Welcome to Video Week! For the next seven days, the ultimate playlist will feature songs I love that have exceptional music videos.
What makes an exceptional music video? In my mind, it’s a video that enhances the song. When you think of the song, you think of the video. In general, I dislike videos that are mere live performances of the song. And I detest videos that add a storyline that blatantly contradicts the song’s lyrics.
What do I love in a music video? For the next seven days, you’ll find out.
To kick if off, we start with Taylor Swift’s Blank Space. This is a song only Taylor could write, and a video only superfans can love. Taylor has been accused of faking (or at least exaggerating) her real life romances and breakups for song fodder. In Blank Space, she leans into the idea that she goes through men one after another, having a brief honeymoon period before she ruins the whole thing by…well, going psycho.
No one has ever poked fun at themselves with quite as much success as Queen Taylor.
It also doesn’t hurt that this thing is produced like a feature film. (And features her cat!)