A music video with a story and no emphasis on using B-roll is a thing of beauty.
Throw a sports theme into the mix, and we’ve got something even better.
Of course it all has to come together: music, lyrics, creative storytelling and sometimes a good sense of humour.
Some honourable mentions that didn’t make the cut: Vampire Weekend’s “Giving Up the Gun”, Bell Biv Devoe’s “Above the Rim”, Boy Jumps Ship’s “Call to Arms”, Kenny Chesney’s “Boys of Fall” and Drake’s “Best I Ever Had”.
The following are my five picks for top sports-themed music videos — keep in mind that does not mean it has an athlete doing a cameo.
Director: Anna Ginsburg
Artist: Bombay Bicycle Club
Sport: Synchronized Swimming
Why: Swimmers keep excellent time
|4.||Song: “Molly’s Shoes”
Director: John Alden Milne
Artist: Sea Perry
Why: Women playing hockey, Hanson Brothers-style
|3.||Song: “Glory Days”
Director: John Sayles
Artist: Bruce Springsteen
Why: Reconnecting, reminiscing and reflecting before the advent of social media
Director: Jonas Åkerlund
Artist: David Guetta
Sport: Formula-1 Racing
Why: Two bitter F-1 rivals obviously inspired by the film Driven, a biopic on racers James Hunt and Niki Lauda.
Director: Martin Solveig
Artists: Martin Solveig and Dragonette
Why: Cinderella story featuring Novak Djokovic, Gael Monfils, Olivia Sanchez and Mathilde Johansson.