I read a post from the great blog Cinema Parrot Disco that reviewed two music videos from Chris Cunningham. In it she mentions a tweet from director Duncan Jones(Moon, Source Code) that music videos are not as cool as they once were. First I was kind of shocked, because I didn’t think they were playing any music on MTV except on their shows. 2nd, music videos were a tool to help people discover songs. Now with Spotify and other music services you can try on your Ipod. I feel that music videos have become sort of irrelevant. Today I want to share a few videos that I feel are really beautiful and despite the age of the song are still relevant and fun to watch too.
20. Tom Petty and The HeartBreakers-Don’t Come Around Here No More
I remember this one freaking me out when I was a kid, especially the end scene when the Mad Hatter and his guests eat Alice
19.Green Jelly – Three Little Pigs
I’m wiling to bet that if you didn’t grow during the 90’s you most likely never heard of this group or this song before.
18. Benny Benassi – Who’s Your Daddy
This is a really cool and sexy looking video that uses retro poster of what could be X-Rated films from the 70’s super fun, Not safe for work
17. Chromatics– Cherry
This is a video that was made after 2010 but looks like it was created in the 70’s.
16. Portishead -Only You
15. Faith No More – Last Cup of Sorrow
An awesome tribute to Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo
14. Sia – Chandelier
So simple and yet so elegant too.
13. Bjork – All is Full of Love
I could have made a list of just Bjork,because her videos are amazing.
12. Metallica– One.
Using footage from the 1971 film Johnny Got His Gun. This first music video from Metallica is very haunting
Another simply made video but the dance choreography mixed in with what look like it was done in one take. Makes this a good addition to the list.
10. The Chemical Brothers – Star Guitar
This video takes me back to car trips I would take with my mom,dad and sister. During the later part of those journeys. Everyone would be asleep and my dad would have the radio on. I would look out my window and just stare at nature and electrical wires. Soon what I was watching would match up with what I was hearing from the radio. Director Michel Gondry visualizes that perfectly with this video
9. Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer
8. Weezer – Buddy Holly
Even if you have never heard or have seen the show Happy Days before. This is still a very well made music video and very iconic
7. Aerosmith – Janie’s Got a Gun
Many music videos have tried to infuse a storyline into their music videos, but only a few in my mind have been really good at it. This is one of them. Oh and it helps that it’s director is David Fincher.
6. White Stripes – The Denial Twist
5. The Prodigy – Smack My Bitch Up
Even if this video wasn’t labeled as one of the most controversial ones ever made. It’s still a very well shot and directed one.
4. The Pharcyde – Drop
What makes this video cool isn’t that director Spike Jonze had the group walk backwards and then play that footage forward The group had to learn their raps in reverse as well to make the effect look cool
3. Micheal Jackson– Thriller
I remember being really sacred of this video as a kid and now I just marvel at all the wonderful practical effects and the work that went into this video. It is indeed a classic.
2. A-ha – Take On Me.
1. The Chemical Brothers – Let Forever Be
This is without a doubt one of the most clever and creative music videos ever made. I love the way Michel Gondry uses cheesy video transition effects and makes them real ones.
Nine Inch Nails – Closer
Madonna – Ray of Light
Tool – Prison Sex
Daft Punk – Around The World
Garbage – Push it
Esthero – Heaven Sent
MIA -Bad Girls
Charlotte Gainsbourg featuring Beck – Heaven can Wait
Yeah Yeah Yeahs– Sacrilege
St Vincent -Cruel.
Unkle featuring Thom York – Rabbit in Headlights
Radiohead – Paranoid Android
Pearl Jam – Do The Evolution
Did I leave out any others. List what you feel are the best looking or visually cool Music Videos ever made