Top Ten Music Videos That Could Be Considered Works of Art
10. The Buggles - "Video Killed the Radio Star" (1979)
What better place to begin then at the beginning. This was the first video ever broadcast on Music TeleVision. And its self-manifesting lyrical content set an early precedent for the medium's embrace of pomo/meta concepts.
9. Björk - "All Is Full of Love" (1999)
Uh, everything Björk produces, touches, or is even remotely aware of can be considered a fucking masterpiece. This includes the mucus she expels from her hairy nostrils and the doo doo brown that leaks from her booty. The various ass-kickings she has doled out to paparazzi over the years is some of the finest performance art we've seen since that one guy mic'd himself beating off under the gallery.
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8. Talking Heads - "Once in a Lifetime" (1980)
While the '80s were mostly a gaudy, flashy aesthetic holocaust, David Byrne was shrewd enough to know that a little pop art goes a long way.
7. Notorious B.I.G. featuring Ma$e and Puff Daddy - "Mo Money, Mo Problems" (1998) Gotta love that fish-eye lens!
6. Cake - "Short Skirt/Long Jacket" (2001)
Ah, an early example of crowdsourcing. Cake beat Web 2.0 to the open-source punch almost a decade before Instagram hash-tagged its first artisanal cupcake.
5. Beyoncé - "Single Ladies" (2008)
The video for Queen B's mammoth lead single from I Am... Sasha Fierce qualifies as art if only because it blatantly rips off the work of somebody else, namely choreographer Bob Fosse.
4. Madonna - "Like a Prayer" (1989)
Yo, if MDNA pissing off the pope and Pepsi by sleeping with black Jesus doesn't qualify as art, we don't know what does.
3. Paul Simon - "Call Me Al" (1987)
Something about this classic Lorne Michaels-directed clip screams Waiting for Godot. Maybe it's Simon's existential mugging.
2. R. Kelly - "Trapped in the Closet" (2005 - Ongoing)
Kels revolutionized the medium with his seemingly never-ending (and completely absurd) hip-hopera. We can't wait to see the Broadway adaptation!
1. KoЯn - "Freak on a Leash" (1999)
Behold: the Mona fuckin' Lisa of imagery set to music. Or, in this case, nü-metal.
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