The 100 Greatest Music Videos of All Time

 
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90. Drop - The Pharcyde

directed by Spike Jonze

Coldplay’s much-heralded The Scientist might look more professional, but The Pharcyde’s Drop not only came out first, but it’s way more fun, as you can tell from the band members doing whatever crosses their minds. Watch.

Going back to the start: Breezeblocks - Alt-J | The Scientist - Coldplay | Return to Innocence - Enigma

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89. The Night Josh Tillman Came To Our Apartment - Father John Misty

directed by Drew pearce

This list includes BDSM (see #17) and necrophilia (see #46). This list is aware that sploshing and tickling are a thing. But this list doesn’t know the word for wanting to have sex with your own clone. Father John Misty would like to find that out because he’s convinced he’s not the only one with those fantasies. Because not even Father John Misty can resist Father John Misty’s charms. Watch.

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88. Running Up That Hill - Kate Bush

directed by David GarfatH

MTV rejected the original video of Running Up That Hill and decided to broadcast the live version instead because nobody was lip-syncing the song. Their loss, as icon Kate Bush dances herself away in one of the most sensual and entrancing choreographies of the 80s. Watch.

Kate Bush, Queen of Interpretative Dance: Babooshka | Hammer Horror | Sat in Your Lap

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87. Breathless - Small Black

directed by Nick Bentgen

Small Black and director Nick Bentgen took their car and drove through the American South and Southwest where they filmed a bunch of teenagers having a good time drinking beer around bonfires, participating in rodeos and exploring abandoned factories. The music video is so vital you can feel the breeze hitting your face. Watch.

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86. Say My Name - Destiny’s Child

directed by Joseph Kahn

In this colourful and camp video, Destiny’s Child flip through an IKEA catalogue with the intention of finding the perfect lover the same way they can find the ideal sofa. But by the looks of it, it’ll be easier for them to get a Lidhult sofa than a trustworthy boyfriend.  Watch.

Who run the world? Beyoncé!: Apes**t | Formation | Run the World (Girls)

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85. Cruel - St. Vincent

directed by Terri Timely

What do we do with a housewife that doesn’t function? Because Annie Clark (St. Vincent) doesn’t know how to cook, play with dolls or even shave a man. Clark can play the guitar and compose killer songs, but what is that good for? What do we do? Do we throw her in the bin? Or do we just bury her alive? Annie Clark and directing duo Terri Timely challenge the role of women in society with a black comedy music video. Hurry, let’s cover her in mud before she starts a revolution. Watch.

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84. Black Hole Sun - Soundgarden

directed by Howard Greenhalgh

In this caricatural but unsettling music video, a black hole sun finally comes to this world and does a thorough cleaning that takes all these grotesque characters out of the way. The end is here, clearly, but nobody seems to notice. Watch.

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83. SONG 2 - BLUR

DIRECTED BY SOPHIE MÜLLER

Sometimes in a video, the band playing the song should be enough, but if that track, such as Song 2, is so powerful that pushes, beats, knocks down and humiliates all of its band members, then even better. Watch.

Sophie Müller’s World: Trouble - Coldplay | Walking on Broken Glass - Annie Lennox | Don’t Speak - No Doubt

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82. Overrated - Siobhan Donaghy

directed by BIG TV!

The use of a Bodymount camera and a repetitive editing heighten Siobhan Donaghy’s advanced state of inebriation during a wild night out. While most pop videos show frenzied parties where everyone is having the time of their lives, Donaghy would represent its other side, where the disorientated singer doesn’t seem to be enjoying any of it and will definitely not enjoy that upcoming hangover. Watch.

SnorriCam: God Gave Me Everything - Mick Jagger (feat. Lenny Kravitz) | Smooth Sailing - Queens of the Stone Age | Jigsaw Falling Into Place - Radiohead

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81. Daydreaming - Radiohead

directed by Paul Thomas Anderson

…and I said to Thom Yorke, “What the hell are you doing in here?” but the dude goes ahead and doesn’t even answer me. And I thought, “F*cking hell, people do whatever these days to promote their new albums.” I followed him, of course, but when I close the door behind me, I found myself in a changing room in a football stadium. And I’m, like, “What?” I opened the next door as I was convinced it was going to take me to the band’s concert, but I ended up in a freaking planetarium. What do I do in a freaking planetarium? Honestly, mate, I would write to you about Daydreaming, and how disconcerting the ending is, and that this music video is one the best works Paul Thomas Anderson has done lately, but, what can I say, mate? I can't write anything because I have no bloody idea where I am. Watch.

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