Overused Music Video Cliches That Will NEVER Die

Just as fairy tales always have a Prince Charming and a happy ending, music videos tend to follow a stock list of tropes. It may seem pretty standard today, but let’s not forget that concepts seemed so fresh and new back in the day. Britney Spears…Baby One More Time” got millions of teens daydreaming about skipping class to dance in pigtail braids. Blink-182’s “What’s My Age Again” made us want to run around naked in public, and Backstreet BoysI’ll Never Break Your Heart” made it cool to sing about unrequited love in a futuristic hotel.

Now these tropes are old and tired after we’ve seen them in dozens of derivative videos. How many times are we going to see rappers pop bottles in the club? How many R&B singers will feel lonely and angry in an empty hotel room? The answer is: a lot. Let’s examine each overused music video cliche specifically, shall we?

Crazy House Party

House parties are a staple in music videos. Especially wild, destroy-everything-and-throw-shit-in-the-pool parties that start in the afternoon and end the following morning. Ke$ha woke up with an infamous bottle of Jack in “TiK ToK” and Meek Mill had neon spandex-wearing models twerking in “House Party.” But Katy Perry topped them all with an epic rager, including a cameo by Rebecca Black.

“Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F)” by Katy Perry

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