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GOLIATH'S GREATEST MUSIC VIDEOS OF ALL TIME

Entertainment magazine Goliath released its list of the Greatest Music Videos of All Time in 2018, ranked from #1 to #20.

9.27/1011 ratings
1
1983
Michael Jackson's iconic video is one of the most well-known videos of the 80's. Directed by John Landis, who made An American Werewolf in London, the video references numerous horror movies and features Jackson dancing with zombies. It's a cultural landmark and was the first music video added to the National Film Registry.
7/105 ratings
2
1992
November Rain shows a wedding between Axl and then-girlfriend Stephanie Seymour, interspersed with a live performance in a theatre. It can particularly be noted for its massive budget (about $1.5 million) and stunning cinematography.
8.36/1011 ratings
3
1985
Norwegian band A-ha had their biggest hit with their 1985 re-recording of Take On Me. The video combines pencil sketch animation with live-action, using rotoscoping techniques. It took about four months for animators to complete the four-minute video. The romantic fantasy shows a comic book character and a woman reading about him join each others' shared worlds.
8.14/107 ratings
4
2000
Stan features Devon Sawa as Stan, the obsessive fan, and British pop singer Dido, who sings the chorus, as his pregnant girlfriend. There are multiple versions of the disturbing video, which features scenes of violence and cruelty by the fanatical Stan.
9.22/109 ratings
5
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.
8/107 ratings
6
1975
The video's opening scene is one of the most memorable in music history and is the first thing most people picture when they think of the band. It took only four hours to film the video and five to edit it - it was shipped to BBC for air that same week.
8/108 ratings
7
1994
Buddy Holly features Weezer performing at the original Arnold's Drive-In diner from Happy Days. The video combined contemporary footage of the band with clips from the show. Happy Days cast member Al Molinaro made a cameo appearance in the video. Al plugs his hometown, Kenosha, Wisconsin, in the introduction.
8/106 ratings
8
1995
California Love was inspired by Max Mad Beyond Thunderdome and features cameo appearances by Tony Cox, Jada Pinkett Smith, Chris Tucker, DJ Quik, Big Syke, Deion Sanders, Danny Boy, Jodeci, B-Legit, and E-40.
8.9/1010 ratings
9
1986
Sledgehammer cleaned up at the VMAs, winning nine awards - still a record. The video uses a mix of animation styles, including claymation, pixilation, and stop motion. Peter Gabriel had to stay under a sheet of glass for 16 hours while filming the video while animators moved objects above him, one frame at a time.
7.38/108 ratings
10
1993
Everybody Hurts was filmed along I-10 in San Antonio, Texas, and shows the band stuck in a traffic jam. Subtitles show us the thoughts of the other people tuck in traffic. In the end, all the people leave their cars and walk instead. They then vanish.
8.82/1011 ratings
11
1989
Like a Prayer is iconic for most, but controversial among many. It features actor Leon Robinson as Saint Martin de Porres, who some perceived as a black version of Christ. The video's use of Catholic iconography includes a scene where Madonna develops stigmata and includes cross-burning imagery. However, it also garnered praise for its interpretation of discrimination, rape, and faith.
6.25/104 ratings
12
1997
Around the World features five groups of characters (robots walking around in a circle, tall athletes wearing tracksuits with small prosthetic heads walking up and downstairs, four women dressed as disco girls moving up and down another set of stairs, four skeletons dancing in the center of the platform and four mummies dancing in time with the song's drum pattern) on a platform representing a vinyl record.
6/104 ratings
13
1989
The video, shot in Long Beach, California, is almost entirely in black and white and features the band performing the song in a warehouse. It features dialogue and several scenes from the 1971 film adaptation of Johnny Got His Gun.
8.33/106 ratings
14
1986
Walk This Way places Aerosmith and Run-D.M.C. in a musical duel in neighboring studios before Tyler literally breaks through the wall that separates them. The video then segues to the bands' joint performance on stage. The highly popular video was the first rap hybrid video ever played in heavy rotation on MTV and is regarded as a classic of the medium.
8.6/105 ratings
15
2002
Johnny Cash's cover of the Nine Inch Nails song introduced him to a whole new generation. Hurt was shot at the Johnny Cash Museum interspersed with clips from Cash's performances and personal video footage.
8.78/109 ratings
8.83/106 ratings
17
2017
The gorgeous video opens with Kendrick Lamar dressed in all white as the pope before putting him in all black lying on a pile of money. Full of symbolism and social commentary, the HUMBLE. video uses a fisheye lense and other techniques to create intensity.
8.86/107 ratings
18
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.
8.55/1011 ratings
19
1991
Smells Like Teen Spirit's video features a school concert ends in anarchy and riot. Inspiration was taken from Jonathan Kaplan's 1979 movie Over the Edge, as well as the Ramones film Rock 'n' Roll High School. Cobain disliked Bayer's final edit and personally oversaw a re-edit of the video that resulted in the version finally aired
6/103 ratings
20
1998
Praise You was shot outside a movie theater in Westwood, California, without obtaining permission from the property owners, in front of puzzled onlookers. Jonze and a dance group dance to "Praise You," much to the theater owner's chagrin, who attempts to turn off their portable stereo.
9.27/1011 ratings
1
1983
Michael Jackson's iconic video is one of the most well-known videos of the 80's. Directed by John Landis, who made An American Werewolf in London, the video references numerous horror movies and features Jackson dancing with zombies. It's a cultural landmark and was the first music video added to the National Film Registry.
7/105 ratings
2
1992
November Rain shows a wedding between Axl and then-girlfriend Stephanie Seymour, interspersed with a live performance in a theatre. It can particularly be noted for its massive budget (about $1.5 million) and stunning cinematography.
8.36/1011 ratings
3
1985
Norwegian band A-ha had their biggest hit with their 1985 re-recording of Take On Me. The video combines pencil sketch animation with live-action, using rotoscoping techniques. It took about four months for animators to complete the four-minute video. The romantic fantasy shows a comic book character and a woman reading about him join each others' shared worlds.
8.14/107 ratings
4
2000
Stan features Devon Sawa as Stan, the obsessive fan, and British pop singer Dido, who sings the chorus, as his pregnant girlfriend. There are multiple versions of the disturbing video, which features scenes of violence and cruelty by the fanatical Stan.
9.22/109 ratings
5
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.
8/107 ratings
6
1975
The video's opening scene is one of the most memorable in music history and is the first thing most people picture when they think of the band. It took only four hours to film the video and five to edit it - it was shipped to BBC for air that same week.
8/108 ratings
7
1994
Buddy Holly features Weezer performing at the original Arnold's Drive-In diner from Happy Days. The video combined contemporary footage of the band with clips from the show. Happy Days cast member Al Molinaro made a cameo appearance in the video. Al plugs his hometown, Kenosha, Wisconsin, in the introduction.
8/106 ratings
8
1995
California Love was inspired by Max Mad Beyond Thunderdome and features cameo appearances by Tony Cox, Jada Pinkett Smith, Chris Tucker, DJ Quik, Big Syke, Deion Sanders, Danny Boy, Jodeci, B-Legit, and E-40.
8.9/1010 ratings
9
1986
Sledgehammer cleaned up at the VMAs, winning nine awards - still a record. The video uses a mix of animation styles, including claymation, pixilation, and stop motion. Peter Gabriel had to stay under a sheet of glass for 16 hours while filming the video while animators moved objects above him, one frame at a time.
7.38/108 ratings
10
1993
Everybody Hurts was filmed along I-10 in San Antonio, Texas, and shows the band stuck in a traffic jam. Subtitles show us the thoughts of the other people tuck in traffic. In the end, all the people leave their cars and walk instead. They then vanish.
8.82/1011 ratings
11
1989
Like a Prayer is iconic for most, but controversial among many. It features actor Leon Robinson as Saint Martin de Porres, who some perceived as a black version of Christ. The video's use of Catholic iconography includes a scene where Madonna develops stigmata and includes cross-burning imagery. However, it also garnered praise for its interpretation of discrimination, rape, and faith.
6.25/104 ratings
12
1997
Around the World features five groups of characters (robots walking around in a circle, tall athletes wearing tracksuits with small prosthetic heads walking up and downstairs, four women dressed as disco girls moving up and down another set of stairs, four skeletons dancing in the center of the platform and four mummies dancing in time with the song's drum pattern) on a platform representing a vinyl record.
6/104 ratings
13
1989
The video, shot in Long Beach, California, is almost entirely in black and white and features the band performing the song in a warehouse. It features dialogue and several scenes from the 1971 film adaptation of Johnny Got His Gun.
8.33/106 ratings
14
1986
Walk This Way places Aerosmith and Run-D.M.C. in a musical duel in neighboring studios before Tyler literally breaks through the wall that separates them. The video then segues to the bands' joint performance on stage. The highly popular video was the first rap hybrid video ever played in heavy rotation on MTV and is regarded as a classic of the medium.
8.6/105 ratings
15
2002
Johnny Cash's cover of the Nine Inch Nails song introduced him to a whole new generation. Hurt was shot at the Johnny Cash Museum interspersed with clips from Cash's performances and personal video footage.
8.78/109 ratings
8.83/106 ratings
17
2017
The gorgeous video opens with Kendrick Lamar dressed in all white as the pope before putting him in all black lying on a pile of money. Full of symbolism and social commentary, the HUMBLE. video uses a fisheye lense and other techniques to create intensity.
8.86/107 ratings
18
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.
8.55/1011 ratings
19
1991
Smells Like Teen Spirit's video features a school concert ends in anarchy and riot. Inspiration was taken from Jonathan Kaplan's 1979 movie Over the Edge, as well as the Ramones film Rock 'n' Roll High School. Cobain disliked Bayer's final edit and personally oversaw a re-edit of the video that resulted in the version finally aired
6/103 ratings
20
1998
Praise You was shot outside a movie theater in Westwood, California, without obtaining permission from the property owners, in front of puzzled onlookers. Jonze and a dance group dance to "Praise You," much to the theater owner's chagrin, who attempts to turn off their portable stereo.

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