Many of the earliest music videos were little more than stylized clips shot from live concerts, but the medium has quickly evolved to include much more than that. From mini movies to expressions of abstract art to stylized pieces that were intended to be taken seriously, videos have great potential for weirdness. With the rise of the Internet, weird music videos both old and new also have the potential to go viral.
The Creative World of Weird Music Videos
Whether you look to the world of club-thumping hip hop or the decidedly cuter world of Japanese pop music, there are fantastically weird music videos to be found. Some will make you laugh and some will make you scratch your head in confusion. What's true across the board is that you must watch them all.
Turn Down for What - DJ Snake feat. Lil Jon
What do you get when you crash through the roof of an apartment building, melt someone's face over the telephone, and shatter everything that is thrown at your crotch? This music video is effectively the club-shaking answer to questions that no one was asking.
Gangnam Style - Psy
The biggest viral hit of 2012 from the biggest breakout star of 2012, Psy quite literally "rode" his way to the top of the charts with this song both showcasing and mocking the high-falutin' lifestyle of Seoul's Gangnam District.
Nippon Manju - Ladybaby
From the wonderfully weird world of Japan comes one of the weirdest J-pop groups this world has ever seen. In addition to two teenage girls, Ladybaby consists of a burly Australian man who cosplays in maid outfits. The song itself is equally weird, combining cute pop music with death metal. Traditional Japanese music this certainly is not.
The Bad Touch - Bloodhound Gang
"You and me baby ain't nothin' but mammals." Let's get a group of guys to dress up in monkey outfits so they can harass people around Paris with their wildly inappropriate and suggestive hip-thrusting behavior. The final dance number is something to behold.
What Does the Fox Say - Ylvis
Speaking of people dressing up in furry animal costumes for their weird music videos, Ylvis of Norway were launched onto the worldwide stage when they asked the titular question. The outrageous answer provided doesn't sound scientifically accurate.
Eat It - "Weird Al" Yankovic
The venerable king of the parody music genre, "Weird Al" Yankovic has numerable hits under his ever-changing belt. In this shot-for-shot parody of Beat It by Michael Jackson, Yankovic takes his brand of comedy to an ever widening level.
Ugly Boy - Die Antwoord
This South African rap-rave group may not exactly be a household name for the mainstream audience, but Ugly Boy has to be one of the strangest music videos on the planet today. The brash language and scary clowns are not for the faint of heart.
Knights of Cydonia - Muse
The music video may start out styled like a classic western movie, but it quickly escalates to involve epic kung-fu fighting skills, a holographic rock band and a space goddess riding a unicorn. And lasers too. This is beyond weird in the greatest possible way.
Tonight, Tonight - The Smashing Pumpkins
The industry of weird music videos is certainly not restricted to the age of the Internet. Go on a historic zeppelin ride to the cosmos with flickering men floating on the clouds. The papercraft-inspired art style is something else.
True Survivor - David Hasselhoff
He and his mullet may have entered the mainstream consciousness by way of Baywatch and Knight Rider, but David Hasselhoff is quite the talented music artist too. Enjoy the incredible 80s nostalgia and cheesiness of this stupendously strange song from the Kickstarter-funded Kung Fury short film.
The Beautiful People - Marilyn Manson
When you have a rock artist whose name is the portmanteau of starlet Marilyn Monroe and murderer Charles Manson, you know you've got something weird. And Marilyn Manson is at his best in this jarring and morbidly haunting exploration of the macabre.
The Real Space Oddity
What may be perceived as weird to some people could be interpreted as beautiful by others. Music videos that push the boundaries of normalcy can be funny or disturbing. Or, in the case of Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield's cover of Space Oddity by David Bowie, they can be awe-inspiring too.