Greatest Music Videos of the 1980s - Part 1

A look at way back when "music television" actually played music!

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This is something I've been wanting to do for a while now, but I didn't have the time.

Now, I present to all those interested...

The Greatest Music Videos Of The 1980s - Part 1

Queen - "Princes of the Universe"

Freddie Mercury battles a sword wielding Highlander character, armed with only a microphone stand. What else can be said?

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a-ha - "Take on Me"

This was that video that amazed everyone who saw it, but nobody could remember who the artist was. You're welcome.

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Mötley Crüe - "Home Sweet Home"

This was such a highly requested video that MTV had to make a new rule for airplay!

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Michael Jackson - "Thriller"

It's "Thriller," I really shouldn't need to say more...

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Devo - "Whip It"

And now, on the weird side, possibly the most confusing music video ever.

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Def Leppard - "Rock of Ages"

This makes me laugh so hard my sides hurt, so I figured it's worth putting up here.

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Twisted Sister - "We're Not Gonna Take It"

The ultimate youth power song has an equally fun music video!

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Peter Gabriel - "Sledgehammer"

So freaky it will likely cause strange nightmares.

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R.E.M. - "Radio Free Europe"

This was the mainstream world's first trippy look at one of the most enduring and iconic groups of the 1980s.

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Poison - "Fallen Angel"

I do not consider myself a big fan of Poison, but let's face it Hair Metal was the '80s, so here's their best video!

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I will do a follow up article. Submit suggestions in the comments section below.

23 comments sorted by best / new / date

    What about Paradise City by Guns n' Roses?... it's the best music video to bang your head and air guitar to...
    Dio - Holy Diver, Rainbow In The Dark Iron Maiden - Run To The Hills, 2 Minutes To Midnight, Number Of The Beast, Aces High
    What about Whitesnake's Here I Go Again? That was easily one of the sexiest videos!
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    The Cars - You Might Think. One of the creepiest stalker songs ever, but a cool video at the time.
    Nothin But a Good Time is the best poison video, not Fallen Angel...but hey, I'm glad they made it on
    God I forgot about that Peter Gabriel one... it used to scare the shit out of me when I was a kid.
    drag the waters come no one ever mentions great popular bands instead of the over-used less great popular bands? oh that's right...UG is as mindless as the ppl who use this site...trendy posers.