There are few things cooler than knowing that big names like Twenty One Pilots, Lil’ Wayne, and Luke Bryan filmed their best music videos in your own backyard! Ohio is full of awesome locations, from the skyscrapers in Cincinnati to the open stretches of cornfields and farmlands throughout the state. This diverse state has been home to some of the best music videos thanks to its variety of settings and down-home roots. Let’s look at some of the most famous music video production Ohio has to offer!
Stressed Out – Twenty One Pilots
Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun, the talent behind alternative rock duo Twenty One Pilots, grew up in and around Columbus, Ohio so it’s no surprise that the music video for their hit, Stressed Out, was filmed in their local neighborhood! The song reminisces about their struggles growing up and features shots of them riding tricycles around Columbus’ suburbs and their presumed childhood home. The band has always had close ties to their Ohio roots and continue to tour in the area. Here’s to born and raised Ohio stars!
Anna Sun – Walk the Moon
Walk the Moon is a Cincinnati-based rock band and lead singer Nicholas Petricca started the band while in school at Kenyon College in Gambier, OH. With so many ties to our beautiful state, it’s no wonder that the band filmed their first major hit, Anna Sun, all around Cincinnati! The video is a fun, alternative adventure that features crazy face paint, giant mushrooms, and lots of Ohio friends!
Go DJ – Lil’ Wayne
While Lil’ Wayne isn’t an Ohio-native, he turns to the iconic Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio for his music video, Go DJ. You may recognize this now-retired prison from movies including The Shawshank Redemption, Air Force One, or The Travel Channel’s Ghost Hunters. In the video, Lil’ Wayne stands on prison tables, spends time in the yard, and raps in an electric chair. The prison was shut down in 1990, but still remains as a historic structure (and backdrop for stars!).
Roller Coaster (Lyric Video) – Luke Bryan
Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio is the definition of a beach paradise. The self-proclaimed “roller coaster capital of the world” was the perfect backdrop for Luke Bryan’s Roller Coaster lyric video. With lines like “now she’s got me twisted like an old beach roller coaster” and “we spent that week wide open upside down beside the ocean,” Cedar Point is the ideal setting for this romantic ballad.
Your Touch – The Black Keys
The Black Keys are a popular alternative rock band from Akron, Ohio. Both of the band’s members, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, grew up in the area and in their video Your Touch, they show off their humble roots. The band started out performing in garages and basements, and in the video they are seen performing in front of the old Goodrich Rubber Factory, a nearly 150-year old structure in Akron.
It’s Not My Time – 3 Doors Down
Cincinnati locals will instantly recognize the backdrop of the music video for It’s Not My Time by 3 Doors Down. It features a parkour pro hopping all along the streets of the city and in the background, we can see the sweeping skyline of this beautiful area. The band is from Mississippi but enjoyed turning to the urban solace of Cincinnati for their artistic video.
These are some of the most famous and best music videos filmed throughout Cleveland and us Ohioans are proud to show off where we come from. Below are some other notable mentions, including both music videos and films shot in Ohio:
–My Friend Dahmer
–Jocko Homo by Devo
–Liberal Arts (with Josh Radnor, a Columbus actor, who plays the fictional Ted Mosby, also from Columbus!)
–Made in Cleveland
–I Like It by Foxy Shazam
–Awake by Godsmack
There’s no denying that Ohio knows how to rock, and these famous music videos and films that take place in Ohio are proof. Want to really rock your trip to the area? Stop by Hard Rock Rocksino in Northfield Park for music, events, amenities, and nightlife! Be your own rockstar like the ones in these videos!