drop.
Lana Del Rey, “National Anthem”
In 2012, before the White House became a symbol of national division, LDR stepped onto the podium in this clip, which Billboard named one of the best music videos of the past decade.
The visual opens with a tribute to JFK’s legendary breathless Marilyn Monroe birthday serenade (with A $ AP Rocky as his replacement for brutally smoking), before pivoting to blurry images of the happy couple in paintings worthy of Polo-ad-ad. . Spoiler alert: It doesn’t end well for Rock / JFK and LDR must mourn it in fashion, Jackie Kennedy style.
Eminem, “My name is”
Slim Shady loved to parody handy fruit back then, and in his 1999 video for this single from his second album, The LP Slim Shady, he faced silly suburban dads, late night talk show hosts, The Brady Bunch, Marilyn Manson and then President Bill Clinton in a fairly precise imitation, down to the ex-prez’s hand gestures.
NWA “Express Yourself”
Hip-hop bomb throwers threw a hot one back in 1989 with this visual, which opens with black-and-white footage of slaves picking cotton before escaping the streets of LA to stroll with friends as the mounted police try to lock them up. .
This leads Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Eazy-E, DRJ Yella, and MC Ren to move into the “Black House,” with Dre taking on the chief rhyme as reporters cling to each of his bars. The Beat Doctor jumps on the phone with world leaders and takes a JFK-type convertible ride through Compton as gunshots ring out.