This is a shameful post…that I will shamelessly write.
Throughout the day, I find myself spacing off into la-la land. This typically happens while my toddler is taking a nap, the only real time I have to get work done. And what do I do instead? I dilly-dally. I peruse social media, look at online shopping sites and…get ready for this…watch cheesy music videos from the 80’s and 90’s. And this is where I really get lost. I allow myself to go back to my teen years, when I’d race home from school to sneak a peek at MTV’s latest music video. Michael Jackson, Paula Abdul, Depeche Mode…I loved them all. It was the fantastical storytelling that really kept me captivated. I wanted to be the beautiful girl (shout out to the lovely Stephanie Seymor) wearing the ridiculous frilly dress, walking down the aisle to marry Axl Rose. If I were to be completely honest…I STILL want to be that girl.
Now, I’m going to be bold and say that I’m pretty sure I’m not the only stay-at-home-mom who does this. In fact, I’ll bet that several of you reading this now are secretly excited about this topic. So let a sister help you out! Don’t waist precious minutes by searching for the BEST music videos of the 80’s and 90’s. I did the work for you and put together a list of 10 music videos that will rock your world.
Seriously. Check them out.
10. “Hold On” by Wilson Phillips
Album: Wilson Philllips
Year Released: 1990
Why it’s Awesome: This video has a lot going on. First, I love Wendy Wilson’s red hair and lipstick. The sweeping aerial shots are nice and the lyrics are epic, especially for moms. “Hold on for one more day, cause it’s gonna go your way.” Just the words you need to hear when you’re covered in baby sh** or when you’re scrubbing crayon off your white walls.
9. “Nobody’s Fool” by Cinderella
Album: Night Song
Year Released: 1986
Why it’s Awesome: This video is what dreams are made of. The two Robert Palmer-esque girls with their matching outfits and that little pink car. Oh, and those clock hats! Talk about creativity. Cinderella and the ticking hand getting closer to midnight. All of the outfits in this video scream “80’s gothic-glam (think David Bowie in Labrynth).” The end of this video proves that at the end of the day, all guys like the virgin-like girl in a long flowy white nightgown.
8. “Like A Prayer” by Madonna
Album: Like A Prayer
Year Released: 1989
Why it’s Awesome: My dad was not a fan of this music video. He thought Madonna was rebellious and scandalous (which is why I loved her)! Madonna taps into her Catholic upbringing and weaves in a cool theme of gospel by using a choir as her backup. This video oozes rebellious love…the best kind! Madonna’s theatrical talent and creativity really shine through in this video. Some interpret the message as being sacrilegious. But if you take the time to look deeper, you’ll see a message of looking beyond the outer exterior, into the heart of a person, just like Jesus did. She reminds us of the prejudice that exists in our world, and that we are all susceptible to having our judgement clouded. OK, no more preaching. 🙂 Just enjoy the video!
7. “Close My Eyes Forever” by Ozzy Osborne and Lita Ford
Year Released: 1988
Why it’s Awesome: Can I just say that Lita Ford is a bada**? From her ripped jeans to her shaggy, unkept blond hair to her mad guitar playing skills…she’s one heckuva cool chica. Throw in Ozzy with his crazy facial expressions and dramatic vocal chords and you have yourself a humdinger of a music video. I willingly sang this as a duet with random strangers in Karaoke bars several times in my pre-kid days. “Performing” it is an opportunity to passionately whip your hair around and maybe even slide on your knees. A definite crowd pleaser. If you’re still doubting the awesomeness of this video, read this line from the song: “You’re like a dagger, And stick me in the heart, And taste the blood from my blade.” Now think about it.
6. “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper
Album: She’s So Unusual
Year Released: 1983
Why it’s Awesome: The name of this album says it all: She’s So Unusual, and she is! I love Cyndi’s spunk and energy. She’s confident and cute and full of sass. When I watch this video I’m instantly transported back to the first time I watched the Goonies…and the HUGE crush I had on the young Josh Brolin. Also, I kindof want her hairstyle. It’s just edgy enough to not be too extreme for a mom, right?
5. “Listen to Your Heart” by Roxette
Album: Look Sharp
Year Released: 1988
Why it’s Awesome: Roxette is one of my favorite bands from the 80’s and 90’s. I love the chemistry Marie and Per share, and they’re just friends! It’s rare to find someone you can creativley work with. Together, they produced some of the biggest hits from the 80’s and 90’s. In this particular music video, They are performing Listen to Your Heart, one of their biggest hits, in the Borgholm Castle ruin on the Swedish Baltic Sea island of Öland. I LOVE Marie’s getup – little black dress, bare feet and crazy, wild bleach-blond hair.
4. “Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake
Album: Saints and Sinners
Year Released: 1982
Why It’s Awesome: Everything about this video is absolutely ridiculous. From David Coverdale fiercly looking into the camera while he sings (seriously, he’s so intense he’s shaking) to Tawny Kitean rolling around on the hood of a car wearing a see through white dress, to David and Tawny making out in the front seat of a car while he speeds down the road…The entire video is so over the top you just can’t help but smile when you watch it. Some time after making this video, David and Tawny got married. Must have been her dance moves. And to be honest, at the end of some days when being a mom has been extra challenging, I’d love the opportunity to hang out the window of a muscle car while it rips down a highway. 🙂
3. “Water Runs Dry” by Boyz 2 Men
Year Released: 1994
Why it’s Awesome: Ahhhh Boys 2 Men…listening to them takes me right back to my junior high school years. Becoming a teenager, “going out” with boys, writing notes and spiral perms. Some of my fondest memories. This video is so well filmed. The sweeping helicopter shots, white sand desert, seated symphony orchestra, beautiful woman wearing a silk, see through slip dress…it’s a bunch of art, heart, soul and talent poured into one memorable music video. Watch this video and your heart will be warmed, I promise!
2. “Wicked Game” by Chris Isaak
Album: Heart Shaped World
Year Released: 1989
Why it’s Awesome: Uuummmm….can someone turn down the heat in here?! Hello sexy sexiness…sex. This video oozes with sensuality. Chris is hot, top model Helena Christensen is absolutely gorgeous and the scenery (filmed in Hawaii) is breathtaking. Mamas…I know that at the end of some days being sexy may not be at the forefront of our minds (especially while we’re breastfeeding), but if you’re looking for some inspiration on the sexy time front, watching this just might be your ticket. 🙂
1. “November Rain” by Guns N Roses
Album: Use Your Illusion 1
Year Released: 1991
Why It’s Awesome: I can sum up the awesomeness of this video in one word: Slash. Oh yes, he owns this video (Axl is great and Stephanie is lovely but…you all know I’m right). He’s such a bad boy, the kind we all love, right? I always get excited at the part when he turns around at the end of a marriage ceremony and struts out of the church and makes his way to the desert courtyard where he proceeds to kill it on an electric guitar all while a helicopter sweeps around him. And check out his outfit. I’m not ashamed to say it – it’s pretty hot! Black cowboy boots, leather chaps, unbuttoned shirt, rocker jacket and his signature cig hanging out of his mouth, like the entire situation is no big deal. And whether you’re a love-struck gal or a dude, you have to admit that his guitar solo at the end of this song is one of the best of all time. This video definitely showcases Axl Rose’s mad songwriting skills and creativity. I could watch it over and over again….
So there you have it my fellow mamas. Enjoy yourself! And, if I’ve missed a video, or if you have any recommendations for me, PLEASE let me know in the comments below. I’m always down for a new video love.