The 1980's brought music videos into the world, but the 1990s is when music videos exploded into pop culture. With the hundreds of memorable videos that were released through the 90s, these are ten of the cheesiest and goofiest videos that come to mind. Songs were selected to represent various categories in 90's pop music and are listed in no particular order.
Released in 1993 on Canadian rapper Snow's "12 Inches of Snow" album, this music video is the perfect (snow) storm of awesomely bad 90's perfection. Don't be fooled by his looks, Snow did jail time in Canada; giving him more street cred than another cold artist on this list.
"(I Can't Live Without Your) Love and Affection" by Nelson
Rocking the 80's power ballad style, Nelson came on to the scene in 1990 with this epic #1 track of their album "After the Rain." Looking like it missed the 1980's bandwagon, Nelson makes our list.
"I Want You Back" by 'N Sync
'N Sync broke onto the scene in 1996 with this hit, the first off their self-titled freshman album. Justin and the guys took boy band choreography into the future with this video - yet held on to the pouty faces and sensitive bad-boy looks New Kids on the Block made popular. Best dance move of the video hits at 2:43. I say we bring that one back.
"Too Legit to Quit" by (MC) Hammer
After success with "U Can't Touch This" and the rest of the 1990 album "Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em," this ended up being Hammer's last big musical success. Coming in at a whopping 11 minutes long, the video features a dramatic lead-in with music great James Brown throwing fireballs and whooping up a little on his 'godson' Hammer - but of course, he's just too legit to, well...you get it. The actual song starts at 4:25 if you wanted to skip the opening scene for some reason.
"Achy Breaky Heart" by Billy Ray Cyrus
Miley's dad gained huge crossover success with this 1992 single off his "Some Gave All" album. Sporting the notorious Billy Ray mullet, Cyrus managed to briefly make square dancing the in-thing with this song that was almost the Macarena of its day. Die hard country fans will tell you that although that was the biggest hit, there was better music on that album.
Gerardo made a small splash on the scene in 1991 with "Rico Suave" off his only major album release, "Mo' Ritmo." This video pretty much speaks for itself in terms of cheese.
"Ice Ice Baby" by Vanilla Ice
This is kind of an obvious pick. Vanilla Ice impressed with his dance moves - none of which would be found anywhere near a rap video now. After "Ice Ice Baby" and the more modest success of follow-up single "Play That Funky Music," Vanilla Ice's career was challenged by legal battles over sampling music and by having his credibility questioned as a rapper. That doesn't mean we can't jump in our 5.0, put the ragtop down, and let our hair blow while we jam out to his hit.
"Mo Money, Mo Problems" by Notorious B.I.G.
This song was a ridiculously big hit for BIG and Puffy (or, I should say Diddy), still gaining airplay as a favorite of many. Don't get me wrong, I have much respect for the Bad Boy crew of the 1990s and the tunes they turned out. My beef is with this - shiny suits.
"I'm Too Sexy" by Right Said Fred
With their only U.S. hit, Right Said Fred managed to create one of the most awesomely bad video/song combinations ever. The British group managed to hold on to some success in Europe through the 90s, but they were apparently too sexy to have another hit in the States.
"Step by Step" by New Kids on the Block
Want to make an awesomely bad 90s music video? Step one... Ok, I won't go down that road. New Kids pretty much invented the modern boy band. I'll give my props to New Edition too, but mainly because Bobby Brown gave me $10 to do so. New Kids took the genre and made it their own - making much of what they did the template for groups to come. As you watch the video, things pop out that are all too familiar when you look at modern groups like 98 Degrees, Backstreet, 'N Sync, and others.