10 Milestones in NSFW Music Videos

This is why private browsing was invented. 

by Nerve

Frank Ocean's new video for "Pyramids" is many things: dark, druggy, and partially-filled with John Mayer, to name a few. It's also very unsafe for work, which got us thinking about how lately, music videos have been getting a whole lot more... not-safer for work. Now, this isn't exactly a recent trend: whether it's Duran Duran putting "Girls on Film" or Nine Inch Nails getting "Closer," artists have been pushing the boundaries of what's "acceptable" in a music video for as long as the medium's existed. But the internet has pushed this trend into hyper-drive — which is why we're looking at the best (and worst) of NSFW music videos from the past five years. Please note, we excluded videos that fit the NSFW tag because of violence. We've also assigned each film a rating from 1 to 10: 1 being "filthy, immoral smut we're disgusted was ever shot" and 10 being "tasteful, European-grade artistic nudity."

Sigur Rós, "Gobbledigook" (2008)

Although Sigur Rós could easily be on this list for this year's "Fjögur Píanó" (affectionately referred to around the office as "Shia LaBeouf's Penis"), that video just seems like it's trying too hard. There's something wonderfully unforced and primal about "Gobbledigook;" it looks like the kids from Lord of the Flies ironed out all the wrinkles in their society by the time they hit adolescence and got down to the more important business of drumming, fornicating, and frolicking. Where they got those cigarettes and socks remains a mystery, though.

Rating: 8. Once you get over the fact that it's a bunch of naked twentysomethings, the nudity becomes an afterthought, and you just start thinking about how much fun they're having. A great marriage of sound and visuals.

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