Music videos that defined your youth

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  1. zappatton2

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    For those of us who grew up with music videos as a big part of our lives, there were those ones that stood out as much as the movies we grew up with. I'm curious what sorts of videos you saw as a child that stayed with you through the years.

    I'm inclined to cite Thriller, a true and absolute classic, and Metallica's One, which came out when I was a bit older, was the first video to really freak me out, but of all the classics, this was truly one of my favorites. To think, when I was young I (un-ironically) thought Dee and the gang were about as badass with those outfits as anyone could get.

     
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    (bonus points for the clean version of the song for radio/MTV :lol:)
     
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    i loved all those dre, snoop and 2pac videos back in the day. i think we recreated that fridge full of 40s in high school just because we saw it in one of them. good times.
     
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    I remember being very very young and Michael's eyes at the end of Thriller giving me nightmares for a week lol

    When I was 10, I thought the music video for the Real Slim Shady was the best thing ever. And in a way, it still kind of is. I don't really listen to Eminem, but I sing that song at karaoke sometimes because it's fun.

    When I was 12~13 I saw a single episode of Headbanger's Ball that had the video for Mastodon's March of the Fire Ants, Dimmu Borgir's Progenies of the Great Apocalypse, and Sarcophagus by Nile, and that shit changed my views on metal for ever after (Mastodon and Nile are still two of my favorite bands). Video-wise, I was pretty crazy about Progenies. I went on to start a black metal band in high school (didn't really sound like Dimmu though) and we'd get all corpsepaint and blood and theatrics. I did a show wearing a noose I remember. So fuckin itchy I had to take it off after a song.


    I was a teen when I fell in love with this video, ironically at first, but then after a bit not ironically



    OH and who could forget the D?

     
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    Early MTV: Like vilk said Thriller by MJ, John Cougar Mellencamp, and Def Leppard. Also too many 80's bands to list
    Later MTV: One by Metallica, Hanger 18 by Megadeth, and Season in the Abyss by Slayer
     
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    These are the first videos I remember seeing as a small child:


     
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    I didn't really grow up watching music videos, but I saw the one for Sleepwalker when I was just starting to get into my teen years and that one stuck with me forever. Totally encapsulated an era as far as I'm concerned. Brought that late 2000s energy like no other.

     
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    This specific live in Barcelona performance of Desperate Cry that i saw on TV. I thought it was the official video for the song at the time (still not sure if it is).



    And this (and Pantera in general) that started me on a quest for chunky palm-mutes when i didn't have a clue or any resources on how to get them at the time.

     
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    That's literally the one that did it for me.
     
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    Of all the videos I have seen on MTV, Michael Jackson's Beat it video is my biggest influence for the love of music. There is a lot that I love that's in the video/song. The gnarly rock and roll riff at the beginning. Michael Jackson's amazing dancing, especially during the bar/pool hall scene. And of course, Eddie Van Halen's amazing guitar solo.

     
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    As a child of the 80s and 90s, I have fond memories of classic videos such as "Thriller," "November Rain," "Closer," "Dre Day," "Enter Sandman," and "Money for Nothing"...but my first and lasting memory of MTV is this video:

    I was about 5 or 6 years old at my Aunt's beach house and it was the first time i'd experienced cable TV. Not long after this, the UHF movie came out and I think I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for Weird Al.
     
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    Smashing Pumpkins - 1979
     
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    I lived out in the middle of nowhere and barely got three channels of broadcast TV. But I had a friend who had cable and would set his VCR to tape Headbanger's Ball. Then we'd watch every episode over and over and over.
     
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    Oh yeah, and

    That tree just burns itself into your brain.
     
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    This was more like a late teens-defining music video but I think this was the first time I heard anything semi-extreme (gutturals etc) and it clicked for me



    These are later in life but these two were what got me into 7-string guitars.



     
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    Came here to post Korn's Freak on a Leash but you nailed down what I was watching on MTV/MTV2 as a kid. Throw in some Linkin Park too.
     
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    Poison videos from look what the cat dragged in and open up and say ahh.
     

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