My Top 30 Music Videos

A few days ago, I was blown away when I saw Sia’s Elastic Heart music video (or MV as we Asians call it) — it was just so amazing. And who would’ve thought Shia Labeouf could look cool?

Suddenly, I remembered the days when practically all music videos were cool — which was basically around the time when MTV actually showed music videos. I then thought about my favorite music videos and here we are now.

I recommend you watch them if you’ve never seen them before coz they’re just great MV’s to great songs. My top 30 music videos…

30. Learn to Fly – Foo Fighters (1999) — A hilarious MV of the band in several different guises. It also features Jack Black.

29. I Want Love – Elton john (2001) — An empty, lavish house, one camera and Robert Downey, Jr. ‘Nuff said.

28. Freestyler – Bomfunk MC’s (1999) — Before Click, there was Freestyler …rock-a-microphone!

27. Clint Eastwood – Gorillaz (2001) — We didn’t know what exactly a “virtual band” was until Gorillaz came along.

26. Buddy Holly – Weezer (2000) — The band is transported onto an episode of the 70’s sitcom Happy Days – which at some point, it looks like it is an actual episode.

25. Rock DJ – Robbie Williams (2000) — To the Guys: Don’t feel awkward watching Robbie strip-dancing while trying to impress a female DJ coz it gets better when you see what else he has to strip off to finally get her attention.

24. The Rock Show – Blink 182 (2001) — The band was given money by a production company to shoot their new music video. This is what they did with the money.

23. Without Me  – Eminem (2002) — It features Dr. Dre and it parodies the 60’s Batman series. What other reason do you need?

22. Here It Goes Again – OK Go (2005) — Choreographed dancing on treadmills anyone?

21. Coffee and TV – Blur (1999) — An animated milk carton sets out to find the missing person printed on him. If you don’t love Milky the Milk Carton, we can’t be friends.

20. Tha Crossroads – Bone Thugs ’n’ Harmony (1996) — Who is the mysterious man collecting the souls of those marked for death? An MV that gets deeper when we see the soul of Eazy-E.

19. I Knew I Loved You – Savage Garden (1999) —  Because 1) It features Kirsten Dunst, and 2) It has that Butterfly Effect thing going on at the end.

18. Freak on a Leash – Korn (1998) — A speeding bullet makes it way through the world in this Todd McFarlane-directed MV.

17. California Love – 2Pac (1996) — It’s 2Pac and Dr. Dre in a Mad Max-inspired world. The MV also features Chris Tucker.

16. Sabotage – The Beastie Boys (1994) — It’s the Beastie Boys in a fictional Starsky & Hutch-type police show… and they look f’n cool!

15. It’s Like That – RUN-DMC vs Jason Nevins (1999) — Breakdancing was huge in the 80’s for a while then disappeared. This MV brought it back.

14. Virtual Insanity – Jamiroquai (1997) — The moving room and Jamiroquai’s effortless dancing makes this MV just compelling to watch.

13. I Would Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That) – Meatloaf (1993) — It’s a rock & roll Beauty and the Beast.

12. Stand By Me – Oasis / Smack My Bitch Up – Prodigy (1997) — It’s a tie for these two because of their MV’s ending reveal.

Stand by Me shows us people who appear to be engaging in criminal/anti-social acts. While Smack My Bitch Up is a violent, sex and drug-filled MV that gives us a first-person view of a wild night in London. You’re gonna have to see them ’til the end to find out why they’re one of my favorites.

11. Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana (1991) — One of the most iconic MV’s of the 90’s. Nirvana came out of nowhere and took us to the high school pep rally from hell — complete with Anarchy cheerleaders!

10. Like A Prayer – Madonna (1988) — A “controversial” MV that features burning crosses and a black Jesus. Why? Because she’s Madonna.

9. Weapon of Choice – Fatboy Slim (2001) — Because I can never get over Christopher Walken dancing to a Fatboy Slim mix.

8. Mary Jane’s Last Dance – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (1993) – It’s a gothic MV fit for a Tim Burton film as we see a mortician fall in love with a corpse (played by Kim Basinger).

7. Runaway Train – Soul Asylum (1992) — A song about kids who run away from home, intercut with posters of kids who’ve actually run away from home.

6. Teenage Dirtbag – Wheatus (2000) — This song was taken from the soundtrack to the film Loser (an underrated movie btw). But in the MV, you see a different version of the film’s story as it adapts to the song’s lyrics. The ‘Iron Maiden‘ bit with Mena Suvari (2:54) is one of my favorite music video scenes of all time.

5. Take On Me – a-ha (1986) — It’s perfect for comicbook geeks like myself — plus, it’s one of the coolest storylines I’ve ever seen in a music video.

4. Bittersweet Symphony – The Verve (1997) — Ever wanted to walk down the street and totally ignore everything around you? Well, Richard Ashcroft does just that in this MV. This song is personally the greatest song of the 90’s.

3.  Cryin’ / Amazing / Crazy – Aerosmith (1993) — All guys know why it’s a tie for these three MV’s. But in case you didn’t, these were the MV’s that introduced us to the cutie named Alicia Silverstone. Crazy later introduced us to another hottie, Liv Tyler.

2. Jeremy – Pearl Jam (1991) — This MV does a scary good job dramatizing the lyrics as we watch the story of a troubled boy who kills himself in front of class at the end.

1. Just – Radiohead (1995) — A man lies down in the middle of a city sidewalk. People try to find out what’s wrong with him. This is my #1 music video because to this day, I still want to know why he’s there.


Sadly, we don’t get music videos as cool as these nowadays.




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