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MTV’s 25 Worst Music Videos

Posted by Brian on March 2, 2006

According to and MTV poll, the worst videos ever:

25. Spin Doctors “Two Princes” (1993)
24. Hammer “Too Legit To Quit” (1991)
23. Wilson Phillips “Hold On” (1990)
22. Chumbawamba “Tubthumping” (1998)
21. Billy Squier “Rock Me Tonight” (1984)
20. 4 Non Blondes “What’s Up” (1993)
19. Motley Crue “Without You” (1989)
18. Snow “Informer” (1993)
17. Paula Abdul “Rush Rush” (1991)
16. Warrant “Heaven” (1989)
15. Crash Test Dummies “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” (1994)
14. Aqua “Barbie Girl” (1997)
13. Journey ” Separate Ways” (1983)
12. Winger “Seventeen” (1988)
11. Wham! “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go” (1984)
10. Debbie Gibson “Electric Youth” (1989)
9. Vanilla Ice “Ice, Ice, Baby” (1990)
8. Milli Vanilli “Girl You Know It’s True” (1989)
7. Gerardo “Rico Suave” (1991)
6. Daryl Hall & John Oates “Maneater” (1982)
5. Los Del Rio “Macarena” (1996)
4. Nelson “After The Rain” (1990)
3. Eddie Murphy featuring Michael Jackson “Whatzupwitu” (1993)
2. Chunky A “Owww!” (1993)
1. Don Johnson “Heartbeat” (1986)

Not sure if I agree with all these picks. Nailing Journey’s Seperate Ways video seems pretty unfair, as it is a good song and the video itself is fairly straightforward and missing the kind of pretentiousness that is the hallmark of a bad video (see Hammer’s Too Legit to Quit). Personally, I’d put the Milli Vanilli video at number one and add Tiffany’s I Think We’re Alone Now to the list somewhere.

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9 Responses to “MTV’s 25 Worst Music Videos”

  1. Charles said

    Actually, I would have been surprised if “Separate Ways” had not made the list. Yeah, it is completely lacking in pretentiousness, but it was still a horrible video. Probably the best example of great song, bad video.

  2. Joel said

    “I think we’re alone now, alone now… There doesn’t seem to be anyone around. I think we’re alone now, alone now…. the beating of our hearts is the only sound!”

    All you had to do was say the word and that musical classic got stuck in my head. I hate you.

  3. Hey, the current emphasis on hip-hop (or is it called something else these days) with the hoods, untied shoes, pants falling down, sex with everyone (which practically ensures STDs and hepatitis, and worse!) has produced the most crapulent pustules on the derierre of TV that MTV has been since they stopped playing actual music…

    If I want to see “hot girl-on-girl action”, my first impluse is not to try and find it in an MTV video; but for some reason, video producers think that will cover up vocals weaker than most American Idol auditions… And since it’s still on the air, there must really be a market for semi-porn…

    I laughed at Barbie Girl, Macarena, and 2Legit2Quit… Most of the top videos (which I get from my Internet Provider, SBC/Yahoo) would need work to be boring…

    And my blog keeps telling me “we’re alone now” because I turned off comments to avoid having to erase 40 or so spam-type comments directing the reader to sex-sites (and not even “good” ones)…

  4. Thanks for the comments, guys!

  5. Nomad said

    Don Johnson “Heartbeat”…The only thing lower than that was Eddie Murphy’s brief stint into music.

  6. Joel said

    Nomad has obviously never heard Shaq’s CD or listened to Aaron Carter.

  7. Dram_man said

    First, I cannot believe that I am having this conversation, but I actualy agree with a good part of the list.

    Many of the songs listed are just bad songs, you know the type that make us say “What the hell were they/we smoking”. Accordingly I wonder if our prejudical view of the song colors our view of the video. An easily identifiable example perhaps is Milli Vanili, whose scandal may have seriously effected how their video is used (which is funny because all the bands lip-sync in videos).

    The other thing is that some of these bands are on there with videos before ’85. I humbly make the case that few people knew what the hell they were doing in regards to music videos before, say, ’85. Perhaps some of these people should be given a pass for their ignorance.

  8. Pavlov3 said

    William Shatner “rocket man”, or doesn’t it qualify as a music video?

  9. I think we’re alone now? I was in that video! Seriously. One of the mall extras.

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