Nostalgia Chick: Music Videos of the 90s

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  • auggey  - WHAT
    okay
  • LikaLaruku
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    1990-1994 was arguably still the 80s, & the 2000s started in 1998, so the 90s only lasted 3 years ^_~

    Dunno if they're my favorites, but the 90s videos I remember most were...

    *Sheryl Crow: A Change Will Do You Good / If it Makes You Happy.
    *Crash Test Dummies: Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm.
    *Micheal Jackson: Scream / Remember the Time / Black or White / Smooth Criminal.
    *Eiffel 65: Blue.
    *Salt'n'Pepa: Start Me Up.
    *Bjork: I Miss You. (By the guys who did Ren & Stimpy).
    *Seal: Kiss From A Rose. (Batman).
    *Madonna: Frozen / Ray of Light.
    *Anything by Erasure.

    Garbage & Alanis Moriset: Awesome when they're angry, utterly forgetable when they're not.

    I was no fan of (American) boy bands, but that Nsync video was cool. I think it premiered on the WB after an episode of Animaniacs. It kinda reminds me of Tom Petty's "Don't Come Around Here No More."

    Ooh, the last video reminds me of the 1988 movie "High Spirits."

    Top Nickelodeon shows of the 90s? Top 80s music videos? Worst 90s music videos?
  • Cinnamon Scudworth
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    Ha, it's true. The grunge culture didn't last nearly as long as we pretend it did. This is the problem: people would rather be happy than sad, no matter how dippy the source.

    They say the music that's popular when you graduate defines your life, but whoever said that didn't graduate when nothing but boy bands and Britney were around. Music took a nose dive back then and I don't think it ever fully recovered.

    I did not have cable TV at any point in the 90's, so I remember...no videos. Weep for me.
  • LikaLaruku
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    When I graduated, I was on a strict diet of Japanese rock/pop & South Korean hip-hop/dance music.

    The South Korean equivalent of that Nsync video would be anything Country Kko Kko, Clon, or Crying Nut did before 2002.
  • failfailfail  - No Shame In having an opinion
    Mainstream music these days are horrible i'll give you that.However, i love bands such as Nirvana,Alice in chains,Pearl jam,Smashing Pumpkins,Stone temple pilots etc.so i disagree with you and i'll admit that the boy bands are a guilty pleasure for me so im very biased here,but still there is some great music out there if you avoid the radio garbage so i would only say that mainstream music took a nosedive not music itself.But still it's your opinion and we're all free to think diffrently so have a nice day.
  • HanSK
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    System of a Down was pretty popular over here when I graduated, and that was the mid 2000s
  • failfailfail
    Well,there are exceptions to every rule as they say. and indeed System Of a Down are a great band and so are Deftones, White Stripes and Sigur Ros and all these bands have been mainstream this past decade.However,you can't help but to admit that the future for mainstream looks pretty bleak right now.
  • LunaBuna  - Wordy McWord.
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    I love your list, dude. I didn't get cable TV until about 1998 and didn't watch those Top 20 music video things on weekends until Y2K, so my knowledge of 90s music vids is low save for clips from VH1 "I Love the 90s" or something. And Pop-Up Video. I miss those.

    I do know the glimpse I saw of MTV music vids around 1993 was a cheesy thing covering nothing but Rap and R&B, so my ears rebelled and I decided I didn't like anything mainstream, and video game music was my only source of good things. Then the internet came along and I changed my mind. Oh well. Oh 90s, the things I missed during you!

    I think it was a 2001 song, but I liked Alanis' "Precious Illusions" video, and that wasn't all that angry. You should give that one a watch. :)
  • RobertMischief
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    Garbage's Queer is my favorite song they do, and I wouldn't call that an angry song.
  • Ohsha
    "Do the Evolution" by Pearl Jam and "Coffee & TV" by Blur are the best music videos from the 90s.
  • Nycea  - ME as the barometer
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    I love that you add that, it helps quell the masses. Haha, good video. :)
  • The Mighty Antonious  - Melon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
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    I too was disappointed with that album. I love Smashing Pumpkins and all, but of the nearly 30 songs on that album, I really only enjoyed maybe 4 of them
  • failfailfail
    Well its one of my favorite albums but whatever.
  • jjramsey
    Hey, she's the Nostalgia Chick, and she's doing nostalgia-y stuff. She's not limited to reviews.

    BTW, Ms. Ellis, there's no shame in liking robots, even if you are a [funny-voice="eww cooties"]girl[/funny- voice].
  • Zora_The_Geek
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    I very much love your #1 spot, and it's probably my personal #2 or #3...my #1 is DEFINITELY a tie between "Closer" and "The Perfect Drug". (Perhaps a smidge more towards "Closer") Yeah, two NIN songs I know, but those are seriously some of the most beautiful/well made music videos I have ever seen...I love your list though, and there were a lot on there that I would put on my list as well. =D
  • Shlecky
    http:// youtu . be / 6QFwo57WKwg
    Even weirder than #7, NSFW warning.
  • Amesang  - !!SQUEE!!
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    So I won't be ashamed to admit that the #1 video on the list happens to be my favorite music video of all time.

    On the other hand, it was interesting to note that the video for my favorite Foo Fighters' song (my top favorite band, as well) and the video for my favorite Björk song were directed by the same person, Michel Gondry.. which really makes sense, now that I think about it.

    And now, looking it up, apparently Michel also directed the video for "Sugar Water" by another of my favorite acts, Cibo Matto.

    This day has been full of surprises! Hooray for learning! =D
  • Jhylla
    Loved that list. Have to say my favorite videos of the 90s would have to be:

    1. Mr. Krinkle-Primus
    2. Do The Evolution- Pearl Jam
    3. Liar- Rollins Band
  • Mothmouth
    Hey, it's been a while.

    I remember that Sage did a video about WTF music videos, and he pointed out that a lot of these came out of the 90's, which most of his choices were naturally from, save for a few.

    I'm lookin' at you, Aphex Twin.
  • Mathilde
    Even though I was born in the early 90s, and was rather young when some of those came out - I actually remember some :D
  • teacaffiend
    I don't know that it's really possible to do a "top 10" because there are so many good ones, and that are good in different ways. "Closer" and "Tonight tonight" are trying to accomplish different things, but they're both phenomenal. I don't think I could make a list. Every ten minutes I would remember five more videos and have no idea how to fit everything in.

    I do love how weird the videos were, and how they could be creepy or gross or ugly. You could be a lot less shiny and clean and experimenting was common. All my poor animator friends who got into stop motion because of the 90s only for that market to disappear once they got out of college....

    I will say that the "Everybody" video is the thing that allowed me to seperate Backstreet Boys from N*Sync. I never cared for either but Backstreet got a little more creative props from me.
  • mister sloth
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    Nice list (didn't know many of them)

    My personal top 3 (within my own genres) would be:

    1. Aphex Twin : come to daddy
    2. Terroritmo : Batacuda
    3. Cabaret Voltaire : Seconds too late

    Not necessarily all technically best clips ever but the ones that had the most impact on me.
  • blacktrojan3921
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    Backstreet Boys? For shaaaaaaaame >:c

    God: But weren't you a Backstreet Boys fan despite being a boy?

    Me:... I was in a phase .-.;;

    lol Yeah, that would explain my weirdness, awesome video Lindsay :)
  • Ceaen
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    I never really was into watching music videos (and I'm still not), but somehow, when you got to #2 I just KNEW it was going to be a Backstreet one.
  • maalbe987
    Pleasantly surprised to see that nearly all of these are from bands/artists I really like. Heck, even as much as I hate the whole "boy band" concept the Everybody video is pretty cool, and I wasn't familiar with it before this so I gotta thank you for that.
  • Mothmouth
    Man, I was sort of expecting that Eiffel 65 song on there. You know the one.
  • RedBearHugh
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    The woman who actually sang with Meat Loaf auditioned for the UK version of the Voice recently. Didn't make it through though. Apparently the model in the video got a bunch of record contract offers off her voice.
  • Drahauk
    I personally have no problem with Everybody being on this list, because that song and its video are both the epitome of awesome and fun.
  • Enemy of Bohemia
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    I wouldn't consider the movies that the Beastie Boys referenced as B-movies, unless the real definition of that is movies that are bad. In that case I would argue again that some of them don't deserve that label. Also, they were parodying the late 60s stuff like the Japanese monster movies and Danger Diabolik in a couple of those videos you showed.
  • ladydiskette
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    I have to confess too, as much as I didn't like ALL of N'sync's videos, I did like the music video they did for "The Call" it was pretty cool and fun to watch.
  • Edit Death
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    Who doesn't like the Beastie Boys? THIS GUY!!! I mean it, I just cannot stand those guys. I hate their (so-called) music so much I turn off the radio whenever they come on. I find the music videos eye rolling at best. I utterly despise how they are consistently mislabeled as a rock group. When you boil it down, they may be having fun, but doing so makes me want to kick a puppy up their bald monkey butts until something comes up that DOESN'T get laminated gold.

    Sorry for the rant. Beyond that little aside on your assumption, a nice list overall. I was surprised not to see MJ or Madonna anywhere, but I suppose their best videos did come out in the 80's.
  • Dakota The Mad
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    I have to say, kinda impressed that there was no Spike Jonze music videos on this list. Either way there were some good choices, including "Tonight, Tonight" which is an absolute masterpiece.
  • gellielfson
    I wonder how Nash and Todd will react.
  • rzeiler
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    I J'adore 90's lists.
    I have to say I too was in a Korn phase around that time and although in public I refused to take a side on the Backstreet/N'sync fued, I really loved "everybody" -- and would sing alright as goofy as possible.
    but I ask, as if for the millianth time...what are they back from? did they go somewhere? (in the 90's not now)
  • ManWithGoodTaste
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    If I could make my list, I would include at least least one clip by Blur and Radiohead.
  • Flannelboy
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    I was expecting Coffee and TV or Just to be there, because I love those videos, but that's because I like plot-based ones.
  • Mauropteryx
    I agree with the Backstreet's Back video. When I found that, I watched it a several times. It's that cool to see. So you don't have to apologize.
  • Tina_Branford
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    Hey guys! Do you remember Linsay's least liked movies of 2012?

    Me neither... it never happened DD:
  • trlkly
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    Dude(tte), it's almost May! If she hasn't done it by now, it's not happening.

    Maybe she'll do a 2012-2013 list at the start of next year.
  • mr_rubino
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    She did kinda promise it though, teasing a grand revelation about Wreck-It Ralph.
  • Tina_Branford
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    Let's hope :C
    NC(hick) fangirl here
  • Guild Navigator
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    One of my favorite 90s videos on a purely visual level is David Bowie's "The Heart's Filthy Lesson". Check it out on Youtube,it's a Tool-level tripfest.
  • steggy
    I like that you referenced Bjork (and Michel) but needs more Bjork.
    Everything needs more Bjork....
  • screath
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    I never really got into MTV. I was 5 for most of '98, but my sister was 15. I remember walking in on her watching MTV and thinking how weird the images were. Now I actually am drawn to weird videos, but they are no longer mainstream.
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