With just a few days left until the Nov. 3 election, all eyes are on the White House.
More specifically, whether President Trump will remain at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. or if he’ll have to pack his things up and make way for former two-term Vice President Democrat Joe Biden to move his gear into familiar surroundings.
Which got us thinking about a bunch of recent videos from Ariana Grande, Sheryl Crow and YG that focus in on the one of the most famous residences in the nation — as well as some classic clips in which Lana Del Rey, Weezer, N.W.A. and Eminem put their spin on the presidency.
Here’s a rundown of music videos that are keeping it 1600.
Ariana Grande, “Positions”
Ari is the commander in chief in this cheeky Dave Meyers-directed clip for “Positions” (from her upcoming album of the same name), in which she channels Jackie O while overseeing a very fashionable cabinet meeting, gets dirty in the kitchen, does an Aaron Sorkin-like slow walk down the hall with some cabinet secretaries and puts her sky-high heels up on the Resolute Desk as she makes America Fierce Again.
Sheryl Crow, “Woman in the White House”
The singer has updated her 2012 b-side for our current times, transforming it from a country ditty into a foot-stomping rocker. Crow tweaks the lyrics in one line to, “Just look what a mess its been/ Heck, I’d write my own name in/ I guarantee that we’d all be/ Singing a different song.”
When she originally wrote it, Crow said in a statement, she was hopeful the country would vote in its first female president, but she remains unbowed in the video, which features footage of the Women’s Marches, the pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests while lamenting the 230 years of waiting to put a, well, you know. And while she didn’t recreate the White House like Ari, Crow beams herself onto the barriers outside the Trump residence, strums outside the Capitol and stands defiant with an acoustic within eyeshot of The Donald.
The “FDT” rapper isn’t done poking at his favorite presidential target in the salacious clip for his recent single. The Compton MC jabs at Trump’s easily lampooned features through a buffoonish impersonator, whose face is caked with Trump’s signature bright orange bronzer to accentuate his ill-fitting suit with extra-long tie and tanning bed raccoon eyes.
The clip — which dropped just days after Trump was back at the White House following a stint at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for emergency coronavirus treatment — basically consists of the faux Trump throwing gang signs and frolicking with strippers in the Oval Office and on Air Force One.
Weezer, “I Love the USA”
For their 2016 single, the power chord-loving rockers recruited comedian Patton Oswalt to gear up in all his red, white & blue finest to take a stroll through the Oval Office. Oswalt mouths singer Rivers Cuomo’s lyrics about his love of ‘Merica while laying his paws on everything in the room, striking heroic poses on the Resolute Desk in his American flag Zumbas and ripping off a wicked solo on his flag-decked guitar during a patriotic balloon drop.
Lana Del Rey, “National Anthem“
Back in 2012, before the White House became a symbol of national division, LDR stepped up to the podium in this clip, which Billboard named one of the best music videos of the past decade.
The visual opens with an homage to Marilyn Monroe’s legendarily-breathy birthday serenade of JFK (with A$AP Rocky as his blunt-smoking stand-in), before pivoting to soft-focus footage of the happy couple in Polo-ad-worthy tableaus. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t end well for Rock/JFK and LDR is left to fashionably mourn him, a la Jackie Kennedy.
Eminem, “My Name Is”
Slim Shady loved parodying low-hanging fruit back in the day, and in his 1999 video for this single from his second album, The Slim Shady LP, he took on dorky suburban dads, smarmy late night talk show hosts, The Brady Bunch, Marilyn Manson and then-president Bill Clinton in a fairly accurate impersonation, right down to the ex-prez’s signature hand gestures.
N.W.A. “Express Yourself”
The hip-hop bomb throwers tossed a hot one in 1989 with this visual, which opens with black and white images of slaves picking cotton before they escape to the streets of L.A. to take a stroll with some friends as police on horseback try to corral them.
That leads to Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Eazy-E, DRJ Yella and MC Ren moving into the “Black House,” with Dre taking up the rhymer in chief mantle as reporters hang on his every bar. The beat physician hops on the phone with world leaders and takes a JFK-like convertible ride through Compton as shots ring out.