Top 10 Music Videos Of 1992

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Believe it or not, the music video does still exist. You may have to search for it and there’s certainly not much of a televised space for it, but it’s still there. Nowadays, most videos are made to live on a bands Youtube page, website or intended for promotional use. Many choose to leverage the power of video content to deliver a live performance.

Back in 1992, the music video meant something else entirely. It was a chance to see the band or song you loved before they came to town. It was another angle to the song that ran the airwaves. Furthermore, people sat in front of their televisions just waiting and hoping for the video they loved to come on. It was an opportunity to see it all right in front of you. Present day those four minutes, can be spun on repeat all day long if you’d like. In 1992, it was capturing lightning in a bottle as those four minutes exceeded the impact of looping a video all day long.

In the early 90’s, whenever I had free time at home or days off of school, I would camp out in the dark basement, pull the TV plug on (Yes – pull not push) and watch video’s on MTV. I got hooked on this after seeing the Guns ‘n’ Roses, “November Rain” video which I still think is the greatest of all time. The best part about sitting there glued to TV waiting not so patiently to watch Slash wail an epic solo in a deserted field was that it introduced me to so many other great songs and artists. Pearl Jam for one. The “Jeremy” video would circulate in that wave and I remember being in awe of the passion Eddie Vedder would exude. He’s just sitting on stool by himself, but damn, the intensity in his eyes and passion in the delivery was something I connected with immediately and had never seen in music before.

If you examine the list of video’s that were in frequent circulation in 1992, its remarkable how not only were many of the songs great, but their video companions were as well. Art yin and yang. Additionally, let’s not forget, this was also the year we saw: Kris Kross – “Jump,” Right Said Fred – “I’m Too Sexy,” Genesis – “I Can’t Dance,” George Michael/Elton John – “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me,” House of Pain – “Jump Around,” Mr. Big – “To Be With You,” “Ugly Kid Joe – “Everything About You,” Toad the Wet Sprocket – “All I Want,” Tom Cochrane – “Life is a Highway,” Sir Mix-A-Lot – “Baby Got Back,” PM Dawn – “I’d Die Without You,” Wreckx ‘n’ Effect – “Rump Shaker,” Shai – “If I Ever Fall in Love,” En Vogue – “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It), Mariah Carey – “I’ll Be There,” Bobby Brown – “Humpin Around,” Whitney Houston – “I Will Always Love You,” Michael Jackson – “Jam,” Arrested Development – “Tennessee” and Boyz II Men – “End of the Road,” to name a few!

In the Alt/Rock and Metal categories, there were numerous classic videos from Metallica, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, U2, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Def Leppard, The Black Crowes, Spin Doctors, REM, Ozzy Osbourne, Megadeth, Bruce Springsteen, AC/DC, Aerosmith and Eric Clapton.

Somehow there is still a top ten, yet to be mentioned. Here they are:

10. Metallica – “Wherever I May Roam”
i remember getting nervous when i’d watch this video, the we’ll get you and we’ll bring it every time metallica

9. The Cure – “Friday I’m In Love”
classic cure just being themselves which was an intro for many

8. Van Halen – “Right Now”
no performance, the band hardly even appears, just message after message, ahead of its time

7. U2 – “One”
3 videos were made for this song, this is the Anton Corbjin version

6. Temple of the Dog – “Hunger Strike”
meeting of the seattle iconic minds for a great tribute

5. Nirvana – “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
perfectly delivered the message of the song, right to the point

4. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Under the Bridge”
the anthony kiedis run at the end is classic

3. Queen – “Bohemian Rhapsody”
an older song and video resurrected by Wayne’s World, just as good in ’92 if not better

2. Pearl Jam – “Jeremy”
so heavy, from vedder to the words popping on screen to the actual storyline

1. Guns ‘n’ Roses – “November Rain”
the most viewed music video on YouTube not made in the 21st century, over 540 million views according to YouTube and Wikipedia

*note this article reflects when the video’s saw their play peak, not the year the song was released.

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  • Corndog

    Love Pearl Jam, but i always hated that Jeremy video. The ‘intensity in his eyes and passion in the delivery’ as the writer puts it always came across as forced and artificial to me, like he was clearly putting it on for the video. It was the exact opposite of what they achieved in videos like Even Flow or Alive and didn’t seem to fit the band at all.

    • Jimmy Intense

      …and yet Eddie holds the same passion when singing Jeremy live.

      • Corndog

        It seemed real to me when it was live, but seemed forced in the video. Just my opinion.

        • Pink Taco

          I’m sure he did the best he could. maybe he did the takes
          more than once. either way it was a great video

          • Corndog

            We had this discussion recently; whether or not all those mad faces Eddie made in the early 90’s were genuine or not considering he just stopped doing it all of a sudden.

          • Pink Taco

            a lot of people stared copying him and the things he did. In PJ20 one of his interviews he seemed sour over it. I wonder if he was stopped for that reason

          • Corndog

            But if it’s something he can just ‘stop’ doing then that would suggest it was something he was choosing to do intentionally rather that something that just happened when he sang, if you see what I mean?

          • Pink Taco

            absolutely and I agree with that. I feel like with everyone copying him it was an emotional freak out like I am being me just being who I am and everyone’s copping my trip. so he changed his style

          • Corndog

            Shame. I liked crazy Eddie.

          • — J —

            I had the pleasure of once seeing Pearl Jam from the front row, right in front of Ed, about 10 years ago. Toledo. Vote for Change tour. The one thing I noticed most about Ed was his eyes. He just kind of had this crazy stare about him.

            It may not be as apparent in pictures, but I’ll tell you…. seeing him from 5 feet away for 2 straight hours, the intensity of what he showed in the Jeremy video is part of who he is. It’s not an act.

            The dude is, or was, just super intense.

            I think getting older and having kids may have softened him a bit, but that wasn’t acting. That was him.

    • Toad Wallop

      Wasn’t that their last video in that decade? I know they’ve made a few in the last 10 years, but they really didn’t like doing videos to begin with.

      • Corndog

        I think the video for Do The Evolution came out around 98, but yeah this is the last one to actually feature the band. If memory serves, they had some sort of an argument with MTV over censoring the video and they threw their toys out of the pram and refused to make any more for a long time.

        I think the next time we saw the band in a video was for I Am Mine. I’m not sure though, as i don’t watch a lot of music tv.

    • Toad Wallop

      I think “Black”, and the B side to Jeremy,”Yellow Ledbetter”, are far superior songs than Jeremy. Those are probably my all time favs from PJ.

      • Corndog

        Agreed, much better songs. Along with Release, that would be my top 3 Pearl Jam songs.

  • Jimmy Intense

    Do you guys ever spell check before posting? What is Ying yang? Lol

  • Felonious Punk

    Nice to see The Cure’s FIIL on this list. That song is timeless.

  • dakotablue

    I can’t believe there are no Alice in Chains vids on here! They were masterpieces of music and art. “Sea of Sorrow,” “Man in the Box,” “Them Bones” and “Would” were all around in ’92. Also the Cure’s “Friday I’m in Love” not really a typical song for them, kind of a pop joke to me.

    • burgervan

      The Cure have written tons of great pop songs. It may not be as common as their gloomier material, but something like ‘Friday I’m In Love’ is not atypical of them. It’s definitely not a joke. It’s a fantastic song.

      • dakotablue

        Well, I said “kind of a pop joke,” not a complete joke since I’m a huge Cure fan. But to me it’s along the lines of “Love Cats,” catchy and cute, enjoyable but lightweight. It all comes down to personal taste, and I like their heavier (not necessarily gloomier) stuff better, such as “A Night Like This,” “In Between Days” and “Charlotte Sometimes” to mention a few (I could go on). I do like some of Robert’s lighter stuff quite a bit, too (“The Perfect Girl” and “Just Like Heaven” come immediately to mind, and “Let’s Go to Bed” also fantastic.)

  • ghkdtjdguq1

    1990s, those moments are great. Like our sessame street time in 1980s.

  • Hwang Sunghyeop

    good to see Teen Spirit here.

  • ghkdtjdguq1

    1. Jeremy – I think this video pours the emotion too much in this list. the storyline of videos are chill and explain the real society.
    2. November Rain – I think this video show the metal could be cinematic. best dramatic videos in the list.
    3. Smells Like Teen Spirit – the best timeless videos forever. It was unclear video compared the Jeremy, but We just feel the Why are here and why we are angry at that time. every generation have same angers.