What are the best music videos of all time? — The latch

You may have heard that MTV turns 40 this week.

The long-running and iconic music channel was born in August 1981, elevating the importance of music videos like never before. With such a global platform on which to showcase their creativity – and with the allure of increasing album sales – artists rose to the challenge and soon began churning out music videos that could rival the latest blockbusters. of the time.

In honor of MTV’s milestone anniversary, rolling stone compiled a list of the greatest music videos of all time to provide an example of “how the combination of sound and vision created an entire artistic vocabulary, gave us a handful of miniature film masterpieces and changed the way we hear (and see) music”.

The publication rated the very first video aired on MTV – The Buggles’ The video killed the radio star – at number 100 (hard) while the simplicity of The Verve’s legendary 1997 track bittersweet symphonyrecorded at 65, just being overtaken by Queen’s rock/pop/synth/opera anthem Bohemian Rhapsody who arrived at age 64.

Pulling out number 50 was Fatboy Slim’s adorably goofy bid for will praise you, which was directed by none other than Spike Jonze, while The Prodigy’s Hit my female dog released issue 40 — with a video almost as controversial as the song itself.

Unsurprisingly, Lady Gaga, Bad Romance earned a spot on the list but, perhaps somewhat surprisingly, only slipped to 33rd place, just behind Drake’s love letter to sweaters – Hotline Bling.

The next four videos to make the list, in order, were from New Order The perfect kiss the triumph of Childish Gambino It’s America of Madonna vogue (obviously) and Johnny Cash with Hurt.

But the number one music video, as decided by rolling stone? It’s Queen Bey herself with her 2016 anthem, Training.

The post writes, “While Beyoncé’s self-titled visual album established her as one of the greatest artists of all time, her surprise release Training video (and ensuing album Lemonade) marked it as one of the most important.

Directed by Melina Matsoukas, the clip made a powerful statement about Black American history and was released to be timed with the start of Black History Month that year.

“In less than five minutes, Beyoncé goes from a plantation-style house where black residents are masters, not slaves, to the top of a sinking police car,” rolling stonewrote Brittany Spanos, before recalling a quote Matsoukas gave to the new yorker in 2017.

“I wanted to show – it’s the black people. We triumph, we suffer, we drown, we fight, we dance, we eat and we are still here.

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