We live in the Digital Age where performers need to be as exciting visually as they are sonically. Yet, very few acts have the creativity to truly bring their music to life. Not to worry, though, because Way Back Wednesday will showcase those visual artists who very rarely go wrong!
Whether they are making you laugh, cry, dance or pray, these visual entertainers truly understand the art of making music videos. Indeed, regardless of the sizes of their production budgets, they know how to leave their viewers in awe.
Watch videos by some of the best visual artists of our time below:
Britney Spears – ‘Toxic’
Busta Rhymes – ‘What’s It Gonna Be?! (Ft. Janet Jackson)’
Eminem – ‘The Real Slim Shady’
Janet Jackson – ‘Alright’
Lady Gaga – ‘Alejandro’
Ludacris – ‘Stand Up (Ft. Shawnna)’
Madonna – ‘Vogue’
Michael Jackson – ‘Thriller’
Missy Elliott – ‘Lose Control (Ft. Fatman Scoop)’
Pink – ‘Stupid Girls’
In case you didn’t notice, all of these videos, with the exception of Lady Gaga’s ‘Alejandro’, were released before 2007. What happened around that time? MTV programming drastically changed and a greater emphasis was placed on reality TV instead of actual music.
In addition to the struggling economy, that lack of interest by MTV producers to showcase the work of artists lead to a drastic downturn in the quality of their videos. In fact, only acts who command large production budgets even bother to make impressive visuals and that mainly happens for their lead singles. For example, Beyonce with ‘I Am…Sasha Fierce’ and ’4′ projects.
Still, there is no reason why artists should push themselves to be the best both sonically and visually. If Eminem and Pink could do it then their peers should follow suit. Besides, now we have VEVO as a platform for them to showcase their work.
You know the drill: rank these artists in order of who makes the best videos! Is there anybody missing from the list? Who should not be on it? Share your input below!