|Lady Gaga features in both worst + best lists...|
Here's a few lists, mainly subjective of course, and reflecting the audience of the site/publication, which may help you identify some useful vids to investigate further - or simply to browse and to come up with a list of what features make for a truly popular/great/awful music video.
If you look closely, you'll find certain directors appear repeatedly: Spike Jonze, Anton Corbijn, Chris Cunningham and Michel Gondry prominent amongst these.
If you've any lists you can recommend (or have made your own), add a link as a comment.
YouTube's most watched - quite a list of abysmal audio it is too. Still just one billion+ vid...
Its very noticeable how dominant VEVO have become in the global music video audience: compare their top ... 74,675(!) vids with the top YT list (don't worry, they're displayed as 40 to a page).
Billboard magazine, the US chart compiler, ran a poll for the 10 best vids of the 80s, 90s and noughties, a drilled down list well worth a look and a good way to get a quick sense of how the form has changed over the years.
On a much lower scale, and so ridiculous it might help inspire you to create your own, comes the TheTopTens.com list.
|Billboard's top 30 list featured global icons|
Much more credible, but not simply a reflection of chart placings, is MusicRadar's Top 30.
...Having said that, I couldn't help but notice that one of their 'best' ever listed high in NME's worst ever 'top' 50!
More standard fare with two titans of globalised media (helping to homogeonise taste and genres worldwide?): here's VH1's Top 100 Vids.
Compare with MTV's Top 20.
Time magazine did its own top 30.
Mashable.com marked MTV's 32nd birthday (Aug 2013) with this list of the best 32 ever.
Compare these (and the Billboard list) with the NME top 100 (UK Indie magazine).
There is (sort of) an app for this: YT's top 100 vids (ie, the current top 100)!
There are also many lists/charts of the best banned vids:
http://redux.com/bestbannedmusicvideos/posts; http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/10-banned-music-videos-20130509; http://flavorwire.com/377661/the-most-controversial-music-videos-of-all-time etc