What’s a hit song without a killer video?
In honour of Much’s 30th anniversary, the fine folks over there combed through the annals of music-video history to round up the 100 most epic, most mind-blowing, most etched-in-our-collective-memories-forever music videos of all time. (You should really check it out.)
And wouldn’t you know: We spied some homegrown talent in there amongst the Kings of Pop and Queen Beys. Here are the Top 10 Canadian music videos that made the cut, from pretty freakin’ great to really freakin’ great:
10. “Feeling Good,” The Sheepdogs
Fun fact: The entire video is set in 1:6 scale including the band dolls, machinery props and military-inspired vehicles.
9. “River,” The Belle Game
Fun fact: It won the 2014 Prism Prize Audience Award. Oh là là.
8. “Bridge To Nowhere,” Sam Roberts
Fun fact: In 2007, “Bridge To Nowhere” won Video of the Year at the Junos.
7. “We Exist,” Arcade Fire
Fun fact: The end of the video was shot live at hipster haven Coachella.
6. “The Northern,” Alexisonfire
Sad fact: The big albino boa passed away late last year.
5. “Astounded,” Bran Van 3000 f. Curtis Mayfield
Fun fact: This song went to No. 1 in Belgium. (Random, right?)
4. “Safety Dance,” Men Without Hats
Fun fact: The inspiration for the song? The lead singer was kicked out of a club for pogo-ing.
3. “1234,” Feist
Fun fact: The song is Feist’s most successful single to date. Remember those colourful iPod commercials where it played in the background?
2. “Ironic,” Alanis Morissette
Fun fact: The sweet car Alanis drives is a Lincoln Continental Mark V. Cool, eh?
1. “Afterlife,” Arcade Fire
Fun fact: Directed by a Canadian, this video won the 2014 Prism Prize. Go Canada!
Hungry for more? Check out the complete list over at Much. Which video is your favourite? Tell us in the comments below!