Written by Michael Amos |
Who doesn’t love a good music video?
There are millions of them out there, but only a select few are remembered as being among the greatest music videos of all time. Listed below are some of my personal favourites. You may not have heard of some, but they are iconic and upon viewing, you’ll never forget them.
1. Into the Great Wide Open by Tom Petty
Not a lot of people talk about this music video, but there is something about this video that grabs me and keeps my attention.
I really enjoy the way the story of the song is visualised; the video has an extended version of the song that lasts just over 6 minutes, and Tom Petty narrates the story of young lad named Eddie who becomes a famous Rockstar. Ultimately turning him into a jerk and thus leads to the downfall of his career. I just think it is a great story that highlights what fame and fortune can do to someone.
Into the Great Wide Open: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqmFxgEGKH0
2. Runnin’ Down a Dream by Tom Petty
That’s right, once again Tom Petty climbs onto the list. The music video for ‘Runnin Down a Dream’ is a fun and endearing ride through a very crazy and bizarre dream, which involves Tom Petty climbing a ladder into space, being catapulted in an 8-ball, and walking around a city at a size akin to King Kong. Sometimes I wonder if this is based on a dream Tom Petty once had. Animated music videos are always good fun.
Runnin Down a Dream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1D3a5eDJIs
3. Take on Me by A-ha
Speaking of animated videos, A-ha is the next entry on my list. Released as a hit single in 1984, the music video for ‘Take on Me’ is one everyone seems to know about and love even to this day, which is hardly surprising! The video cleverly uses animation and live action, which was certainly a bit of a feat at the time. Actually, scratch that- it is still a feat today. I feel that the music of the song fits perfectly with the style of the video, especially with that iconic synthesiser riff.
Take on Me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djV11Xbc914
4. Coffee and TV by Blur
Blur is a band I like a lot, but ‘Coffee and TV’ is certainly one of their best songs. In fact, it might just be my favourite Blur song of all time. Thankfully, a song this great has a charming music video to accompany it; the video tells the story of a walking milk carton who goes looking for a missing man (played by Graham Coxon). The milk carton is adorable, and it is nice to see the dedication it has in finding this missing person. It’s just a shame it doesn’t end well for him.
Coffee and TV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXRVX1AKAew
5. Bridge to Your Heart by Wax
The music video for one of Wax’s most well-known songs is one that never fails to grab the viewer’s attention; every second of the video is filled with bright, creative and colourful imagery, and the video cleverly mixes stop motion animation with traditional animation as well.
Bridge To Your Heart: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1isRH9E9WAE&list=RD1isRH9E9WAE
6. Ashes to Ashes by David Bowie
This is another ground-breaking music video that many people love and cherish to this day. David Bowie was famous for thinking outside the box with his ideas and music, and this is certainly evident here. With Bowie being dressed up in a white gaudy Pierrot costume, it has become an iconic image in pop culture, having been parodied and referenced many times in TV shows such as Flight of the Conchords. The music video is filled with bizarre imagery, with a notable example being Bowie and The Blitz Kids walking in front of a moving bulldozer, which was in fact filmed at Pett Level beach. ‘Ashes to Ashes’ was in fact the most expensive music video ever made at this time with a production value of $582,000. It is definitely easy to see why.
Ashes to Ashes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMThz7eQ6K0
7. Blackstar by David Bowie
The entries on this list so far have either been bizarre or incredibly entertaining. ‘Blackstar’ – on the other hand – is downright disturbing. The music video looks like something you would see in a horror movie; creepy imagery in the video includes David Bowie with a button eyed bandage, an eerie ritual, and people disturbingly twitching and shaking on the spot. Furthermore, Bowie leaves some aspects of the video ambiguous for the viewer to conclude; I feel that the dead astronaut at the beginning of the video is Major Tom, but Bowie never gave a definitive answer.
The effort put into the costumes, lighting and set building has to be admired, with this being another superb example of how imaginative and creative David Bowie was. The fact that his music videos have been featured twice on my list certainly highlights this, and he will never be forgotten. Rest in peace David Bowie.