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Editor's note: iReport, CNN's citizen journalism initiative, is celebrating its fifth birthday this month. To mark the occasion, we're taking a look at some of iReport's shining moments in a series of top five posts on a variety of topics. Today, we take a look at some of the best user-submitted music videos.
Through the years, some iReporters have been inspired to comment on the news in song. We've had some incredibly creative music videos in the past five years that have truly run the gamut. Here are five that really made an impact. And now -- on with the countdown!
Filmmaker Antoni Ansarov came up with this well-crafted video, co-produced in Cameroon, France and the U.S., in the wake of the devastating Haiti earthquake in 2010. Since then, he has worked with the Serbian band, Clash of Civilizations.
Al Biedrzycki's musical resume certainly struck a chord (no pun intended), landing him on HLN and CNN.com Live, as millions of Americans looked for jobs. Thankfully, in the ensuing two years, he has found employment: "After the resume was picked up on the news, I began getting contacted for interviews (and called back for secondary ones too), but initially ended up jobless from lack of experience. People liked my creativity but couldn't justify hiring me over my entry level qualifications," he said.
It turns out that good old fashioned networking ended up getting him a job with Scratch Marketing + Media in Cambridge, Massachusetts. "I'd say the music resume was a nice motivation boost for me at the time and it definitely had an impact on where I am today. The job hunt can be tough for anyone, so receiving those interview and networking opportunities were very valuable, even if they didn't lead anywhere in particular at the time. You never know who you'll reconnect with down the road!"
Veteran musician Brent Burns was compelled to write this song out of outrage at higher gas prices in 2008, and followed it up with a song on the Gulf oil spill last year, which affected his hometown of Gulf Shores, Alabama. "I've been on the road touring to include a recent appearance in Prague, Czech Republic. My 9th CD is scheduled for release in September, 2011."
Among the most unique takes on a news story, Cubicle has found that their 2009 music videos resonates once again today, with the ups and downs in the stock market.
"Cubicle is still making music and plans to release a new EP entitled "The Severance Package," a collection of 6 new hard-hitting songs which will be coming out in September 2011," said lead singer Sean Cawley. "The songs are thematically tied to living and breathing in today's rough and tough economy, possibly the worst economic time since the Great Depression."
Halloween inspired one of Greg Reese's many music videos for iReport (we mentioned the Sarah Palin rap video in an earlier list). There is nothing quite like this, to the point where one of our interns was inspired to create her own "ghost on a stick."
"Thanks To CNN iReport, I've continued to create political songs and videos as well as silly video content. Also I have taken my 'Greg Reese, guy on the street' interviewing to another level."
If you've got a song in your heart, don't be afraid to post it on iReport. Until then, (with apologies to Casey Kasem) keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars!
It's wonderful to be in such good company here... What amazing musical talent! We look forward to contributing to the story as CNN iReport continues to grow. Nice work everyone. - CUBICLE (CubicleBand.com)