Music videos that tell a story with outstanding song lyrics and video compilation. The form of art has changed a lot from and almost every type of song is created in the industry. But still, there are a number of music videos that are the best music videos and people love to listen to and watch them again and again.
The industry has evolved a lot but some things never get old and here’s our list of 7 most iconic and all-time best videos:
#1 Michael Jackson, ‘Thriller’ (1983)
The “Thriller” video was ubiquitous from the time it was launched in December 1983, and remained highly powerful and phenomenally audacious, even in today’s time. It is the greatest and most famous music video of all time. “Thriller” has laid the foundation for music videos to become visual art.
This is a 14-minute video that is more like a short story. This video is modeled by Michael Jackson and Director John Landis and they just nailed it. From the rampant, scary zombie-themed video to the innovative dance scenes everything was just perfect. The video redefined the sphere of pop culture. Thriller has won three VMAs in 1984 and was nominated for six.
#2 Peter Gabriel, ‘Sledgehammer’ (1986)
Since its release, it has been a groundbreaking video. It is considered an unconventional video for the exciting use of Claymation, pixilation, and stop-motion animation. Even after a long time when the technology and genre have changed a lot this video is still state-of-the-art. It’s quite impressive, goofy, with a great sense of humor.
To shoot this iconic video, Gabriel was prompted to lie down underneath a glass sheet for 16 hours while the video was recorded one line at a time. By sacrificing himself for art, he created the greatest video of all time.
#3 Nirvana, ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ (1991)
This video is directed by Samuel Bayer, a video with a low-budget and basic concept just touched the heart of people. This video has set the tone and standards for the music industry. Bayer and Nirvana gave a brand-new peek to mainline rock music.
The video basically invented the visual syntax of grunge, with a group of guys in shaggy clothes waving away at what seems to be a pep rally for a high school full of stress and burnouts and filthy punks. This video has its own feel and is still loved by all.
#4 A-ha, ‘Take on Me’ (1985)
This song even now is among one of the most unique and productive music videos of all time. It’s a romance portrayed via pencil-sketch animation and rotoscoping, completely unique to the normal music video at the time. The video directed by Steve Barron is still the most iconic video clips of the Eighties.
It has won six awards and has also surpassed more than a billion views on YouTube. It is truly another level video that has set high standards.
#5 Guns N’ Roses, ‘November Rain’ (1992)
Andy Morahan’s video of Guns N’ Roses’ “November Rain” is a masterpiece and a visually stunning music video. It’s a pricey, frivolously produced video, but every bit of money invested was worth it because it remains the band’s crowning accomplishment. This was an epic video of all time that has gained a lot of popularity at that time and still inspires many.
#6 “Like a Prayer” (Madonna, 1989)
It was one of the most memorable videos ever created. It was also the most controversial one. It got criticized because it was obscene and sacrilegious. It depicted an interracial love tale and expanded the boundaries that the actor had not gone to but still did. Even so, it persists among the most controversial yet innovative and convincing music videos ever produced.
#7 Nine Inch Nails, ‘Closer’ (1994)
This video by Mark Romanek has set the bar high for haunting imagery. This video suits well with the despair that Nine Inch Nails lead singer Trent Reznor was experiencing in his rhythm and blues. The backdrop seems like the set of a horror movie used to highlight the song’s core themes of self-hatred, loneliness, obsession, and unfettered anger.
It gives a new cool and sexy look to Trent Reznor. This music video was really admired by everybody and has really set the benchmark for other artists.