Believe it or not, Arizona's a hot spot for shooting music videos -- and we don't just mean literally hot, but conceptually, too. I mean, where else could a pre-slutty Britney Spears pontificate on her virginity from a cliff top overlooking green waters or Paul McCartney pretend to be an unknown club singer in some podunk Western town?
filmed in Antelope Canyon, Arizona
This winsome pop ballad captures the confusion of prepubescence, though it was penned by Dido, who's nearly 40 now. But at the time, Spears was still a bright-eyed, growing pop star who had everybody speculating about her virginity, so it worked. Check out Britney Spears'
ripped abs and belly button ring artistic interpretation of reluctant lust filmed in Antelope Canyon, near Page.
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Sufjan Stevens: "The Age of Adz" (2010)
filmed in the Arizona desert
On October 5, 2010, Phoenix was rocked by five tornadoes, a hail storm, and a ton of rain. Images of the simultaneously devastating and beautiful aftermath circulated around the Internet for a while, but folk-rock artist Sufjan Stevens immortalizes some of the most gorgeous, dew-dropped desert shots with his mellow voice and soothing melody.
Paul McCartney: "Stranglehold" (1986)
filmed in Amado, Arizona
You may be asking, "Where the hell is Amado, Arizona?" Well, according to legend (and well, Wikipedia), Amado's a town waaay down at the Southern tip of Arizona, in Santa Cruz County. The reported census population in 2000 was 275 people, so we're talking about an almost-ghost town. But it's very much alive in this video, which tells the story of a young boy desperately trying to get in the bar where Paul McCartney (playing somebody far less known than Paul McCartney) is performing with his band, to a packed house of small-town cowboys.
The Tragically Hip: "Gift Shop" (1996)
filmed in Sedona, Arizona
Canadian band The Tragically Hip is only moderately hip, but this black-and-white music video shot in the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona elevates them to pretty darn hip.