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Cairo 360’s Ten Most Iconic Music Videos of All Time

Cairo 360’s Ten Most Iconic Music Videos of All Time
    written by
    Aleksandra Sekinger

    1. Subterranean Homesick Blues (1965, Bob
    Bob Dylan’s
    legendary ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues‘ promotional music clip– the precursor to
    the modern music video – is probably one of the least expensive and most
    influential music videos of all time. A poster child of the mid-1960s youth, a
    long-faced Dylan holds up cue cards of the song’s lyrics filled with
    subliminal errors, jokes and innuendos. The film clip and its concept have been popularly imitated or
    inspired by a number of artists including Anti-Flag and Belle & Sebastian.

    2. Strawberry Fields Forever (1967, The
    Like many artists in the mid-60s, The Beatles began making promotional music
    clips. However, ’Strawberry Fields Forever‘ revolutionised the business
    in 1967 by including several cinematographic techniques from avant-garde films of the time,
    including colour filtering, fade out, slow motion and unusual camera angles. Using
    these effects, portraits of each Beatle’s face are layered over a shot of
    the group singing around a piano in the field. John Lennon successfully hops up
    on a tree branch from the ground and at the song’s climax, the colours become
    reversed for that one-of-a-kind groovy feeling.

    3. Video Killed the Radio Star (1979, The
    One of the
    most significant music videos in the history of music will forever be ‘Video
    Killed the Radio Star’. In the futuristic style of the late 1970s, footage of the band
    performing is mixed with shots of radios blowing up. Children shif
    their attention towards talking screens, signaling the end of the radio
    generation. Appropriately titled and performed, ‘Video Killed the Radio Star’ was
    the very first music video to shown on MTV when it aired on August 1, 1981.

    4. Thriller (1983, Michael Jackson) Although
    it’s more like a short film at just under 14 minutes, ‘Thriller’ has had a
    tremendous affect on international pop culture. It was one of the first music
    videos to combine filmmaking and music, and it is often cited as the greatest
    music video ever made. Michael Jackson’s red jacket, zombie face and smooth moves
    have produced more spoofs, remakes and parodies than perhaps any other music
    video persona ever. Even people who have never seen ‘Thriller’ can recognize
    the moves from dance parties, films and an endless list of pop culture

    5. Vogue (1990, Madonna) After
    releasing music videos like ‘Material Girl’ and ‘Like a Virgin,’ Madonna came
    out with the video that launched her into official pop icon status: ‘Vogue.’ Completely
    filmed in black and white, the video emulates the old Hollywood look with a 1990s Art Deco spin. Many of
    the scenes are recreations of photographs of old Hollywood
    vixens. Madonna proved that even underneath the million bangles, pounds of
    makeup and lace, there was an elegant, sensual and confident core to her.

    6. November Rain (1992, Guns N’ Roses) The iconic
    narrative of ‘November Rain’ made this music video a favourite throughout the
    90s. Not only did it win Best Cinematography at the MTV Video Music Awards,
    but it was # 1 on the MTV’s list of top 100 videos of that year. The video
    features Axl and then-girlfriend Stephanie Seymour getting married with
    alternating shots of Guns N’ Roses in a live performance. The nostalgic visuals
    of the big hair, Seymour ’s
    sexy wedding dress and Slash playing his solo are a picture frozen in time of
    Guns N’ Roses at their peak.

    7. Buddy Holly (1995, Weezer) ‘Buddy
    Holly’ is arguably music video director legend Spike Jonze’s most iconic video
    to date. Shot at the original Arnold ’s Drive-In diner
    from the popular 70s show Happy Days , the video cuts between shots of Weezer
    performing live with parts of the old-school show. During the climax, a stunt
    man shows Fonzie dancing to the band’s performance. That year, the video went
    on to win four awards at the 1995 MTV Video Music Awards, including Best
    Breakthrough Video and Best Alternative Video.

    8. Just (1995, Radiohead) Radiohead
    has long set up a legacy of great music videos, but who could stop talking
    about ‘Just’ when it came out? Everyone wanted to know what on earth that man stubbornly
    lying on the pavement mumbled during the song’s climax– the thing that made
    everyone else in the curious crowd lie down too. Radiohead still has yet to
    reveal what the man said, although endless personal theories have developed over the years.

    9. A Million Ways to Be Cruel (2005, Ok Go) It was Ok
    Go’s irresistibly adorable homemade music video shot in their backyard that
    single-handedly rocketed this band to fame. The silly but oh-so-slick moves of
    the four members were choreographed by the lead singer’s sister, and made
    viewers’ hearts melt. Within a few months, the video became the most downloaded
    music video ever, leading to a series of live performances of the choreographed

    10. Single Ladies (2009, Beyoncé) When Beyoncé’s
    ‘Single Ladies’ music videos hit airwaves, you would have had to be under a
    rock in the middle of nowhere not see it or one of its many spoofs. The video
    is simply Beyonc
    é and two backup dancers in black leotards with incredibly sexy dance
    moves that were popularly parodied by Justin Timberlake on Saturday Night Live and sparked flash mob dances all over Europe. The video won Best Choreography and Video of the Year at the 2009 MTV Video Music