The 16 Most Fashionably Memorable Music Videos Ever
From the artistically iconic to the outrageously sexy to the inadvertent Grunge fashion pioneers, for one reason or another, the fashionable stylings of the following videos made a lasting impact on our pop-culture-crazed minds. Whether nostalgic '80s videos that linger in the corners of our adolescent MTV-engrained minds or modern videos that have refreshingly lived up to their successful predecessors, we consider these the most fashionably memorable.
16. Fiona Apple, "Criminal": Apple received a lot of flack for this video's risqué content after its release. Reminiscent of the 1990s' puzzling heroin-chic fad, the video picked up where Kate Moss's Calvin Klein ads left off, featuring a scantily clad and scarily waiflike Apple in an orgy-like setting with similarly malnourished-looking partners. In other words, it was the precursor to the spin-the-bottle scene in Garden State. [This one still makes me feel a little dirty whenever I watch it - Ed.]
15. Wham!, "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go": They wore white denim and matching "CHOOSE LIFE' T-shirts, and neon Daisy Dukes, for crying out loud. This video looks pretty close to our perceived vision of heaven.
14. Prince, "Purple Rain": The artist lives up to his stage-name in this video, oozing sheer regality, thanks to his dramatically high collar, ruffled shirt, and studded purple suit.
13. A-Ha, "Take On Me": The video that proved a good-looking guy in the age-old white T-shirt/black leather jacket combo becomes only better-looking. Sure, this outfit is no different than the one Bruce Springsteen sports in his videos, but A-Ha's singer is way hotter. And there are comics involved.
12. Smashing Pumpkins, "Today": Come on... Billy Corgan as an ice-cream truck driver, D'Arcy and Jimmy Chamberlin as gas-station attendants, and guitarist James Iha as... a sundress-clad woman? Yep, this video made a lasting fashion impression.
11. Cher, "If I Could Turn Back Time": Released during that fashionably awkward last gasp of the '80s, this video features a huge ship, sailors, and Cher in fishnets and a bomber-jacket, straddling a canon. Fashionably speaking, it was via this video that Cher proved scant thong unitards aren't on exclusive reserve to 20-something supermodels. 43 at the time, Cher flaunted her long stems, stellar bikini wax, and subsequent confidence in this video-- however willing or unwilling we were to see it.
10. Aerosmith, "Cryin'": Like a three-minute music video summary of Reality Bites, "Cryin'" featured an accurate portrayal of '90s women's "I try hard to look like I don't try hard" style, as shown by Alicia Silverstone's babydoll dress and combat boots, flannel and torn jeans, and bellybutton piercing. Furthermore, the video basically rules, in general.
9. Hole, "Miss World": Released in the thick of the grunge era, this video embodied and defined the Riot Grrrl/Kinderwhore fashion. Rocks Off can't tell you how many Mary Janes and Peter Pan-collared babydoll dresses we wore in the '90s, thanks mostly to this very video.Next Page
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