The 100 Greatest Music Videos of All Time


30 Weapon of Choice - Fatboy Slim

directed by Spike Jonze

A tired Christopher Walken put his villain role aside and became a cool dad for the Millennials when he started doing what any normal human being would do in a deserted hotel: start dancing. Watch.

Celebrity Skin: A Change (Would Do You Good) - Sheryl Crow | We Are All Made of Stars - Moby | Into the Great Wide Open - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers


29. No Rain - Blind Melon

directed by Samuel Bayer

Birds of a feather flock together—or, in this case, bees? If grunge is the music genre of Gen X, then who would’ve thought that a cute girl dressed as a bee would become its most emblematic icon? Maybe because No Rain perfectly depicts the way misunderstood loners struggle to feel included. Watch.


28. Karma Police - Radiohead

directed by Jonathan Glazer

The subconscious mind can be really inspiring sometimes as you can see in this list, where lots of entries deal with dreams and the psyche. But if Karma Police feels like the truest depiction of a nightmare, it’s because director Jonathan Glazer understands the way they work: absurdity becomes terrifying when it starts to make sense. Watch.

Glazer’s Video Insanity: A Song for the Lovers - Richard Ashcroft | Virtual Insanity - Jamiroquai | Street Spirit (Fade Out) - Radiohead |


27. 99 Problems - Jay-Z

DIRECTED BY Mark Romanek

Jay Z might be shot at the end of 99 Problems, but the music video is highly autobiographical. The rapper wanted Tarantino to be the director, but Mark Romanek's use of frantic editing takes the viewer to a much wilder ride through the streets of Brooklyn. Watch.


26. Come to Daddy - Aphex Twin

directed by Chris Cunningham

I knew that violence on the streets was on the rise, but I didn’t think it was that brutal. I knew kids were getting more destructive each day, but these children look like creepy murderous adults. I knew drugs were bad, but what on Earth are youths consuming nowadays that it turns them into monsters. Neither The Exorcist nor The Texas Chainsaw massacre nor Halloween, this is the true embodiment of horror. Watch.


25. Don't Come Around Here no More - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

directed by Jeff Stein

Of all the Alice in Wonderland adaptations, Don’t Come Around Here No More might be amongst the cruelest versions as poor Alice gets tortured by a relentless Mad Hatter (Tom Petty), but it’s also the most imaginative one as it overcomes the limitations of adapting a book for the screen. Watch.

Go Ask Alice: Are We Still Married - His Name Is Alive | What You Waiting For - Gwen Stefani


24. Lucas With the Lid Off - Lucas

directed by Michel Gondry

Lucas with the lid off works as a precursor of Gondry’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind where Danish rapper Lucas plays, rewinds and edits part of his memories as it best suits him. Watch.


23. Violet - Hole

directed by Mark Seliger & Fred Woodward

Courtney Love condemns the sexualisation of beauty pageants, both for adults and kids, with the powerful Violet, a music video so crude that could've only been released during the grunge era. Watch.


22. Got ‘til It’s Gone

directed by Mark ROmanek

Janet Jackson invites us to celebrate music and black culture during the time of apartheid in a music video that pays homage to photographers Seydou Keïta, Malick Sidibé, and Samuel Fosso. The message might be political, but the result is stylish as hell. Watch.

Mark Romanek’s Cinematic Style: Hurt - Johnny Cash | Scream - Michael Jackson (feat. Janet Jackson) | Constant Craving - k.d. lang


21. Tonight, Tonight - The Smashing Pumpkins

directed by Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris

In this in-colour tribute to Georges Méliès’s Voyage to the Moon, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris don’t resort to fancy and expensive visual effects because both directors very well know the great Méliès valued imagination over money. Watch.

A Night at the Art House Cinema: To The End - Blur | Heaven Sent - Esthero | Last Cup of Sorrow - Faith No More

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