When a song is good and the music video lives up to it, a pop culture moment is born.
Here's a list of some of the greatest music videos that made the great era of MTV truly iconic!
1. "...Baby One More Time" by Britney Spears
The sexy schoolgirl and pigtails look has been imitated countless of times, but never even matched. Safe to say, we want to be hit one more time by this '90s masterpiece.
2. "Single Ladies" by Beyoncé
With nothing but a plain background and sick dance moves, Beyoncé and her two backup dancers made music video magic. What do you expect from the Queen B herself?
3. "Bad Romance" by Lady Gaga
This one really brought out the rah-rah-rah in everyone back in 2009. The video pushed boundaries and caused quite a controversy. Nothing like a gag-worthy moment by Mother Monster!
4. "Telephone" by Lady Gaga feat. Beyoncé
This has everything you'd want in a music video. God-tier creativity, some drama, dancing, and two pop divas doing what they do best.
5. "Hotline Bling" by Drake
This video gave birth to thousands of memes! Drake's dance steps and facial expressions here will keep you glued to the screen as you groove to the infectious beat.
6. "Wrecking Ball" by Miley Cyrus,
Miley half-naked on a wrecking ball smashing everything in her way is an image that will forever be etched in our minds. But it's not all shock value, the close-ups showing her emotional side is quite powerful too!
7. "Dirrty" by Christina Aguilera feat. Redman
Christina shook the pop world when she released the music video for "Dirrty", debuting her new and sexy look. If you're gonna look up what "reinvention" means, this video would probably show up.
8. "Work It" by Missy Elliott
Grammy-winning rap artist Missy Elliott chose a different approach for "Work It". While most of her contemporaries at the time we're all about showing some skin, she went for the post-apocalyptic vibe and defied all expectations.
9. "Thriller" by Michael Jackson
The late King of Pop released his "Thriller" music video in 1983 and it remains to be a classic. The video is actually an homage to horror/thriller films "Night of the Living Dead", "The Phantom of the Opera", and "The Company of Wolves".
10. "Here It Goes Again" by OK Go
OK Go, an indie group from Chicago, went viral in 2009 for the "Here it Goes Again" music video, also dubbed as "the treadmill video". With a DIY vibe, the group did a well-calculated choreography while on treadmills and it's pure entertainment.
11. "Stan" by Eminem feat. Dido
Ever heard of the slang word "stan"? Yup, this is where it actually came from. This music video from 2001 has a six-minute version and another one that's about eight minutes long.
12. "Lady Marmalade" by Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya, Pink, and Missy Elliott
Hey, soul sister! Remember when these queens fulfilled the Moulin Rouge fantasy and got us singing "voulez-vous coucher avec moi, ce soir?" We have been blessedt!
13. "Freedom! '90" by George Michael
George didn't want to appear in the music video of "Freedom! '90", so he enlisted the OG supermodels, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, and Tatjana Patitz, to star in it and the result was glorious.
14. "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen
Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon made history with "Bohemian Rhapsody" by pushing more artists to invest in producing music videos. But frankly, nothing even comes close to how iconic this is.
15. "Wannabe" by Spice Girls
The most memorable Spice Girls music video is also their first! They shot "Wannabe" in St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London. At the time, it was deemed bold, daring, and even too naughty. It was even hailed by FHM Magazine as 1996's sexiest music video.
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