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The 10 Best Music Videos On Boats


Gwen Stefani begins her This Is What The Truth Feels Like tour on July 12 with her first show at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts. The tour stops in Toronto on August 4. But she isn’t going alone. She will be joined by former (and fan favourite) collaborator Eve. The two artists first joined forces on Eve’s “Let Me Blow Ya Mind” in 2001 and then again on Stefani’s “Rich Girl” in late 2004.

Stefani and Eve are legends in music, but it’s perhaps their video for “Rich Girl” that has left the biggest impact on the industry. No, not because of the Harajuku Girls. It’s actually because it was set on a freakin’ pirate ship.

So naturally, we had to do what any rational person would do and compiled a list of the ten best music videos set on boats. Don’t worry, you can thank us later.

Can’t Hold Us by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Ray Dalton

We’re starting with this one because it’s the closest thing we have to the Gwen Stefani and Eve video. There’s going to be a lot of boats in this list, but this is the only real pirate ship that’s featured. There’s a sail and that giant post in the middle, so if you’ve seen Pirates of the Caribbean then you know this is indeed a pirate ship. Just call him Captain Mack Sparrow.

Rio by Duran Duran

From a soon-to-be classic joke to a classic song and video. Duran Duran appear to be on the miniature version of Macklemore’s ship, or what some people may refer to as a “sail boat”. There’s really nothing quite like a good suit on a boat. Looking back, it’s clear this video was an inspiration to quite possibly the greatest boat video ever. You may also see that one on this list.

Boats ‘N Hoes by Huff ‘N Doback

We felt bad for teasing you like that and then making you wait. This is basically “Rio” on steroids. The outfits are crispier, the lyrics are filled with brilliant wordplay and there’s an actual reference to Jack Sparrow. Director “Goose” may never reach this level of success with another video, but that doesn’t matter. He and Huff ‘N Doback made history with this one and it will live forever in the minds and hearts of boat lovers everywhere.

I’m So Paid by Akon ft. Lil Wayne and Young Jeezy

This one featured a trio of artists who were infinitely more relevant in 2009 than they are today, a yacht and a speedboat. Today’s music videos just don’t flex like they used to. It’s almost a little sad to watch this now and realize artists really don’t indiscriminately throw around cash as effortlessly as Akon, Lil Wayne and Young Jeezy could. The good news is that Akon is set to release his first album since 2008 later this year. The glory days could be upon us again.

Big Pimpin’ by Jay Z ft. UGK

From yachts to, well, yachts. The Jigga man was definitely big pimpin’ in 2000. This video is especially fun to watch now that we’re finally experiencing warm weather again. So now you and your friends can try your hand at remaking this video. All it takes is a few million dollars and hundreds of scantily dressed people. Nothing too major.

Hypnotize by The Notorious B.I.G.

What could be better than Biggie and Puff on the run in what could possibly be the sweetest speed boat known to mankind? It really just makes you want to win the lottery, withdraw hundreds of thousands of dollars in straight cash and throw it around your luxurious Titanic of a speed boat. Speaking of Titanic

My Heart Will Go On By Celine Dion

You knew we were going to have to include this after we used that word that, right? And yeah sure, we’re kind of cheating here since it’s not really a music video and is just scenes from the movie. But just stop complaining. Let Celine’s voice infiltrate your mind, let Jack and Rose back into your heart, and have a good cry. The next video will make you laugh, don’t worry.

I’m On A Boat by The Lonely Island ft. T-Pain

Be on a boat? Check. Sing about how you’re on a boat? Check. Actually announce in the title that you are on a boat? Oh my goodness, these are new levels of boat flexing. If you didn’t know every word to this song and/or the choreography to the video in 2009 then you probably weren’t very cool. Sorry. We know that’s not very nice to say but come on. It got nominated for a Grammy. Yes, that actually happened. And The Lonely Island would have won it too if it weren’t for those meddling kids (Jay Z and Rihanna).

Borders by M.I.A.

On a different level though, this is one of the best videos you’ll see for a long time. But it’s what you’ve come to expect from M.I.A. now. She only drops the hottest music videos and this one might take the cake. This is a major Hollywood film level production and we’ll be fully expecting it to win the Best Music Video award at next year’s Grammys. And if for some ridiculous reason it doesn’t (just like “Bad Girls” somehow didn’t win in 2013), you can tweet The Grammys and ask them, “What’s up with that?”

Brother Down by Sam Roberts

And finally, here is the parting message. Sure, boats are fun, but this is what happens when you stay on one for too long. You get a really bad sunburn, accidentally shoot off your only (magically found) flare, get upset with your friends and then begin to eat those friends. Wait what… Oh yeah, young Samuel was not against some good ol’ fashion cannibalism for this video. Basically, if you’re going to go out onto a boat, be careful and always bring a paddle. Because you never, and we mean never, want to be Without A Paddle.