Which music videos do you think you know could have made it onto the world’s list of top hits of all time? See if you can hit at least one! Here are 7 iconic music videos straight from Rolling Stone magazine’s latest list.
To celebrate MTV’s 40th anniversary, the world-famous Rolling Stone magazine has released its latest list of the top 100 music videos of all time. It features contemporary hits such as: “Watermelon Sugar” by Harry Styles, “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga, “All Is Full of Love” by Björk and even “Gangnam Style”. Below, we have selected 7 hits from this list that can be said to have made music video history for good.
This was one of the first music videos in the world of pop music that foreshadowed a coming big change in the industry. Any day MTV was born, clips like “Video Killed the Radio Star” began to dominate the pop music scene. Although The Buggles broke up not long after MTV was created, their video managed to make it onto the all-time charts.
This music video was made at a time when Blur was going through their own internal crisis, with guitarist Graham Coxon becoming increasingly distant from the band. This condition is reflected in the “Coffee & TV” clip, where Coxon plays the role of the lost son of a grim English suburban family. His picture on a carton of milk is supposed to help in the search, but the carton with Coxon’s likeness takes on a life of its own to end up where it belongs – where the rest of the Blur band is waiting for him.
This is the video that launched The Verve to the top of the world charts. Richard Ashcroft is walking down a busy London street, aggressively bumping into people heading in the opposite direction and completely ignoring their agitated reactions – this simple concept combined with the cool tone of the song was a real success.
Did you know that the music video for the famous Queen track was shot in just 4 hours and cost the band only £4,500? However, that was enough to change the music industry for good. The video begins with a shot that recreates the band’s pose from the cover of their 1974 album Queen II, before moving to a climax where Queen is playing on a colorful stage.
Who in the 90s wouldn’t have been thrilled by the girl next door with good dance choreography? Britney definitely conquered the charts with her hit “…Baby One More Time”, and the famous video with the atmosphere of an American high school made pop music history for good.
This clip is said to be not just a music video, but an already legendary vision depicting the myth of California’s origins. It’s a seamless combination of incredibly vivid images of apocalyptic madness in the “Mad Max” desert with the undisputed stars of that generation – starring 2Pac and Dr. Dre.
“Come on, dance,” cries Madonna in one of her most famous music videos. There were several Madonna videos on the “Rolling Stone” list, but “Vogue” took the top spot at #3. This famous music video was shot in less than 16 hours, after which the star immediately got on a plane and went on tour, according to David Fincher, the director of the video.
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