Yesterday, Pitchfork unveiled its picks for the Top 50 Music Videos Of The 1990s, and this extensive video compilation covered many of the greats and forgotten favorites from the decade—but we couldn’t help but notice some glaring omissions. (No Madonna?! Blasphemy!). So, we’ve put together our own mini list of the eight pop music videos we feel were more than deserving of a slot in the Top 50. Click below to see our selections from way back when MTV still played music videos.
TLC – “Waterfalls”
Who could forget T-Boz, Left Eye and Chili dancing and singing about drug dealing and HIV in the middle of an ocean—make that a man-made pool on the Universal Studios lot in Hollywood.
No Doubt - ”Don’t Speak”
While the song may have been about Gwen Stefani and bassist Tony Kanal’s break up, the music video depicted a real life scenario when only Gwen was featured on the cover of SPIN magazine.
Michael and Janet Jackson – “Scream”
Back in 1996, Jackson won a Grammy for Best Music Video, Short Form for this 7 million dollar video.
Puff Daddy – “Mo Money Mo Problems”
This Hype Williams music video had Diddy (back when he was still Puff Daddy) and was channeling Tiger Woods. It also had explosions, fly girls, and Mase floating in an air chamber.
Alanis Morissette - ”Ironic”
Alanis proved that you didn’t need a ton of money to produce a great music video, only a great idea.The concept was simple: four different Alanises, each dressed in a different colored sweater, drive down a snowy highway and sing. The result was not ironic, but iconic.
Aerosmith - ”Crazy”
For a time in the ’90s, Alicia Silverstone was Aerosmith’s video muse (see also: “Cryin’” and “Amazin’”). “Crazy” follows the actress and Steven Tyler’s daughter, Liv as the two ditch school, shop lift, skinny dip, win a stripping contest, and pick up a stranger riding a tractor. In case you’ve forgotten how crazy good it is, it’s definitely worth revisiting.
Weird Al – “Amish Paradise”
We really could have gone with just about any Weird Al video—they’re all winners—but we picked “Amish Paradise”.
“Vogue” – Madonna
Hard to believe it’s been 20 years since Madonna ordered us to “strike a pose”. Back in 1993 Rolling Stone called it the as the 28th best music video of all-time. And lest we forget, the vid was just recreated for the Madonna episode of Glee.
Did we happen to miss a mega music video? Let us know in the comments below!