Grunge is More Than Music: Top 5 Music Videos of 90s

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The 90s were one of the most fascinating decades of music to ever grace our ears. Mostly because of how short lived it was, and how much it managed to accomplish in that short period of time. Now, grunge is a term reserved for tumblr girls who wear upside down crosses and have dip-dye hair. This fact is quite sickening. Grunge, as a musical genre, influenced all aspects of pop culture – and the video making that came along with this radically different genre was equally magnificent.
Grunge is More Than Music: Top 5 Music Videos of 90s

4Closer – Nine Inch Nails (Mark Romanek)

The video for Closer seems more like a movie in and of itself, with the song as its soundtrack. A brilliant smattering of horrific images, this video is like a car crash; you want to look away but you can’t. You actually feel scared that Trent Reznor is going to break through the screen and indeed @#$% you like an animal. You can’t help but admit that the genius of the video doesn’t overpower the song, and that together the song and video make a perfect pair. Though it’s not quite clear if there’s a real “message,” besides animalistic lust, the video for Closer showcases a brilliant combination of visual and musical art. Its imagery is not just pure shock value, but rather it is artistically tailored, edited, and combined with the arch of the music to make one of the most unique videos to come out of the 90s.

There is a reason that the 90s are one of the most talked about decades in musical history. The juxtaposition of the political and socio-economic climate in contrast to the synthetic pop culture left over by the 80s made for the perfect catalyst for something new – and grunge came in and shook the world. These five videos accompanied some of the most ground breaking songs of that decade. It proved that grunge wasn’t just a change in music, but it a change in art, and as such a change in culture.

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