Thanks to Kyle Larsen, you can schedule into your Friday afternoon a review of the Top 5 dental music video parodies of 2014.

From spoofs on multimedia masterpieces like  Michael Jackson vintage “Thriller” (yes, the extended version with Vincent Price voiceover), and Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” (earworm alert), dental students across the U.S. brought their A-game.

Larsen, a second year dental student at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, shared the selections as part of a year end review for Mouthing Off, the blog of the American Student Dental Association. Many were created for the Memmys, a student-produced video contest hosted by The University of South Carolina School of Medicine. This year’s contest featured 32 entries from health professions schools across the United States. asked Benco Dental Video Production Coordinator Eric Larsen (no relation to the aforementioned blogger) to weigh in on the productions.

Though none are without merit, Benco’s video professional easily narrowed down two favorites:

* Louisiana State University School of Dentistry’s “Preppin’ Caries,” a parody of “Can’t Hold Us,” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

Marquette University School of Dentistry’s take on Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off.” 

Eric Larsen credited the post production work, well composed shots and cinematography or “Preppin’ Caries.”  “I like the toning,” he added.

Though they lost a point for lack of original lyrics, #MarquetteASDA’s Steadicam mastery and ability to shoot the well-choreographed explosion of energy in possibly two takes won him over.

Personal MolarMuse highpoints:

  • The blooper reel by the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Dental Class of 2014 following their parody of  “Royals,” by Lorde, and their nod to the Dirty Dancing theme during their credits.

  • A dream sequence in LSU’s “Preppin’ Caries,” which intermingles aerial views from a helicopter and a dental student taking down a spooky superhuman molar with a bag of sugar.

  • Original music and lyrics by the team at Creighton University School of Dentistry in Nebraska.