Music videos

25 facts about music videos from the 90s and 2000s

You’ll never look at “…Baby One More Time” the same way again.


Britney Spears’ love interest in the ‘…Baby One More Time’ music video was actually her real life cousin.


The original concept of “…Baby One More Time” was supposed to be the concept of “Oops!… I Did It Again.”

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President of Jive Records Recount EW, “Nigel (the director) had an idea, like, Britney is in space. She comes and lands on Mars on a spaceship, and then she goes into this dance routine.” Britney finally came up with the schoolgirl concept.


For the record, Britney’s schoolgirl outfit was from K-Mart. It cost less than $17.


AJ McClean has been high on cocaine while filming “The Call” music video. It was the first time he had tried it.

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Apparently that’s why he was wearing sunglasses in the video.


The fist-pump choreography in the “Bye Bye Bye” music video was inspired by the Black Power fist salute.

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Years after shooting the video, choreographer Darren Dewitt Henson said Billboard“The choreography was just a combination of a few things: the puppeteer-style dancing, which came from them singing about feeling like puppets on a string on the original track; then the Black Power fist – at the time the band didn’t know where the move came from, they just liked to do the move. This is the first time I’ve actually talked about it.”


In Christina Aguilera’s “Dirrty” music video, there’s a poster that says “Thailand’s Sex Industry” and “Young Underage Girls” in Thai.

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Years later, director David LaChapelle issued an apology to Thailand, the country, saying, “Thailand is a beautiful country with a long cultural history that I truly respect. I would never intentionally do anything to insult the Thai people. Please accept my sincere apologies.”


In the dance scenes of “Pop”, Joey Fatone was replaced by choreographer Wade Robson because Joey had a broken foot.


The wedding dress worn by Mariah Carey in her 2005 classic, “We Belong Together”, is actually the the same which she wore when she married Tommy Mottola in 1993.


In Britney’s “Sometimes” video, a girl scratches her crotch.

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The most iconic “vagina stripe” of the late 90s


That’s how tATu kisses in their “All The Things She Said” music video. Years later they’d come out like “fake lesbians.”


Channing Tatum is a shirtless bartender in Ricky Martin’s “She Bangs” music video.


Aaron Paul is in a Korn clip. It’s in their 2002 video for the song “Thoughtless”.


The pink was supposed to have no longer a chair dance number in “Lady Marmalade,” but asked for it to be changed because she thought it would be like what Britney did in “Stronger.”

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LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Robertson found out they were forced out from Destiny’s Child after watching the “Say My Name” video.

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Their vocals are still present on the song, even though new members Michelle Williams and Farrah Franklin are in the video.


In “Hit Em Up Style”, Blu Cantrell sings, “So I went to Neiman Marcus for some shopping/And along the way I caught Soley and Mia”, BUT in the clip, she’s definitely not at Neiman Markus…

just realized in Blu Cantrell’s “hit em up style” video that she’s not shopping at Neiman Marcus but rather:

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…she’s at Neircus Marman 😭


Blink-182 wasn’t actually naked in the “What’s My Age Again” video. They wore Flesh colored speedos for most of the video.


This taken A month and a half in Beyoncé to learn the choreography of “Single Ladies”. During filming, they did the routine 50 times and broke several pairs of high heels because they were dancing so hard.


Baby Spice taught the girls move in the “Say You’ll Be There” music video because she knew karate.


Blink-182 pretended to be a boy band in their music video for “All The Small Things”, then 11 years later, a real boy band, One Direction, filmed their music video for “What Makes You Beautiful” exactly at the same beach Blink does.


Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me A River” music video director Francis Lawrence originally pitched the concept for the “Cry Me A River” music video to Faith Hill.

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He Recount Dazed: “By making music videos I had a library of ideas and (this one) I had tried to sell to other people before and it never worked out because they were always scared of being portrayed in a negative light. The only person I can remember I (adapted) it for – and obviously it was a different approach – was Faith Hill.”


Jennifer Lopez almost didn’t wear her iconic Juicy tracksuit in her “I’m Real” video. At the time, “a little-known company” called Juicy shipped him a bunch of clothes to hang out and relax on set. Jen loved them so much she decided to wear them in the video.


Madonna wore a big white fur coat and a cowboy hat in the music video because she was pregnant with his son, Rocco, at the time.


Gwen Stefani’s “Cool” is about her real-life ex from No Doubt, Tony Kanal.


The Backstreet Boys’ music video for their song “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” may sound familiar…

…that’s because it’s the same “mansion set” where the movie caspar was filmed.

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It’s the same floor bubble.


And, classically, last but not least, Kelly Rowland used Excel to text Nelly in the “Dilemma” music video…

…but the best part is that she got pissed off when he didn’t answer her.