A friend of mine sent me a link the other day and got me into "literal music videos". If you're not familiar, it's basically a parody of an "official" music video, where the actual song lyrics have been replaced with lyrics that describe the visuals in the video. A guy named Dustin McLean officially started the genre in 2008, and there have been hundreds ever since. I plowed through hours of these things on YouTube - some hilarious, some that really suck. Save yourself time and check out the six that make up the cream of the crop below - leave a comment with your favorite, and let us know if we missed any. (Yeah, I know - who does "top 6" lists? In this case, 10 would have put a little chaff in the wheat, and 5 would have left out a good one.)

  • 6

    Red Hot Chili Peppers: Under The Bridge

    The only entry on the list that's not an 80's song. Enjoy.

  • 5

    Michael Jackson: Billie Jean

    Created by the same person that made another popular literal video (that didn't make the list) for Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse Of The Heart".

  • 4

    Biz Markie: Just A Friend

    Biz's 1989 classic holds the honor of being the first rap song to get the "literal" treatment. Not bad.

  • 3

    Tears For Fears: Head Over Heels

    Created by Dustin McLean - the father of literal videos. Hilarious.

  • 2

    Men Without Hats: Safety Dance

    80's band on LSD, with plenty of midget-spanking, crazy women, and a Renaissance Fair from hell. Not to be missed.

  • 1

    A-Ha: Take On Me

    Was tough to pick the absolute funniest - but this one probably deserves the top spot by virtue of the fact that like video #3, it's a Dustin McLean creation, the video that started it all, and the reigning literal video champion in terms of YouTube views (8 million).