Yesterday, in what was, perhaps, a nod to the ’90s-nostalgia zeitgeist that’s been sweeping the Internet — a phenomenon we at Flavorpill have been heartily on board with — Pitchfork posted a list of the 50 greatest music videos of the decade. Their countdown is packed with great moments, from Daft Punk’s “Around the World” to Blur’s “Coffee + TV” to Snoop’s “Gin & Juice,” we can’t help but point out that many of our favorite touchstones of the era were conspicuously absent. After the jump, watch 20 more videos that we think should have earned a spot on the list.
The Smashing Pumpkins — “Tonight, Tonight”
We agree with Pitchfork that “1979” belongs in the canon, but shouldn’t there also be room for “Tonight, Tonight,” a meticulously realized video that matches a soaring love song with visuals inspired by Georges Méliès’ early short film A Trip to the Moon?
Tupac (feat. Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman) – “California Love”
Before Lady Gaga’s epic adventures made music video-as-short film de rigeur, Tupac brought us this mini-narrative, which stars George Clinton and evokes both Mad Max and The Warriors. We’re not sure we would have thought to go post-apocalyptic with this party jam, but then, Tupac always was one step ahead…
Madonna – “Vogue”
In a strikingly cinematic black-and-white video, Madonna evokes Marilyn Monroe (not for the first time) and practically creates a style manual for old-school Hollywood glamor. This, folks, is how you make a niche dance craze into an international phenomenon.
RuPaul — “Supermodel”
You. Better. Work. So said the inimitable Ms. Ru in a campy clip that matches Madge pose for pose without ever losing its hearty sense of humor. Watch this without cracking up — we dare you.
Bone Thugz N Harmony — “Tha Crossroads”
Just about inescapable after its 1995 release, “Tha Crossroads” was dedicated to the memory of Eazy-E, begins at an emotional church funeral, is filled with ghosts and death scenes, and features a jarring finale: As the white-clad newly dead trudge up a winding path around a mountain, the angel of death climbs to its peak, a newborn baby in his arms, and spreads his white wings.