Pools have long been chosen by artists as the perfect backdrop for their music videos. This list includes eighties icons, rock bands and pop stars who’ve gotten wet and wild in their videos and made a splash to promote their songs.
Wham: Club Tropicana (1983)
British duo George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley filmed the music video for Club Tropicana at Pikes Hotel in Ibiza. Filled with cocktail with umbrellas and sunglasses, the pool party featured in the video is a satire of drunken tourism.
REM: Imitation of Life (2001)
The band headlined by Michael Stipe released Imitation of Life, their twelfth album, in 2001. An interesting fact about the videos is that it was filmed in 20 seconds (the video constantly fast forwards and rewinds) at a Los Angeles pool.
Lana Del Rey: Blue Jeans (2012)
Lana del Rey loves swimming pools and videos for this New Yorker’s songs often feature the artist floating in or getting out of the water in slow motion. In Blue Jeans, a dramatic black and white pool (complete with alligators) sets the scene for a destructive relationship.
The National: Graceless (2013)
Indie bands have also turned to the cinematography of the pool: American group The National takes a dip in suits in the video for the third single from the Trouble Will Find Me album.
Robin Schulz feat. Ilsey: Headlights (2015)
Filmed at an abandoned swimming pool in Algarve, the video for German DJ Robin Shulz’s Headlights video proves that pools don’t always have to be filled to provide a stunning visual display.
Kylie Minogue, Bryan Adams, Taylor Swift, Sum 41, Justin Bieber and Britney Spears are just a few of the other artists who have used swimming facilities as locations for filming their videos. Can you think of any others?