Very rarely do music videos end up being so powerful. Back in 80’s and early 90’s, fans used to buy CDs to enjoy music videos. That impact has decreased significantly since in digital realm, the strength of the video is measured by the number of views on YouTube and on other platforms. It was on a different level back then.
Here are 7 of the most influential music videos of all time.
1 Thriller - by Michael Jackson
"Thriller" by "King of Pop" Michael Jackson is an epic 14-minute long video released on December 2, 1983 that revolves around zombies and werewolf as the main theme. The album won a record-breaking eight Grammy Awards in 1984 and became the "most influential album of all time" and also the "best selling album of all time". It also was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
Remastered Thriller 3D hit theatres in September this year.
2 Sledgehammer – by Peter Gabriel
Released on 25 April 1986, this music video by Peter Gabriel has attracted the artists majorly due to the work of Bristol-based Aardman Animations and also features designs by American stop-motion specialists. The video is sure to fill joy with the visuals.
3 Subterranean Homesick Blues - by Bob Dylan
"Subterranean Homesick Blues" by Bob Dylan was recorded on January 14, 1965 and released on March 8. It has Bob Dylan holding out cards bearing some important words from the lyrics, even as he stares at the camera, expressionless. Some say this was the beginning of lyrical videos on the internet.
4 Here It Goes Again - by Ok Go
"Here it goes again" by Ok Go is a single from the album "Oh No" released on September 25, 2006. The music video features the band dancing on treadmills in a single continuous take.
5 Strawberry Fields Forever - by The Beatles
One of The Beatles’s undisputed masterpieces is “Strawberry Fields Forever”, released in the year 1967. It is known to be one of The Beatles's most influential works. The song was one of The Beatles’s most complicated recordings to date too.
6 Smells Like Teen Spirit - by Nirvana
One of Nirvana’s biggest hits, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” released on September 10, 1991 was the lead single off their most successful album "Nevermind". It was what made the band so popular.
7 Bohemian Rhapsody – by Queen
Considered to be one of the greatest rock songs of all time, “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen was released on 31 October 1975. It was an international success and In 2004 it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.