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TIMEOUT BEST MUSIC VIDEOS OF ALL TIME

The prestigious film and culture magazine released its list of the “absolute best music videos of all time” in 2018.

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.
8/107 ratings
2
1994
Set in what appears to be a 19th-century mad scientist's laboratory, the video's imagery involves religion, sexuality, animal cruelty, politics, and terror. These images were inspired by the work of Joel-Peter Witkin, as well as by the Brothers Quay's animated short film Street of Crocodiles.
7.5/106 ratings
3
1997
Previously responsible for Radiohead's "Street Spirit (Fade Out)" clip, Jonathan Glazer directed the song's music video. Glazer said he considers the video to be a failed attempt. Thom Yorke stated that the music video was his favorite because he was drunk during the production.
8.17/106 ratings
4
2010
Kanye West directed the video, drawing from director Stanley Kubrick as an inspiration. West drew inspiration from other long-form music videos and music-related cinema, including Purple Rain, Pink Floyd The Wall, and Michael Jackson's Thriller. The music video revolves around a love story between West (known as "Griffin" in the narrative) and a phoenix he discovers while driving through the woods.
7/105 ratings
5
1993
The video for "Big Time Sensuality" was shot in black and white and features Björk dancing on the back of a moving truck, slowly driving through New York City in the middle of the day. The video helped Björk become known in North America, where it received heavy rotation on MTV channels, with many noting that the video was more known in the country than the song.
8/103 ratings
6
2003
The Hardest Button to Button features pixelation animation to create the effect of dozens of drum kits and guitar amplifiers multiplying to the rhythm of the song as Jack and Meg perform.
8.55/1011 ratings
7
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
7.6/105 ratings
8
1997
This is the video that helped put Missy on the map. The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly) features cameos from Timbaland, Tamara "Taj" Johnson-George of SWV, Yo-Yo, Lil' Kim, Total, 702, Da Brat, Lil' Cease, and Sean Combs.
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.
8.78/109 ratings
9.22/109 ratings
11
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.
8.83/106 ratings
12
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.
8.82/1011 ratings
13
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.
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.
8/107 ratings
2
1994
Set in what appears to be a 19th-century mad scientist's laboratory, the video's imagery involves religion, sexuality, animal cruelty, politics, and terror. These images were inspired by the work of Joel-Peter Witkin, as well as by the Brothers Quay's animated short film Street of Crocodiles.
7.5/106 ratings
3
1997
Previously responsible for Radiohead's "Street Spirit (Fade Out)" clip, Jonathan Glazer directed the song's music video. Glazer said he considers the video to be a failed attempt. Thom Yorke stated that the music video was his favorite because he was drunk during the production.
8.17/106 ratings
4
2010
Kanye West directed the video, drawing from director Stanley Kubrick as an inspiration. West drew inspiration from other long-form music videos and music-related cinema, including Purple Rain, Pink Floyd The Wall, and Michael Jackson's Thriller. The music video revolves around a love story between West (known as "Griffin" in the narrative) and a phoenix he discovers while driving through the woods.
7/105 ratings
5
1993
The video for "Big Time Sensuality" was shot in black and white and features Björk dancing on the back of a moving truck, slowly driving through New York City in the middle of the day. The video helped Björk become known in North America, where it received heavy rotation on MTV channels, with many noting that the video was more known in the country than the song.
8/103 ratings
6
2003
The Hardest Button to Button features pixelation animation to create the effect of dozens of drum kits and guitar amplifiers multiplying to the rhythm of the song as Jack and Meg perform.
8.55/1011 ratings
7
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
7.6/105 ratings
8
1997
This is the video that helped put Missy on the map. The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly) features cameos from Timbaland, Tamara "Taj" Johnson-George of SWV, Yo-Yo, Lil' Kim, Total, 702, Da Brat, Lil' Cease, and Sean Combs.
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.
8.78/109 ratings
9.22/109 ratings
11
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.
8.83/106 ratings
12
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.
8.82/1011 ratings
13
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.

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