Check out the first ten entries in our list here, and let’s move on…
40. Slayer “Seasons in the Abyss” (1990)
I don’t know exactly why, but it makes absolutely perfect sense to set Slayer up in a desert with temples looming behind them while they perform this song. One can practically see Karl Sanders from Nile sitting on a couch, guitar in hand, writing riffs for songs that would eventually appear on “Amongst The Catacombs Of Nephren-Ka” while watching this video and nodding in approval. (I would have hated to be the guy responsible for cleaning up after the camels on this set because they must have been defecating all over the place when the volume got turned up on the music.)-Nick
39. Red Hot Chili Peppers “Give it Away” (1991)
Cover the Red Hot Chili Peppers in silver paint, dress them up in crazy costumes and send them running around the desert like they are Jim Morrison on acid (did I really have to mention the “on acid” part?) and you have the formula for one of the ’90s most popular videos. Also, where can I get a pair of the mirror pants John Frusciante wears in this video?-Nick
38. Madonna “Justify My Love” (1990)
From the period when Madonna was transitioning from “wow, she pushes the envelope” to “I wonder if she has an STD”, giving symbolic birth to Britney, Ke$ha and a number of other questionably-talented sluts who proclaimed girl power while thrusting their crotches in everyone’s face. The Lenny Kravitz-penned, Public Enemy-sampling tune’s video was one of the first to be banned from MTV, due to it’s strong sexual nature. What you see here is essentially an orgy in progress. It’s titillating sure, but not much of a turn-on if you ask me. However, I’m only one person and this video definitely turned on a lot of folks, cruising to the top of the pop charts as well as the music video sales charts, propelling Madonna’s Immaculate Collection to mega sales and confirming this video’s place in a Nineties time capsule, where hopefully any video that decides to mate with it is wearing a condom.
37. Foo Fighters “Monkey Wrench” (1997)
Dave Grohl does a lot of things well, including make more videos. He appears more on this list (seven times) than any other artist. Here, we have one of the band’s more simple video premises. Actually, it’s *almost* a straight performance clip, except for the whole Foo Fighters peeping in on the Foo Fighters performing in an apartment thing. And Dave Grohl spitting at the camera? Gross.
36. The Roots “What They Do” (feat. Raphael Saadiq) (1996)
Who said hip-hop didn’t have a sense of humor? For their breakout video, Philadelphia’s Roots crew lampooned just about every stereotype of mid-Nineties rap that they possibly could. From the grinding of the video girls in their bikinis to the random shot of a group of guys running in slow motion, this video is good for a handful of chuckles. Even better? The Roots have outlasted many of the acts that they clown.
35. The Rollins Band “Liar” (1994)
This video finds Hammerin’ Hank donning a police uniform for the second time in 1994 for the camera (the other being his turn as policeman in “The Chase”) along with a Superman outfit as well as a nun outfit. While these costumes don’t quite match his turn as Vanilla Ice in Third Bass’ “Pop Goes The Weasel” (http://bit.ly/pn6lKs), they still make for an entertaining video.-Nick
34. The Pharcyde “Drop” (1995)
It’s a brilliantly-conceived technical notion, sure, to film the Pharcyde’s video backwards – including, astonishingly, the guys lip-synching in reverse – and then to reverse the footage. What’s unexpected is the atmosphere this creates – a dizzying, dreamlike fervor that makes these five minutes just fly by. And then you rewind and watch it again, because well, it’s just that awesome.-Drew
33. Tool “Sober” (1993)
Maynard James Keenan is one weird motherfucker. Truthfully? I can’t even think of a proper description for this video. You’re just gonna have to watch.
32. Monster Magnet “Space Lord” (1998)
Prior to the album “Powertrip” on which this song appears, Monster Magnet mainman Dave Wyndorf and cohorts had released three of the best space/psychedelic/stoner/hard rock albums of the modern era. When listening to the albums, one can practically feel the amount of drugs the band were ingesting (once in college, while playing their debut album “Spine Of God” for a friend, he begged that it be turned off because “it felt like my brain was being sucked out of my head”), but this album was the first one where Wyndorf was sober. While I applaud anyone’s efforts to conquer their demons and achieve sobriety, I will admit that a small part of me always gets a little anxious when an artist gets sober because let’s face it, sometimes (a lot of the times) the music really suffers for it. Not the case here. Irresistibly catchy, (the refrain “Space Lord Mother Mother” stuck in your head for days, if not weeks) this song was a big hit for Monster Magnet. To viewers unfamiliar with Monster Magnet’s history, the tongue in cheek humor of this video was probably lost (they were poking fun at the excess of hip hop videos), but that does not make the video any less fun. –Nick
31. A Tribe Called Quest (feat. Leaders of the New School) “Scenario” (1992)
Yeah, the graphics are cheesy and outdated, but the energy these five emcees (and one DJ) place in this four minute video is undeniable. Coming from the peak period of the golden age of hip-hop and boasting cameos from De La Soul, Redman and Spike Lee, “Scenario” is the perfect representation of hip-hop’s golden era.
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