T-McBee’s Top 10 90’s Music Videos

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Music videos from the 90s were edgy, unique and had some great creativity in the production of the video to promote popular hits from singers and bands. I used to watch a lot of music videos in the 90s and some of these music videos had shown a great impact and love to appreciate music from this decade.

This is T-McBee here quickly listing down my Top 10 90s Music Videos. Here are the rules:

1. I’m looking at only the quality and presentation of the music videos for this list.

2. Fully animated music videos will not be seen for this countdown. That will be saved for a future Top 10 on the Legit Animation Blog.

3. These are just my personal preferences. Don’t go nuts if your favourite 90s music videos don’t end up on my countdown.

Well without further ado, let’s sit back and relax to enjoy these music videos from the 90s. Here we go!

10. The Kids Aren’t Alright

(Offspring)

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If there was one music video that I would see on Much Music in the late 90s was no other than “The Kids Aren’t Alright” by Offspring. I do have to say that despite the image blending and special effects feeling quite jarring and outdated today, the message that you see visually do fit quite well with the lyrics. The themes of happy and living individuals growing up to do mess up things or be messed up had a solid consistency throughout this Offspring music video.

9. Amish Paradise

(Weird Al Yankovic)

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Weird Al Yankovic was a sensation of parody song in the 80s and 90s and the one music video that I’ve seen from this comedic singer on TV has to be the controversial but catchy Amish Paradise. It was a risk for Weird Al to ask permission for Coolio to parody his song Gangster’s Paradise, but the two artists had a difficult clash when the song was finally released. This music video was funny to watch that Weird Al fans and viewers are going to remember. Oh by the way, how was Weird Al able to walk forward when the things around him were going reverse?

8. Children

(Robert Miles)

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Robert Miles had two different music videos for his popular hit “Children”. One was all in black and white where a young girl was in the back seat looking at cities, landscapes and other locations passing by. The other version was all in colour that showed clips of children’s innocence and landscapes going by, but adds clips of nightclub scenes of people dancing. Yeah…I’ll go with the original black and white version. I can relate to the young girl in the car, as I have been in long trips like her as a kid when I would visit family and old friends in Quebec or Portugal. So yeah, the first version all the way.

7. Around the World

(Daft Punk)

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Around the World isn’t my favourite song by Daft Punk, but it’s got the best music video that I’ve seen from them. The music video provides great choreography from the dancers and performers to go on cue with the beats of the music. Not to mention that its got a comedic vibe with how the dancers move and those bizarre but suitable costumes they’re wearing. The music video is simple, but so entertaining.

6. Sabotage

(Beastie Boys)

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The Intergalactic music video by the Beastie Boys maybe the one that got me to like their music, but as the years went on I will say Sabotage holds up as a better music video by the band. When you got Ad-Rock, Mike D and the late Adam Yauch parodying 70s crime stopping officers jumping on buildings and speeding in car chases, you know you’re in for a treat filled with actions and a lot of hilarity. Plus the gritty filming and editing adds a perfection to fit the song so well. Now I can see why many Beastie Boys fans loves this music video so much.

5. Let Forever Be

(Chemical Brothers)

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I didn’t listen too much of the Chemical Brothers in the 90s, but I got to say that their music video to their hit “Let Forever Be” is a trippy and one well choreographed video. The transitions goes back and forth from the dancers to the young main female are creative and mind blowing that made the special effects simply ground-breaking for its time. Like Beastie Boys “Sabotage”, “Let Forever Be” is a music video that people and Chemical Brothers fans highly appreciate.

 

4. Sadness (part 1)

(Enigma)

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I don’t have to be a religious fanatic in order to enjoy Engima’s music video to “Sadness Part 1”. The video tells the tale of a scholar who dreams of walking inside a cathedral ruin and stumbles across a demonic door. A nude female who represents a succubus is in the door and she tempts him to get into the doors of hell. This music video got an engaging ambience, which also became the first music video that I’d watched on TV. I was around 3 or 4 years old the time I began to watch music videos. Yup! That young…

3. Everybody

(Backstreet Boys)

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As cheesy the acting was to introduce and end the music video to Everybody by the Backstreet Boys, the video itself is filled with a lot of excitement and fun. Its haunted house/ halloween vibe shows each member from the band dressing up as familiar monsters, set in good quality settings and environments with fitting props into the mix. This was my party song of the 90’s and still remains as the most memorable music video that the Backstreet Boys has ever done. Some effects are a quite outdated and the editing around the choreography dance near the end was sloppy as hell (Was Brian lost or injured during those dancing segments? Still a mystery to me.), but it is one of the funnest music videos that I’ve seen from a boy band. Boy Bands were so much fun in the 90’s decade…

2. Superman’s Dead

(Our Lady Peace)

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Nah! I’m not talking about the music video with the creepy ass clowns and circus performers that made the song and video a joke. I’m talking about the one with the “ugly” boy and “ugly” girl trapped in a room being tested to be something that they’re not. That’s right! I’m going with the Canadian version of Superman’s Dead by Our Lady Peace for it’s gritty filming, edgy editing and the message of kids checking dark content from TV programming for the wrong reasons. Now I can see why this was Our Lady Peace’s best music video in 1997, as well as the video that got me to like Our Lady Peace at one point in my life.

1. Tonight Tonight

(Smashing Pumpkins)

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Tonight Tonight by the Smashing Pumpkins has a music video with outstanding imagery that would make film makers and artistic people happily faint. This music video from the Smashing Pumpkins is highly influenced by George’s Melies’ A Trip to the Moon, which the band took the inspiration of that silent film, using the right props, costumes and settings to make the whole video visually consistent throughout. This music video surprised audiences for the first time and won several awards when Tonight Tonight’s music video came out. It certainly is one of the greatest music videos of all time, as well as the best ones from the 90’s.

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And those are my picks for the Top 10 90’s Music Videos! Do you agree with my choices of awesome 90s Music Videos? Or were you expecting cooler music videos from that decade?  Feel free to mention your favourites by leaving a comment below or at the forums at Its Tail Time! Take care and stay tune for more upcoming countdowns later this year.

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One Comment on “T-McBee’s Top 10 90’s Music Videos”

  1. thehande Says:

    Oh man! This brought me way back. There were also some videos I wasn’t aware of but these were all pretty excellent. In Tonight, Tonight’s case, I’d probably say the video is better than the song, but I do have to say it’s pretty stunning. =D Also, Moon-folk are apparently violently allergic to umbrellas.

    Awesome list as always. Looking forward to the next one (animated music videos, you say… hmmm).


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