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Pop Up Video is a music video anthology series on VH1.

What sets this show apart from other music video anthology shows is its use of little "info nuggets" that pop into the screen (with a distinctive "bloop" sound) during the video. Most of the nuggets feature background info and amusing trivia about the video being featured. Some also have background info marginally related to something featured in the video, and many of the nuggets add snarky commentary.

In its original incarnation, Pop Up Video ran from 1996 to 2002. Happily, it was brought back in 2011 with newer music videos and redesigned info nuggets, though it disappeared off the radar again after a year or so.

Before their switch to MTV Classic, VH1 Classic were quite fond of running classic episodes of Pop Up Video, although they only ran about the same sixteen episodes or so.


Tropes playing on this series:

  • Back to Front: Gleefully played with during the video for "Return to Innocence" by Enigma.note  They put the end nugget at the beginning, set the regular nuggets up to appear with a reversed version of the standard pop up effect, put the regular nuggets in reverse order, and ended the video with the standard intro info.
    • Done once again in the 2011 revival with Coldplay's "The Scientist".
  • Brick Joke: When "Always Something There To Remind Me" by Naked Eyes was featured. In one scene, singer Pete Byrne crosses the street and is hit by an inattentive driver. An info nugget says the director admonished the driver saying "Don't run over Pete." Near the end of the video, several mnemonics are listed including an unknown one called DROP. What does that stand for? Don't Run Over Pete.
  • Caption Humor
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: One episode in the original series, "Self-Love", exclusively featured songs that were widely interpreted, rightly or wrongly, as dealing with you-know-what.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The info nuggets.
  • Elephant in the Living Room: The 2011 revival mentions this trope by name in the treatment of "She Bangs" by Ricky Martin. The nuggets on that video didn't outright mention Martin's homosexuality (he came out about a decade after releasing the song), but the captions did acknowledge that particular elephant in the room (complete with a rainbow graphic on one nugget), and added an elephant-shaped nugget every so often.
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  • Info Drop: The premise is to provide a whole string of these.
  • Pop-Up Trivia: The Trope Maker.
  • Running Gag:
    • Whenever a video focuses on someone's buttocks, an info nugget with the word "But" pops up over said buttocks. It's typically used to humorously transition to another bit of info.
    • Whenever the video's image focuses on an individual member of the band, the pop-up caption introduces them. When a specific member DOESN'T appear in a video, or is substituted with a stunt performer, the caption reads "Not X." There are moments when it's taken to a logical extreme and it reads "Him/her neither" or "Still not X."
  • Shown Their Work: And how! Just watching one video on this show gives you a whole wealth of information about the artist, song, and video.
    • They did make at least one mistake which they've owned up to. In the video for Sheryl Crow's "Everyday Is A Winding Road", they claimed that she wore a blonde wig while working as a backup dancer for Michael Jackson. When they featured another Sheryl Crow video, "My Favorite Mistake", they admitted their error and mentioned that she actually dyed her hair blonde.
  • Signature Sound Effect: bwup!
  • Take That!: The pop ups for Martika's "Toy Soldiers" got unusually mean-spirited for some reason, taking delight in comparing Martika's less-than-successful career in music and acting to that of Madonna's. It culminated in a nugget showing Madonna's and Martika's faces taped onto a pair of Weebles — Madonna's Weeble was still upright, but Martika's was knocked over.
  • Un-Cancelled: Oh yes.


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