Let’s Go To The Beach: 10 Songs With Beach-Themed Music Videos

August 13, 2014 1:41 PM

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With the summer coming to an end, we can’t help but get a little nostalgic about our favorite summer pastime: going to the beach.

Lying in the sand, diving through waves and getting our tan on, it doesn’t get much better than that. Even our favorite music artists are such big fans of the beach that they chose to set the music videos for some of their hit songs there.

Although it is almost September, our favorite season of the year is not over yet! To keep us in a happy mindset before “summertime sadness” sets in, shout out to Lana Del Rey, here is a list of our favorite summertime hits that have music videos set at the beach.


“Teenage Dream” – Katy Perry

This song never gets old, and neither does its music video. Katy Perry relived her teenage years in this road trip to the beach themed video set in Santa Barbara, California.


“Mermaid” – Train

Unlike most of the other beach music videos, Train decided to give theirs a little bit of a theme. Train‘s theme was inspired by the video’s setting of Hawaii, with dancers, ukuleles and, of course, mermaids.


“Yellow” – Coldplay

For a music video filmed in one shot continuously, a long, basically deserted beach is the perfect setting. The setting stays very mellow throughout the video as Chris Martin slowly walks down the English shoreline.


“You and I” – One Direction

One Direction seems to love setting their music videos on the beach. First, their breakout single “What Makes You Beautiful” was set in California, and now the video for their latest single “You and I” is set on Clevedon Pier in England.


“Drunk In Love” – Beyonce feat. Jay Z

Even Queen Bey loves the beach. She and Jay Z chose the most romantic setting possible for the music video of “Drunk In Love,” shooting on a beach in Florida.


“Never Gonna Leave This Bed” – Maroon 5

With the video shot in locations all over Los Angeles, Maroon 5 could not leave out the best and most scenic location in California: the beach. They filmed portions of the video at a pier in Santa Monica.


“West Coast” – Lana Del Rey

What better place to film a video for a song titled “West Coast” than on the West Coast? Lana Del Rey filmed the video for the somber song on a beach in Los Angeles.


“Anything Could Happen” – Ellie Goulding

Although the premise of the video is more upsetting than joyful, Ellie Goulding transformed the typical beach music video from conventional to artistic with beautiful effects.


“Loca” – Shakira

A fun song calls for a fun video, and that’s exactly what Shakira did. She took her video to the beaches of Barcelona, Spain, and had some fun dancing along the shoreline.


“Collide” – Leona Lewis feat. Avicii

Malibu, California is a hot spot for beach music videos, as it is also where Leona Lewis‘ video was filmed. What’s fun about the video is that it is a play on words, as it shows beachgoers diving into the water as they “Collide” with the waves.


~ E.J. Judge and Leah Cunningham, CBS Local


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