Controversial and Iconic Music Videos: The Top 5 of All Time

Top 5 M Music Videos of All Time

The music video rose to prominence in the 1980s with the launch of MTV. Since then many important musical artists have incorporated videos into their marketing campaigns.

On occasion, these videos have been controversial. For example, Duran Duran’s ‘Girls on Film’ featured topless women mud wrestling and other depictions of sexual fetishes. This caused the show Top of the Pops to censor the clip.

‘Billie Jean’ by Michael Jackson

One of the most famous music videos in history, ‘Billie Jean’ catapulted Michael Jackson into superstardom and established his signature moves. He incorporated the infamous moonwalk dance in the clip, and also used it during his live performances. The song also prompted him to adopt a new look with a dark leather jacket and black pants.

The video’s paved sidewalk symbolizes fame, temptation, and danger, with each tile lighting up as Michael walks over them. This eerily foreshadows his downfall, which is revealed in the second verse.

Biographers have suggested that the woman in the video, whose name is not Billie Jean King (the tennis star), was stalking Jackson and attempted to trap him by claiming he was the father of her twins. She was ultimately found dead of an overdose in 1996. The video has been viewed more than 765 million times on YouTube. It is the most popular video ever on the site.

‘Love’ by Justin Timberlake

The first thing that happens when you watch this music video is that your jaw will drop. It was filmed in one take, which is pretty impressive for any music video. The directing duo DANIELS (Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert) made the video, which features the single from Timberlake’s album Man of the Woods.

One of the most innovative and experimental videos ever, it documents various love stories submitted by fans on Twitter using the hashtag #NotABadThing. Timberlake, who is best known for his boy band *NSYNC, is a longtime fan of the social media platform.

From the FutureSex/LoveSounds album, this song showcases Timberlake’s ability to mix catchy pop with more experimental nuances. Its sultry violins and stuttering beats make for a more sensual track than its predecessor, but it still features an easygoing progression. Ultimately, it’s about trusting in karma to take care of all your wrongdoings. The video itself is a mind-bending throwback to classic American police TV shows.

‘Girls Girls Girls’ by Motley Crue

One of the earliest Motley Crue videos to make a huge impact on the music video industry, this sexy ’80s clip showcases the band at their most irreverent. While the glam influence is strong on the track, it’s Mick Mars’ guitar tracks that really shine.

While the song may not stand the test of time, it’s an interesting look at the early days of Motley Crue. The video features each member of the band typecast in their stereotypical roles – Neil as the blond surfer dude, Mars as the dark, creepy goth, and Lee at a beachfront house party with fellow stoners.

With the release of this video, Motley Crue redefined MTV for a new generation. While the video was sanitized for broadcast, it still featured naked women dancing around the band members at a strip club. It was also a sign that the group was not only willing to offend but could do it with a lot of style.

‘Gangnam Style’ by Psy

Five years ago, a little-known Korean rapper dropped a music video that changed the way viral videos work forever. The madcap ‘Gangnam Style’ poked fun at its titular Seoul neighborhood and spawned a dance craze that had people everywhere mimicking his horseback-riding moves. It racked up so many views on YouTube that it briefly broke the site’s view count and inspired countless parodies, memes, and flash mobs.

It also ushered in the era of streaming as a key component of music charts, as Billboard officials began to integrate YouTube plays into their formula for ranking songs (although more cynical attempts at chart-crashing by ‘Gangnam Style’ fans would soon follow).

“Gangnam Style” also marked PSY as a trendsetter among K-pop artists. His 2015 single ‘Napal Baji,’ with its upbeat music and repeated dance moves, showcased his ability to adapt to contemporary musical styles. The video, which includes sexual imagery, further emphasized his sense of humor.

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