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Subject: MTV Top 100 Videos of 1985

Written By: woops on 04/29/04 at 12:50 am

While I was searching around the web, I stumbled upon this list...  :D

Any opinions. Good or bad.  :D

MTV Top 100 Music Videos of 1985

http://www.textfiles.com/music/mtvtp100.mus

added list

#100-> Godley & Creme / "Cry"
# 99-> Katrina And The Waves / "Walking On Sunshine"
# 98-> Eddie Murphy / "Party All The Time"
# 97-> INXS / "This Time"
# 96-> The Motels / "Shame"
# 95-> John Fogerty / "Rock And Roll Girls"
# 94-> David Bowie/Pat Methany / "This Is Not America" 
# 93-> Arcadia / "Election Day"
# 92-> Mike & the Mechanics / "Silent Running"
# 91-> Madonna / "Like A Virgin"


# 90-> Lionel Richie / "Say You Say Me"
# 89-> Wham! / "Freedom"
# 88-> Daryl Hall & John Oates / "The Method Of Modern Love" 
# 87-> Animotion / "Obsession"
# 86-> Survivor / "The Search Is Over"
# 85-> Stevie Wonder / "Part-Time Lover" 
# 84-> Madonna / "Dress You Up"
# 83-> Mick Jagger / "Lucky In Love" 
# 82-> Michael McDonald / "No Lookin' Back"
# 81-> The Power Station / "Some Like It Hot" 
# 80-> Jeff Beck/Rod Stewart / "People Get Ready"
# 79-> Teena Marie / "Lovergirl"
# 78-> The Pointer Sisters / "Neutron Dance" 
# 77-> Sade / "Smooth Operator"
# 76-> Chicago / "You're The Inspiration"
# 75-> Chicago / "Along Comes A Woman"
# 74-> Foreigner / "That Was Yesterday"
# 73-> Harold Faltermeyer / "Axel F"
# 72-> 'til tuesday / "Voices Carry"
# 71-> Aretha Franklin / "Freeway Of Love" 
# 70-> The Hooters / "And We Danced"
# 69-> Heart / "What About Love"
# 68-> Murray Head / "One Night In Bangkok"
# 67-> Ready For The World / "Oh Sheila" 
# 66-> The Cars / "Tonight She Comes"
# 65-> Don Henley / "The Boys Of Summer"
# 64-> DeBarge / "Rhythm Of The Night"
# 63-> Billy Ocean / "Loverboy"
# 62-> Roger Daltry / "After The Fire" 
# 61-> Rush / "Big Money"
# 60-> Pete Townshend / "Face to Face"
# 59-> Howard Jones / "Things Can Only Get Better" 
# 58-> Tina Turner / "We Don't Need Another Hero"
# 57-> Pat Benatar / "Invincible"
# 56-> Prince & The Revolution / "Raspberry Beret"
# 55-> Supertramp / "Cannonball"
# 54-> Madonna / "Material Girl"
# 53-> John Cafferty & Beaver Brown Band / "Tough All Over" 
# 52-> Phillip Bailey & Phil Collins / "Easy Lover"
# 51-> Bryan Adams / "Heaven"

# 50-> Julian Lennon / "Too Late For Goodbyes"
# 49-> Bruce Springsteen / "I'm On Fire"
# 48-> Duran Duran / "A View To A Kill"
# 47-> Loverboy / "Lovin' Every Minute Of It"
# 46-> David Bowie/Mick Jagger / "Dancing In The Street" 
# 45-> Thompson Twins / "Lay Your Hands On Me"
# 44-> Phil Collins/Marylin Martin / "Separate Lives"
# 43-> Bruce Springsteen / "Glory Days"
# 42-> Paul Young / "Everytime You Go Away"
# 41-> Wham! / "Everything She Wants"
# 40-> a-ha / "Take On Me" 
# 39-> Bryan Adams / "Somebody"
# 38-> Bryan Adams / "Summer Of '69"
# 37-> U.S.A. For Africa / "We Are The World" 
# 36-> Phil Collins / "Don't Lose My Number"
# 35-> Corey Hart / "Never Surrender"
# 34-> Tears For Fears / "Head Over Heels" 
# 33-> John Fogerty / "The Old Man Down The Road"
# 32-> The Firm / "Radioactive"
# 31-> Foreigner / "I Want To Know What Love Is"
# 30-> Eric Clapton / "Forever Man"
# 29-> Wham! / "Careless Whisper"
# 28-> Robert Plant / "Little By Little"
# 27-> Madonna / "Crazy For You" 
# 26-> ZZ Top / "Sleeping Bag"
# 25-> Glenn Frey / "The Heat Is On"
# 24-> Night Ranger / "Sentimental Street" 
# 23-> Don Henley / "All She Wants To Do Is Dance"

# 22-> David Lee Roth / "California Girls"
# 21-> John Cougar Mellencamp / "Small Town" 
# 20-> Huey Lewis & The News / "Power Of Love" 

# 19-> Tom Petty & Heart Breakers / "Don't Come Around Here No More"
# 18-> Heart / "Never"
# 17-> Glenn Frey / "You belong To The City"
# 16-> Simple Minds / "Alive And Kicking"
# 15-> Phil Collins / "Sussudio" 
# 14-> Phil Collins / "One More Night"
# 13-> Eurythmics / "Would I Lie To You?"
# 12-> Mick Jagger / "Just Another Night"
# 11-> Tears For Fears / "Shout"
# 10-> REO Speedwagon / "I Can't Fight This Feeling"
#  9-> Sting / "Fortress Around Your Heart"
#  8-> Sting / "If You Love Someone Set Them Free"
#  7-> Tears For Fears / "Everybody Wants.The World"

#  6-> John Parr / "St. Elmo's Fire"
#  5-> Simple Minds / "Don't You (Forget About Me)"

#  4-> John Cougar Mellencamp / "Lonely Ol' Night"
#  3-> Mr. Mister / "Broken Wings"
#  2-> Starship / "We Built This City" 
#  1-> Dire Straits / "Money For Nothing"

Subject: Re: MTV Top 100 Videos of 1985

Written By: stingr22 on 04/29/04 at 1:55 am

I find it kind of ironic that "Built This City" was the #2 video of 1985 and last week a list was released by Blender Magazine calling it the worst song of all time!  Apparently in 1985 a lot of people didn't think so!

To view the article, click here:  http://www.blender.com/articles/article_786.html

Subject: Re: MTV Top 100 Videos of 1985

Written By: woops on 04/29/04 at 2:12 am


I find it kind of ironic that "Built This City" was the #2 video of 1985 and last week a list was released by Blender Magazine calling it the worst song of all time!  Apparently in 1985 a lot of people didn't think so!

To view the article, click here:  http://www.blender.com/articles/article_786.html


Probably doesn't stand the test of time like songs from  Duran Duran or Madonna.

Like what was cool then now it's consider "lame".



And I'm suprised that A-Ha's "Take On Me" wasn't listed on the top 10!!!  :P
And 15 years later it's listed amongst the top 20 or top 10 on MTV or VH1's Top 100 Greatest Videos of All Time list.

And "Cry" from Godley & Creme, another innovative video at the time, was ranked at #100.

Subject: Re: MTV Top 100 Videos of 1985

Written By: stingr22 on 04/29/04 at 2:49 am


Probably doesn't stand the test of time like songs from  Duran Duran or Madonna.

Like what was cool then now it's consider "lame".



I agree.  But I don't know if I would call it the worst song of all time.  It wasn't the greatest, but I wouldn't call it the worst.

Subject: Re: MTV Top 100 Videos of 1985

Written By: Bobby on 04/29/04 at 5:09 am

I'm looking at the list and, to be honest, there are quite a few vids I don't know there but I still consider this to be a bit of a mess.

* Someone mentioned Godley and Creme's 'Cry' being 100 !?! That's the vid with the gradually changing faces and was considered very innovative. Why is it behind 'Walking on sunshine' by Katrina and the waves (merely a montage of the band doing stuff) and 'Smooth Operator' by Sade (a boring vid showing the lead singer singing in a gentleman's club)?

* Easy Lover at No 52 !?! The vid was alright but it just showed Collins pratting about with that man from Earth, Wind and Fire. Nothing worthy of getting half way down the best vids of 1985!

* Take on me at No 40 - They must be joking!

* U.S.A for Africa got in there? They should have put Band-Aid's vid in there - I preferred that one as it didn't seem so slick as this one.

* 'Don't come around here no more' by Tom Petty should have been higher than 19. That's the classic vid of Tom Petty dressed as 'The Mad Hatter' playing games with Alice from Alice in Wonderland. Big scene at the end is when Alice is cut open and served as cake to the guests - eerie stuff.

* 'We built this city' by Starship had a nice colourful backdrop but nothing special - I would consider this probably No 40 or so (where Take on Me is).

* "Money for nothing' by Dire Straits was a great video - I think it should have been floating around in the top 20 rather than be given the top slot.

I think these videos should have been given a mention . . .

- 'There must be an angel (playing with my heart)' - Eurythmics (Has Dave Stewart ever looked more creepier?)
- 'Road to Nowhere' - Talking Heads (Slightly surreal vid using similar type of animation to Peter Gabriel's 'Sledgehammer')

Oh well . . .  ::)

Subject: Re: MTV Top 100 Videos of 1985

Written By: Tbullsr on 04/29/04 at 2:28 pm

WOW, what a great list. Sure brings back some great memories.


Tim
RATT-n-ROLL

Subject: Re: MTV Top 100 Videos of 1985

Written By: RockandRollFan on 04/29/04 at 5:48 pm

That is what I asked them to send me back in 1988....they were NOT nice and told me "NO"...it wasn't something they would give out....  >:(

Subject: Re: MTV Top 100 Videos of 1985

Written By: woops on 04/30/04 at 2:51 am


- 'Road to Nowhere' - Talking Heads (Slightly surreal vid using similar type of animation to Peter Gabriel's 'Sledgehammer')


I also agree that should've been included.

Also:

Oingo Boingo  "Weird Science"

David Lee Roth "Just A Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody"  (Though "California Girls" was listed)

The Cure  "Close To Me" & "Inbetween Days" ...probably because they're videos weren't shown in heavy rotation at the time...

Motley Crue  "Home Sweet Home" & "Smokin' In The Boys' Room" 

Dokken  "Alone Again"

Subject: Re: MTV Top 100 Videos of 1985

Written By: Eac Zeffron on 06/14/06 at 4:19 pm

What, nothing from Motey Crue!?!  :o

Subject: Re: MTV Top 100 Videos of 1985

Written By: Sister Morphine on 06/14/06 at 4:38 pm


What, nothing from Motey Crue!?!  :o



Did they have an innovative video in 1985?

Subject: Re: MTV Top 100 Videos of 1985

Written By: wndysbg on 06/14/06 at 4:40 pm


I find it kind of ironic that "Built This City" was the #2 video of 1985 and last week a list was released by Blender Magazine calling it the worst song of all time!

Subject: Re: MTV Top 100 Videos of 1985

Written By: Sister Morphine on 06/14/06 at 4:44 pm


Did any of you hear "special" versions of the song "We built this City"  I grew up in San Jose - just about an hour south of San Francisco and they played special versions where a traffic radio person would talk through the instrumental part of the song talking about the traffic on the Bay Bridge or the Golden Gate etc., etc.  Anybody else hear these type of versions?






That version is in the video.

Subject: Re: MTV Top 100 Videos of 1985

Written By: wndysbg on 06/14/06 at 5:23 pm




That version is in the video.


We did not have cable, so I did not get to see the video on MTV.  My exposure to the '80's music was what was played on the radio.  My grandparents had MTV and of course everytime we visited them my brothers and I were glued to the TV.  I wish I would have seen that video - do you remember if they showed scenes of the Bay Bridge or Golden Gate?

Subject: Re: MTV Top 100 Videos of 1985

Written By: UnHipster on 06/14/06 at 5:38 pm


We did not have cable, so I did not get to see the video on MTV.  My exposure to the '80's music was what was played on the radio.  My grandparents had MTV and of course everytime we visited them my brothers and I were glued to the TV.   I wish I would have seen that video - do you remember if they showed scenes of the Bay Bridge or Golden Gate?


clips of it is shown on the VH1 "50 Awsomely Bad Songs of All Time" special, which was ranked #1 by VH1 and Blender magazine

Subject: Re: MTV Top 100 Videos of 1985

Written By: Sister Morphine on 06/14/06 at 5:41 pm


We did not have cable, so I did not get to see the video on MTV.  My exposure to the '80's music was what was played on the radio.  My grandparents had MTV and of course everytime we visited them my brothers and I were glued to the TV.  I wish I would have seen that video - do you remember if they showed scenes of the Bay Bridge or Golden Gate?



No, I don't think they did.  It was just sh*tty music from a band that should have known better.

Subject: Re: MTV Top 100 Videos of 1985

Written By: wndysbg on 06/14/06 at 5:42 pm


clips of it is shown on the VH1 "50 Awsomely Bad Songs of All Time" special, which was ranked #1 by VH1 and Blender magazine


Just out of curiousity - who are the people who decide what the "worst" songs of a year were?  Or video?  Is it opinion or fact based?

Subject: Re: MTV Top 100 Videos of 1985

Written By: Sister Morphine on 06/14/06 at 5:43 pm


Just out of curiousity - who are the people who decide what the "worst" songs of a year were?  Or video?  Is it opinion or fact based?



It's obviously opinion-based.

Subject: Re: MTV Top 100 Videos of 1985

Written By: robby76 on 06/14/06 at 9:29 pm

That list doesn't look right at all. Doesn't even look official.

Subject: Re: MTV Top 100 Videos of 1985

Written By: woops on 06/15/06 at 12:48 am

Just a randon link I found.  :-[

Is there anybody who knows or remembers the accurate list or know a site of classic MTV countdowns and playlists?

Subject: Re: MTV Top 100 Videos of 1985

Written By: Kryllith on 06/15/06 at 11:19 am

"Take on Me" is 40? Give me a break. Deserves to be at #1 on the all time list... to not even make #1 on the 1985 list is just stupid.

Oh, and Bobby, while I agree with you about "Do They Know It's Christmas" being a far better video than "We Are the World", it was released in 1984 so wouldn't be eligible.

Subject: Re: MTV Top 100 Videos of 1985

Written By: Sister Morphine on 06/15/06 at 11:20 am


"Take on Me" is 40? Give me a break. Deserves to be at #1 on the all time list... to not even make #1 on the 1985 list is just stupid.



Take on Me as the greatest video ever?  Oh come on.

Subject: Re: MTV Top 100 Videos of 1985

Written By: Nostalgic on 06/15/06 at 11:22 am

1985 was an awesome year for music and videos. Aha's Take On Me video clip was one of the best that year.

Subject: Re: MTV Top 100 Videos of 1985

Written By: Kryllith on 06/15/06 at 11:26 am



Take on Me as the greatest video ever?  Oh come on.


Yeap yeap. Granted there are tons of excellent videos out there, but I still prefer "Take on Me" to them all...

Subject: Re: MTV Top 100 Videos of 1985

Written By: Sister Morphine on 06/15/06 at 11:55 am


Yeap yeap. Granted there are tons of excellent videos out there, but I still prefer "Take on Me" to them all...



You mean that in almost 30 years of the art form.......that's the best that's ever been made?  Ever?



That's like saying Boston is the greatest classic rock band of all time.

Subject: Re: MTV Top 100 Videos of 1985

Written By: Kryllith on 06/15/06 at 12:05 pm

Renaissance painters and composers (some even further back) have been around for hundreds of years yet they're still considered the top of their art form. You don't have to agree with me, but no, I've yet to see something I consider better coming from the music video industry.

Subject: Re: MTV Top 100 Videos of 1985

Written By: Sister Morphine on 06/15/06 at 12:11 pm


Renaissance painters and composers (some even further back) have been around for hundreds of years yet they're still considered the top of their art form. You don't have to agree with me, but no, I've yet to see something I consider better coming from the music video industry.



My argument/point had nothing to do with the time in which the video came out.  And why are we comparing a Norwegian pop band to Rembrandt?  Anywhoozles, what I'm saying is to make the argument that the video art form hasn't evolved in any way in over 20 years is a little short-sighted.  It's a great video and was innovative for its time, but the technology used in that video has far been surpassed by better applications.

Subject: Re: MTV Top 100 Videos of 1985

Written By: Kryllith on 06/15/06 at 12:25 pm



My argument/point had nothing to do with the time in which the video came out.  And why are we comparing a Norwegian pop band to Rembrandt?  Anywhoozles, what I'm saying is to make the argument that the video art form hasn't evolved in any way in over 20 years is a little short-sighted.  It's a great video and was innovative for its time, but the technology used in that video has far been surpassed by better applications.

Well it's certainly possible that I've just seen the newer innovations. Given that the only time people seem to play music videos nowadays is from around 2am-5am, I don't see much new stuff. As for video evolving, I certainly haven't said that. Fact is, it's evolved quite a bit over the past 20 years. But I've yet to see another video put in the same innovation as a-ha's did. Could there be superior videos using the advances of modern day technology? Certainly, though I've not seen any. And even if they are superior, is their superiority based on the long building process of evolution, a compilation of modern techniques, or something truly innovative? If it's the former, then I'll stick with the innovation. Anybody can take the progressive works and advancements in technology and make something beautiful.

Subject: Re: MTV Top 100 Videos of 1985

Written By: woops on 06/13/09 at 1:35 am


That list doesn't look right at all. Doesn't even look official.


It's 100% accurate

MTV Top 100 of 1985 with Martha Quinn

Martha Quinn answering some questions

More promos & a video from #13)


MTV Top 100 of 1985 with Mark Goodman

More Martha Quinn and a Tina Turner interview clip

Subject: Re: MTV Top 100 Videos of 1985

Written By: whistledog on 06/13/09 at 10:03 am

#37 - We Are the World.  Good song with an important cause, which is perhaps how it made the Top 100, but as for an exciting video?   Not really :-\\

Subject: Re: MTV Top 100 Videos of 1985

Written By: robby76 on 06/13/09 at 11:04 am


#37 - We Are the World.  Good song with an important cause, which is perhaps how it made the Top 100, but as for an exciting video?   Not really :-\\


But spotting and naming all the celebs was the best (and most annoying) part of watching that vid!  ;D

Subject: Re: MTV Top 100 Videos of 1985

Written By: woops on 06/13/09 at 12:50 pm

Top 25 Music Videos of 1985

(original list...based from what I've seen)

25. USA For Africa "We Are The World"
24. Animotion "Obsession"
23. Power Station "Some Like It Hot"
22. Scorpions "Big City Nights"
21. Mary Jane Girls "In My House"
20. Madonna "Dress You Up"
19. Prince "Rasberry Beret"
18. Ratt "Lay It Down"
17. DeBarge "Rhythm Of The Night"
16. Motley Crue "Smoking In The Boys' Room"
15. David Lee Roth "California Girls"
14. Run DMC "King Of Rock"
13. 'Til Tuesday "Voices Carry"
12. Y&T "Summertime Girls"
11. Beastie Boys "She's On It"
10. Dokken "It's Not Love"
9. Tears For Fears "Shout"
8. Simple Minds "Don't You (Forget About Me)"
7. Motley Crue "Home Sweet Home"
6. The Cure "Close To Me"
5. Madonna "Material Girl"
4. Dire Straits "Money For Nothing"
3. David Lee Roth "Just A Gigolo"
2. Tom Petty "Don't Come Around Here No More"
1. a-ha "Take On Me"


Honorable mentions:

Godley & Creme "Cry"... early use of morphing effects used

Phil Collins "Don't Lose My Number"... parodies Mad Max, westerns, various music videos from The Cars & David Lee Roth


Duran Duran "A View To A Kill"... the band as spies in France.  Cheesy, though fun to watch

Subject: Re: MTV Top 100 Videos of 1985

Written By: woops on 06/13/09 at 1:25 pm

Talking Heads "Road To Nowhere" is a good video...

As for my original lists, I tend to change time to time...

Subject: Re: MTV Top 100 Videos of 1985

Written By: apollonia1986 on 06/14/09 at 8:13 pm

Can I just  say that Eddie Murphy's "Party All The Time" is one of my main jams. And I loved that he had Mr. Superfreak, Rick James in the video!  I also dig "Sussudio" by Phil Collins.

I'm a little surprised that Michael Jackson didn't make this list, but I guess the crest from the "Thriller" wave had finally broken.  :(  :)

And I'm plain speechles over "Raspberry Beret" . Michael didn;t make it, but Prince looking like Liza Minelli on a set that looked like Sesame Street on crack did.  I could point out everythign wrong with that video....but I won't  ;D

I'm not bitter....not that bitter.  :)

Subject: Re: MTV Top 100 Videos of 1985

Written By: Davester on 06/14/09 at 11:24 pm


Can I just  say that Eddie Murphy's "Party All The Time" is one of my main jams.


  Boogie in Your Butt... :P

Subject: Re: MTV Top 100 Videos of 1985

Written By: Frank on 06/14/09 at 11:36 pm

for me, Best video of 1985 " The Boys of summer"

Subject: Re: MTV Top 100 Videos of 1985

Written By: Dude111 on 06/28/09 at 5:29 pm

Boy there are so many on that list i like,I CANT LIST THEM ALL!!

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