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The BEST Best Music Video List

The period from the early 80’s to mid-90’s was an exceptional era in pop music. Coinciding with the broad penetration of cable and MTV in particular, suddenly there was a premium on how a song looked — style over substance, some complained. But also an unlimited palette provided to a generation of artists more varied than any seen before or since. The younger brothers and sisters of the 60’s generation took the liberties won by their siblings for granted and put them into practice. Powerful girls, perpetually angry and alienated boys and smoldering queers came out of the stylistically stagnant 70’s to face resurgent Conservatism, a culture of unbridled greed and AIDS. It was the end of a century and, like the fin de si├Ęcle period of the previous century, an opportunity to explore and exploit aesthetic excess. Punk, New Wave, New Romanticism, Hip Hop, Grunge all mixed together in an artistic abundance that cataloged the hope, despair and style of youth at the end of the 20th century. Here are 25 examples of the best of the lot.

  Close to The Edit — Art of Noise
  Being Boring — Pet Shop Boys
  Sledghammer — Peter Gabriel
  Open Your Heart — Madonna
  Freedom 90 — George Michael
  Addicted to Love — Robert Palmer
  Every Time We Say Goodbye — Annie Lennox
  Bastards of Young — The Replacements
  The Message — Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
  Lightening Strikes — Klaus Nomi
  Once in a Lifetime — Talking Heads
  True Faith — New Order
  Beat It — Michael Jackson
  Do You Really Want to Hurt Me? — Culture Club
  Buffalo Gals — Malcom McLaren
  Take on Me — a-ha
  The Universal — Blur
  Let Me Go — Heaven 17
  Joan of Arc (Maid of Orleans) — OMD
  Smells Like Teen Spirit — Nirvana
  Zombie — The Cranberries
  Wicked Game — Chris Isaac
  London Calling — The Clash
  Cloudbusting — Kate Bush
  Suedehead — Morrissey

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