9 Carly Rae Jepsen Music Videos, Ranked
It’s a great time to be a pop music fan.
After a three-year absence, Carly Rae Jepsen is finally back with her third studio album E•MO•TION, out today (Aug. 21). Already, we’ve been blessed with two great music videos from the ‘80s-inspired album: “I Really Like You” with Tom Hanks (and Justin Bieber, briefly) and the Instagram filter friendly “Run Away With Me” featuring Jepsen and a lot of fun cities.
Before the general public found out about Carly Rae by way of the Biebs and “Call Me Maybe” in 2012, CRJ already had three other music videos to her name. Have you heard of “Tug of War?” What about the video that takes place on a beach in Vancouver?
To date, Carly Rae has made a total of nine music videos*, including “Good Time” with Owl City and “Tonight I’m Getting Over You,” which shows us what it’s like to date in L.A.
Grab your snack backpack, put on some hairspray and join us for a trip down Carly Rae Jepsen music video lane.
*Apologies for not including any fan-made Nine Inch Nails mashups.
9. “Bucket” (2009)
As one of CRJ’s earliest works of art, “Bucket” makes low budget look easy and fun. What’s not to like about gathering your hottest friends who sometimes work as extras (this is a fact) and hanging out by the beach while pretending to drink from red Solo cups?
8. “Sour Candy” (2009)
Another video from the pre-“Call Me Maybe” era, “Tug of War” features Carly Rae doing some light acting. The video, which also stars Canadian singer Josh Ramsay (of Marianas Trench fame), has our girl seeking some much-needed guidance from a couples therapist. Other than the brief argument scene, the video is pretty flat. Also, sad Carly Rae is not a lot of fun.
7. “This Kiss” (2012)
Props to Carly Rae for pulling off an underwater smooch fest after eyeing a cute guy at a party. “This Kiss” was made during her Fiat 500 days.
6. “Tug of War” (2009)
Early on, Carly Rae had no problem hiring good looking co-stars to be in her videos. Case in point: this dude, who looks smoldering hot from any angle. Also, we believe this is where the Carly Rae Jepsen pout was born.
5. “Tonight I’m Getting Over You” (2013)
Between this and “Tug of War,” Carly Rae teaches us everything we need to know about dating: never make your bed, wear your hair in a bun halfway through a
relationship music video, and make out — a lot. Bonus points for nabbing L.A. model Brandon Gray to play the part of boyfriend.
4. “Good Time” (2012)
Also made during her Fiat 500 days, “Good Time” finds Carly Rae, Adam Young of Owl City, and their onscreen BFFs at a summer cabin that makes us wish there were more episodes of the Wet Hot American Summer prequel series. How come no one addresses the bug situation? What’s really in those slushies? And how does Carly Rae’s hair stay so smooth in this weather?
3. “I Really Like You” (2015)
Tom Hanks helped usher in 2015’s Carly Rae by starring in “I Really Like You,” a song that needs no explanation. We only wish the video featured some actual singing from the two-time Oscar winner. There’s no real plotline but then again, has that ever been a problem in music video land? Choreography: good. Carly Rae’s signature bangs: good. Limited Bieber time: good.
2. “Run Away With Me” (2015)
Is this what it’s like to run away with Carly Rae? Or is this tour life? Whatever it is, the video for “Run Away With Me” reminds us it’s OK to slow down and appreciate the beauty of cities pop stars are all too familiar with. Fall in love (again) with New York City, Tokyo, Paris.
1. “Call Me Maybe” (2012)
The video that started it all, “Call Me Maybe” captures all the feel good things about crushing on someone, even if it’s for 3 minutes and 19 seconds. It’s silly. It’s lovable. It’s something we’ve all done before. (Maybe except for the performing with your band in the garage part. Some of us don’t have the luxury of a garage).
Bonus: “Call Me Maybe” starring Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Ashley Tisdale and friends (2012)
Remember #Jelena? Remember them in this video?
Bonus #2: “I Really Like You” starring a Bieber, Kendall Jenner, Ariana Grande and friends (2015)
It’s basically “Call Me Maybe” the star edition but three years later and with (mostly) different people.
That’s it. You’re all done. Now go get your copy of E•MO•TION.