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Released: 2000


Director: Marcos Siega


Well, what can we say? Spoofing every music video cliché, Blink 182’s promo for ‘All The Small Things’ takes inspiration from the likes of Ricky Martin, Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears - and then rips them apart.


Best bit: The fan dressed as a banana.

 
 
 

Released: 1999


Director: Michel Gondry


Taking inspiration from Ray Davies’ ‘Starmaker’, the video follows a girl as she dreams and has nightmares. The low-budget, psychedelic special effects have made the video one of the band’s best known.


Best bit: The shot with the classic mirror trick in the bathroom.

 
 
 

Released: 2010


Director: Chris Milk
The brilliant interactive promo, which uses Google Street View and Maps to allow fans to watch as an animated figure runs through the area where they grew up, was a huge online hit.


Best bit: The moment you realize, “Hey, that’s that street near my old house!”

 
 
 

Released: 1993


Directors : Kim Gorden and Spike Jonze


One of the biggest indie anthems of all time needs a video directed by the legend that is Spike Jonze – let’s face it. The promo, which follows a cannonball rolling down the street as the band sing in their garage, is a classic.


Best bit: The classic shot when Kim Deal sings underwater.

 
 
 

Released: 1992


Director: Mark Pellington


The high budget, high impact, rapid-edit filled video for Pearl Jam’s ‘Jeremy’ saw worldwide acclaim. It tells the disturbing tale of a young boy who’s driven to committing suicide in front of his classmates.


Best bit: Who doesn’t appreciate a clichéd cross fade in a music video?

 
 
 

Released: 1987


Director: Sophie Muller
The surreal video, which was one of a series made for every song on the ‘Savage’ album, sees Lennox play an oppressed housewife who breaks down, transforming herself into a Marilyn Monroe-esque vixen.


Best bit: Annie Lennox’s opening monologue.

 
 
 

Released: 1990


Director: John Maybury


Watch it and try to stop yourself from doing your best ‘recently dumped Sinead O’Connor’ impression – it’s difficult to resist.


Best bit: When she cries, it breaks even the toughest death metal loving heart, right?

 
 
 

Released: 2010


Director: Saam Farahmand


With Diane Kruger starring as Boy George in this home video style music promo, it follows a group of friends celebrating the star’s birthday. It’s a touching video, simply done.


Best bit: The scene in the greasy spoon café; we can all appreciate a good hungover fry up.

 
 
 
Smashing Pumpkins

Released: 1996


Directors: Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris


Based on Georges Méliès's silent film ‘A Trip To The Moon’, it uses theatrical backdrops, simple special effects and turn of the century costumes to create this colourful, mystical promo.


Best bit: The jumping aliens.

 
 
 

Released: 1997


Director: Chris Cunningham


Creepy. That would be the word. It includes demon children, a possessed television and a freaky creature that “wants your soul”. Enough said.


Best bit: When the creature is released from the TV. Bet the old lady didn’t expect to see that when she headed out to walk her dog.

 
 
 
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