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.
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.
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.
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.
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.