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An updated list for my Top 10 Most 90'stastic Music Videos. Under every listing, I've included some Also See's, for a list of similar videos.

Ever want to plunge a dagger right into the heart of a decade to see what's inside? These ought to help you do it for the 90's. I watched a ton of music videos a couple years ago in doing research for a YouTube video series I was working on entitled "My 90's". I began becoming fascinated by the trends, images, and aesthetic and cinematographic similarities which seemed to exist between videos. In short, I was interested in just what videos seemed to best sum up the "spirit" of the 1990's. Which were the most gloriously cliched (by what was prevalent in that decade). So, here are "in my entirely subjective opinion" my Top 10 Most 90'sTastic Music Videos:

Honorable Mention: "Wicked Garden"
by Stone Temple Pilots (1993)
(Also see: any concert video - period, The Indians - "Look Up to the Sky", Heather Nova - "Walk This World")

10... A TIE (need to choose both for different reasons):

10-1. "The New Pollution"
by Beck (1997)
(Also see: anything by Beastie Boys, Bjork - "It's Oh So Quiet", The Dandy Warhols - "Not if You Were the Last Junkie on Earth", Weezer - "Buddy Holly", Metallica - "Hero of the Day", Blues Traveler - "Hook", Hole - "Miss World", The Donnas - "Strutter", Cibo Matto - "Know Your Chicken")

10-2. "Daylight Fading"
by The Counting Crows (1996)
(Also see: Meredith Brooks - "Bitch", Alice in Chains - "Grind", Billie Myers - "Kiss the Rain", The Cranberries - "Promises", The Verve Pipe - "The Freshman")

9. "Crazy"
by Aerosmith (1993)
(Also see: anything by Tom Petty and Soul Asylum)

8. "You"re Makin' Me High"
by Toni Braxton (1996)
(Also see: Jennifer Lopez - "If You Had My Love", Lil" Kim - "Crush on You", anything by Janet Jackson)

7. "Up Jumps Da Boogie"
by Timbaland & Magoo (featuring Missy Elliot and Aaliyah) (1997)
(Also see: anything by Busta Rhymes, Will Smith, LL Cool J, Da Brat, Brandy, Aaliyah; Mariah Carey - "Fantasy")

6. "Number One Blind"
by Veruca Salt (1994)
(Also see: Jane's Addiction - "Classic Girl", anything by Liz Phair; Marcy Playground - "St. Joe on the Schoolbus", Smashing Pumpkins - "Tonight, Tonight")

5. "Basket Case"
by Green Day (1994)
(Also see: anything by Blink 182 - yes, I"m actually talking about the video; Tonic - "If You Could Only See", Eminem - "My Name Is" & "The Real Slim Shady" - I know "Real" was released in 2000 but it was still working off of 90"s cliches; anything by Aqua, Tracy Bonham - "Sharks Can"t Sleep", Duncan Sheik - "Barely Breathing")

4. "I Stay Away"
by Alice in Chains (1993)
(Also see: Marilyn Manson - "Get Your Gunn", Smashing Pumpkins - "Cherub Rock", Green Jelly - "Three Little Pigs", Bjork - "Human Behaviour")

3. "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
by Nirvana (1991)
(Also see: R.E.M. - "Losing My Religion", Dandy Warhols - "Not if You Were the Last Junkie on Earth")

2. "You Were Meant for Me"
by Jewel (1996)
(Also see: Sheryl Crow - "Anything but Down" & "My Favorite Mistake", R.E.M. - "Losing My Religion", Paula Cole - "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone", The Cardigans - "Been It", Joan Osborne - "One of Us")

1. "1979"
by The Smashing Pumpkins (1995)
(Also see: ... Nothing. And everything. This is the 90's in a nutshell.)
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Re: Music Video Discussion / What Music Video Did You Just Watch?
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2015, 09:50:25 PM »
Here's a question- can you think of any videos you like from songs that you don't?

One that comes to mind is "Jaded". I love the Cirque du Soleil aesthetic behind the whole thing, the grandeur, on top of young Mila Kunis, but the song itself is among the lamest of Aerosmith's ballads.
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