8 Awesome Pop Music Videos From The 1990s That Pitchfork Forgot

Yesterday, Pitchfork unveiled its picks for the Top 50 Music Videos Of The 1990s, and this extensive video compilation covered many of the greats and forgotten favorites from the decade—but we couldn’t help but notice some glaring omissions. (No Madonna?! Blasphemy!). So, we’ve put together our own mini list of the eight pop music videos we feel were more than deserving of a slot in the Top 50. Click below to see our selections from way back when MTV still played music videos.

TLC – “Waterfalls”

Who could forget T-Boz, Left Eye and Chili dancing and singing about drug dealing and HIV in the middle of an ocean—make that a man-made pool on the Universal Studios lot in Hollywood.

No Doubt - “Don’t Speak”

While the song may have been about Gwen Stefani and bassist Tony Kanal’s break up, the music video depicted a real life scenario when only Gwen was featured on the cover of SPIN magazine.

Michael and Janet Jackson – “Scream”

Back in 1996, Jackson won a Grammy for Best Music Video, Short Form for this 7 million dollar video.

Puff Daddy – “Mo Money Mo Problems”

This Hype Williams music video had Diddy (back when he was still Puff Daddy) and was channeling Tiger Woods. It also had explosions, fly girls, and Mase floating in an air chamber.

Alanis Morissette - “Ironic”

Alanis proved that you didn’t need a ton of money to produce a great music video, only a great idea.The concept was simple: four different Alanises, each dressed in a different colored sweater, drive down a snowy highway and sing. The result was not ironic, but iconic.

Aerosmith - “Crazy”

For a time in the ’90s, Alicia Silverstone was Aerosmith’s video muse (see also: “Cryin’” and “Amazin’”). “Crazy” follows the actress and Steven Tyler’s daughter, Liv  as the two ditch school, shop lift, skinny dip, win a stripping contest, and pick up a stranger riding a tractor. In case you’ve forgotten how crazy good it is, it’s definitely worth revisiting.

Weird Al – “Amish Paradise”

We really could have gone with just about any Weird Al video—they’re all winners—but we picked “Amish Paradise”.

“Vogue” – Madonna

Hard to believe it’s been 20 years since Madonna ordered us to “strike a pose”. Back in 1993 Rolling Stone called it the as the 28th best music video of all-time. And lest we forget, the vid was just recreated for the Madonna episode of Glee.

Did we happen to miss a mega music video? Let us know in the comments below!

  • http://www.vertigoshtick.com David Salter

    Pitchfork makes it its business to leave out anything remotely mainstream, so no surprise here. Although aside from “Vogue” I’m not sure these were particularly great videos in themselves..or if videos accompanying landmark songs such as “Waterfalls” and “Ironic” can ever really live up to the songs themselves.

    • Erika Brooks Adickman

      Hi David,
      Agreed. Pitchfork does avoid mainstream. And yes, sometimes it’s hard to separate a solid song from a solid video. But c’mon “Scream” was great. A 7 million dollar budget! Try to think back to when that video premiered, we’d never seen anything like it before.
      Anyway, thanks for commenting at us!

  • http://www.michaeljackson.com/ emo jay jay

    I love michael jackson

  • RL

    Well they forgot several songs by The Wannadies, but that is not unexpected as they were not that known outside Sweden.

    Their most known song was You And Me Song (but its video is blocked here…)
    So instead – Don’t Like You