Music Video – a brief history Although the information for this slide presentation is primarily from Wikipedia, much of the information is good. The print is small. I do find it interesting that someone found a video recording of Bessie Smith. Those are rare, but I wouldn't consider it the first music video. I think most would consider Fantasia to be the first. This author spends a great deal of time discussing the stages of development. S/he makes it very clear that there music videos have been the norm, but it is not as clear why they became viewed as an artistic medium in the 1980s. I would also be helpful to know if they are as still as popular today as they were in the 1980s since the format of MTV has changed.
http://www.WatchMojo... It's interesting to see what someone else would rate as top videos. Mojo has liisted seven in their top 10 videos with which I agree. I don't think George Michael's "Faith and the Beastie Boys' "You Gotta Fight" are worthy of top 10 status and I'm not so sure about Madonna's "Like a Virgin", but I do agree that the other seven should be in the top 10. What about "Simply Irresistable" and "I Will Get By"? Those two videos are pretty good as well. Of course, nobody can argue that Thriller would be number one.
This was posted in 2011 in honor of MTV's anniversary. Both the Billboard and Mojo placed the video for Thriller at number one. Who wouldn't? I would be surprised if they had not. It was interesting to see the differences. I disagreed with the Mojo #7, #9, and #10. There are better videos out there like, for instance, Janet Jackson's "Rhythm Nation" which Billboard placed at #10. Madonna had a place on both lists, but with different songs ("Like a Virgin" and "Like a Prayer") . I was pleased to see both lists including one of my favorite 1980s hits "Take on Me". Glad to see they have sense.
Music video by Robert Palmer performing Simply Irresistible. This is an iconic video and I'm amazed that this was not included in the top ten. This is way better than George Michael's "Faith".