Here at It’s All Dead, we have a lot of fun celebrating albums that have stood the test of time. In February alone, we reflected on three classic albums that are turning 10 years old in 2015. However, we thought it was time to show some love to some of the great music videos that we’re still watching a decade after their release.
A good music video captures our attention by telling its story visually. It relies on more than just cool shots of the band – it’s a unique glimpse into a normally unseen dimension of a song. Below are some of our favorite music videos from 2005. These videos not only introduced us to some of our favorite bands and records, they cemented a visual element of each song into our minds.
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Anberlin – “Paperthin Hymn”
Directed by Chris Sims, the video for Anberlin’s “Paperthin Hymn” is one of the best to come out of the scene. A heart-wrenching story of two young lovers takes a shocking and unexpected turn at the end and captures every ounce of vocalist Stephen Christian’s emotional cries.
Thirty Seconds to Mars – “The Kill”
Another wildly successful video on MTV, “The Kill” plays out like “The Shining”, finding the band inside of a ghostly hotel. It’s creepy, dark and pays homage to a horror classic. When lead singer Jared Leto comes face to face with himself in the hallway during the song’s explosive bridge, it’s impossible to look away.
Panic! At the Disco – “I Write Sins Not Tragedies”
This video not only skyrocketed Panic! At the Disco to superstardom, it won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Music Video. Not bad for a debut. Classically theatrical and over the top, “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” features heavy makeup, a fire breather and a full-blown circus. It’s Panic! at their best.
Fall Out Boy – “Sugar, We’re Goin Down”
Ah yes, the classic love story of a deerboy and the daughter of a hunter. Huh? As strange as it sounds, this music video worked wonders in breaking out Chicago’s pop punk sweethearts. Throw in a mighty point to the sky from drummer Andy Hurley and Pete Wentz’s signature salute, and you’ve got a classic.
The All American Rejects – “Move Along”
The break-neck video for “Move Along” finds All American Rejects frontman Tyson Ritter dressed as a doctor, a football player and even a librarian. With performance shots from the bottom of an empty swimming pool, this quirky music video was an MTV staple during the band’s rapid ascent in 2005.
Paramore – “Pressure”
Paramore’s first music video was a great one. Telling a story of teen frustration and angst, “Pressure” introduced us to a group of future rock stars. The video is capped off by the band’s signature over the back cartwheel as water pours from overhead.
Chiodos – “Baby, You Wouldn’t Last a Minute on the Creek”
This is a weird one, to be certain. Chiodos’ big break came in the form of “Baby, You Wouldn’t Last a Minute on the Creek”, an angry song about the dissolving of a relationship. The video features a mouse and a bird throwing down in a dark alley before collapsing in each others arms. As strange as it sounds, it packs a punch.
The Academy Is… – “The Phrase That Pays”
Is William Beckett insane? The music video for “The Phrase That Pays” would have us think so. A coming out party for The Academy Is…, this video finds the band in hospital gowns, taking their meds and passively watching the tube. It’s as weird as it is fun.
The Used – “I Caught Fire”
The music video for “I Caught Fire” captures the energy of The Used perfectly. With bright colors, a black light and rocking performance shots, this video is perfectly celebratory for such an anthemic love song. Also, Bert McCracken’s flower-in-the-mouth shot is hard to forget.
Cartel – “Say Anything (Else)”
This poppy opener to Cartel’s debut album Chroma was destined to be a single. It rightly features bright colors, a peppy spunk and clever message bubbles throughout an 80s inspired video. It’s cheesy, but it’s earned.
by Kiel Hauck
Kiel Hauck is the editor in chief at It’s All Dead. Over the past decade, he has been a contributor for multiple online and print publications and was most recently an editor at PopMatters. Kiel currently resides in Indianapolis, IN with his wife and their imaginary pet, Hand Dog. You can follow him on Twitter.