The Five

The Five Sports-Themed Music Videos

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.

5. Song: “Luna”
Director: Anna Ginsburg
Artist: Bombay Bicycle Club
Year: 2014
Sport: Synchronized Swimming
Why: Swimmers keep excellent time
4. Song: “Molly’s Shoes”
Director: John Alden Milne
Artist: Sea Perry
Year: 2015
Sport: Hockey
Why: Women playing hockey, Hanson Brothers-style
3. Song: “Glory Days”
Director: John Sayles
Artist: Bruce Springsteen
Year: 1985
Sport: Baseball
Why: Reconnecting, reminiscing and reflecting before the advent of social media
2. Song: “Dangerous”
Jonas Åkerlund
Artist: David Guetta
Year: 2014
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.
1. Song: “Hello”
Director: Martin Solveig
Artists: Martin Solveig and Dragonette
Year: 2010
Sport: Tennis
Why: Cinderella story featuring Novak Djokovic, Gael Monfils, Olivia Sanchez and Mathilde Johansson.

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