In their live shows and music videos, musicians have always been fond of pyrotechnics, and why not? Nothing sets off a chorus quite like something blowing up.
As a result, many music videos seem very appropriate for Independence Day viewing. Before you go out and see some fireworks in your hometown, check out this list of music videos with a passion for flashin.’ You’ll “ooo,” you’ll “ahhh,” you might even go pick up some sparklers.
11. ”Fireworks” – Animal Collective
This video is definitely a lot trippier than any fireworks display you’re likely to see, but what else would you expect from Animal Collective?
10. “It Ends Tonight” – The All-American Rejects
The All-American Rejects take part in an all-American tradition—buying a crapload of rockets from your local fireworks shop and going out to the middle of no where to blow those suckers up.
9. ”Starlight” – Muse
The problem: Muse is stuck on a boat. The solution: lots of flares and rocking out.
8. “Firework” – Katy Perry
Saucy videos are kind of Ms. Perry’s thing, but a song about fireworks? What could possible make that suggestive? Some well-placed sparks, that’s what.
7. “4th of July (Fireworks)” – Kelis
You knew to expect a lot of ice cream with her famed video for “Milkshake,” but Kelis is being a little more subtle these days. Despite the song title, this video doesn’t see any actual fireworks until the bridge.