Subterranean Homesick Blues (Bob Dylan, 1967)

A precursor to the modern music video era, featuring Bob Dylan flipping cue cards with song lyrics, inspiring future artists like INXS

Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen, 1975)

Groundbreaking for its era, the video features the band's eerie, powerful imagery, revolutionizing how bands promoted their music​​.

Video Killed the Radio Star (The Buggles, 1979)

The first video aired on MTV, marking the start of a new era in music consumption and promotion

Ashes to Ashes (David Bowie, 1980)

 A high-budget, artistically driven video that exemplified music videos as a form of art and inspired artists to think creatively

Once in a Lifetime (Talking Heads, 1981)

Known for its unique choreography, this video demonstrated the effectiveness of abstract visuals in music videos

Hungry Like the Wolf (Duran Duran, 1982)

A story-driven video with sexual undertones, it played a crucial role in the band's rise to international stardom

Billie Jean (Michael Jackson, 1983)

Not only made Jackson a global icon but also broke barriers for Black artists on MTV

Beat It (Michael Jackson, 1983)

A blend of story and music with memorable choreography and iconic fashion, setting a new standard for music videos​

Rockit  (Herbie Hancock, 1983)

Celebrated for its innovative, robotic, and animatronic visuals, this video was a significant artistic achievement for its time

Thriller (Michael Jackson, 1983)

A 13-minute short film that became an iconic piece of pop culture, preserved in the Library of Congress National Film Registry