New Radicals conjuring up some '90s mall magicEXPAND
New Radicals conjuring up some '90s mall magic
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Top 8 Music Videos Filmed In Malls

The mall, once the heart of consumerist America, is now merely an appendix—still there, but not really necessary due to the online marketplace. 

Sure, online shopping is convenient, but it can be as deceptive as online dating—rarely do you receive anything that looks like its photograph—and missing is the fun of people-watching from a mall bench with a hot Wetzel's pretzel in hand. Without the mall, where would an overweight man who loosely resembles Santa (when he's in full costume) earn some extra cash one month out of the year? 

Luckily for us (and the Westfield Group), the mall is still a relevant place in southern California. As malls across the country slowly fade away in states like Texas, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, and Illinois, malls in southern California seem unaffected. 

We dedicate the following music videos to people who would rather push a shopping cart than click on one; people who are brave enough to eat mall sushi; and people who refuse to refold anything they touch at PacSun. We are one of you!

8. Robin Sparkles - "Let's Go To The Mall"

Wait, isn't Robin Sparkles a fictional character from the hit television show How I Met Your Mother?! Yes, but that doesn't make this music video any less real or any less awesome. 

7. Aston Merrygold - "Get Stupid" 

If Bruno Mars had released this song, you would have heard it by now. Judging by the Alfa Moda storefront, we're guessing this video was shot at the Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance.

6. Avril Lavigne - "Complicated"

"Hey, wanna crash the mall?!" Gosh, Avril was such a badass in this music video filmed at Eagle Rock Plaza in Los Angeles.

5. Night Riots - “Back To Your Love” 

Plot summary: a mannequin who looks like Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman's character in Pulp Fiction) comes to life and starts dancing with a mall intruder. This semi-creepy music video was filmed in San Bernardino's Carousel Mall.

4. Foo Fighters - "Long Road to Ruin" 

In this hilarious soap opera parody, The Davy Grolton Band performs a mall concert (at the Valencia Town Center).

3. Tom Petty - "Free Fallin'" 

What we don't understand: if you're growing up in Reseda why the hell did your parents drop you off at the Westside Pavillion when the Northridge Fashion Center is right around the corner?!

2. New Radicals - "You Get What You Give"

Hang on—we're reminiscing about how much we love this song... Don't let the palm trees fool you, this music video was shot in New York's Staten Island Mall. Side note: Gregg Alexander—if you're reading this—please come back as a front man! We miss you!

1. Tiffany - "I Think We're Alone Now" 

Tiffany's entire career was built around the concept of a mall performance tour, so of course she's our #1! Shout-out to the Ogden City Mall in Utah.


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