People Really Seem To Like That Annoying Avril Lavigne Video

noah | December 11, 2007 8:46 am
Avril Lavigne’s “Girlfriend” is the most-watched music video on YouTube (63 million plays of the unembeddable official version alone! Seriously!), and peoples’ desire to see a nerdy version of her get constantly foiled has apparently spilled over into the on-demand cable world. It’s been crowned as the most-watched video of 2007 by the cable service Music Choice, which has launched its lengthy “favorite videos of the year” package, supposedly determined by the number of on-demand streams each video received. The lists after the jump, but first a few scattered reactions.

THE GOOD: Well, it did introduce me to a new social-networking-related novelty song, C-Side’s “MySpace Freak.” And “Weird Al” Yankovic’s “Trapped In The Drive-Thru” won the Funniest Video prize, although I do wish that the clip was live-action and not animated. THE BAD: There are so many classifications that these lists don’t count down the “best” videos as much as they semi-haphazardly list “videos that were available on Music Choice during 2007 in handy list format.” Example: the Best Hip-Hop/R&B Video went to T-Pain’s “Buy U A Drank.” The Best Rap Video award was won by Huey’s “Pop, Lock & Drop It”… but No. 1 on the Top Five Hip-Hop Videos list was the Jim Jones ultramegaremix of “We Fly High.” Mixed messages much? THE WHAAAA? The top 20 Pop/Rock videos were broken down into four segments, and one was hosted by (Whose videos, it will probably not shock you to learn, were not on the countdown.) Anyway, he said “y’alls” a lot, and tried really really hard to extend his 15 minutes by giving extended treatises on the number nine (it’s apparently “divine,” just like Fergie) and letting the world know that the Black Eyed Peas are not breaking up. I guess it could have been worse–he could have brought out Nicole Scherzinger. But it was still public access-level cringeworthy.

TOP TWENTY POP/ROCK VIDEOS 20. UNK, “Walk It Out” 19. Linkin Park, “What I’ve Done” 18. Rihanna, “Umbrella” 17. Justin Timberlake, “What Goes Around” 16. Daughtry, “It’s Not Over” 15. Diddy, “Last Night” 14. Kelly Clarkson, “Never Again” 13. Crime Mob, “Rock Yo Hips” 12. Aly & AJ, “Potential Breakup Song” 11. Beyonce, “Irreplaceable” 10. Lil Mama, “Lip Gloss” 09. Fergie, “Big Girls Don’t Cry (Personal)” 08. Bow Wow, “Outta My System” 07. Gym Class Heroes, “Cupid’s Chokehold” 06. Ciara, “Like A Boy” 05. Carrie Underwood, “Before He Cheats” 04. T-Pain, “Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin’)” 03. Beyonce & Shakira, “Beautiful Liar” 02. Huey, “Pop, Lock & Drop It” 01. Avril Lavigne, “Girlfriend”

TOP FIVE HIP-HOP VIDEOS 05. Fat Joe ft. Lil Wayne, Baby, T.I., R Kelly, and Rick Ross, “Make It Rain (Remix)” 04. T.I., “Big Things Poppin'” 03. MIMS, “This Is Why I’m Hot” 02. Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em, “Crank That” 01. Jim Jones ft. T.I., Lil Wayne, Diddy, Juelz Santana, Young Dro, and Baby, “We Fly High (Remix)”

BEST COUNTRY VIDEO: Carrie Underwood, “Before He Cheats” BEST DO THAT DANCE: Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em, “Crank That” BEST HIP-HOP/R&B: T-Pain, “Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin’)” BEST LATIN VIDEO: Luny Tunes, “Noche De Entierro” BEST METAL VIDEO: Killswitch Engage, “My Curse” BEST POP VIDEO: Fergie, “Big Girls Don’t Cry (Personal)” BEST RAP VIDEO: Huey, “Pop, Lock & Drop It” BEST ROCK VIDEO: Nickelback, “Rock Star” BEST SURPRISE HIT: Cupid, “Cupid Shuffle” FUNNIEST VIDEO: “Weird Al” Yankovic, “Trapped In The Drive-Thru” SEXIEST VIDEO: Beyonce & Shakira, “Beautiful Liar”

And finally, the oddest “award,” given to the Best Worst [sic?] video. This clip is an ode to ladies who take super-flattering pictures of themselves for their MySpace pages, and it has the class and taste that the social-networking site has become renowned for–although, as a friend of mine noted, it’s no “What What (In The Butt)“:

BEST WORST VIDEO: C-Side, “MySpace Freak”

Music Choice [Official site]