I refuse to believe that 3 of the 20 Greatest Music Videos of All Time are by Guns ‘n’ Roses.
I’m not surprised, however, to see a whole lot of boys in the bands. It makes it even weirder to see a woman, Lynn Hoffman, hosting.
The major female roles in the videos are limited to being cut and eaten as cake (“Don’t Come Around Here No More”, although it’s in keeping with the fabulous Alice in Wonderland imagery); Shirley Manson singing “Stupid Girl”; Annie Lennox singing “Sweet Dreams”; “November Rain”‘s dead bride; Blind Melon’s Bee Girl; the jailbait dancer in “Cradle of Love”; and Duran Duran’s “Girls on Film”.
How you have a greatest videos countdown with no mention of Madonna… this list shows the limitation of public polling and the ex-hipster audience of VH1 Classic. When standard concert videos (“Pour Some Sugar on Me” and “Wanted Dead or Alive”) rank as #4 and #3, you know people weren’t voting based on art. I found it funny that the closer we got to the top, the harder the host hit the “what you voted for” angle, as though disavowing responsibility.