Sunday, July 17, 2011

NME‘s 100 Greatest Music Videos

Recently NME posted a list of the 100 Greatest videos of all time. Going through the list I had a lot of  'WFT?' and ' yeah, but what about.....' moments, as I am sure will anyone else reading it. As far as I am concerned, any said list needs to make sure that it includes a healthy selection of Michael Gondry  or Spike Jonze's video's. I had dinner with my mates 'Double D' last night and we talked about the NME  list. Not only was 'D' shocked that NME was still going, but both D's went through a list of clips that they thought would have definately made the cut, sadly only one of their 'top videos' was listed (Michael Jackson – “Billie Jean”). I am exicted though because a couple of my all time fav' 'fun' videos came in high up, namely the Beastie Boys “Sabotage” & the Foo Fighters “Everlong”. NME's list is below. See what you think:

100 Michael Jackson – “Billie Jean”
99 Simian Mobile Disco – “Hustler”
98 Lykke Li – “Get Some”
97 Flaming Lips – “Watching The Planets”
96 Jay-Z – “Big Pimpin’”
95 Blur – “Parklife”
94 Radiohead – “Street Spirit (Fade Out)”
93 Janelle Monae – “Cold War”
92 Rage Against The Machine – “Sleep Now In The Fire”
91 Madonna – “Borderline”
90 Lauryn Hill – “Doo Wop (That Thing)”
89 Human League – “Don’t You Want Me”
88 Peter Gabriel – “Shock The Monkey”
87 Foo Fighters – “Learn To Fly”
86 UNKLE – “Rabbit In Your Headlights”
85 Bright Eyes – “First Day Of My Life”
84 Robyn – “Don’t Fucking Tell Me What To Do”
83 Jane’s Addiction – “Been Caught Stealing”
82 Pendulum – “Salt In The Wound”
81 Ratatat – “Drugs”
80 Summer Camp – “Round The Moon”
79 Sonic Youth – “Teenage Riot”
78 These New Puritans – “Elvis”
77 Aerosmith – “Janie’s Got A Gun”
76 Bjork – “It’s Oh So Quiet”
75 Rilo Kiley – “Silver Lining”
74 Bonnie Tyler – “Total Eclipse Of The Heart”
73 The Strokes – “You Only Live Once”
72 Guns N’ Roses – “Estranged”
71 Eminem – “My Name Is”
70 Queen – “Bohemian Rhapsody”
69 Outkast – “B.O.B.”
68 Klaxtons – “Twin Flames”
67 Daft Punk – “Da Funk”
66 Coldplay – “The Scientist”
65 R.E.M. – “Imitation Of Life”
64 The Pharcyde – “Drop”
63 Tori Amos – “Spark”
62 Bon Jovi – “Always”
61 Missy Elliott – “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)
60 Blink-182 – “All The Small Things”
59 The Chemical Brothers – “Let Forever Be”
58 Arcade Fire – “We Used To Wait”
57 The Breeders – “Cannonball”
56 Pearl Jam – “Jeremy”
55 Eurythmics – “Beethoven (I Love To Listen To)”
54 Sinead O’Connor – “Nothing Compares To U”
53 Mark Ronson – “Somebody To Love Me”
52 Smashing Pumpkins – “Tonight, Tonight”
51 Aphex Twin – “Come To Daddy”
50 Nine Inch Nails – “Closer”
49 The Knife – “Pass This On”
48 Kate Bush – “Cloudbusting”
47 Pulp – “This Is Hardcore”
46 Depeche Mode – “Enjoy The Silence”
45 Talking Heads – “Wild Wild Life”
44 Judas Priest – “Breaking The Law”
43 Outkast – “Hey Ya”
42 PJ Harvey – “Down By The Water”
41 Major Lazer – “Pon De Floor”
40 The Replacements – “Bastards Of Young”
39 Radiohead – “Karma Police”
38 The Prodigy – “Firestarter”
37 The White Stripes – “Blue Orchid”
36 Prince – “Raspberry Beret”
35 Kanye West – “Monster”
34 Madonna – “Like A Prayer”
33 The Smiths – “Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before”
32 The Verve – “Bittersweet Symphony”
31 NWA – “Straight Outta Compton”
30 The Streets – “Fit But You Know It”
29 The xx – “Islands”
28 Nada Surf – “Popular”
27 Muse – “Knights Of Cydonia”
26 Wax – “California”
25 Metallica – “Turn The Page”
24 My Chemical Romance – “Helena”
23 Smashing Pumpkins – “1979″
22 Nirvana – “Heart Shaped Box”
21 No Doubt – “New”
20 Blur – “Coffee & TV”
19 Hot Chip – “I Feel Better”
18 The Cure – “Close To Me”
17 Lady Gaga (Feat. Beyonce) – “Telephone”
16 Fatboy Slim – “Praise You”
15 OK Go – “This Too Shall Pass”
14 Vampire Weekend – “A-Punk”
13 MIA – “Born Free”
12 The Horrors – “Sheena Is A Parasite”
11 Hole – “Doll Parts”

10 The Prodigy – “Smack My Bitch Up”
9 Sigur Rós – “”Viðrar Vel Til Loftárása”
8 Beastie Boys – “Sabotage”
7 Weezer – “Buddy Holly”
6 Foo Fighters – “Everlong”
5 Bjork – “All Is Full Of Love”
4 Soundgarden – “Black Hole Sun”
3 Chris Isaak – “Wicked Game”
2 Radiohead – “Just”
1 Johnny Cash – “Hurt”

A couple  of clips from the list that I hadn't seen before but liked:

97: The Flaming Lips - Watching the Planets (Offical Video).. Umm warning with this one..some nudity and the clip is of low quality:

53: Mark Ronson and the Business International - Somebody To Love Me. This song is a modern CLASSIC!! Umm there might be a flash of a butt in this one as well:

9 Sigur Rós – “”Viðrar Vel Til Loftárása”. This song is beautiful as is the clip:

a few classic clips:

44 Judas Priest – “Breaking The Law”. Oh yeah.......Breaking the law! Breaking the law! This clip is so bad it's great!!!!

26 Wax – “California”. I am partial to any video clip which is one continuous shot, and this is an iconic clip.

74 Bonnie Tyler – “Total Eclipse Of The Heart”. This is one for the diva in us all... 'And I need you more than evaaaaaa.....I really need you  tonight!'  Ummm  p.s. This clip is a little scary...  It's not the camp quality so much (cause camp ain't nuthin' but a whole lot of fun.. and you can never have too many semi naked men prancing about!!!), It's the creepy eyes. be warned!


  1. there are some gems in that list to be sure. i'd personally add some and take some out but i'm sure most of us would. we all have different tastes and that's as it should be. Vive la différence. :)

  2. Its is NME, next week MJ's Billie Jean may be touted as the best thing ever!!! You know the drill.....
    Double D thought MJ would have had a bucket load of clips in the list, especially ones that had him morphing into something or someone else...
    ie- black or white, smooth Criminal... or even the seminal 80's video Thriller.. still as Coldplay said as they plagiarized many others.. Viva La vida!