Epic Music Videos That'll Never Stop Being Awesome ...


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.

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“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.


“Hurt” – Johnny Cash

I love Johnny Cash's version of “Hurt,” right down to the video. It's poignant and painful and beautiful.


“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.


“Buddy Holly” – Weezer

Pure, unadulterated camp. This video is another mini-movie, one that brings back “Happy Days.” That's never a bad thing.


“Rhythm Nation” – Janet Jackson

What can I even say about this? This is incredible. This is epic. This is legendary.


“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.


“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 ...


“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.


“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).


“Vogue” – Madonna

“Vogue” will always be one of the best videos ever, even long after videos really are obsolete.


“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.


“Take on Me” – a-ha

Not only is the song catchy as hell, but this video is just art.


“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.


“Toxic” – Britney Spears

No, come on. This is Brit-Brit at the height of her badassery.


“Telephone” – Lady Gaga Ft. Beyonce

I couldn't help myself. This is an excellent example of the modern video as a mini-movie.


"November Rain" – Guns N' Roses

You have to concede that this is amazing, even if you're not a GNR fan.


“Thriller” – Michael Jackson



"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.


"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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