Hubs tropes… roll up, roll up.

Our guide to the cliches, visual iconography and historical references that make up the vernacular of modern music videos.

It’s time for a long-awaited installment of Hubs tropes. With wild animals, creepy clowns, fancy costumes and colorful props, the Circus has to be one of the most ubiquitous themes in music videos. Who doesn’t love the old fashion razzle-dazzle of the big top with its cute animals and saucy trapeze artists?

Sometimes sad (Annie Lennox), sometimes deranged (Primus), you can always look to the old big top when you’re out of ideas. P.T. Barnum would be proud.

Panic at the Disco ‘I Write Sins Not Tragedies’

Panic at the Disco

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Annie Lennox ‘Why’

Is there anything sadder than a sorrowful showgirl?

Annie Lennox

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Britney Spears ‘Circus’

ok, ok. I think we can count on Ms Spears to declare the carnival officially over.

Britney Spears

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Christina Aguilera ‘Hurt’

Aggers plays another sad carnie in this sweeping period drama.

Christina Aguilera

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T-Pain ‘Can’t Believe it’ (feat. Lil Wayne)

Remember that nasty crunk/clown movement a few years ago?

T-Pain

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