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BEST OF THE 1990s

The best music videos of the 1990s, as rated by users.

9.5/108 ratings
1996
Virtual Insanity features Jay Kay dancing and performing the song in a bright white room with a grey floor. The video earned recognition from critics for its special effects: the floor appears to move while the rest of the room stays still, allowing Kay to perform moves not typically seen in music videos.
9.38/108 ratings
1992
Jeremy incorporates rapid-fire editing and juxtaposition of sound, still images, graphics, and text elements with live-action sequences to create a collage effect. Actor Trevor Wilson portrayed Jeremy, is an angry, depressed boy who commits suicide in his classroom. The edited version led to misinterpretations that Jeremy kills his classmates, not himself.
9.25/104 ratings
1997
Mo Money Mo Problems features Mase and Combs in futuristic locations, including a tunnel lined with fluorescent lamps and a stark white chamber with pressurized air blowing out of the floor, allowing the two to float in midair. The video shows Combs competing in a golf tournament, where he's helped by The Notorious B.I.G's spirit.
9.22/109 ratings
1993
Sabotage is an homage and parody of 1970s crime drama television series like Hawaii Five-0, The Streets of San Francisco, S.W.A.T., Baretta, and Starsky and Hutch. In the video, the band members appear as the show's characters. Each band member is introduced as a fictional actor and the character he plays.
8.86/107 ratings
1994
Waterfalls was filmed at Universal Studios Hollywood and features the group standing in a pool as they sing the song. The video tackles the issues of drug dealing and HIV. The video won 4 MTV Video Music Awards, including Video of the Year, making TLC the first African American group to win that award.
8.86/107 ratings
1996
Tonight, Tonight draws inspiration from Georges Méliès's silent film A Trip to the Moon and other works by the French master. Actors Tom Kenny and Jill Talley star as a couple riding a Zepplin to the moon. On their colorful trip, they fight aliens, escape on a rocket, and meet a merman.
8.67/106 ratings
1996
Wannabe features the group running, singing, dancing, and creating mischief at an eccentric bohemian party at the Midland Grand Hotel in St Pancras, London. Among their antics is Chisholm's back handspring on one of the tables. Each of the girls' personalities are introduced in this lively video that put the Spice Girls on the map.
8.67/106 ratings
1999
Genie in a Bottle begins with Aguilera lying on a beach, wearing a white midriff and tiny shorts. The video suddenly breaks into a dance scene. Aguilera's friends in the music video come over to her house, where they meet up with a group of guys driving a red Chevrolet. The music video ends with a guy chasing after Aguilera, and together they sit with a group of friends while a bonfire is lit.
8.56/109 ratings
1990
Nothing Compares 2 U was mainly shot in Paris and consists almost solely of a closeup on O'Connor's face as she sings the song's lyrics. Toward the end of the video, two tears roll down her face, one per cheek. It was the first video from a female artist to win Music Video of the Year at the VMAs.
8.5/102 ratings
1992
A Disney animator working on drawing a semi-realistic illustration of Billy Joel is confused when the drawing comes alive. The sketchy, comic-book-like Billy Joel proceeds to saunters in-and-out of various scenes Disney features like Peter Pan, Fantasia, Sleeping Beauty, Pinocchio, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The video is segment from the 1991 video release Simply Mad About the Mouse in which singers cover classic Disney songs.
8.5/102 ratings
1998
The video begins with the evolution of life, from the smallest cell to the extinction of dinosaurs and reign of homo sapiens. The music video blames humankind's brutality on leadership and ends with future scenarios of the human race's self-destruction. However, near the end of the animation, the earth is briefly seen as an ovum, suggesting a rebirth.
8.5/102 ratings
1997
The supergroup Milestone was a fake group created for the movie Soul Food, but its success made it real - for a brief time, at least. The video for I Care 'Bout You shows the band singing through portraits being moved through a home.
8.5/106 ratings
1996
Ironic features Morissette driving a black Lincoln Continental Mark V through a winter landscape. She also plays her passengers: one in a green sweater riding in the back seat; one in a yellow sweater with braided hair, the back seat; and one in a red sweater in the front passenger seat. At the end of the video, the car stalls. Morissette, as the driver, exits, but her passengers are nowhere to be seen.
8.5/102 ratings
1996
The music video for "Stinkfist" was created with stop-motion animation techniques. The band's guitarist Adam Jones had previous experience in art direction and animation, so he directed the video. At least one reviewer compared the visuals to the works of H. R. Giger. The video is not for the faint-hearted.
8.33/103 ratings
1996
Tha Crossroads is dedicated to Eazy-E, who died from complications due to AIDS. The video opens with a funeral and focuses on a reaper-like character wearing sunglasses and a trench coat. He gathers souls and brings them to heaven.
8.33/103 ratings
1997
Bitter Sweet Symphony features lead vocalist Richard Ashcroft lip-synching the song while walking down a busy street; Ashcroft refuses to change his stride or direction throughout, apparently oblivious to what is going on around him. He repeatedly bumps into passers-by, narrowly avoids being hit by a car, and jumps on top of the hood of another vehicle stopped in his path.
8.29/107 ratings
1999
Freak on a Leash opens with an animated sequence of children climbing over a chain-link fence to play hopscotch. A guard runs as he sees one girl near the edge when he trips and the gun he is holding fires. The bullet breaks out of the animated world into the real world as it destroys things while narrowly avoiding hitting people.
8.25/104 ratings
1995
Sinéad O'Connor laments the Irish Potato Famine in this 1995 video. It shows O'Connor and two others rapping on a street in the rain. The video gives the song dynamism without distracting from its powerful lyrics.
8.2/105 ratings
1994
Cryin' features the first appearance of Alicia Silverstone in the band's videos. The song flashes back and forth between the band and Silvertone, who plays a teen who has a falling out with her boyfriend (played by Stephen Dorff) after catching him cheating.
8.2/105 ratings
1998
The video begins with Spears appearing bored in class at a Catholic high school. When the bell rings, Spears runs out into the hall and begins a choreographed dance. She dances in different outfits inside and outside the school. The video ends revealing the whole thing was Spears' daydream.
9.5/108 ratings
1996
Virtual Insanity features Jay Kay dancing and performing the song in a bright white room with a grey floor. The video earned recognition from critics for its special effects: the floor appears to move while the rest of the room stays still, allowing Kay to perform moves not typically seen in music videos.
9.38/108 ratings
1992
Jeremy incorporates rapid-fire editing and juxtaposition of sound, still images, graphics, and text elements with live-action sequences to create a collage effect. Actor Trevor Wilson portrayed Jeremy, is an angry, depressed boy who commits suicide in his classroom. The edited version led to misinterpretations that Jeremy kills his classmates, not himself.
9.25/104 ratings
1997
Mo Money Mo Problems features Mase and Combs in futuristic locations, including a tunnel lined with fluorescent lamps and a stark white chamber with pressurized air blowing out of the floor, allowing the two to float in midair. The video shows Combs competing in a golf tournament, where he's helped by The Notorious B.I.G's spirit.
9.22/109 ratings
1993
Sabotage is an homage and parody of 1970s crime drama television series like Hawaii Five-0, The Streets of San Francisco, S.W.A.T., Baretta, and Starsky and Hutch. In the video, the band members appear as the show's characters. Each band member is introduced as a fictional actor and the character he plays.
8.86/107 ratings
1994
Waterfalls was filmed at Universal Studios Hollywood and features the group standing in a pool as they sing the song. The video tackles the issues of drug dealing and HIV. The video won 4 MTV Video Music Awards, including Video of the Year, making TLC the first African American group to win that award.
8.86/107 ratings
1996
Tonight, Tonight draws inspiration from Georges Méliès's silent film A Trip to the Moon and other works by the French master. Actors Tom Kenny and Jill Talley star as a couple riding a Zepplin to the moon. On their colorful trip, they fight aliens, escape on a rocket, and meet a merman.
8.67/106 ratings
1996
Wannabe features the group running, singing, dancing, and creating mischief at an eccentric bohemian party at the Midland Grand Hotel in St Pancras, London. Among their antics is Chisholm's back handspring on one of the tables. Each of the girls' personalities are introduced in this lively video that put the Spice Girls on the map.
8.67/106 ratings
1999
Genie in a Bottle begins with Aguilera lying on a beach, wearing a white midriff and tiny shorts. The video suddenly breaks into a dance scene. Aguilera's friends in the music video come over to her house, where they meet up with a group of guys driving a red Chevrolet. The music video ends with a guy chasing after Aguilera, and together they sit with a group of friends while a bonfire is lit.
8.56/109 ratings
1990
Nothing Compares 2 U was mainly shot in Paris and consists almost solely of a closeup on O'Connor's face as she sings the song's lyrics. Toward the end of the video, two tears roll down her face, one per cheek. It was the first video from a female artist to win Music Video of the Year at the VMAs.
8.5/102 ratings
1992
A Disney animator working on drawing a semi-realistic illustration of Billy Joel is confused when the drawing comes alive. The sketchy, comic-book-like Billy Joel proceeds to saunters in-and-out of various scenes Disney features like Peter Pan, Fantasia, Sleeping Beauty, Pinocchio, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The video is segment from the 1991 video release Simply Mad About the Mouse in which singers cover classic Disney songs.
8.5/102 ratings
1998
The video begins with the evolution of life, from the smallest cell to the extinction of dinosaurs and reign of homo sapiens. The music video blames humankind's brutality on leadership and ends with future scenarios of the human race's self-destruction. However, near the end of the animation, the earth is briefly seen as an ovum, suggesting a rebirth.
8.5/102 ratings
1997
The supergroup Milestone was a fake group created for the movie Soul Food, but its success made it real - for a brief time, at least. The video for I Care 'Bout You shows the band singing through portraits being moved through a home.
8.5/106 ratings
1996
Ironic features Morissette driving a black Lincoln Continental Mark V through a winter landscape. She also plays her passengers: one in a green sweater riding in the back seat; one in a yellow sweater with braided hair, the back seat; and one in a red sweater in the front passenger seat. At the end of the video, the car stalls. Morissette, as the driver, exits, but her passengers are nowhere to be seen.
8.5/102 ratings
1996
The music video for "Stinkfist" was created with stop-motion animation techniques. The band's guitarist Adam Jones had previous experience in art direction and animation, so he directed the video. At least one reviewer compared the visuals to the works of H. R. Giger. The video is not for the faint-hearted.
8.33/103 ratings
1996
Tha Crossroads is dedicated to Eazy-E, who died from complications due to AIDS. The video opens with a funeral and focuses on a reaper-like character wearing sunglasses and a trench coat. He gathers souls and brings them to heaven.
8.33/103 ratings
1997
Bitter Sweet Symphony features lead vocalist Richard Ashcroft lip-synching the song while walking down a busy street; Ashcroft refuses to change his stride or direction throughout, apparently oblivious to what is going on around him. He repeatedly bumps into passers-by, narrowly avoids being hit by a car, and jumps on top of the hood of another vehicle stopped in his path.
8.29/107 ratings
1999
Freak on a Leash opens with an animated sequence of children climbing over a chain-link fence to play hopscotch. A guard runs as he sees one girl near the edge when he trips and the gun he is holding fires. The bullet breaks out of the animated world into the real world as it destroys things while narrowly avoiding hitting people.
8.25/104 ratings
1995
Sinéad O'Connor laments the Irish Potato Famine in this 1995 video. It shows O'Connor and two others rapping on a street in the rain. The video gives the song dynamism without distracting from its powerful lyrics.
8.2/105 ratings
1994
Cryin' features the first appearance of Alicia Silverstone in the band's videos. The song flashes back and forth between the band and Silvertone, who plays a teen who has a falling out with her boyfriend (played by Stephen Dorff) after catching him cheating.
8.2/105 ratings
1998
The video begins with Spears appearing bored in class at a Catholic high school. When the bell rings, Spears runs out into the hall and begins a choreographed dance. She dances in different outfits inside and outside the school. The video ends revealing the whole thing was Spears' daydream.

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