Those of us nearing (or at/above) the age of 30 [ahhhhhh] remember the "good ode days"…the ones when MTV played actual videos for about 99% of its air time. In fact, I vividly remember the summer afternoon when Nona "caught" me watching the Whitesnake video with Tawny Kitaen writhing on/inside/around a car (to which song? take your pick,) a discovery which quickly all but eliminated my access to music video television. (Luckily, my cousin had "the cable" so we managed to giddily watch a lot of videos containing material that was questionable for pre-adolescents. Oh, and also the movie "Fatal Attraction," which nurtured in my psyche a sort of unfortunate affiliation between the idea of "sex"…and Michael Douglas. Shudder.)
Since the current generation can only get their music video saturation through channels like VH1 Classic and MTV Jams, Stylus magazine decided to give everyone a chance to play catch-up by posting their Top 100 Music Videos of All Time. Even better, the list comes "fully equipped with YouTube links for your viewing pleasure. [The] list spans over four decades of music videos, from Bob Dylan & D.A. Pennebacker’s arguable creation of the art form in 1965 right up to a barely month-old Hot Chip video by Garth Jennings."
Plus, all 100 are up now (they were unveiling 20 a week.)
FRIDAY MEDAL ROUND: Name yer three top music videos of all time…and why (if ya want)
Gold: Aha, "Take On Me"
Reason: Perhaps fueling my romantic comedy addiction in the years to come, this video made me believe that I could find love anywhere, including the trash can (which might explain the curbside salvage fascination as well. Could that old mid-century modern desk somehow magically contain the perfect boyfriend?)
Silver: Fatboy Slim, "Weapon of Choice"
Reason: Christopher Walken. Choreographed Dancing. Flying. Need I say more?
Bronze: OkGO, "A Million Ways" + "Here It Goes Again"
Reason: Like The Kulash and his crew aren't going to make my list