Most Popular Music Videos of All Time
With music videos being as popular as ever, choosing the top videos of all time is an ongoing chore since new videos are being produced daily. Some music videos that you think should have made the top five won't be there and not because they were not good or even creative, but simply because they did not hold that uniqueness needed to be one of the top five. So with this in mind, please go through our choices and see if you agree with who we picked.
Number 5: "Just" - Radiohead
Director: Jamie Thraves in 1995
The mystery of what the guy says at the very end of the video is right up there with the Cadbury secret! Even after 14 years, we are still unsure and the director and band remain hush- hush about what is said. None of the group wants to reveal what has happened to the video's hero that makes him disconnect himself from the world around him and sit on the pavement. Perhaps they are not sure what is said themselves and after all this time are in the great debate about the final words.
Number 4: "Take On Me" - A-Ha
Director: Steve Barron in 1985
This band had limited success but this hit was one of the first examples of how MTV was a powerful enough force to take a video clip that started at nothing and took it to number one. The video actually depicts a story and is one of the first following that format. The concept used was unique and clever for its time.
Number 3: "Atmosphere" - Joy Divison
Director: Anton Corbjin in 1988
A bit on the bizarre side, children and/or midgets dressed in Druid costume conduct a funeral on a beach. At first it seems like a tribute done in poor taste to a late singer and drifter, but the melodies and macabre rhythms mesmerize those viewing this video. After watching further, the visuals make more sense. The black and white cinematography and still shots make it seem like Division is a fading memory. The video reaches those who have ever lost a loved one and that moment they go outside to see the world still bright and functioning, unaffected by their loss. The video is one you will not soon forget.
Number 2: "Hurt" - Johnny Cash
Director: Mark Romanek in 2003
No one can dispute Cash's reputation and accomplishments as well as his contributions to American music and its history. In his video Cash portrays a number of "faces" to signify his various stages in life over the years; the husband, the father, the rebel, the man in black, even the lonely old man. It is probably the most appropriate way to celebrate his career and commemorate it all at the same time.
Number 1: "Rabbit in Your Headlights" - U.N.K.L.E. featuring Thom Yorke
Director: Jonathan Glazer in 1998
At first appearance, the video may seem to be a bit of a laugh to one who is not paying attention. A decrepit old vagrant is trying to make his way through traffic and getting creamed by vehicles, only to get back up and go at it again. Once you get past that and really sit down to watch it, the video takes on a different tone and gives a message. This video is cryptic, emotionally powerful, and difficult for a person to watch without being emotionally moved.