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10 Most Explosive Mario Music Videos

10 Most Explosive Mario Music Videos

In early 2002, the world was introduced to a phenomenal teenager from Baltimore, MD. Turning a classic hip-hop track into one the best r&b songs of the new millennium, Mario quickly became a young superstar overnight. After his debut hit “Just A Friend 2002, Mario would go on to transition from young pop star to Adult sex symbol becoming one of the best selling artist of the 2000s. After a few years of handling business and personal issues, Mario recently announced that he would be releasing a new album in 2017 entitled “Paradise Cove.” In honor of his current announcement, Kaboom! Magazine.com will take a retrospective look into the musical life of the New Citizen recording artist by showcasing the 10 most explosive music videos of his career. Some of them were award nominated, some overlooked cult classics, but every one of them a can’t miss. Every move he makes, he makes it big, but here are 10 of the biggest.

Mario Info:
Age: 30
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Record Label: New Citizen
Album Discography: Mario (2002), Turning Point (2004), Go (2007), D.N.A. (2009), Paradise Cove (2017)
Career Highlights: Mario is a two-time Billboard award winner and was nominated for a Grammy in 2006. At the end of the 2000s decade, Mario was ranked by Billboard at number 98 on their “Artist of the Decade” list. “Let Me Love You” was the 8th most successful single of the decade according to the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade.

Let’s start things off with a Mario honorable mention…..

Honorable Mention: Mario “Thinkin’ About You”
The second single from his fourth studio album “D.N.A.”, the song debuted on the U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, at number 96. The music video was directed by Chris Robinson and featured RichGirl’s Audra Simmons as the lead girl in the video. It was also ranked at #65 on BET’s Notarized: Top 100 Videos of 2009 countdown.

10. Mario “Let Me Help You”
Mario is grabbing the torch to help make R&B great again and help a young woman find love again in “Let Me Help You.” It may have taken a couple of years, but Mario finally that feeling that he had when created classic throwback tracks like “Let Me Love You” and a “How Do I Breathe.”

9. Mario “Braid My Hair”
The second single from Mario debut album, the music video sees the singer dealing with pressures of fame and still trying to maintain a relationship with someone. “Braid My Hair” was directed by Bryan Barber. The song would go on to peak at #74 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2003.

8. Mario “Somebody Else” Feat. Nicki Minaj
Intended to be a single for his unreleased fifth studio album, “Somebody Else” was later dubbed as a standalone single. The video chronicles the dramatic ending of a relationship as Mario and Nicki square off in the video.

7. Mario “C’mon”
The third single to be released from his debut album, “C’Mon” saw Mario putting his best foot forward on the dance floor and showed us moves that considered him to be the next Usher. “C’Mon is a fun directed music video by Erik White and was a certified fan favorite at house parties all over America in the early 2000s.

6. Mario “Crying Out For Me”
It’s a smooth track about the classic subject…woman is being done wrong in her current relationship in which Mario sings to her, “Crying Out for Me” was another solid track from his third studio album “Go.” The music video was an R&B version of Fast & Furious with Mario rolling up and down the block in a Porsche and impressing the ladies in the process. The song is very similar in theme to his 2004 hit “Let Me Love You”.


5. Mario “How Could You”
“How Could You” is the second single from his second studio album Turning Point. The single debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 93. The video was directed by Benny Boom with a cameo appearance in the video by rapper Cassidy, JD Williams, and actress Ambrosia Williams. “How Could You” sees Mario questioning a relationship after a friend of his informs him that the love of his life is having an affair with another man.

4. Mario “Just A Friend 2002”
The first single from his first studio album “Mario” which was a loose cover of Biz Markie’s hit, “Just a Friend”. Mario’s version is quite different, as the story is changed from a man who discovers his girlfriend has been cheating on him, to a story about unrequited love. It outperformed Markie’s 1989 version on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at #4, while Markie’s peaked at #9. The video was directed by Diane Martel, which was shot on location in Mario’s hometown of Baltimore, Maryland. The video has Mario seeing this girl while with his friends and wants to know her. Biz Markie can be seen throughout the music video and Cassie is also featured briefly in this video.

3. Mario “Break Up” Feat. Gucci Mane & Sean Garrett
“Break Up” is the first single from Mario’s fourth studio album “D.N.A.”. It features and was co-written by Gucci Mane and Sean Garrett. The music video featured cameos from Gucci Mane, Sean Garrett, Audra Simmons, Christina Williams, and Rosa Acosta. The song quickly rose on BET video countdown show 106 & Park it debuted at number 10. By the end of the week, the video went to number 1 on the countdown. Due its success, it was placed at #7 on BET’s Notarized: Top 100 Videos of 2009 countdown.

2. Mario “How Do I Breathe”
Maybe not the biggest commercial success of his career, but if you ask any Mario fan what their favorite song is? 30 out of 30 times they will say “How Do I Breathe.” Not sure why this song didn’t get more attention as it is one of the best songs done by him, nevertheless still one of the best love songs of any decade. The video was directed by Melina and premiered on BET’s Access Granted in 2007. After its premiere, “How Do I Breathe” received heavy airplay on BET’s music video countdown show 106 & Park. It also appeared at number 87 on BET’s Notarized: Top 100 Videos of 2007 countdown.

1. Mario “Let Me Love You”
In one of the biggest sophomore debuts of all-time, “Let Me Love You” held the number-one position on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart for nine consecutive weeks from January to February 2005, and, as of 2017, is Mario’s biggest single. Written by Ne-Yo and the music Video directed by Little X, “Let Me Love You” received nominations for Billboard Music Awards, including “Hot 100 Single of the Year”, “Hot 100 Airplay Single of the Year”, “Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Single of the Year”, “Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay Single of the Year, winning in both the R&B categories in 2005. In 2013, it was ranked at number 53 on Billboard’s All-Time Top 100 Hot 100 singles during the first 55 years of the chart.