As linear music television continues its slow but inexorable decline, the music video has found an unlikely saviour in the form of the free video sharing website. To quote YouTube's About page, what "originally started as a personal video sharing service...has grown into an entertainment destination".
Whilst EMI continues to attempt to hold back the tide, the other three majors are finally starting to get with the programme and all have licensed their catalogues to YouTube in exchange for a slice of the ad revenue and the ability to police the site of copyrighted material.
All of which is just a preamble to me listing the twenty best (IMHO) music videos of all time and, Blogger beta willing, embedding them in this page.
1.) Weapon of Choice - Fatboy Slim
2.) Hurt - Johnny Cash
3.) Thriller - Michael Jackson
4.) Just - Radiohead
5.) Fell In Love With A Girl - White Stripes
6.) Here It Goes Again - OK Go
7.) Frontier Psychiatrist - The Avalanches
8.) Rabbit in Your Headlights - U.N.K.L.E. feat. Thom Yorke
9.) Hey Ya! - Outkast
9.) Knights of Cydonia - Muse
10.) Stan - Eminem
11.) My Baby Just Cares For Me - Nina Simone
12.) Californication - Red Hot Chili Peppers
13.) Criminal - Fiona Apple
14.) Street Spirit - Radiohead
15.) Everybody Hurts - R.E.M.
16.) Virtual Insanity - Jamiroquai
17.) Common People - Pulp
18.) It's Oh So Quiet - Björk
19.) Subterranean Homesick Blues - Bob Dylan
20.) Take On Me - a-ha