Esoteric Dissertations from a One-Track Mind

June 24, 2007

80’s vs. 90’s in Music Videos

Filed under: culture, music, random — codesmithy @ 8:11 am

Fark ran a thread in which people argued over which decade had the better music videos.

Posts were made to links on YouTube, although I find the legality of some of the videos uploaded dubious. A couple kept on coming up as definitive of the era, which makes the point about collective intelligence. The thread on Fark seems to know much more about music videos and where to find them on YouTube than any individual would have been capable of.

I find the actual debate sort of pointless, because it comes down to taste. It is equivalent to arguing over which color is better (red or green) or which fictional characters would win in a fight.

Regardless, I tried to trim down some of the entries to give a list that I found interesting and represented the spirit of the thread. The best criteria I could come up with is that the video had to have been agreed to by two separate people. Artists tend to have similar videos, so one representative was chosen and others were discarded. My preferences crept in no doubt, so feel free to skim the thread yourself.

80’s

90’s

And although 00’s video’s should have been off-limits, a few were brought in

00’s

A few didn’t make the cut for one reason or another, but they fit my tastes:

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