In honor of the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards -- a show I will probably not even end up watching or really care about beyond hoping that Pam and Stee will recap it again -- I present my choice for video of the year:
I think Nathaniel summed it up best: boys in makeup. It has an appeal. Beyond that, it's an impossibly catchy song and a memorable video at a time when that artform has been dying on the vine for years.
Some of my other favorite Videos of the Year:
Missy Elliott - "Work It" (2003)
Missy's whole body of work is worthy of its own post, to be sure. This one had all the usual Missy coolness/hilarity, plus that off-putting little white girl dancing around.
Jamiroquai - "Virtual Insanity" (1997)
I could never manage to peel my eyes off of this one. Trippy, but not disturbing.
Smashing Pumpkins - "Tonight Tonight" (1996)
Gorgeous. Sadly, it was all downhill for the Pumpkins from there.
Aerosmith - "Cryin'" (1994)
I LOVED the Alicia Silverstone series. Plus...is that Stephen Dorff? Teeny little sexpot. And Swayer from Lost as the purse-snatcher! It's STILL fun to see him get his ass kicked by a girl, even in retrospect.