Literal Music Video
Symbolism, bah! If you've ever felt that a song's lyrics should match its music video's visuals--artistic ambiguity be damned--literal videos are for you. These pop parodies retain the video's visuals but replace the original lyrics with intentionally clunky lines that describe the action or editing to a tee. Still confused? Well, literal videos have subtitles, too. Two popular examples are a reworking of A-Ha's artsy 1985 hit "Take On Me
," and a literal take on Bonnie Tyler's moody "Total Eclipse of the Heart
." After reading lines like, "You know you like it that I'm flirting with you," how could you miss a thing?