They Got It Right: 10 Songs About Love That Were Made Into Beautiful Videos

October 24, 2012 ‐ By Marissa Ellis

Have you experienced this: you like a song only to like it less after seeing a disappointing video? On the flip side, have you loved a song only after seeing the amazing video that came from it? I often wonder why so many artists, especially the ones who have the clout, don’t exercise their right to create complementary videos that take their songs to the next level. Just like a great film, a four-minute video can really enhance the meaning and story of a song.  And we know that vision is even more critical to a song that wants to communicate heartbreak, longing, and romance.  These videos did just justice to their songs of origin by integrating narratives, scenes, and landscapes to create a story. In a sea of videos shot on soundstages, these stand out amongst the pack. Do you agree with my selections? Sound off in the comments section.



Lauryn Hill – Turn Your Lights Down Low

Director: Francis Lawrence

Hands down, this is the most perfect video I’ve seen in terms of how it heightened my appreciation for the song. Lauryn Hill’s reinterpretation of the original song by Bob Marley takes us to a beautiful and lush Jamaica. The colors, Rohan on a motorcyle, the close-ups of Lauryn pinning her hair, the intimate house party, and the next morning at the beach equals a perfect look at a beautiful 24 hours in a Caribbean town. Although the relationship with Rohan is not the focal point of the video, it is a beautiful backdrop. Who could forget them walking into the house party in utter darkness?

MadameNoire Video

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  • Jaz Davis-Maddox

    Okay posted too soon. Next lifetime is my fav! Great list!

  • Jaz Davis-Maddox

    You don’t know my name was a fav for a min!

  • maxwell’s “Whenever Wherever Whatever”.

    • lolly

      hell, anything maxwell from urban hang suite or embrya



  • gjones1

    What about Sade’s “No Ordinary Love” or Dru Hill’s “We’re Not Making Love No More”.

  • baddvixentype

    “Rain on me” was Ashanti’s BEST VIDEO, period.

  • baddvixentype

    it says “other side of the game” but you’re talking about “next lifetime”…those are two diffrence Erykah Badu songs! o_0????

  • It’sMe

    You know, I always like the Mya video, but when you get a little older and start really thinking about it, it can be kinda scary. I mean, admire from afar, but breaking into old boy’s apartment…yeeeaaaaaah….

  • Na Na

    This list just put me on top! Its almost 80 degrees in Chicago today and you got my soundtrack flowing!

    • thegoodluckpig

      80 degrees i need to move to the chi

      • Sasha boguie

        lol no you dont because its gon be 48tomorrow NO LIE

  • thegoodluckpig

    I am really surprised not one Musiq Souldchild song/video made the list “Love” and “Don’t Change” would have been good addiitons

    • Or HalfCrazy…I love that video. But it was all the author’s picking. She made a good list.

      • Marissa Ellis

        Kendra, I’ve added HalfCrazy as a bonus track. It’s actually one of my favorite vids so thanks for the heads up.

    • HoneyDipp

      Absolutely agree!!!! Musiq has some of the best videos EVER!

    • keepinginformed

      My all-time fave video is the one where his wife has breast cancer and even though she’s having difficulty adapting after her mastectomy he is convincing her that she’s still the beautiful woman he fell for. I only saw that video once so never caught the song name – I really NEED to watch it again *sigh*

      • It’s called “Yes”

        • keepinginformed

          Thank you 🙂 – better late than never lol

  • NaturalJem

    Yay Chrisette Michele!! That’s my girl!!

  • thatonegirl

    YASSS!!!!! This post just gave me life. Just remembered how much I LOVED that Alicia Keys- You Don’t know my Name video/song.

  • sabrina

    I had to re watch some of those videos right quick…

  • Tamz

    “Come back to me”…LOVE…

  • I am first…I love the gnarls barkley video!!

    • autumnbreeze


    • i never heard the song nor seen the video til now… Shout out to the Lonely Island for Jorma, yeah i seen ya!