Top 15 music videos (Part III)
And here we have my Top Five music videos of all time. Are you ready? Well, then click below to see what I picked. No fair reading the tags below to find my picks. And please share your thoughts and your favorite music videos in the comments (or via Twitter; I’m @amarvin).
5. “Thriller”, Michael Jackson. This was one of my favorite music videos as a kid (and one of my favorite albums, too). Some would consider this THE classic and put it at No. 1, but for me it’s just a bit too dated for that. It’s not as timeless as my other four top picks. But it’s still a great video despite it’s eight-minute length. How did they get away with that?
4. “Sledgehammer”, Peter Gabriel. You may wonder how this one tops “Thriller”, which I just called “dated” above. “Sledgehammer” does indeed look dated, too, with its ’80s-era stop-motion animation. But this video was one of the first ones I ever saw, and it still makes me smile every time I see it. It’s a funny song and a hilarious video. I vaguely remembering that it won video of the year back in 1986, but for me it’s No. 4 of all time.
3. “Survivalism”, Nine Inch Nails. Yes, another NIN video. Why? Because they are awesome. Every single one. But “Survivalism” marks not only the return to form for NIN in general, but also one of the best stories ever told in music video form. And the cinematography, filming the security camera monitors of apartments and hallways in an apartment building? Get outta here. It’s fan-freaking-tastic. And the ending? A political knockout. A dramatic re-imaging of Big Brother of 1984 fame, updated for the post-9/11 age.
2. “Hurt,” Johnny Cash. It’s another Nine Inch Nails song, but this time it’s being covered by someone else. And not just anyone — Johnny Cash. ZOMG! I don’t know where even to begin with this music video. It’s the most moving music video I have ever seen. Johnny Cash took one of my favorite NIN songs and injected it with more realism, more pain, more suffering, more agony than I ever could have imagined. And the video is just as lonely, just as agonizing. The fact that Cash looks near death (it is believed that this video was meant to be his epitaph) certainly adds to the haunting effect of the video. And images and videos of Cash’s past drive home that this song seems to have been written about Cash’s troubled life. Wow. I mean, Wow.
And since this is my No. 1 music video ever here’s another version done completely in stop-motion animation with LEGOs. Genius.