Iconic Videos

Scott and I were just having a debate about which music videos are pop culture icons. This came up because he had not seen the video for Take On Me until I made him watch the literal version on YouTube.

  • Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Beat It, and Bad
  • Madonna’s Material Girl
  • Cher’s (If I Could) Turn Back Time
  • A-Ha’s Take On Me
  • Robert Palmer’s Simply Irresistible

That’s our list. Any to add?

5 thoughts on “Iconic Videos”

  1. Video Killed the Radio Star – The Buggles
    Take on Me – A-Ha
    Thriller – MJ
    Money for Nothing – Dire Straits
    Sledgehammer – Peter Gabriel

    First time I have seen the literal version of the A-Ha video. Interesting and proves that some people have way too much time on their hands. =)

  2. I think Billie Jean’s got it over Bad, though I can’t argue with the other two songs. Like a Virgin > Material Girl (aping an existing iconic movie is not itself iconic), and Addicted to Love > Simply Irresistible (as the first with the lipstick girls).

    Also:
    Devo, Whip It (even if you don’t know squat about Devo, you know the hats)
    Bob Dylan, Subterranean Homesick Blues
    Duran Duran, either Rio or Hungry Like the Wolf.

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