The 100 Greatest Music Videos
Print Photo illustration by Griffin Lotz. The familiar sight of Neil Armstrong exiting his lunar module and walking on the moon would fill the TV screen. At this point, viewers might have a few questions, like: Is this like a radio station on TV? Virtually everyone knew what a music video was, and they wanted their MTV. The network revolutionized the music industry, inspired a multitude of copycat programming, made many careers, and broke more than a few. Entire genres and subgenres — from hip-hop to grunge to boy-band pop to nu metal — became part of the mainstream. The format proved so durable that when MTV decided to switch things up and devote its air time to game shows, reality TV, and scripted series, thus shutting down the primary pipeline for these promos, artists still kept making them. The internet soon stepped in to fill the void.
Photograph illustration by Cristiana Couceiro. The alike affected adolescent pain, updated for advanced times. Are we even sure so as to the genre ever happened? Pop punk married punk power chords with the singable hook of a radio achieve. The aesthetic was embarrassing, even all the rage its time — circuses, graveyards, men in eyeliner. Want to fantasize a propos murdering your ex? For a briefing, fun lapse in those dubious years, such thoughts were best expressed all the rage a high, clear whine, interspersed along with bouts of indiscriminate screaming. To me, at 14, it was more than visceral, a soundtrack for a age of hormonal disarray. Like most rappers of this latest generation, these influences evolved in a post-streaming world, anywhere albums existed as free-floating tracks, a bite detached from imposed genre labels.