Greatest Music Videos Of All Time
There was a time directly preceding the age of the Internet where the music video was just as important of an expression of creativity as the song itself. In many cases a good music video could cause a good song to become a hit thanks to avenues like MTV which would then put it into heavy rotation. While the days of watching music videos on MTV have long since passed, video still remain an important medium for connecting to fans with places like YouTube providing a free medium open to everyone. In this article we shall look at ten stunningly good music videos both from the MTV era and afterward.
1) Peter Gabriel “Sledgehammer” – During a time when computer animation consisted of blocky single-colors, this video used the mother load of carefully thought out stop photography to produce something that caused a sensation. The dedication of time, energy and money into this video paid off Big Time, by making this song his biggest hit in the US, winning a ton of video music awards and becoming the most played MTV video of all time.
2) Michael Jackson “Thriller” – This one was more than a video, it was a short film at 13 minutes. It’s been 30 years since this video has been released but it’s still one people watch everyday. How can you go wrong with zombies?
3) Nine Inch Nails “A Perfect Drug” – A gothic castle, Trent Reznor, a bear and a vulture: the makings of a classic NIN video.
4) OK GO “Here It Goes Again”, “This Too Shall Pass” and “Needing/Getting” – Rarely has a band so succinctly realized the power of YouTube and music videos in the modern age than OK GO. Their “This Too Shall Pass” video that features a Rube Goldberg machine took 50 engineers six months to create and 60 takes with the band to turn out perfectly. The band is well known to spend significant amounts of time perfecting a series of choreographed moves to pull of their videos and many people have discovered their music by discovering them not through radio play but through their videos.
5) Tool “Stinkfist” – This artistic video was directed by the band’s guitarist and features stop motion animation of a race of sand people.
6) Meshuggah ‘I Am Colussus” – Djent lords Mesuggah never disappoint with coming up with something unique.
7) Weezer “Buddy Holly” – As the Fonz would say “Whoa” to this retro takeback to Happy Days that helped catapult the band as high as they could imagine.
8) Guns N’ Roses “November Rain” – Coming in at 9 minutes this video tells a powerful story of love and loss that is visually as moving as the music itself. It earned many awards and was seen constantly on MTV and later went on to get 226,000,000 views on YouTube.
9) Soundgarden “Black Hole Sun” – Cosmic apocalypse descends down on the strangely happy people in this award winning video that helped the song become their most recognized.
10) Foo Fighters “Learn To Fly” – You should never trust Jack Black and Kyle Gass of Tenacious D to not drug your coffee – and is there anything Dave Grohl can’t do? Star in two amazing rock bands, make a documentary, be as funny as most professional comedians and safely land an airplane…
There are many more great videos out there, which are your favorites?