It’s official: The 2009 MTV Video Music Awards (which air live from New York City’s Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, September 13) will be just a little darker (and sexier) than usual, as Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner will officially be present at the ceremony. What’s more, the trio will debut a longer version of the trailer to the upcoming “New Moon,” which is certain to contain more exposed abs, sad-eyed longing and wolf teeth. Just in case you can’t wait 11 days before seeing the latter, there are plenty of excellent music videos that feature wild canines, both of the normal and were variety.
There’s a long history of wolves in popular music, as they are a good shorthand for power, savagery and transformation. Michael Jackson morphed into a wolf (or a werecat, depending on your perspective) in “Thriller,” the Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne gets chased by a beast in the clip for “The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song” and Every Time I Die’s “We’rewolf” pays tribute to “Teen Wolf.” In the Backstreet Boys’ “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back),” Brian Littrell plays the werewolf role, while turning into a hairy beast helps a bullied kid exact vengeance in the spot for Bullet for My Valentine’s “Waking the Demon.” Check out the full lineup of wolf-centric videos below, including the recently-released clip for Shakira’s latest single “She Wolf,” which only contains a handful of shots of wolves but does feature the singer writhing like a four-legged prowler and plenty of Auto-Tune-assisted howling at the moon.