Somewhere between making pleas to save starving children and drilling caps in people’s backsides is a video world we all can be happy in. The world of the music video more or less saw a decline in the mid-late part of the decade, but through high speed internet has made a comeback – thanks to YouTube and a few musical video providers. Here is your list of Top 10 Best Videos of the 2000s.
#10. Bjork – Wonderlust (2008)
What is it about Bjork and vivid imagery? Something almost always tells everyone to stop watching, but you just can’t. It’s like a train wreck or performance art. Still, while this isn’t exactly her oddest video, it might be one of her most poignant.
#9. Basement Jaxx – Where’s Your Head At? (2002)
Think Weird Science meets Jane’s Addiction in this video and you’ve got it. The song it’s self is catchy; the video more or less leads you where you want to go. Both are a nice and calming, familiar territory… until the monkeys come.
#8. White Stripes – Seven Nation Army (2003)
If you’re wondering what a Seven Nation Army is, the video won’t really help you any. In a way the video reminds one of Sesame Street. This video was brought to you by the letter “A”. It is also one of the few videos where Jack White looks vaguely human. The song rocks though and White’s solo is probably one of the underrated solos of 2003.
#7. Justice – Stress (2007)
This nearly makes me want to just write a one word review, but that would just be silly. This video reminds me of just how volatile the world is, and not in a funny ha ha way. In fact, it makes one want to never use public transportation again.
#6. Fatboy Slim – Weapon of Choice (2001)
And the weapon of choice is Christopher Walken tap dancing. That alone is scarier than most gangster rap videos. The fact that nearly everyone (myself included) loved this video makes it a favorite and almost makes a person less afraid of Walken… almost.
#5. Bat For Lashes – What’s a Girl To Do (2007)
Obviously make a video on a bike and add in some people in animal masks. The song its self is a throwback to the ‘60s Ronettes sound, but the video is vintage strange and compelling.
#4. JayZ – 99 Problems (2004)
This video is the quintessential rap type video. Urban setting, black and white, lots of booty… yup it’s a rap video. Hip Hop may never get over booty songs, but that’s okay, we like ‘em, that’s why we keep buying the CDs.
#3. White Stripes- Fell in Love with a Girl (2002)
The throwback to the old 80s console gaming was a concept that this video really cashed in on. Leave it to the White Stripes to break ground by going back. It works as a video and it a catchy tune.
#2. Beyonce – All the Single Ladies (2008)
Beyonce proves that “dance videos” are not dead, her dance moves leave one wondering what the video was about. I think I watched it five timed before I could remember what the song was. Stellar performance.
To see this little girl’s imitation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CU2JhYM8tY
#1. Johnny Cash – Hurt (2002)
This has got to be acknowledged as one man saying goodbye to fans and the world in the same way he said “Hello”. Mr. Cash is one of the most iconic figures in music history in one of the most personal and candid music videos ever made. You don’t have to be country to like this video, just human.