Love, man. It’s complicated.
We had a hard time putting together this year’s “Love versus Hate” Valentine’s Day List. Not because folks have stopped talking about love, but because artists are like, confused about it. Is setting fire to an allegorical box a symptom of heartbreak, or a burning confession of love? Is it totally f-ed up to confess that you’re a serial liar while declaring undying love in the next breath…or is that actually serotonin-spiking proof of a romantic spirit?
Yet we strove onward through the mire of mixed signals and dramarama, and without further ado, our curation of MTV Iggy’s Heartbrokenist versus Loveydoviest Videos. Of course, the negative first.
6. Emika “Professional Loving”
OK, the name of Emika’s song, “Professional Loving”: not about lovebirds and promise rings. The line “We’re sophisticated at love” and the heart-tumbling bass, plus Emika dousing a crate in gasoline and vamping in front of the licking flames — we’re squarely in lust territory. It might not be love, but it’s not hate either, so is this pro-love or anti-love? We say anti-love, but juuuust barely.
5. Hurricane Love “Serial Liar”
This guy is an a-hole, hence the title of the song. Hence Hurricane Love makes it on our anti-love list.
But the lyrics are actually about empathizing with this self-described jerk for being a deceptive turd. And the sickest part of this whole f-ed up situation is how I’m watching this video and I’m all, “Awww, that’s so romantic, how sorry he is for having been a giant d-bag.”
4. 2NE1 “Hate You”
Ah, straightforward K-pop to the rescue, with 2NE1 teaching us the ABCs of love and heartbreak. Or so we thought…
Truth be told, the force of the fierce-some foursome’s vindictive hatred for their golden-locked ex kind of scared me. And their being giant-eyed anime characters just heightened the creepiness. For all the cuteness, definitely a vote against love, and maybe the sugariness of Kpop, which may hold a dark cavity of evil in its center.
3. Carla Morrison “Una Salida”
Sometimes love is a drag, literally. Poor Carla, featured on the latest episode of the MTV Iggy Show, is swept along the floorboards of the house where she is trying to stay in bed all day, and in the tumble of bedsheets she figures it out — she needs to liberate herself! Go on girl! This is the kind of heartbreak that I can live with.
2. Tablo “Tomorrow”
Sensitive rapper, young dad, hubbie of soap opera star — this is the stuff of which Valentine’s dreams are made. So why is K-rap’s comeback king so, so down on his latest album’s first single? Obvis, love is about sacrifice, and in the case of Korean music videos, the lonelier the better.
As connoisseurs of Korean ballad music videos will tell you, there is little hotter than a Kpop star on his knees crying to his dead, dying, or otherwise unavailable sarang. So even though this song is about love gone so wrong, I was thiiiis close to putting it on the other list.
1. Darkness Falls “The Void”
The melancholy of Nineties alt-rock meets the nihilism of Eighties Human League, and their love child is the love-lorn Darkness Falls. But endless solitude never looked so gorgeous and somehow like meaningful as it does in this video full of slo mo running and blond hair flapping, which is why this Swedish band tops our list of Heartbreakingly Good Music Videos of Devastating Heartbreak.