Pop stars, they’re not just like us. Unless, of course, you can dance on the ceiling and casually defy the laws of physics by hopping up onto your bedroom wall. Ariana Grande is the latest singer to break the gravitational glass ceiling by dancing over every surface in her moody, futuristic “No Tears Left to Cry” video.
And while Grande appears to be making a statement about how her world was turned upside down by the tragedy that unfolded during the shooting massacre at her concert in Manchester, England, last May, the special EFX trickery is just the latest example of a video where an act broke the surly bonds of Earth’s gravity and took us to the upside down.
Check out our 11 favorite upside down clips.
Ariana Grande, “No Tears Left to Cry” (2018)
In the Dave Meyers-directed clip from Grande’s upcoming album, the singer slides through a twilight world where up often means down.
Panic! At The Disco, “High Hopes” (2018)
Panic! frontman Brendon Urie achieves his manifest destiny in this mind-bending adventure, in which he casually walks up the the side of a Los Angeles building, Spider-Man style, so he can jam with his band on the roof. “Stay up on that rise/ Stay up on that rise and never come down.” Indeed.
Charlie Puth, “How Long” (2017)
Puth tried to channel legendary soul pop duo Hall & Oates on his latest falsetto hit, but he really tapped into Lionel Richie in the clip where he shows off his fancy footwork. The visual takes him from a city street to a wall crawl, all while he shows off some seriously smooth airborne moves.
Marian Hill, “Down” (2017)
We got to know through this talented duo through an Apple ad for their hit “Down,” and the video messes with our eyes (and heads) when the elevator they’re on doesn’t play by the planet’s rules.
The kings of video trickery took their antics into zero gravity (sub) orbit with a ride on the famous “vomit comet,” where, yes, ladies and gentlemen, they are floating in space.
Justin Timberlake and the fellas are human puppets on strings, daredevils racing across the roof of a train and pop spider-men dancing and wall-stomping inside a futuristic cattle car. Any questions?
Fatboy Slim, “Weapon of Choice” (2000)
If you weren’t aware that actor Christopher Walken was a kick-ass hoofer (and trained tapdancer) before this Spike Jonze-directed clip for the EDM star’s smash single, the Pulp Fiction star taught you a thing or two as he tapped, jumped, skipped, floated, spun and wall-walked his way through a lobby.
Metallica, “Memory Remains” (1997)
Is there no danger these metal gods won’t take head on? Strapping into a giant swing, James, Lars and the gang rock out while doing a full rotation.
Sugar Ray, “Fly” (1997)
This reggae lite smash was accompanied by a pretty standard performance clip…until the boys get locked in the weirdest apartment ever and singer Mark McGrath busts some of his signature moves on every horizontal and vertical surface. Shout out to his fly chair-hanging game.
At his peak, there was nothing MJ couldn’t do, including filming the then-most expensive video ever with his little sister, in which the superstar siblings went into space for some vertigo-inducing wall-walking and dancing.
Lionel Richie, “Dancing on the Ceiling” (1986)
The OG upside down video needs no explanation. That outfit, though…