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20 Awesome Car Themed Music Videos – Billboard


Summer has arrived and the time has come to… burn rubber in the streets. With the waning season upon us, and Billboardis recent Fast Furious digital coverage story focusing us on everything automotive related, we thought it was a good time to browse 20 classic car themed videos.

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From Beyoncé and Lady Gaga to Jay-Z and Kanye West, to classic ZZ Top 1980s hot-rod Eliminator clips and many more, these are the videos that make our hearts vibrate!

Whitesnake, “Here I Start Again” (1987)

One of the most legendary hair band videos of the 1980s featured the late Tawny Kitaen as the ultimate car model, draping himself over the hoods of two Jaguars as singer David Coverdale gazed sensually at the camera. . While we don’t recommend splitting two luxury vehicles, distracting the driver by cooing in their ear, or hanging out the window on the freeway while driving, Kitaen has found a way to make it. cool.

ZZ Top, “Legs”, “Gimme All Your Lovin ‘”, “Sharp Dressed Man” (1983)

Bearded Texas blues rockers had a mid-career blast in a 1983 video series featuring a tricked 1933 Ford Coupe with their logo splashed onto the side that fueled a trio of visuals that made it stars from MTV. Did it help that a trio of alluring models in high heels and skimpy dresses were behind the wheel? Sure.

MIA “Bad Girls” (2013)

This iconic clip shot in the Moroccan desert shows the singer hooked up with a gang of women covered in head-to-toe niqab-style designer outfits while driving through the dust as groups of men wearing kaffiyeh watch. Drifting, riding ghosts, spinning, tilting on two wheels and crossing the expanse of sand carefree, the clip appeared to be a commentary on the then-banned rights of women to drive in Saudi Arabia. Either way, watching the women cling to doors and skate across the sand at high speed and whip it in their neon-covered and lightly broken BMWs, Benzes and Peugeot’s is a hell of a rush.

Gorillaz, “Pen” (2010)

Bruce Willis rips through the tarmac in a classic cherry red 1969 Chevy El Camino as animated 2D group members Murdoc and Noodle attempt to dodge his hail of .357 magnum gunfire in their strafed and strafed 1969 Camaro as he shines he eats donuts the cop tries to chase them all, like Steve McQueen.

Missy Elliott – “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)” (1997)

Most people remember the black inflatable trash bag outfit Elliott wore in this visual by Hype Williams. But don’t forget that Missy is also hopping in her tricked black Hummer for a breathtaking stroll down to the beach.

Sheryl Crow – “Steve McQueen” (2002)

Speaking of automotive legend McQueen, Crow dons his driving leathers and recreates the iconic chase scene from the 1968 McQueen action movie Bullitt in this exciting clip. She gets into a 1967 Mustang and races through the streets of San Francisco (okay, her stuntman did the wheel, but still) against Dale Earnhardt Jr. while looking serious.

Jay-Z and Kanye West – “Otis” (2011)

In this music video directed by Spike Jonze for the song by the dynamic duo’s collaboration Look at the throne Jay and ‘Ye’s album devastate a 2004 Maybach 57 with a blowtorch and circular saw to stump their Otis Redding sampling banger. Ripping off the roof and doors, hip-hop superstars rap in front of a giant American flag, throw sparks while dragging metal-tipped gloves across the floor, and burn themselves out in a parking lot with a bevy of models in the back. of their definitely dangerous whip at any speed.

Lady Gaga / Beyoncé – “Telephone” (2010)

The epic (over nine minutes) musical superstars mini-film is ostensibly the story of a bad girl (Gaga) released from prison by her stay-at-home daughter (Bey) in serious style. And we’re not just talking about his killer ensemble. Queen Bey stops in the iconic flame-licked “P-y Wagon”, which Uma Thurman’s Bride character drove in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill 1.

Beastie Boys, “Sabotage” (1994)

Spike Jonze paid homage to classic 1970s crime shows in this video in which Nathan Wind (MCA), Vic Colfari (Ad-Rock) and Alasondro Alegré (Mike D) drive their heavy sedans through the garbage, slide and jump to through their hoods, grab some air and perform evasive maneuvers through city streets as they burn rubber in an attempt to catch Sir Stewart Wallace (also MCA) in the act.

Sammy Hagar, “I Can’t Drive 55” (1984)

Before becoming Van Halen’s lead singer and a tequila entrepreneur, the Red Rocker was known for his heart-wrenching guitar skills and that solo hit, supposedly inspired by Hagar who got arrested for traveling seven miles beyond. above the national speed limit of 55 mph in upstate New York, which led him to pronounce the title of the now famous song to The Cop. The video was shot at the Saugus Speedway in Santa Clarita, Calif., And it shows Hagar racing in a black Ferarri BB512i before taking it out on a desert road to really let loose. “One foot on the brake and one on the accelerator / There is too much traffic, I cannot pass,” he sings, using the gear lever before being dragged to court.

Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Dogg, “Nuthin ‘But a’ G ‘Thang” (1992)

The visual of the legendary single from Dre’s debut solo album, The Chronicle, was directed by the former NWA rapper and opens with his arrival at Snoop in his custom lowrider. After waking up her boyfriend, they arrive at a barbecue where they join a horde of other auto enthusiasts bouncing and tilting their rides on two wheels through LA.

Rihanna, “Shut Up and Drive” (2007)

This clip directed by Anthony Mandler for the song with endless metaphors of cars as sex opens with RihRih stopping at a junkyard in his red Ferrari as a gang of female mechanics get to work in the warehouse full of deceived rides. And although it may sound like a Fast and furious outtake, even this Gears and Girls franchise never managed to pull off a sexy dance routine involving sultry polishing of the car in hot pants and low-cut jeans. There’s also, of course, a drag race, with Rihanna dropping the flag in her barely-there leather jacket and short-shorts outfit singing, “Because it’s 0-60 in 3.5 / Baby, you got the keys / Now shut up and drive. “

Judas Priest, “On the Road to the Highway” (1981)

British metal legends start the low-budget video of this hymn with raised fists on a setting painted to look like a two-lane desert road at dusk before singer Rob Halford sprints down the middle of a rural road to scream encouragement to her band mates as they check their hair one last time before peeling it in their vintage hot rods.

OK GO, “Need / Obtain” (2012)

The group whose painstakingly staged videos have become a decade-long excuse to indulge in wacky drifts put the pedal to the metal in this Chevrolet-sponsored stunt clip. Dressed in their driving suits and matching helmets, the quartet strum guitars, slam doors and accelerate on a specially designed track lined with instruments activated by paddles attached to the outside of their speeding Sonic.

Rick Ross, “Hustlin ‘” (2006)

You can throw a handful of darts and hit any number of Bawse clips that highlight big-ticket rides. But the first single from Rozay’s debut Port of Miami The album established its platinum-plated lifestyle by showcasing classic cars and modern luxury vehicles traveling on Ocean Drive. Between two shots of women in bikinis (and a lyrical cry to ‘fast cars’), we see Rick driving around the neighborhood in his custom white BMW 745 drawing looks of admiration and jealousy at the car wash where the hers becomes flashy convertible with purple racing paint and castors.

Metallica “Fuel” (1998)

Metallica singer James Hetfield’s obsession with nitro racing cars is voiced in the chorus of this single from the band’s seventh album, Reload: “Give me fuel, give me fire / Give me what I want.” The visual immediately pins the needle red with a montage of smoldering tires and puffed up speedometers to match the galloping pace and overheated graphics of 1950s drag racing movies. return, barely following the group’s double play.

Audioslave, “Show me how to live” (2003)

A nod to the 1971 Cleavon Little high-speed chase film Vanishing Point, singer Chris Cornell and the gang cram into a white Dodge Challenger and smash through police barricades, leap over ravines and send their pursuers tumbling down the ditches between clips in the original. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t end well for them.

Jamiroquai, “Cosmic Girl” (1997)

The funk-loving British pop dance singer who wears a fur hat and needs speed and his team fly over the Spanish desert aboard three legendary supercars (red and black Ferraris and a purple Lamborghini Diablo), with Jay Kay doing the one thing you never want to do while whipping S-curves at terrifying speed: sing and mug for the dash cam.

Prince, “Sexy MF” (1992)

Although Prince is undeniably awesome Love symbol The song from the album and the singer’s golden pistol microphone are at the center of this clip, it is his canary yellow BMW 850i E31 which is the real star. As Prince gets funky in the hallway of a hotel, the late pop icon chills her heels as she leans, dancing and tweaking her car before giving her mic a devilish pitcher turn and leaving.

Ludacris, “Deployment (My company)” (2001)

Along with the little and big-headed Luda, the other co-star of this clip is the rapper’s slick silver Mercedes SL-Class convertible, which he pays homage to in several different lyrics (“We rollin ‘on twenties, with the top back, “” Where do you get a matching Benz hat with their windows tinted? “the fk did you spend it?”). Luda makes sure to give it a quick polish as he gets heads to a store for more bling and you better believe it helps get the ladies’ attention as it slowly passes by.