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10. 'Summertime,' DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
Best buds Will and Jeff take to the back of a flatbed to survey a perfect summer day, then stop at the park for a bangin' BBQ. Lest we forget that the target audience for 'The Fresh Prince of Bel Air' was unequivocally family, this vid is filled with good, clean fun: B-ball, a dance line and adorable kiddies blowing bubbles. Even the requisite sexy chicks are decidedly wholesome. But where is the rest of the Banks family? At least Carlton could have made a cameo ...
9. 'Boyz,' M.I.A.
This neon-bright clip was shot in Jamaica, and every frame is packed with red-hot dancehall moves. M.I.A. shakes it to her infectious track among sunny animation in yellow, green and red. Like all her work, it's cross-cultural and booty-bouncing. (See also: Sean Paul's 'Get Busy,' which may take place in a Canadian basement in the winter but features the same blazing dancehall moves, and Rihanna's fine 'Rude Boy' video, which borrows M.I.A.'s look but adds RiRi's signature swagger.)
8. 'Surprise Hotel,' Fool's Gold
The info on YouTube says this is "a typical summer's day for Fool's Gold, nothing was staged and fun was had by all." If so, these guys sure know how to throw a rad pool party. The video is set at an L.A. estate with a stunning city view and features old guys in pastel shirts spraying soda pop bottles at each other and engaging in some sort of twisted aqua-robics. Plus there's a large iguana, girls in '80s swimsuits and some underwater shenanigans.
7. 'Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa,' Vampire Weekend,
The Afrobeat-loving prepsters of Vampire Weekend send themselves up in this fabulously retro-'80s clip. A sour-looking goth girl crashes a yuppie party, only to burst in on her beloved (lead singer Ezra Koenig) serenading a pink-clad WASP princess. Horrified, she flees, and the band follows her to the beach. There's some ultra-cheesy shots of Koenig singing soulfully with a beach scene half-dissoved behind him -- Peter Gabriel, indeed. Then it's off to the woods, where the band is magically transformed (watch for the reference to 'An American Werewolf in London').
6. 'Next Girl,' The Black Keys
It's like a deleted scene from 'Boogie Nights': Sun-drenched, sepia-toned and featuring buxom porn-star-esque gals lazing about the pool. There's also a dinosaur puppet named Frank who's getting all the girls. (You might recognize him from the Black Keys' video for 'Tighten Up.') Things get even sillier when the scene turns into a hair-pulling catfight as the ladies battle over their man, er, dino. But the real joke is the scrolling text that runs throughout the video, informing viewers how the Black Keys really feel about the video, the dinosaur and their record company.
5. 'Lifted,' Lemonade
A group of fresh-faced teens take a road trip out of NYC to a paradise of waterfalls and cliffs. They enjoy being young, good-looking and on summer vacation, as the scene cuts to the Lemonade lead singer bemoaning his heartbroken status. The kids climb down into some caves for some waterborne fire (and maybe some mind-altering chemicals?). This Brooklyn-based trio creates a mix of calypso and psychedelic rock with cowbell, steel drum, a girl's giggle and off-kilter vocals. It's mysterious, weird and enticing.
4. 'Lust for Life,' Girls
All of Girls' videos have featured the band's eclectic and attractive San Francisco friends hanging out in hedonistic splendour. This video was shot by buzzy filmmakers Focus Creeps, who also helmed our No. 5 video for Girls labelmates Lemonade. In this clip, there's lounging in the bathtub, dancing on the roof, puppies, flowers, cute people lazing on beds, Frisbee and a warm breeze floating through the window -- all that, and a killer sunset, to boot. The X-rated version of the video is less about summer and more about intimate indoor encounters, but is also worth checking out (in private, please).
3. 'Rio,' Duran Duran
Simon LeBon and the other Duran Duran boys don snappy suits and explore the waters of Antigua in this classic 1982 clip. This video won a Grammy for best long-form video, and it's no wonder! They are on a yacht, for starters, and there's a sexy, strategically painted bird-woman mincing around, plus goofy slapstick (think Simon LeBon on a banana peel) and a beachside sax solo. Classy. Canadian pop-rockers Hedley paid homage to the video with a frame-by-frame remake for their video 'Never Too Late.' But it just isn't the same without those skittering Nick Rhodes keyboards.
2. 'Holiday,' Dizzee Rascal
This video captures all the elements of a traditional babes 'n' booze hip-hop video (a la Jay-Z's 'Big Pimpin'): Hot chicks in bikinis, champers, slo-mo dancing and buddies making cameos (blast from the past Goldie co-stars). But in the middle of all this debauchery, Dizzee Rascal looks simultaneously nerdy and cool, and you suspect he's kidding you, at least a little. His album was called 'Tongue in Cheek,' right?
1. 'Wicked Game,' Chris Isaak
Music videos from the '90s generally look really cheesy now, but this one holds up beautifully. Isaak and supermodel Helena Christensen canoodle on the beach wearing very little in this sunny daydream of a video. He croons his heartache while she looks unfazed. Famed fashion photog Herb Ritts directed this video, as well as Madonna's mermaid fantasy 'Cherish' and Janet Jackson's desert-set 'Love Will Never Do Without You.' Ritts' photographic eye shows -- Christensen and Isaak look like they've spent about a year on the beach, with nothing better to do than explore each others' considerable charms and roll about in the sand.