Help me find funny, visually interesting, high energy music videos
May 24, 2015 8:15 AM   Subscribe

My 10 year old niece and 7 year old nephew really like to watch music videos. The ones they love most are goofy, high energy, and have some type of underlying story. They are particularly into music that is danceable and visually they like bright colors and crazy costumes or interesting outfits. A few they have liked recently are Con Bro Chill and Meghan Trainor. Any suggestions for other artists they might like?

I see there are a few previous Asks that are relevant, and I'll look through those too, but I'm looking specifically for artists that are new/current.
posted by ezrainch to Media & Arts (32 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
Walk the Moon - Shut Up and Dance
posted by Sassyfras at 8:23 AM on May 24, 2015

Some classics: Peter Gabriel - Sledgehammer and Big Time.
posted by belau at 9:08 AM on May 24, 2015 [2 favorites]

Also check out OK Go - This Too Shall Pass. Whoops - already suggested!
posted by belau at 9:11 AM on May 24, 2015

You probably want to look up music videos by Michel Gondry. Almost all of them fit the above criteria.

Start with "around the world" by daft punk
posted by sleeping bear at 9:12 AM on May 24, 2015

Orange Caramel are amazing .
posted by The corpse in the library at 9:15 AM on May 24, 2015

Taylor Swift Bad Blood has a story and a dance beat. And costumes.
posted by fiercekitten at 9:16 AM on May 24, 2015

Sounds like The Aquabats! Super Show! is just what you are looking for.
posted by gideonswann at 9:33 AM on May 24, 2015

Shine On Me - Chris Dane Owens

It might be a LITTLE too crazy, but it is one of my favorite videos ever.
posted by bibliogrrl at 9:34 AM on May 24, 2015

Check out K-pop artists like Girls Generation and Hyuna.
posted by Juliet Banana at 9:36 AM on May 24, 2015

True Faith
posted by pompomtom at 9:38 AM on May 24, 2015

Some more kpop recommendations:
f(x) Danger
Kara Step
Miss A Breathe
Wonder Girls 2 Different Tears

Not the typical kpop, but fun music video with high energy music:
Postino I Love It
posted by needled at 9:54 AM on May 24, 2015

Of Monsters and Men:
Little Talks
King and Lion Heart (Warning: sad ending)
posted by BrashTech at 11:40 AM on May 24, 2015

posted by ghostbikes at 11:45 AM on May 24, 2015

What does the fox say?
sorry if it gets stuck in your head now
posted by barnone at 12:05 PM on May 24, 2015

Girls Just Want To Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
Karma Chameleon - Culture Club
Safe and Sound - Capital Cities
Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars
Wannabe - Spice Girls
posted by SisterHavana at 3:27 PM on May 24, 2015

You literally described Willow Smith's Whip My Hair!
posted by cashman at 4:21 PM on May 24, 2015

+1 OK GO
posted by divina_y_humilde at 4:23 PM on May 24, 2015

Supergrass - Alright
Pulp - Common People
B52s - Love Shack

Videos I loved as a kid:

Adam & the Ants - Stand and Deliver - Goodie Two Shoes
Billy Joel - Uptown Girl
Stray Cats - Stray Cat Strut
The Cars - You Might Think
Men at Work - Down Under
Men Without Hats - Safety Dance
Madness - Our house - House of Fun
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - Don't Come Around Here no More
The Clash - Rock the Casbah
Queen - Radio Gaga - I Want To Break Free - A Kind of Magic
Duran Duran - Hungry Like the Wolf
Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams

This one might be a bit too mature, but it fascinated teenage me:
Army of Lovers - Crucified
posted by Hal Mumkin at 6:12 PM on May 24, 2015 [1 favorite]

Don't Come Around Here No More might be a little nightmare fuel-y for a 7 year old. Spoiler: Alice (of Wonderland fame) gets turned into a cake and watches herself, horrified, get eaten by the band. The video ends with her screaming and Tom Petty swallowing her fading face, then wiping his mouth with a napkin.

7-year-old me was terrified. 36-year-old me thinks it's brilliant.
posted by ostranenie at 7:33 PM on May 24, 2015

walk the dinosaur by was not was
posted by insomniax at 7:42 PM on May 24, 2015

Kon Kan - I Beg Your Pardon
Infectious Grooves - These Freaks Are Here to Party
Alan Parsons Project - Don't Answer Me
Gang of Four - Cadillac
Cocteau Twins - Pearly Dewdrops' Drops
Paula Abdul - Opposites Attract
Michael Jackson - Leave Me Alone
Peter Gabriel - nearly anything, but especially Sledgehammer, Steam and Big Time
Happy Mondays - Step On
Thompson Twins - Lies
Nik Kershaw - Wouldn't It Be Good

I could do this all night.
posted by ostranenie at 7:46 PM on May 24, 2015 [1 favorite]

Future Sound of London - We Have Explosive
Deeee-Lite - Groove Is In the Heart
Technotronic - Pump Up the Jam
Prince - Raspberry Beret
Genesis - Land of Confusion
Godley and Creme - Cry
Definition FX - Something Inside
Darling Buds - Crystal Clear
Dada - Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
Scissor Sisters - Any Which Way
Belois Some - Some People

Some of these might have content objectionable to small ears, but then again it might fly over their heads.
posted by ostranenie at 7:51 PM on May 24, 2015

Spin Doctors - Little Miss Can't Be Wrong
They Might Be Giants - The Elements, Istanbul
Weird Al Yankovic - Word Crimes, Skipper Dan, Party in the CIA, Tacky, Aluminum Foil, and dozens more
Cerrone - The Collector
Goon Squad - Eight Arms
Baltimora - Tarzan Boy
Montefiori Cocktail - Crazy Beat
Tipsy - Mr. Excitement
De La Soul - Me, Myself and I
Tribe Called Quest - Scenario
posted by ostranenie at 7:57 PM on May 24, 2015

A-Ha - Take On Me
Tom Petty - Running Down a Dream
Def Leppard - Let's Get Rocked
Goldie - Rainbows of Colour and Inner City Life
Dire Straits - Money For Nothing
Split Enz - I Got You
Haircut 100 - Girl Meets Boy
Pulp - Common People
posted by ostranenie at 8:03 PM on May 24, 2015

(Uh, most of these are not current but I stand by them as they meet one or more of the above criteria)
posted by ostranenie at 8:05 PM on May 24, 2015

Almost forgot:
Katy Perry - California Gurls and Last Friday Night (TGIF)
posted by SisterHavana at 8:36 PM on May 24, 2015

Prefab Sprout - The King of Rock 'N' Roll
posted by Hal Mumkin at 6:45 AM on May 25, 2015

Response by poster: Thanks for all the great ideas. There's lots of stuff out there I've never seen! I'll mark this as resolved and next time I hang out with them we'll watch them and mark their favorites as best answers.
posted by ezrainch at 12:03 PM on May 25, 2015

Phoenix - Trying To Be Cool (official video)
posted by ostranenie at 12:26 PM on June 4, 2015

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