MTV celebrated their 40th Anniversary this past Sunday (Only fifteen of those 40 years were worth a damn, to be fair) and to celebrate, “Rolling Stone Magazine” made a list of the “Best Music Videos of All Time”- and topping the list? Beyonce’s “Formation”.
No disrespect to “Queen Bey”, but I didn’t think it rated the top spot. That’s just my opinion. (Plus, you KNOW “Rolling Stone” loves anything hyper political, so their choice makes total sense)
Check their full list here.
So, I decided to list the “Best Music Videos of All Time” according to ME.
As someone who grew up in the MTV generation when they were actually cool, I feel like I’m qualified.
Here are my Top 10:
#10: Taylor Swift “Blank Space”:
I’m a Swiftie, and I’m not even a little ashamed. This is one of my favorite songs of hers, and the video is perfection. Also, she stands on a horse, so bonus points for that. I’m really not hard to please.
9. Motley Crue “Girls, Girls, Girls”
One of the first music videos I actually remember seeing on MTV- I was transfixed by the gorgeous women (and by Nikki Sixx). I had no idea what the song was about at the time, I just knew I wanted to look like those women! I still can’t help but gyrate really badly when this comes on.
#8: Soundgarden “Black Hole Sun”
This video was just plain warped, and teenage me loved it! Plus, it features a Harlequin Great Dane, so bonus points for that.
#7: Aerosmith “Hole In My Soul”
I know “Crazy” and “Cryin” always make the Top Video lists, and I’m not knocking it. After all, 90’s Alicia Silverstone was everything. But as far as stories go? I thought this was a really great video for an underrated song. Anyone who loved the movie “Weird Science” would appreciate it!
#6: Nirvana “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
This was the start of a new era in music. Dirty, gritty, grungy and absolutely zero spandex and hairspray. And you know what? It worked. I really wanted to be at that grunge gym party. I still do.
#5: Miley Cyrus “Wrecking Ball”
Even though it got a lot of hate, Miley was super smart with this video. It’s a GREAT song, and what better way to get it attention than to make a video for it featuring a naked Miley on a wrecking ball? Genius.
#4: The Foo Fighters “Big Me”
This is when I fell in love with Dave Grohl. A defining moment for sure.
#3: Shania Twain “Man! I Feel Like a Woman”
Total Icon. What woman didn’t want to be her?
#2: Britney Spears “Toxic”
Britney at her absolute BEST! I was in college when this came out, and still, this video holds up.
#1: Guns N’ Roses “November Rain”
Epic song. Epic Video. And Slash’s solo in front of the church. That’s all you really need.
Those are my Top 10. For me, a great video, like a great song, can be a defining moment.
Damn, I wish MTV would start playing them again, instead of lamesauce reality shows…
What music video is YOUR all time favorite?