10 scene staples you won’t believe don’t have music videos
Remember the days of rushing home and turning on MTV to catch the latest alternative hits? How about debating which music video you should buy with the remaining balance on your iTunes gift card?
Anyone engaged in the 2000s scene knew how important music videos were to it. From artist discovery to the aesthetic, those three-minute experiences seemed to drive everything. Still, there are a number of hits that never got translated to the screen.
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Read on to learn about 10 of our favorite scene songs that have gone without a video since their release.
Jimmy Eat World – “Hear You Me”
Jimmy Eat World have always been on their A-game when it comes to videos. Seriously, it’s been nearly 20 years, and we still can’t listen to “The Middle” without envisioning an underwear party… Just us? Regardless, it’s pretty surprising that one of the band’s most consistently popular songs, “Hear You Me,” never got visual representation. We can only imagine that the poignant tribute to their late friends would have been even more moving on screen—if that’s even possible.
Paramore – “For A Pessimist, I’m Pretty Optimistic”
Paramore have never skimped on their music videos, even in the early days. The band released three videos off their debut album, All We Know Is Falling, and four off Riot!. Given all the attention that “For A Pessimist, I’m Pretty Optimistic” received, it’s shocking that it didn’t make the cut. We’d argue that “Fences” is deserving, too.
My Chemical Romance – “Mama”
Name one My Chemical Romance music video that wasn’t straight-up iconic. We’re waiting… Honestly, the band might as well retroactively film for every song they’ve ever released. We’d binge them all in a day. A recommended starting point? “Mama.” The track is one of the most popular on The Black Parade, with over 85 million streams on Spotify. Yet, we still never got a video.
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Boys Like Girls – “Five Minutes To Midnight”
Yikes. Did this one blow anyone else’s mind, or were we alone in thinking there had to be a “Five Minutes To Midnight” video? Boys Like Girls really left us hanging here. But given the masterpieces they handed us with “The Great Escape” and “Hero / Heroine,” we’re inclined to forgive them.
All Time Low – “Remembering Sunday”
While there’s a great live performance of this song on Hopeless Records’ YouTube from the band’s Straight To DVD, no official music video was ever recorded for it. We can’t fault All Time Low for any creative decision they’ve ever made. They clearly know what works. Still, we can’t help but feel like we missed out on watching them star in something epic alongside Juliet Simms.
Yellowcard – “Breathing”
“Ocean Avenue” and “Only One” gave us hours of small-screen entertainment, so it feels wrong to ask Yellowcard for more. If we were to be so bold, though, we’d ask them to revisit another popular track on Ocean Avenue. Nearly two decades after its release, “Breathing” remains their third most streamed song on Spotify. But where's the video?
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Fall Out Boy – “Champagne For My Real Friends, Real Pain For My Sham Friends”
This has to be a glitch. Surely, Fall Out Boy released a video alongside one of their most referenced songs of all time. As it turns out, though, “Champagne For My Real Friends, Real Pain For My Sham Friends” is completely videoless. It’s quite a shame (and a bit of a sham) when you think about it, considering how quirky all of their videos from the era were.
Evanescence – “Tourniquet”
As a scene kid, it’s near impossible to hear the word “tourniquet” without getting this song stuck in your head. Unfortunately, we don’t have any visuals to go along with it. While Evanescence have a penchant for accompanying most of their popular hits with haunting videos, this one was somehow left out.
Mayday Parade – “Three Cheers For Five Years”
Mayday Parade have cranked out a number of music videos over the years, but somehow they missed this gem. “Three Cheers For Five Years” goes back to their debut EP, Tales Told By Dead Friends. Even after nearly 15 years, it remains the most popular track from the release. While the band revisited it for Fearless Records’ Punk Goes Acoustic, Vol. 2 in 2007, it never received a video.
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3OH!3 – “RICHMAN”
We’ve come to expect 3OH!3 to shock us, but not like this. There are a number of the band’s releases that we’d love to see on screen (i.e., all of them). However, “RICHMAN” was such a widespread hit during the scene heyday that we can’t believe it never got a video. While we’re here, let us also shout out the totally underrated “COLORADOSUNRISE.”
What are your favorite scene songs that never got music videos? Let us know in the comments below!