I’m going to start this post off with one disclaimer. I. Love. Music. And I especially love music videos! Yes, we all know Beyonce’s touching “Best I Ever Had” music video, and who on Earth could forget John Legend’s “All of Me”? Heavens know I can’t. I’ve been in love with the man since 6th grade. Wedding-themed music videos in the recent years have been an ode to romance of The Notebook-esque levels. Touching. Sentimental. Requiring that you have a minimum of 2 tissue boxes on you at all times.
But I think we need a change of pace here. It’s summer — which means the beats are bumping, and we all know that it’s just way more awesome to be romantic and crazy… and hip while doing it.
Jealous (I Ain’t With It) by Chromeo
If I could just roll all my favorite things about synths, dancey beats, electro-pop, and 80s house & funkiness into one ball of sweetness, it would come in the form of Chromeo. Sure, you might look at Dave 1 and think he’s just a weird Jewish kid with a penchant for falsetto or that P-Thugg is in the background being all stoic, but these Canadian characters are immensely talented and in all the right ways. Jealous (I Ain’t With It) captures the stereotypical gaudiness of shotgun weddings at a Las Vegas chapel, but also reminds us that the feelings that accompany the whole shotgun approach are sort of the fun part of any romance. After all, don’t we all want a little spontaneity, adventure, and elaborate dance number in our love lives?
Plus, the hottest androgynous couple ever gets wed in it.
Mirrors by Justin Timberlake
Okay, I admit it. I teared up when watching this video for the first time. I kept hearing this song on the radio and blew it off as one of Justin’s typical R&B jams until I got around to watching the music video, and I was just blown. Although it doesn’t feature an ACTUAL wedding (but a wedding dress DOES make an appearance!), I felt that the storyline made it worth putting on this list because it did a great job of portraying the ups and downs of a relationship in a very universal sense.You don’t need crazy chemistry or attraction (although it certainly doesn’t hurt if you’re as attractive as Justin), but the fact that there’s someone out there who just gets you despite whatever happens is a reassuring thought all in its own. And, Justin’s a pretty sweet guy — I really appreciate the fact that he dedicated this music video to his grandparents.