Cars in music videos enjoy a long symbiotic tradition. Artists often use the medium to showcase their beloved vehicles. Here are 10 beautiful cars featured in some memorable music videos.
1. 1998 Alfa Romeo in “Bad Girls” by M.I.A.
Along with some early 2000s BMWs, the 1998 Alfa Romeo is center stage in rapper M.I.A.’s 2010 video for “Bad Girls.” I challenge you to find anything cooler than a posse of women in niqabs drifting an Italian car in the Moroccan desert.
2. 1964 Chevrolet Impala in “Still D.R.E.” by Dr. Dre ft. Snoop Dogg
This music video is basically just butts and vintage Chevys. There is nothing more to say, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
3. Jaguar XJ6 in “Here I Go Again” by White Snake
A list about cars in music videos has to include this song. It is non-negotiable, as is an undying love and worship of Tawny Kitaen doing gymnastics on two Jaguars.
4. Maybach 57 in “Otis” by Jay-Z and Kanye West
The highlight of 2011 was watching Jay-Z and Kanye West trash this car. I think we all yearn for this simpler time in both their careers.
5. 1933 Ford Coupe in “Gimme All Your Lovin” by ZZ Top
Oh, 1983. It was a time when people still watched MTV for the music videos and gross, exaggerated sexism in the music industry went largely unchecked.
6. Saleen S7 in “Candy Shop” by 50 Cent ft. Olivia
Nothing even happens with this car in 50 cent’s music video. He just kind of leans on it looking cool, and that’s really enough.
7. Ferrari F430 in “Shut Up and Drive” by Rihanna
The first scene is Rihanna pulling into an all female run garage in a red Ferrari. Regardless of how you feel about her, no one can deny the appeal of hot girls and luxury cars together in one perfect union.
8. 1964 Ford Mustang in “Know What I Want” by Kali Uchis
The radiant sea foam blue of the 1964 Ford Mustang is the perfect edition to the pastel pink world that Kali Uchis is known for creating.
9. Pink Lamborghini in “Massive Attack” by Nicki Minaj ft. Sean Garrett
Nicki Minaj and Amber Rose race a pink Lambo down a sprawling desert highway in the 2010 music video for “Massive Attack.” Nicki actually owns this pink Lamborghini, confirming once again that she is living her best life.
10. 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am in “Ride Wit Me” by Nelly ft. St. Lunatics
Vintage cars and rap videos go together like Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag. Nelly driving a Firebird with leopard seats down the highway in a cowboy hat is an image burned into the millennial psyche.