Best Action Videos

1. Justin   Timberlake   -   TKO:


- TKO is performed by Justin Timberlake and included on his fourth studio album, The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2 (2013)


- The lyrics use boxing metaphors to explain how somebody being knocked out feels to them when they see their ex out with another guy


- The seven-minute official accompanying music video was released in October 2013, and stars Elvis Presley's granddaughter Riley Keough as Timberlake's love interest.


-  The video was written by Timberlake and director Ryan Reichenfeld, and it splices scenes from a cushy loft—where Timberlake and Keough engage in various adult activities—and a not-too-distant future where the singer is roped behind a moving truck driven on a dusty road by his lady


- "TKO" failed to crack the top 40 on most international charts, including the US Billboard Hot 100 where it reached number 36.


2. Maroon   5   -   Maps:


- "Maps" was released on June 16, 2014, as the first single from their upcoming fifth studio album "V"


- The video premiered on MTV and VH1 on July 1, 2014 and was uploaded on Maroon 5's VEVO channel the day after


- It was directed by Peter Berg (who has previously worked with the band on the clip for their 2012 single "One More Night") and filmed on June 12, 2014


- The story of the video is inspired by the 2000 film Memento, with the events shown in the clip being reversed


- Shortly after its release, "Maps" quickly reached number one on the Billboard Twitter Real Time Trending 140 chart, eventually staying within the upper ranks for several hours.


3. Michael   Jackson   –   Smooth   Criminal:


- "Smooth Criminal" is the seventh single from Michael Jackson's 1987 Bad album, originally called like the single, but disapproved by Quincy Jones (producer) 


- The song contains a fast-paced beat intertwined with Jackson's lyrics about a woman named Annie, who has been attacked in her apartment by a "smooth" assailant


- Jackson originally wanted to make the music video in the western genre, but he later decided to change it to a 1930s gangster style


- Being filmed by mid-February and April 1987, the video for "Smooth Criminal" is the first time Jackson unveiled his anti-gravity lean in which the performer has both feet planted on the floor and leans forward close to a 45 degree angle, creating the illusion that the performer is defying gravity, using wires in this video


- The song also serves as the theme song to Jackson's 1988 film Moonwalker, selling over 7.5 million copies. 


4. Linkin   Park   –   From   The   Inside: 


- "From The Inside" was released as the fourth single from their second album, Meteora and appears as the tenth track on the record


- The song is one of Linkin Park's heaviest songs, written in a 6/8 time signature and progressing from a more melodic-stylization at the song's beginning, growing more intense towards the end, featuring more screamed vocals, with Chester Bennington screaming for about 10 seconds straight during the bridge


- The video was filmed between the band's Europe '03 tour in Prague, Czech Republic 


- Directed by the band's turntablist, Joe Hahn, the action takes place during a riot, having Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington in the middle of it. The rest of the band appear playing their instruments in the center of the town where the riot is taking place each time the chorus returns


- The child from the video is Chester's first son, Jamie Bennington, who is abandoned by his guardian during the chaos. The child wanders around in the midst of the riot. Towards the climax, like his natural father, the child screams powerfully, knocking down the entire crowd and therefore stopping the riot and all the rubble starts rising and eventually falls when the child runs out of breath.


5. Guns'N'Roses   –   Don't   Cry:


- "Don't Cry" is a power ballad by the hard rock band Guns 'N' Roses, two versions of which were released simultaneously on different albums


- The video for this song, like several videos for the Illusions albums, was much more cinematic than the band's previous videos had been, depicting the central character in his courtship with his eventual wife as well as his internal battle with emotional issues


- Another interesting point to make is that in the video, Slash theoretically killed his girlfriend by driving his 1966 Shelby GT350 off a cliff and then throwing his guitar down the same cliff afterwards


- According to Axl Rose, the video was inspired from his real life: "With our video for "Don't Cry," and the fight that Stephanie Seymour, (Axl's girlfriend at that time) and I had over the gun, you don't necessarily know what's going on. But in real life that happened with Erin Everly (Axl's ex-wife) and myself. I was going to shoot myself. We fought over the gun and I finally let her win."


- "Don't Cry" forms a segment of the Illusions Trilogy, according to singer Axl Rose. Along with "Estranged" and "November Rain," it forms a narrative inspired in part by the short story "Without You" by Del James.

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