Thursday, March 3, 2011

10 FAVORITES (23) - Best Music Videos (1980-1995)

With a ho-hum Oscars behind us (where most of the awards were predictable and the hosts were less than adequate), I decided its time to jump right back into 10 FAVORITES!

This week, I am stepping away from the world of Hollywood and into the world of Music. More specifically, the Music that I grew up listening to and enjoying. I've mentioned before that I am a child of the 1980's, which was the decade in which Music Videos became the MUST for an artist to thrive in the business. Lately, the Music Video has fallen off the "Relevancy Radar" meaning that while we still can watch a video by say Eminem or Beyonce or Lady Gaga, the video is not as crucial to the success of said artist (thanks to the Internet and music sharing apps like iTunes and Napster). The move towards the Internet not-so-gradually forced a change in MTV's programming habits. What was once a 24-hour Music Video hub is now a place for Reality shows and the like with rarely a video to be shown in-between (but that is a rant for another day!). So, I thought I would dedicate this week's 10 FAVORITES to the songs and Music Videos from my childhood (basically the 1980's and the early 1990's). I'm not going to say much about each video (like 1 sentence!) because I would like to let the Music Videos speak for themselves (thanks to VEVO on YouTube!). Without further adieu, here are:

(FROM 1980-1995)

VIDEO #10: Jeremy - Pearl Jam (1993)
For obvious reasons, this song must be on the list.

VIDEO #9: Mary Jane's Last Dance - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers (1993)
Gotta love those videos with the celebrity cameos!

VIDEO #8: November Rain - Guns 'N Roses (1992)
Only one word comes to mind when I see this video: EPIC!

VIDEO #7: What's Love Got to Do With It? - Tina Turner (1984)
Aretha is the Queen of Soul and Madonna is the Queen of Pop, but Ms. Tina is the Queen of WOW!

VIDEO #6: Janie's Got a Gun - Aerosmith (1989)
Every video has a story to tell and this one just floored me as a kid.

VIDEO #5: Sledgehammer - Peter Gabriel (1986)
Not necessarily the greatest song of the 1980's, but certainly a groundbreaking video.

VIDEO #4: When Doves Cry - Prince and the Revolution (1984)
A majestic video for an amazing song that just gets better each time I hear it. NOTE: The video below is only a clip because the "Purple One" does not wish his music to be available on YouTube.

VIDEO #3: Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana (1993)
The band that captured a generation with this in-your-face musical movement.

VIDEO #2: Like a Prayer - Madonna (1988)
One of the most controversial music videos in my childhood.

VIDEO #1: Thriller - Michael Jackson (1983)

The Holy Grail of Music Videos Or: The music video by which all other music videos get measured.

Special shout out to VEVO, the YouTube channel from which most of these videos are available!
Next Week: 10 FAVORITES goes to Europe!

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