We can’t stop listening to his catalogue of joy, quirkiness and feels – emphasis on the feels.
Tom Rosenthal has a voice like none other, literally and figuratively. With his distinct melodious voice and remarkable music videos, Tom has a song for every emotion you might be feeling. Throughout his work, he maintains an unmistakable love for music, people and the world around him. Whether it’s through enchanting animations or delightfully quirky live-action videos, he never fails to remind us to live and love to the fullest.
Here’s just a few examples of the times Tom Rosenthal’s music blew us away!
Take Your Guess
Take Your Guess is pretty much the quintessential Tom Rosenthal video. Tom dancing in front of gorgeous landscapes? Check. Quirky interactions with people on the street? Double check. Music that can’t help but make you smile? Check, check AND check.
The message of this song is as simple as it is important: things don’t always go perfectly, and that’s fine.
We can’t explain Watermelon, but we’ll give it a try. It’s a work of art that must be preserved for all eternity. It’s impossible not to smile at a video containing a watermelon costume, absurdly joyful music and more watermelons than we ever thought one person could need.
Wait – Tom, are you the man our maths problems warned us about?
The music in Hugging You shines as brightly as the video’s glimmering animation. Two sparkling figures traveling through tiny forests and dollhouses as the words dance across the screen in this celebration of romantic love. It’s the perfect song for when you want to feel love and peace in your life.
Don’t Die Curious
Are you living your life to the fullest? You can’t do everything in this world, but Don’t Die Curious reminds us to take opportunities and not leave room to regret what we didn’t do.
The video features Minnie the Dog doing just that: having curious adventures all around the city. Plus, you get to watch a dog for the whole song, which brings you one step closer to a fuller life. It’s a known fact that life isn’t complete until you allow a dog to share it with you.
Go Solo is peak “Beautiful Views Rosenthal”, as we have just now named him.
Shot on the serene train journey between Oslo and Bergen, the rolling mountains provide a backdrop to an enchanting song about traveling to the people you love. The bittersweet video is filled with solitude, but contentment at the knowledge that you’ll be home soon.
We’re All A Bit Scared
In the beginning, the vulnerability of the lyrics and the intense stares in this music video make it feel darker than most of the songs in Tom’s catalogue. But as their faces change to smiles, We’re All A Bit Scared feels not like pressure, but like a community.
Admitting the fear we all feel sometimes is vulnerable, but still retains hope.
Throw The Fear
The video for Throw The Fear celebrates one of the world’s most precious relationships, with a series of parents and children interacting at a table. It’s a snapshot that shows everything from dancing toddlers to discussions between adult children and their balding fathers.
Lyrics from the perspective of a parent giving advice to their child remind us to celebrate life and throw our fears to the side.
Don’t You Know How Busy & Important I Am?
Don’t You Know How Busy & Important I Am? is perhaps the most expansive subtweet on the internet. Who hasn’t claimed they’re too busy to do anything fun or see their friends? This satirical song pokes fun at us while reminding us to lighten up with a fun dance video.
From the second the intimate animation started and the first piano notes played, we knew It’s Okay was going to hit us right in the feels. While this song about long distance love is melancholy, it remains quietly passionate and hopeful throughout. At the end, we see a glimpse of the happiness that makes it all “okay”.
Cos Love is Tom’s 100th song, and is full of every ounce of bittersweet hope and love he can fit into three minutes. The blue and yellow-themed animation accompanies lyrics infused with unwavering faith in the power and mystery of love. It’s the perfect song to celebrate love of all kinds, or to bring you comfort if you’ve recently lost a love.
Do you have enough feels yet?
That’s enough for us for one day! (We say, as we press play on the next song.) What’s your favourite Tom Rosenthal song? Send us a tweet @TenEightyUK and let us know! Let’s get a playlist going for a listening party.
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