Get your bowl of popcorn ready: We’re going to take you on a fun ride through our top 10 Las Vegas music videos.
Plus, when was the last time you watched a full music video, anyway? If it weren’t for the internet, you’d only catch them on TV in the middle of the night or the wee hours of morning. Oh, how we miss the days when TV used to play music videos on a regular schedule. But it’s all good. We’re giving you a dose of Vegas and, not to brag or anything, our city is awesome.
We’re sure by now you’ve already seen Katy Perry’s “Waking Up in Vegas” and Rascal Flatt’s “Why Wait,” which actually pokes fun at “The Hangover.” And while we’re sure there are plenty more videos to mention, this handful is the perfect amount to get you in that fun, Vegas party mood.
So here they are, in no particular order because we absolutely dig all of them.
Miguel, “Do You” (2012)
First, off, it’s already easy to love R&B artist Miguel. His smooth vocals alone are enough to make you swoon. We can’t get enough of his falsetto. “Do You” is a true work of art. Even though the video very sensual, it’s tastefully done. Plus, this video features his longtime girlfriend Nazanin Mandi, which makes the chemistry that more steamy. We love how the video puts a unique, subtle vibe on Vegas. You’ll only see flashes of the Strip, but it works. Plus, the shots of the Vegas desert remind us how beautiful it really is. Bravo, Miguel. And when we’re done watching these other nine videos, you better believe we’ll be coming right back to this one.
Nas, “Street Dreams” (1996)
Hip-hop heads of all ages appreciate Nas. We’ve been fans of his since he dropped 1994’s “Illmatic.” For “Street Dreams,” he transformed Eurythmics’ hit, “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” into a hip-hop classic. Director Hype Williams incorporated a cinematic feel in this video, which is supposed to be a play off the 1995 movie, “Casino.” Cameo appearances include actor Frank Vincent and former Miss USA and “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Kenya Moore. The music video has all the elements of a mafia flick, complete with cigars and car explosions. But we gotta ask – what’s up with Nas’ bright pink head-to-toe suit? All good, Nas. We ain’t hatin’. Plus, we love how the video starts and ends with Mickey & Sylvia’s “Love is Strange.” Can’t get any more gangster than that.
Mariah Carey, “Infinity” (2015)
If you’ve followed R&B diva Mariah Carey’s music as long as we have, then you know she’s switched up her style a bit the past 25 years. She went from powerhouse ballads to hip hop-influenced tracks to straight up roasting. We’re sure you have a favorite Mariah. But whichever era you loved, we all agree this video makes Vegas look dang good. We’re in love with this Nobu Villa, located inside Nobu hotel at Caesars Palace. The rooftop patio view is everything. The video also shows clips from her “#1 to Infinity” show inside the hotel, as well as a cameo of model Tyson Beckford (you’re welcome, ladies). We want to give a quick shout out to Mariah Carey’s 1997 Vegas-themed “Breakdown” video, though. Any collaboration with Bone Thugs-N-Harmony is good in our book.
Snoop Dogg featuring Justin Timberlake and Charlie Wilson, “Signs” (2006)
Come on. You can’t go wrong with JT and Snoop. Ever. Add Charlie Wilson to the mix and you got yourself a good ol’ jam. This track is smooth on three different levels. We love the fact they are representing our beloved downtown Las Vegas (just you wait – we have more DTLV in store). “Signs” is one of those songs you’d play when you’re getting ready or pre-gaming on a Friday or Saturday night. It’s also perfect when you’re cruising down the streets with the windows down, speakers on full blast. But even if you’re staying in, Justin’s dance moves in front of the Binion’s Horseshoe casino will be enough to get you in that party mood. Heeeey…
Ellie Goulding, “On My Mind” (2015)
Now that we’re on a downtown kick, we’re going to keep it coming. Our girl Ellie Goulding added a fun, whimsical spin to this video. We can’t tell what’s more outrageous – Ellie and her gorgeous gangsta friend entering El Cortez on horses or the horse accompanying them at the beauty salon. The video kicks off with old-school footage of vintage slot machines, then it jumps to Ellie fighting with her boo in a hotel room (who looks like a mean guy, by the way). She ultimately gets her revenge, takes his money and makes it rain from the top of the hotel. The quirky video is only a few minutes long, but the multiple scenes make it seem like you just walked out of the movie theater.
Sam Smith, “Money On My Mind” (2014)
Speaking of “on my mind,” does Sam Smith have money on his like the title suggests? Nope. He’s actually all about that love, baby. And we love these scenes off the Strip, by the way (is that Naked City?). You’ll see everything from street magicians to our popular karaoke/bar hangout, Dino’s. We also love the shots of Sam with sun beaming down and the Stratosphere tower right behind him. Keep your eyes peeled for the Fremont Street performers at the end of the video — you might have seen them in real life. This video proves there’s more to the Strip than all the glamour and glitz. And we love it.
Imagine Dragons, “Shots (Broiler Remix)” (2015)
There’s no doubt about it – these dudes know how to have a blast. We are so ready to hang out with Imagine Dragons, and we love the fact that they’re from Vegas. The Stratosphere tower gets love once again, and this video shows how much fun it really is. The dudes roll in on their bikes, rocking their Mardi Gras beads and wacky sunglasses. (Side note: We suspect the Elvis sideburn shades are from the nearby Bonanza Gift Shop.) This video makes us miss all the thrill rides on the top of the Stratosphere, especially X Scream and SkyJump. And with their GoPro views, it’s even more entertaining to watch. Basically, “Shots” is “The Hangover” without all the crazy drama. And seriously, this is the best bro trip video we’ve seen (right up there with the surprise “Rambo” bachelor party). We can watch this adventure, as Imagine Dragons sing, “over and over again.”
The Killers, “Shot at the Night” (2013)
Speaking of adventure, “Shot at the Night” is clearly a modern Cinderella tale in Sin City. The Cinderella in this video (played by actress Bella Healthcote) is a hotel maid who leads a simple life but yearns for excitement. In the middle of one of her shifts at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, she meets her Prince Charming, played by Max Minghella. He and his friends invite her in the room and she just rolls with it. She gets a makeover and before you know it, she and her date are on a motorcycle ready to take their own shot at the night. You’ll catch them playing roulette, exploring the city and even singing karaoke to (ta da!) “Shot at the Night.” Their adventure lasts ’til sunrise. “Shot at the Night” is such a fun, spontaneous fantasy that shows us what can happen when we let go of all our inhibitions. And it doesn’t have to be sleazy. Let’s just all take fellow Las Vegas Brandon Flowers’ advice: “Give me a shot at the night, give me a moment, some kind of mysterious.”
U2, “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” (1987)
We’re taking you back. Waaay back. So back, that U2’s video looks current for its hipster appeal. And if it weren’t for Vegas Vic waving in the background, this video could have easily fooled us. We love how U2 guitarist The Edge looks like he’s ready for downtown’s First Friday, complete with his wide-brimmed hat, long hair and vest. We also get a kick out of seeing Bono’s long hair. Who knew they would start such a trend in music videos? This timeless classic proves 28 years later, DTLV and U2 are just as awesome. It’s super cool and humble how they include tourists in the video. Watch ’til the end and catch Bono getting his groove on, right on Fremont Street. There’s really nothing fancy about the video, but that’s the beauty of it. Plus, this is one of the first music videos to really put Vegas on the map. Much respect.
Flo Rida, “How I Feel” (2013)
Aww…does this list have to end? Let’s finish it off with a glamorous 1920s-style soiree. First, we gotta give Flo Rida props for using a Nina Simone sample — very classy. The video takes place inside Planet Hollywood at a make-believe speakeasy club (that really should open as a real club). We’re loving the live band complete with trumpet, trombone and bass players. There’s tons going on, including a craps game and guests enjoying Seagram’s gin at one of the VIP booths. Plus, the velvet suits, flapper-style outfits, showgirls and fancy cigars show Vegas nightlife done right. “How I Feel” brings the spirit of “Great Gatsby” to modern times. We can all agree it’s a step up from apple bottom jeans (and boots with the fur).
Did these music videos leave you jonesing for a trip to Sin City? We don’t blame you one bit. Plan a Vegas trip and you might just have your own music video story to tell.
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