Music videos are a delicate art. Finding the right balance of story and, yes, even music, can sometimes turn out to be the most difficult part of shooting. And sometimes, the actors themselves just make things a bit too awkward. Thus, lists like this find life and showoff some of the more awkward moments of music videos.

Now, I’m quite the fan of the majority of artists on this list. And I can’t stand by and say any of them are talentless. In fact, I don’t think I can pan any of them, especially considering that I’m not a musician, myself. But I can appreciate the fact that despite having glowing careers, there are still plenty of things we can laugh at.

Have at thee!


8. Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen

Now, it could be said this video is supposed to be awkward. And if it succeeds at that, it’s on a different level than what I’ll be pointing out. Anytime Jepsen is singing with her band in the garage, she seems completely dazed or unconvinced that she’s, you know, singing with a band. She shifts her body back and forth and does the normal head tilts, but her eyes sort of scream out like they’re dead inside.

She gets better with her “acting” when she doesn’t have a microphone in her hand, but with us constantly cutting back to her “rocking” out with her boys, it just comes off as unsettling and false. She eventually seems to get into it a bit more mid-song, so it’s fairly forgivable…which is more than what I can say for the song itself.

Who am I kidding? It’s infectious and is on every playlist on my iPod.

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This article was first posted on November 18, 2012