Justin Timberlake vs. Bruno Mars: Who Has the Best Music Video? – Readers Poll
While these pop kings might’ve just released brand-new videos, Justin Timberlake and Bruno Mars are all about that retro vibe lately. JT has been going for that throwback, rat pack look lately, while Mars has taken on a sort of sexy, suave, ’70s crooner persona.
In their latest clips for ‘Suit & Tie‘ and ‘When I Was Your Man,’ Justin Timberlake and Bruno Mars respectively implement visual effects that make them seem like they’ve been transported from a past musical era. After checking out both of the clips, who gets your vote for best music video?
For ‘Suit & Tie,’ Timberlake ditches the color and opts for a completely black-and-white setting. He’s like a modern-day Frank Sinatra meets Michael Jackson as he grooves along the slick stage with his backup dancers and band, crooning into a vintage mic and looking like a complete boss. Jay-Z stops by for a verse, and a female dancer adds some sex appeal during his segment. At the end, JT dances across a watery stage, bringing to mind another vintage moment, as he seems to be channeling Gene Kelly in ‘Singin’ in the Rain.’
Conversely, Bruno Mars fast forwards the time warp to the days when leisure suits and afros ruled all. The grainy footage in ‘When I Was Your Man’ makes it seem like Mars is performing on a throwback, late-night talk show circa 1971. If we didn’t know any better, we could’ve sworn Johnny Carson would be approaching Mars’ piano at the close of his performance to thank him for being there. There’s a melancholic vibe to the clip, since it’s a sad song about lost love, and kaleidoscopic views of Mars singing and the lone woman in the spotlight off to the side reflect this. Oh, and so does that glass of Scotch sitting in front of him.
Which vintage video has won you over? Vote JT’s ‘Suit & Tie’ or Bruno Mars’ ‘When I Was Your Man’ below.
Watch the Justin Timberlake ‘Suit & Tie’ Feat. Jay-Z
Watch the Bruno Mars ‘When I Was Your Man’ Video