"Fancy" – Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX
Inspired by: Clueless
As if Cher Horowitz wouldn’t approve: The video paid homage to the ’90s hit, which Azalea said fits the song’s vibe. “I loved Clueless for this song because, sonically, ‘Fancy’ is very L.A. sounding,” she said. “You can’t ignore that fact.”
"Part II (On the Run)" – Jay Z ft. Beyoncé
Inspired by: Bonnie and Clyde
While the video was dreamt up as a faux trailer to promote the rapper and wife Beyoncé‘s joint tour, we imagine it was also an excuse for the couple to hang out with their friends: Jake Gyllenhaal, Blake Lively and Rashida Jones were among the celebs featured in the star-studded throwback.
"Fun" – Pitbull & Chris Brown
Inspired by: Miami Vice
They don’t call Pitbull Mr. 305 for nothin’. The music video shoot was certainly fun – see what we did there? – as the duo grabbed their best ’80s inspired gear in a nod to the style made famous by the TV show (and subsequent film). High speed boats, neon lights and one undercover mission – this video’s practically a four-minute episode of Miami Vice.
"Love Lockdown" – Kanye West
Inspired by: American Psycho
“On this album, I kind of embody Patrick Bateman,” he joked to Ellen DeGeneres, adding, “[I just liked] the clean aesthetic and the way he was all about labels. I wanted to express all of that in the video.” Well, that explains West’s all-white apartment and draped furniture in the video.
"The Kill" – Thirty Seconds to Mars
Inspired by: The Shining
Blink and you might miss key The Shining references in the rockers’s video, which is a decidedly modern day take on the Stanley Kubrick horror film.
"I Love My Chick" – Busta Rhymes ft. will.i.am & Kelis
Inspired by: Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Busta Rhymes’s Mr. Smith and Gabrielle Union’s Mrs. Smith come together in the rapper’s assassin-themed music video. Notable moments: Union’s killer abs, a ton of action and a Dr. Dre cameo.
"Girl" – Destiny's Child
Inspired by: Sex and the City
Of course Beyoncé can pull off Manolos just like Carrie Bradshaw did on TV (and in two films).
"Stacy's Mom" – Fountains of Wayne
Inspired by: Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Fountains of Wayne’s ultra-catchy song (seriously, we’re still hooked) introduced a new generation of movie buffs to the epitome of ’80s high school films. Phoebe Cates would be proud.
"I'm Glad" – Jennifer Lopez
Inspired by: Flashdance
Welder by day, dancer by night? Lopez wears both roles really well in her Flashdance-inspired video.
"Cute Without the 'E'" – Taking Back Sunday
Inspired by: Fight Club
Packed with booming drums, heart-pounding fight scenes and an ever-present Tyler Durden type, Taking Back Sunday successfully delivers Fight Club‘s major turning points in a span of three minutes. But without Brad Pitt.
"Mesmerize" – Ashanti & Ja Rule
Inspired by: Grease
Think of Ashanti and Ja Rule’s “Mesmerize” as hip-hop’s take on “Summer Nights” … or something like that. As was the case with the film’s ending scenes, “Mesmerize” is set in an amusement park, complete with Ashanti’s Sandy dressed in a black leather jumpsuit and crop of curls.
"Welcome to the Jungle" – Guns N' Roses
Inspired by: A Clockwork Orange
With scenes of violence strategically placed throughout its music video, “Welcome to the Jungle” shows the deterioration of frontman Axl Rose’s character, who is ultimately subjected to a forced viewing of unsettling videos (a nod to Alex in A Clockwork Orange).
"Material Girl" – Madonna
Inspired by: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Madonna, is that you? The pop icon turned to the pop culture archives to channel Marilyn Monroe from the 1953 classic.