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ONTD Original: Music Video Tropes Pt. 4 – The Auto Racing Aesthetic

There will be a sister post with the same theme but with K-Pop videos over on Omona.

[Previous Posts on Music Video Tropes Here]
Part 1: A Sandy Desert Locale
Part 2: Shipping Containers and/or Heavy Machinery & Tools
Part 3: A Moody Bathtub


Below I've compiled a short list of music videos featuring musicians that, for some reason or another, love spending time hanging out with race car drivers, performing at a race track, or otherwise just indulging in that auto racing aesthetic:

Sheryl Crow - Steve McQueen

Sheryl Crow and Dale Earnhardt Jr. terrorize public streets with their stunt driving until they take it to an appropriate race track. I can't imagine how many demerit points on their licence that cost them!


Post Malone - Motley Crew

The one where Tommy Lee (get it, because Mötley Crüe) gets more screen time than NASCAR drivers Denny Hamlin and Bubba Wallace despite the whole video taking place at a race track and Tommy Lee being gross. Why, Posty!?

George Harrison - Faster

Well known as the fastest Beatle, George Harrison pays tribute to his love of Formula 1.
"Zoom Zoom" -George Harrison.

JAY-Z - Show Me What You Got

Hey look, it's that guy again! Dale Earnhardt Jr. takes Jay-Z racing around Monaco's famous street circuit against Danica Patrick. How does it feel to be so poor, ONTD?
"I am the Mike Jordan of recording," says Jay-Z to Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Danica Patrick. Sports!


David Guetta lives out a fantasy where he's a Formula 1 champion racing against...actor James Purefoy (even though Romain Grosjean is there to make a random cameo as third place finisher lmao).

YBN Nahmir - 2 Seater (feat. G Eazy & Offset)

How does G Eazy have a career?

Eric Church - Talladega

Eric Church wants to fuck the Talladega Superspeedway? Idk, I don't really get country music.

Calvin Harris - Summer

I think back fondly on my summers spent drag racing on deserted desert (hey, trope post #1) highways. This video is just a collection of random images with no real connection that apparently represents "summer" - like the objectification of a beautiful woman (so many ass shots) who also has a moody moment in a moody bathtub (hey, trope post #3!).

Rihanna - Shut Up and Drive

If your mechanic isn't doing their job in Louboutin heels, they aren't a good mechanic. #Facts.

Robbie Williams - Supreme

David Guetta tried it but Robbie did it first. Here he edits himself into old footage to make himself a Formula 1 superstar alongside legends like Sir Jackie Stewart. Ugh, Robbie's mind.
Side note but, "a love supreme" sounds like something you order at Taco Bell on Valentine's Day.

Mariah Carey - Loverboy ft. Cameo

The fact that both Mariah and Robbie refuse to re-upload their 2 auto racing themed music videos to their official YouTube channels smacks of an anti-automotive racing conspiracy. Environmental icons???? Who can never be sure! #JusticeforGlitter

Bonus: Putting Danica Patrick in your MV is feminism or something?

Miranda Lambert - Fastest Girl In Town
Maroon 5 - Girl Like You Feat. Cardi B
Colt Ford - Drivin' Around Song Feat. Jason Aldean - This is literally the worst thing I've ever heard omg

Dale Earnhardt Jr. also appears in SEVERAL other MVs but they're all terrible so I have spared you. You are welcome!

Bonus Bonus:
Lindsay Lohan - First

Name a more iconic movie than "Herbie: Fully Loaded" starring Lindsay Lohan. I'LL WAIT!



SOURCES: 1 || 2 || 3 || 4 || 5 || 6 || 7 || 8 || 9 || 10 || 11 || 12 || 13 || 14 || 15
Tags: beatles, british celebrities, calvin harris, formula 1, jay-z, lindsay lohan, mariah carey, music / musician, music video, ontd original, rihanna, robbie williams / take that, sports / athletes
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