Video killed the radio star, they said, but now it seems like MTV and VH1 are bound and determined to kill the video star because … where are the videos, again? Oh, you can still watch videos, of course, artists still try to put their lyrical visions into a visible medium, and these videos are often beautiful. They get so little exposure, however, that it's tempting to think the medium is dead. I maintain that is not necessarily true … not as long as these videos exist.
Table of contents:
- “love the way you lie” – eminem, ft. rihanna
- “hurt” – johnny cash
- “losing my religion” – rem
- “buddy holly” – weezer
- “rhythm nation” – janet jackson
- “bad romance” – lady gaga
- “cold war” – janelle monae
- “nothing compares 2 u” – sinead o'connor
- “the rain (supa dupa fly)” – missy elliott
- “vogue” – madonna
- “single ladies (put a ring on it)” – beyonce
- “take on me” – a-ha
- “hey ya!” – outkast
- “toxic” – britney spears
- “telephone” – lady gaga ft. beyonce
- "november rain" – guns n' roses
- “thriller” – michael jackson
- "here it goes again" – ok go
- "lazarus" – david bowie
1 “Love the Way You Lie” – Eminem, Ft. Rihanna
This is one of my favorite videos. Eminem often tells stories in his videos, especially in the vids for his recent songs. I could include any number of his videos in this list, but rather than making this the Eminem Show (har-de-har, see what I did there?), I'll include my very powerful. This isn't just a video; it's an epic.
2 “Hurt” – Johnny Cash
I love Johnny Cash's version of “Hurt,” right down to the video. It's poignant and painful and beautiful.
3 “Losing My Religion” – REM
This video is dark, romantic, decadent, and gothic without an ounce of eyeliner anywhere to be seen. I love this video. I fell in love with REM because of this video.
4 “Buddy Holly” – Weezer
Pure, unadulterated camp. This video is another mini-movie, one that brings back “Happy Days.” That's never a bad thing.
5 “Rhythm Nation” – Janet Jackson
What can I even say about this? This is incredible. This is epic. This is legendary.
6 “Bad Romance” – Lady Gaga
As with Eminem, I could include so many of Gaga's videos – they're all theatrical masterpieces. I'm a fan of so many, but this is not only one of the most popular and most recognizable, but also one of the most Gaga-esque.
7 “Cold War” – Janelle Monae
The simplicity of this video is what makes it an instant classic. Janelle's voice, her ethereal beauty, and the camera's focus on her face create a powerful statement evocative of another iconic video ...
8 “Nothing Compares 2 U” – Sinead O'Connor
Say what you will of Sinead, but she has a beautiful, strong voice and a beautiful, strong face, both of which are showcased beautifully in this video.
9 “the Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)” – Missy Elliott
This is just the shit – excuse my language (don't, really, I'm an adult and this is the internet).
10 “Vogue” – Madonna
“Vogue” will always be one of the best videos ever, even long after videos really are obsolete.
11 “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” – Beyonce
As with Eminem and Gaga, I could also choose scores of Beyonce's videos, from the fun to the powerful. No lie, though, I just love the Single Ladies dance.
12 “Take on Me” – a-ha
Not only is the song catchy as hell, but this video is just art.
13 “Hey Ya!” – Outkast
This homage to the Beatles was perfection from start to finish. All those sexy versions of Andre-3000 were the business, and my but did he look delicious in every ensemble! I'm also a huge fan of the Ryan Philippe cameo at the beginning.
14 “Toxic” – Britney Spears
No, come on. This is Brit-Brit at the height of her badassery.
15 “Telephone” – Lady Gaga Ft. Beyonce
I couldn't help myself. This is an excellent example of the modern video as a mini-movie.
16 "November Rain" – Guns N' Roses
You have to concede that this is amazing, even if you're not a GNR fan.
16 “Thriller” – Michael Jackson
17 "Here It Goes Again" – OK Go
OK Go have almost single-handedly changed the whole face of the music video, so I could have easily included any of their vids. This was just the first one I ever saw, and it introduced me to both their upbeat sound and their visual artistry.
18 "Lazarus" – David Bowie
Had to. This is a beautiful work of art. It's the ideal epitaph. Good night, Starman.
Now, hit me with your favorite videos. Which vids can you watch again and again? Which vids move you?
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