It's already been 25 years since 1991, so the 1990s are to kids now what the 1970s used to be to us. They're cool again: hip, chill, radical, awesome. The 1990s are back, and we're here to help the train moving and keep the younger generation up to date on the best and not the worst of the 1990s.
The 1990s were a great decade for music, whether you liked pop, rap, r&b or rock. It was the last heyday of MTV and Muchmusic, back when they actually played music videos on the regular. Once upon a time, the only reality television shows on these stations were music oriented: crazy, we know. One of the highlights of the week would be to sit down and watch the weekly music video countdown, the best of the best, screened directly onto your TV. The dedicated among you may have even recorded your favourite videos onto VHS tapes or cassettes to listen to or watch whenever you wanted.
What is also sometimes forgotten about 1990s music videos was that some of your favourite filmmakers started off as some of the best directors of your favourite music videos. People like Spike Jonze (Her, Being John Malkovich), Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), David Fincher (Gone Girl) and Jonathan Glazer (Under the Skin), made their mark directing some of the very best videos of the 1990s.
So strap yourself in for a nostalgia-fuelled trip into the past with the best music videos of the 1990s.
15 Sabotage - by The Beastie Boys
14 Buddy Holly - by Weezer
13 Karma Police - by Radiohead
12 Wicked Game - by Chris Isaak
11 Learn to Fly - by The Foo Fighters
10 Around the World - by Daft Punk
9 Praise You - by Fatboy Slim
8 Pretty Fly for a White Guy - by The Offspring
7 Baby One More Time - by Britney Spears
6 Nothing Compares 2 U - by Sinead O’Connor
5 All is Full of Love - by Bjork
4 Closer - by Nine Inch Nails
3 My Name Is - by Eminem
2 Smells Like Teen Spirit - by Nirvana
1 Freak on a Leash - by Korn
Korn as a band has long stagnated in the same riffs and themes, but back in the 1990s they were at the height of their game. Their video for Freak on a Leash, which dominated MTV and Muchmusic in the later part of the decade is something special. Blending animation with images of the band performing in a room lit by thousands of bullet holes. With strong images serving a strong and political theme about the echoing effects of violence, the video follows a bullet accidentally shot from a police's gun going through food courts, office buildings and apartments. The music video was directed by none other than Todd McFarlane, a Canadian artist who is most famous for his illustration work for the comic book Spawn. Sure Nu Metal is not really very cool anymore (if it ever was), but this video is undeniably the best video of the 1990s and one of the very best of all time. Watch it on YouTube.
Sources: MTV, Billboard
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