9 Really Good Videos From The 1980s

Big hair and shoulder pads - we choose nine of the best music videos from the 1980s. Watch them now:

9. Pointer Sisters - Jump (For My Love), 1984

We can appreciate a good budget video, particularly one that interlinks the Pointer Sisters’ ‘Jump!’ with various athletes, er, jumping. It wasn’t as odd as it sounds though; the song was released prior to the 1984 Summer Olympics games. To this day, we remain envious of the Sisters dresses. 

8. Joan Jett and The Blackhearts - I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll, 1982

Black and white, even when colour’s available, is always a winner. The video was originally in colour, but it was converted to black and white because Jett was ultimately displeased with the look of her red leather jumpsuit in colour. And you don’t mess with the Jett. 

7. Duran Duran - Hungry Like The Wolf, 1983

Channelling a combination of Indiana Jones and the Man from Del Monte, Simon Le Bon dashes across Sri Lanka like a man possessed.  Worth watching just for Le Bon’s ‘acting’ skills in the water. 

6. Paul Simon - You Can Call Me Al, 1986

Asking the question we don’t really need an answer to (‘why am I soft in the middle now?’) This was the second version of the video recorded, after Simon didn’t like the first one made. Chevy Chase as a 6’ 4” Paul Simon? We’re sold.

5. Madonna - Like A Virgin, 1984

Madge could have taken at least three of the spots in this top 11 list, with Express Yourself and Papa Don’t Preach both offering great videos. But it’s Like A Virgin’s video that deserves … and not just because we have a thing for fingerless gloves. Special mention also to the tongue-waggling lion. 

4. A-ha - Take On Me, 1985

One of the most well-known music videos of the 1980s; most people probably know the comic-filled video better than they know the song. 

3. Peter Gabriel - Sledgehammer, 1986

To achieve this video, Peter Gabriel lay under a sheet of glass for 16, yes you read that correctly, 16 hours in order to film ‘Sledgehammer’ one frame at a time. This won nine Video Music Awards in 1987, which is a pretty impressive feat. 

2. Cyndi Lauper - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, 1983 

This multi-award winning video features Lauper’s mum, brother, lawyer, manager and a host of secretaries from her then music label. This helped keep the costs down; proving that if you have a novel idea, you don’t always have to throw money at it. 

1. Michael Jackson - Thriller, 1983

Few could dispute the position of Thriller on our list. Even after 30 years, it remains one of the best videos ever made – and not just in the ‘80s; this was voted the most influential pop music video of all time - who are we to disagree?

Speaking of disagreeing, do you have any suggestions for the best music videos of 1980s? Let us know via the comment box below. 


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