Beaches, babes, and vibrant urban life: these ingredients make Brazil a natural destination for music video shoots of all budgets and genres. The home of the 2016 Summer Olympics presents dynamic visual backdrops for film crews and artists to choose from. Brazil (and Rio in particular) is known for the lovely landscapes and beautiful women, but it is also offers a hard-bitten shanty town aesthetic that lends itself to presenting the country in its truest form. Most music videos shot in the region address the country’s dual nature, even if it means a shot of women twerking in front of gutted buildings. As you prepare to spend the summer watching Olympics events live from Rio de Janeiro, check out these 10 music videos that will you remind you of the country’s extreme beauty.
“Blue” – Beyoncé
Shot like an amateur travelogue the emotions of this one will get you every time.
“No Mediocre” – T.I. Feat. Iggy Azalea
There is nothing mediocre about the fun T.I. and Iggy had putting this video together.
“Favela Love” – Talib Kweli Feat. Seu Jorge
There is a lo-fi cinema verité feel to this that’s really cool to watch.
“Walk On” – U2
Mobbed wherever they go and wanting for nothing, the rockers come across as measured veterans who appreciate their success.
“I Got It From My Mama” – will.i.am
will.i.am made use of one of Brazil’s most beloved exports: beautiful women.
“P.D.A. (We Just Don’t Care)” – John Legend
Shot like European romance from the 60s, the video features the cityscape, while exploring the energy of young love.
“They Don’t Care About Us” – Michael Jackson
The images Michael Jackson and Spike Lee generate in this iconic video are incredibly compelling.
“Vida” – Ricky Martin
Go ahead and slip into a wonderful daydream as you watch the diverse, relaxed feel this video offers.
“Beautiful” – Snoop Dogg Feat. Pharrell
When a video finds a wonderful balance in showcasing both the women and the architecture of Brazil everyone wins.