When you think of music videos that use gratuitous shots of scantily clad large-breasted girls shaking their asses for the camera, you probably think of rap videos. You know, like those videos of Ludacris flinging money at strippers in clubs.
But you know what? I think it’s highly unfair to just pin it on the rap community for using sex to sell music, because just about every music genre exploits this for their own benefit. Don’t believe me? Check it out:
When it comes to rap videos that use sex as a draw, you’re so spoiled for choice that it’ll be harder to find one that doesn’t have a semi-naked girl in it. Anyway, I love this song because it was used in the Real Ultimate Power website (which is a great site to learn about ninjas if you haven’t been there before).
Dance music is another genre that has an easy link to sex, because you only listen to dance music when you go clubbing, and there’s only one reason people go to a place where the drinks are ridiculously pricey, right?
These days, regular charts will constantly feature girls like Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga in revealing outfits. Also, it’s a genre that includes Katy Perry! Enough said!
Now metal is a genre you don’t really associate with sex. But here’s a Nightwish video, where the band members are replaced with hot sexy models (except for the lead singer, who is already female to begin with), for no apparent reason.
Go deeper into the metal genre and you get the crazy hardcore stuff. So how do they take sexy girls and give them that hardcore edge? Why, they make them bump and grind on a tank!
Let’s downplay metal and you’ll get regular hard rock (whatever that means). I’m not sure what this song is about, but the video necessitates bikini-clad females beating stuff up.
Let’s go back to the 80s, when music videos were just coming out and rock & roll required giant heads of hair. We’ve got two great examples here – the classic Hot for Teacher video and Cherry Pie, which is really just an excuse to toss pizzas onto a woman’s crotch. WTF, right?
Long before he gave us that famous shot of Megan Fox bending over Bumblebee, Michael Bay was perfecting his art shooting this music video. It doesn’t have any hot models, but you don’t need those when your lead singer is already foxy as hell!
Now here’s a genre that I would NEVER presume would have sex-laced music videos. After all, most of these videos look more like screensavers from the 90s, with random flashing lights and spinning lines. But hey, check out what Aphex Twin and filmmaker Chris Cunningham did with this parody of rap videos… yep, we’ve gone full circle!