30 for 30 — Our Favorite MTV Music Videos of All-Time

11. Van Halen, “Hot for Teacher”


This one video and song encapsulates all I love about classic Van Halen. It’s expertly filmed and directed and showcases the band in full, ball-swingin’ swagger mode. That tracking shot of Eddie soloing on top of the library tables is total badass. But just to prove that they don’t take themselves too seriously, there are those hideous dance moves with the red tuxedos. – Chris

12. Kiss, “I Love It Loud”


And here’s the last stand of Kiss in full makeup and costume. OK, so maybe a melting telephone doesn’t convey quite the menace they hoped for, but when Eric Carr’s drum tank fires you have to admit that’s pretty cool. This was the first and last new Kiss video from the pre-makeup days that I got to see, so for that reason alone it’s special to me. – Chris

13. Depeche Mode, “In Your Room”


Depeche Mode – In Your Room by WBRNewMedia
Anton Corbijn was so convinced that Dave Gahan was going to die before their next album that he turned “In Your Room” -– his fifteenth video for Depeche Mode -– into a retrospective. The whole thing is a creepy, sexy, perfectly choreographed game of spot the reference. Despite the lack of thematic focus, I think this is the definitive Depeche Mode video, because it turns the song into a representation of the band’s internal struggles and an elegy for what it once was. Every creative choice practically screams, “This band is really fucked up.” – SJ

14. Björk, “It’s Oh So Quiet”


It’s Björk tap dancing with a mailbox. That’s all that needs to be said. – SJ

15. Genesis, “Land of Confusion”


Remember when those Spitting Image puppets were a real big deal in America? Yeah, me neither. Still, this video showcases Genesis’ sense of humor as well as any from the ’80s. “Beddy bye boze time again” is still quoted in my house on a nightly basis. That’s one heck of a nurse! – Chris

16. Jackson Browne, “Lawyers in Love”


Jackson Browne – Lawyers In Love by jpdc11
One of my favorites as a kid. Maybe it was the guy rowing the car under the moon. Maybe it was the coordinated briefcase dance. I still don’t get it, but I still love it. – Thom

17. Pat Benatar, “Love Is a Battlefield”


Remember — when you’re dealing with a skeevy, abusive pimp, the best offense is a choreographed group shimmy. – SJ

18. Dire Straits, “Money for Nothing”


This was one of the very few videos I considered to be appointment viewing. And I’m not embarrassed to say that I thought those graphics were real hot shit at the time. Still, I cannot forgive Mark Knopfler for that headband. So tacky. – Chris

19. Blind Melon, “No Rain”


The tap-dancing bee girl looking for her own place in a cruel world is still the greatest concept for a music video I’ve seen. Too bad it made everybody mistake Blind Melon for some hippie revival band. – Thom

20. Herbie Hancock, “Rockit”


Herbie Hancock, Rockit, 1983 by harrison73
I was not quite nine years old when this came out, and thanks to it I learned what a living nightmare could look like. Can’t sleep, mannequins will eat me! – Chris

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