| A year ago today, I was on the phone with
"That bullshit TRL countdown is on," he
"Yeah, I know. I’m taping it."
"You’re taping it?"
"Yeah. I figured I should have at least
some of the videos from 1998 on tape."
"But these videos all suck."
All VHS odds and ends tallied, I probably
have 1,500 music videos on tape. I started scouring MTV, VH1, et al in
the spring of 1993. At the time, I was 15, and I wasn’t even officially
allowed to watch MTV. My mom had imposed a housewide ban a couple years
earlier, after seeing one of the Bell Biv Devoe videos or some such nonsense.
But there I was, staying up later than I should have, monitoring the airwaves
for "just one more video" I wanted to keep. I couldn’t go to sleep unsatisfied.
When I used to tell people that one of
my hobbies was taping music videos, there were two invariable reactions
– they would either laugh or shoot me a "What the fuck?" look. I realize
it’s a pretty odd habit, but it’s finally paid off. Early last January,
James and I packed a few bowls, popped that damned TRL countdown in the
VCR and began a strange journey that’s continued through 1999.
Between us, we reviewed about 250 videos
this year, from teen-pop bullshit to comeback material from artists of
years past. We delved into my video archives and come back with classic
video features and specialties like "Madonna Week" and one "Reagan Week"
for each of the Alzheimer president’s administrations. We skewered MTV,
VH1, BET, Much Music and both Box channels, and we kept a collective eye
on Z-Music for noteworthy Christian videos.
Long story short, the experiment has been
successful. eMpTyV is now the most-visited section of my homepage and still
the only site of its kind, offering new reviews almost every Friday. (I
admit, I’ve taken my share of one-week hiatuses this year.) And, of course,
it’s going to continue as usual next year, assuming the world doesn’t end.
For this Friday’s reviews, I’m going to
look back on 1999 and this time, fuck the TRL countdown. No, in honor of
my first full year as a music video critic, I’ve put together my own lists
of the ten best and ten worst videos of the year. Follow along, keep tabs
at home and be sure to come back and join us for another year of eMpTyV.
BEST VIDEOS OF 1999
1. Blur – Coffee and TV
My pick for best video of the year (and my
absentee partner James agrees) is this little-seen mid-summer Blur video.
I caught it once on MTV, really late at night, and several times on M2,
and it blows the year’s TRL shit out of the water. "Coffee and TV" is a
messed-up, catchy short film about an animated milk carton that sets out
on a trek to find the lost boy whose picture he bears. The video spends
most of its time in camp mode, showing the milk carton’s terror in the
big city – being bitched out by a pissed-off hooker, watching a female
milk carton (strawberry, naturally) get stomped before his eyes and being
chased by an angry Naya water bottle. Eventually, the carton finds the
band, whose bassist is the missing child. (Why am I not surprised to learn
there are runaway children masquerading as members of Blur?) "Coffee and
TV" is a much better-crafted pop song than most stuff on the radio right
now, and the video didn’t take long to grow on me. Back when Blur was singing
about girls who love boys who love boys like their girls who love girls
like their boys, I never would have guessed they were capable of something
2. Beck – Sexxlaws
Beck never disappoints. His songs are full
of rich samples and oddly combined instruments and, in the case of Mutations,
stripped-down, surprisingly soulful blues. His videos have obnoxious, non-sequitur
imagery and wry, knowing humor. "Sexxlaws" comes to us by way of the new,
sex-enlightened Beck. Yeah, after five years in the business, he finally
got laid, and he let the world know about it with Midnite Vultures.
The album is his ode to P-Funk and early ‘80s Prince; it even has stand-in
Wendy-and-Lisa-clone backing vocals. "Sexxlaws" is the best and craziest
thing to hit MTV since our number-one video. The Fatboy Slim-knockoff intro
sees a meeting of the Vision Warrior Men’s Circle ("I want to write a book
about angels. I want angel answers.") destroyed by a group of football
players. They proceed to the kitchen, where the soup cans are alive, the
mixer is floating and the refrigerator is humping the stove from behind.
(Yeah.) It gives way to a Beastie Boys-looking motif, with giant robot
nurses fighting alien pirates, or at least that’s how I interpreted it.
"Sexxlaws" is the kind of video-and-song package I wouldn’t have expected
in this dismal year of music, but as it turns out, it’s one more solid
late-year, established-artist entry that’s helping salvage our Backstreet-soiled
senses. Keep bumpin’, Beck.
3. Busta Rhymes – Gimme Some More
This video is all it took to make me fall
in love with Busta Rhymes all over again. His "Woo-Hah" in 1996 was a great
marriage of the comedic, the hardcore and the fucked-up. "Gimme Some Mo’
" is his first effort since that’s duplicated that, sampling the Psycho
theme and showing Busta romping around some misproportioned, cartoonish
sets. His personas in the video include a motorcycle cop, a drag queen,
Yosemite Sam and a few others that would give any strict Freudian a lot
to write about. All the while, Busta gets to wave wads of money and flaunt
his gorgeous cars and women, the only things that are still safe to exploit
in the world of rap. And, best of all, this video starts and ends within
two minutes, the perfect amount of time for our sauteed attention spans.
The only mistake I made was buying the entire Extinction Level Event
album, which was a lot closer to new-school Master P than my tastes
would allow. Ironically enough, I traded it in for a copy of Midnite
Vultures, from our number-two artist.
4. Beastie Boys – Body Movin’ (Fatboy Slim remix)
The Beasties are the biggest kids when it
comes to music videos. They get away with any expensive, messed-up scenario
they can think of just because they’re the Beastie Boys. ("I know it’s
going to cost $25 million, but we have to rent the entire Pacific Ocean
for our next video. It’s an artistic concept.") This elaborate video, their
highest-concept effort since "Sabotage," saw an old-style detective trying
to track down a fencing catburglar. And there was a not-at-all-subtle decapitation
scene. <frat boy>The torso is squirting blood. This video rocks.</frat
boy> It takes some real men to admit their music has been upstaged by a
Fatboy Slim remix, but by God, the Beasties are those men.
5. Filter – Take a Picture
My first reaction to this was, "Damn, this
is good. This is Filter?" James and I quickly decided that "Take a Picture"
sounds like ‘80s U2 crossed with ‘90s Duran Duran. The soaring acoustic
guitar track, ponderous, whine-filtered Smashing Pumpkins vocals and solid
percussion prove this band is capable of moving past the industrial metal
it made a name with. And the video is just as sweet, with blue and purple
visuals of a plane crash at sea. As the flaming wreck surrounds him, the
singer lies on his back, floating. Eventually the rest of the band plus
a blonde debutante (I think her name is Rose) ends up underwater – it looks
a lot like the "Come Undone" video minus the cross-dressing. Across the
board, one of the best-sounding songs and lushly photographed videos of
6. Eninem – My Name Is
Demented. Intricate. Hilarious. Funky. There
are a lot of words you can apply to Eminem’s debut album, but it all boils
down to the most interesting, original rap CD I’ve heard since Doggystyle
in 1993. Just about every white friend I have hates this guy, and most
of the people I do know who like this album are the ones whose music taste
I distrust the most. Still, I haven’t once regretted buying The Slim
Shady LP in February despite all the hell I caught for it. In an era
of pussified, sample-heavy Master P garbage, Eminem’s smooth, manic flow,
tight Dr. Dre beats and vivid, often obnoxious imagery are the best things
going for hip-hop. More importantly, he’s brought story-telling and humor
back to rap. The "My Name Is" video, which introduced Em to the world,
was the best of the batch. It simultaneously parodied "COPS," Bill Clinton,
Marilyn Manson and the Spice Girls with the kind of knowing chutzpah not
seen since the days of David Lee Roth.
7. Foo Fighters – Learn to Fly
The Foo Fighters are having fun. That’s all
that matters. "Learn to Fly" is, naturally, set on an airplane, and the
Fighters all play multiple roles. Frontman Dave Grohl wears the most hats
as – alternately – himself, the pilot, the swishy flight attendant, the
awestruck little girl and the bulbous fat woman. And, look out, the janitor
has spiked the coffee these passengers normally drink with Folgers Heroin
Crystals, the same heroin crystals that prompted Kurt Cobain to blow his
head off so many years ago. It just causes these passengers to hallucinate
and laugh, though, and eventually Grohl’s swishy flight attendant character
(absolutely hilarious the entire video, by the way) ends up flying outside
the plane while the Foo Fighters land the damn thing. The video for "Learn
to Fly" is perfect for the song, which is catchy but has absolutely no
edge. It’s just a good time, and I’d like it more if the presence of one
of the band members as a baby didn’t cause me Del Amitri flashbacks. Oh,
and if they’d gotten Leslie Nielson to make a cameo appearance, telling
them, "Good luck, we’re all counting on you," as they had to land the plane.
Still, this is what happens when immature people have access to a lot of
money and resources. Take notes, Blink 182.
8. Fatboy Slim – Praise You
Okay, so it was a hoax after all, and it was
wildly overplayed and overrated, but when all is tallied, the "America’s
Funniest People" crossed with Waiting For Guffman look of "Praise
You" is going to age well. And 1999 was the year of director Spike Jonze,
who came into his own with Being John Malkovich and turned in a
Three Kings performance that was a lot more rounded than a one-note
redneck character should have merited. "Praise You" poses as a home video
of a lame dance troupe doing their jig in front of a movie theater. Trippy
as hell and hilarious at the same time, it just screams "Buzz Clip." It
comes with self-absorbed interviews with the dancers (Spike himself claims
to have danced "with several B-boy posses") that make it even more hilarious.
9. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Scar Tissue
1999 was basically teen pop and cookie-cutter
Master P rap until the Chili Peppers came back hard with "Scar Tissue,"
the single of the summer. This Californication video was a return
to classic 1992 form, and damn funky – we should all remember to send Anthony
Kiedis and the boys some Hallmark "Thanks For Taking The Needle Out of
Your Arm" cards. Kiedis’ new Iggy Pop look was a misstep, but that’s about
my only minor aesthetic complaint about the blue-tinted "Scar Tissue" video.
It shows the Peppers, all of whom look like they were bludgeoned earlier
in the day, driving through the desert in a convertible. Later, they scavenge
through a dump and find several discarded copies of One Hot Minute.
It’s a productive trip.
10. The Roots – Next Movement
I like these guys. They don’t like me because
I’m white, but I’m not going to complain. Rap artists who play instruments;
I’m almost obligated to like them. This seven-man band spends the entire
"Next Movement" video in a huge, empty room while two Vegas chorus girls
pull a giant velvet curtain open and shut. Every time the curtain pulls
back, it reveals the band in a different formation. By the end of the video,
we’ve seen the human pyramid, the drummer playing upside down and the biggest
damn 69 I’ve ever seen. Or maybe I wasn’t paying close enough attention;
I don’t know. "Next Movement" is a good sign, I think. Things have become
too Puffified that it’s good to hear sample-free hip hop that fuses funk
and R+B. Someone needs to revolutionize rap music.
Seven More Videos That Weren’t
As Bad As The Rest
Fiona Apple – Fast As You Can
Okay, so it grew on me. I originally dismissed
this song, and I still have some qualms about the video (which comes to
us by way of Boogie Nights auteur Paul Thomas Anderson), but it’s
a pretty good package overall. At one point, she sticks a lit match in
her mouth, closes it and withdraws the still smoking match stub. In future
Fiona videos, we’ll also see her tie a cherry stem with her tongue. She
knows why the caged bird sings.
Freestylers f/Definition of Sound – Here We Go
This was the one legitimately good dance single
of the summer, and it never took off like it should have. A cast of Calvin
Klein ad rejects hangs out at the demolition derby, crashing spray-painted
cars into each other as the performers hang out in a half-finished house.
There are also a few Mad Max allusions thrown in. For what this is, a cross
between "Amp" and dance club music, "Here We Go" is a damn cool video.
Garbage – Special
I have to apologize – I know it’s not cool
to like Garbage anymore, but I still do. Here, Shirley Manson is stuck
in a video game, where God knows the Koopas will surely kick her ass. She’s
in a fighter jet, with the other band members in hot pursuit; they are
out to get her because they’re jealous of her fame as Garbage frontwoman.
And it seemed so much more subtle when No Doubt did it in the form of "Don’t
Lauryn Hill – Everything is Everything
I thought this would be The Single No One
Remembers from The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Clearly, I was wrong.
The song is no catchier than most of the album tracks, but the video is
high-concept. New York City is converted into a giant turntable that rotates
around the Empire State Building. A giant needle cuts up the streets, and
every once in awhile, a giant hand will descend and shake the entire city,
producing a cosmic scratching sound as citizens collapse to the ground.
I’m sure there is a huge thematic significance to this, like hip-hop comes
from the city and the city comes from hip-hop, or that the DJ is God of
the dance floor. Or maybe Lauryn Hill just does a lot of hallucinogens.
Ol’ Dirty Bastard – Got Your Money
An absolutely hilarious video, apparently
filmed without Dirty’s participation. His only appearances are in blatantly
superimposed, unmatching head shots, and the rest of the video consists
mainly of clips from the classic blaxploitation movie Dolemite (if
you’ve never seen it, it’s worth tracking down a copy) with manipulated
footage designed to disguise the fact that Dirty is at this moment locked
up in drug rehab. From the album Nigga Please, naturally.
Santana f/Rob Thomas – Smooth
I don’t care if the lead singer of Matchbox
20 is behind the vocals on this song, it’s pretty damn cool. Carlos Santana,
who I imagine is pretty oblivious to what’s hot and what’s not right now,
hides under his giant hat and sunglasses and steals the show from under
Rob Thomas’ feet with some blazing guitar action. Sorry, I have to sound
like Circus magazine every now and then. Also features the finest
in Lenny Kravitz Heroin Models.
The Wiseguys – Ooh La La
I don’t know who The Wiseguys are but they
turned out a hell of a fun four minutes with "Ooh La La." The song itself
is an electronic dub groove that owes itself to both Jock James and Mexican
lounge music. The video is full of Offspring fly girls who cat-dance on
runways and play provocative flight attendants who patronize the passengers.
It’s bizarre, it’s goofy and aside from a few perfunctory "AMP" airings,
it never saw the light of day on MTV.
Z-MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
for the fourth year running…
God’s Property from Kirk Franklin’s Nu Nation with special guest
Cheryl "Salt" James – Stomp
God created Kirk Franklin sometime during
the second day, along with all the other gaseous entities on the earth.
Even God probably didn’t know what he was in for, a bellowing hip-hop "Gospocentric"
preacher with a posse much larger than the Wu-Tang Clan’s. God’s Property
extends across several rows of risers on a basketball court, singing the
song’s chorus and being promptly drowned out by Franklin, who yells out
lines like, "You can’t take my joy, Devil!" and "People, if you don’t mind,
I feel like having a little church in here!" Midway through, he’s accompanied
by Salt, who declares that the Lord is, "Twelve inches to a yard, and have
you soundin’ like a retard." Franklin looks a little perplexed, for some
reason. The "Stomp" video for me has always been a guilty pleasure, gospel
with a tight beat, and one of the few Franklin songs I can sit through.
The video is bright but nondescript and, I guess, the best thing you can
say about it is it almost looks like it doesn’t belong on Z-Music.
WORST VIDEOS OF 1999
1. LFO – Girl on TV
Man, 1999 was so bad that these guys got TWO
hits. From the title, you’d expect the poor man’s update to Duran Duran’s
"Girls on Film." What you get is "Summer Girls" rewritten with even worse
lyrics. Yes, it’s possible. The refrain, "Shoo-bee-doo-wop and Scooby Snacks
/ Met a fly girl and I can’t relax," is uttered more than once. The video
for "Girl on TV" (does every song on their album have the word "girl" in
the title?) is just plain hard to take, featuring the three LFO boys clowning
around their spacious bachelor pad. Playing pool, watching TV, masturbating
to the image of Jennifer Love Hewitt. She’s the "girl" in question, it
seems, and she’s from the city of angels, like Bette Davis, James Dean
and Gable. Beyond that, the video defies comment.
2. Jesse Camp – See You Around
Kurt Loder introduces this video. Figures.
He tells us ex-veejay Jesse and his band were expelled for failing to abide
by the dress code, specifically the part that says students must wash their
hair at least once a month. "See You Around" falls into that long-forgotten
musical subgenre – the "I ain’t goin’ to school no more" video. So what
does he do? He fucking goes to school, taunting the teacher, playing in
the gym and skateboarding down the hall. How novelty is this? A few 3 a.m.
airings to fulfill their contractual agreements and it was never seen on
MTV again. You know, as a singer, Jesse is about as good as he is as a
veejay. He barely squawks out his lines, his hair is a cross between Joan
Jett and Coolio, and he half-talks. If this guy even sells one record,
I’m retiring from my position as music consumer.
3. Baz Luhrmann – Everybody’s Free (to wear sunscreen)
This horrible, horrible package comes to us
from the director of Romeo and Juliet, the Leo version. That
makes sense. It was written by a newspaper columnist as a mock graduation
speech. That makes sense. It was an Internet e-mail hoax disguised
as a speech from Kurt Vonnegut. That makes sense. What doesn’t make
sense to me is why anyone took this seriously. "Everybody’s Free" is a
lame four-minute motivational speech about how we should appreciate our
bodies, dance for fun and avoid beauty magazines because "they will only
make you feel ugly." This ‘50s instruction film gone wrong was a hit at
graduation time, and the video was all stock footage of city streets, happy
families and clip-art graphics. I’ve got some advice, too: If you want
to do spoken word music, either be amusing and angry like Henry Rollins
or contemplative and emotional like the guy who bitched about Vietnam in
"19." If you’re going to make a video, appear in it. Don’t rely on clip
art. If you’re MTV, don’t put this shit in the Buzz Bin like it’s automatically
too deep for us to understand. If you’re a music-loving layperson, don’t
request songs like this. They smear the entire medium of music video. Baz
Luhrmann, get your ass over to Shawn Mullins’ house so you can both talk
about how you have everything figured out. Don’t bother us again. Who am
I kidding? We know you won’t.
4. Alanis Morissette – So Pure
Alanis was responsible for two of the worst
videos of the year, this and the subtitle-happy "Unsent." With "So Pure,"
she passed the realm of ego and entered oblivious megalomania. She’s in
Barbara Streisand territory now. She opens this usual ode to a complicated
lover by noting, "You from New York, you are so relevant. You reduce me
to cosmic tears." If a girl had written that in my high school yearbook,
I would have smacked her, and I’m not a violent person by nature. "So Pure"
makes history in the Alanis timeline by being her first choreographed video
since her Canada teen-pop days. It’s appropriate, because her man-ranting
this time almost merits a demented off-off-Broadway musical.* Alanis does
tap dances, "Ray of Light" rave dances, chorus-line dances. Basically,
it’s a four-minute version of a nightmare I frequently have when I eat
too many sausages before bedtime. I never thought I’d say this, but I want
the old Alanis back, and if it takes tasteless darts to destroy her megalomania,
so be it. I still think there’s hope.
* = I didn’t want to include it in the actual
review, but "So Pure" furthers my Alanis as Movie Star theory, that Alanis
is going to carry a horrific major motion picture sometime in the near
future. This video places Alanis in different roles, showing her range
of moods and wigs. It’s a virtual screen test for the bitch. Dogma finally
came out last month, and I know some off-the-mark critic claimed Alanis’
dialoge-free performance as some kind of brilliant supporting-actress breakthrough.
5. Kevin Aviance – Rhythm Is My Bitch
Videos like this make me wish Beavis and Butthead
were still around. Kevin Aviance is an enormous black man in drag, part
Deebo from Friday, part Grace Jones and part RuPaul. Shaved bald,
slathered in gold lipstick and wearing gaudy genie earrings, he announces,
"I am the dominator, you are the servant and the rhythm is my bitch," and
unleashes four minutes of spoken-word techno terror upon the audience.
All the while, he is surrounded by dancers who resemble Stephen Tyler and
Mick Jagger in bad dresses. (Maybe they are Stephen Tyler and Mick Jagger
– sobriety and old age can drive a rocker to inexplicable things.) Honestly,
I thought crap like this went out with 2 Unlimited and Snap. This guy has
to be British.
6. Mobb Deep – It’s Mine
No, it’s not. It’s Brandy and Monica’s fucking
song, and the dust has barely settled. Why the hell are you sampling it
already? Mobb Deep changes "The Boy Is Mine" to a cry of "The life is mine."
Whose life? From the look of this video, it’s Biggie Smalls’ life from
1997’s "Hypnotize." This is one of those videos full of helicopters, topped-off
glasses of Cristal, giant medallions and dripping booties hoisted out of
the pool in slow-motion. It’s bad, really bad, and it makes me wonder if
any artist really can make a rap song out of any sample, no matter
how dismal. James and I have been talking about releasing a copy of the
Spin Doctors’ "Two Princes" with no alterations save our constant cries
of "Ugh!" "Yeah yeah," and "Spin Doctaz, where you at?" It could be a hit;
you know it could.
7. Ricky Martin – Shake Your Bon Bon
No. I refuse to shake my bon bon for this
talentless, hideously overexposed Menudo alumnus. Why is he still around?
Why did Entertainment Weekly pick him as Entertainer of the Year?
Why couldn’t "Livin’ La Vida Loca" be it for the poor bastard? It was more
than he deserved to begin with. Nonetheless, the fact remains, we have
to deal with this video, which offers us an inside first-look at what Ricky’s
exciting Pepsi-sponsored world tour will be like for teenage girls and
housewives everywhere. Well, he’s going to wear tight lyrca pants, there
will be an endless series of girl dancers in boxes above the stage and,
if we’re lucky, he’ll have to slip off of at least some of that intricate
scaffolding. Also, "Live Cam 1" and "Live Cam 2" will record the action
for the big video screens, for those people in the nosebleed sections.
I can’t imagine a worse evening than being in the nosebleeds at a Ricky
Martin concert, unless of course it’s sitting in front row of a Ricky Martin
concert. (Sorry, had to steal that one.)
8. Backstreet Boys – Larger Than Life (extended video
"Larger Than Life" is set in 3000 AD, which
is definitely wishful thinking on the part of the Backstreet Boys. We all
know the actual expiration date on this can reads June 1, 2000. This video
is a science-fiction odyssey that starts with a lengthy tracking shot of
a spaceship, the director’s own homage to Spaceballs, ("The movie
that changed my life.") Inside the ship lie Backstreet robots, dozens of
them, and they’re all wearing yellow. They sing and dance in unison as
the real Backstreet Boys steer fighter jets through the middle of deep
space. The video tries for Star Wars and achieves Wing Commander,
while the song has the drum track of "Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)," the
keyboard interlude of "Baby One More Time" and the lyrics of a poem written
by, oh, the rosy-cheeked fifth grade honor roll student of your choice.
I despise this video not only because of the excruciating pain it causes,
but because one fraction of the money they spent on this would pay my rent
straight through to the year 3000.
9. Elton John and LeAnn Rimes – Written in the Stars
In this early spring VH1 staple, Elton sings
to his snow globe, which contains two miniature lovers who apparently have
to break up. That would suck, too, because you’d still have to live in
that snow globe with the girl, not to mention the fact that Elton won’t
fucking stop singing to you. LeAnn holds another snow globe that contains
a second set of star-crossed lovers. Whatever. This video sucks. I’m surprised
this isn’t the theme song from Deep End of the Ocean or something.
If someone was really immoral and enterprising, they’d put together a compilation
of this stuff to sell on late-night TV ads. "Crappy Duets" would feature
Elton John and LeAnn Rimes, R. Kelly and Celine Dion, Bryan Adams and Sporty
Spice, as well as classics from Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes, Bill Medley
and Jennifer Warnes and the guy from Loverboy and Jennifer Warnes. God,
maybe we could even get Jennifer Warnes to host the infomercial.
10. ‘N Sync f/Gloria Estefan – Music of My Heart
God must have spent a little more time driving
himself crazy. This is the third straight ‘N Sync ballad to grace the MTV
airwaves, only distinguishable from the others in that it features Gloria
Estefan. Last time she was granted a comeback, it was because she’d had
a car accident. This time, it’s because someone covered "Get on Your Feet"
in a Chevy commercial. It doesn’t take much these days. The video for "Music
of My Heart" features the five ‘N Syncers standing around an empty stucco-covered
high school, singing about all the inspiration Gloria gave them. (Even
though I’m pretty sure the only advice Gloria gives aspiring artists is,
"More conga drums. Use more conga drums. And always wear your seatbelt.")
The video is beyond boring, cutting between the guys in an empty hallway
to Gloria singing in front of a row of lockers to a bunch of kids sitting
on wooden folding chairs. Surprisingly, only three of them are mugged for
their lunch money.
100 More Videos That Were Almost
As Bad As The Rest
Bryan Adams and Mel. C – When You’re Gone
Tori Amos – 1000 Oceans
David Michael Anthony – Love Come Down
Marc Anthony – I Need to Know
B’witched – C’est La Vie
Tal Bachman – She’s So High
Backstreet Boys – I Want It That Way
Bizzy Bone – Nobody Can Stop Me Now
Blondie – Rapture / Maria / No Exit featuring Coolio
Mariah Carey – Heartbreaker
Mariah Carey f/Da Brat and Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott –
Mariah Carey f/Joe and 98º – Thank God I Found You
Cher – Strong Enough
Eric Clapton – Blue Eyes Blue
Phil Collins – You’ll Be in My Heart
Cranberries – Promises
Def Leppard – Promises
Destiny’s Child – Bug a Boo
Celine Dion – That’s the Way It Is
Divine – One More Try
DMX – Slippin’
Faith Evans – All Night Long
Eve – Gotta Man
Eve 6 – Open Road Song
Five – Slam Dunk
Warren G. f/Mack-10 – I Want It All
Goo Goo Dolls – Black Balloon
Geri Halliwell – Look At Me
Harlem World f/Mase – I Really Like It
Harvey Danger – Save it For Later
Hole – Awful
Hootie and the Blowfish - Only Lonely
Hot Boys – We on Fire
Enrique Iglesias – Bailamos
Enrique Iglesias – Rhythm Divine
Ja Rule – Holla Holla
Jay-Z – Girl’s Best Friend
Wyclef Jean f/Bono – New Day
Jewel – Jupiter (Swallow the Moon)
Kid Rock – Bawitdaba
Jordan Knight – Give it to You
Jordan Knight – I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man
Kottonmouth Kings – Bump
LFO – Summer Girls
Lil’ Troy f/Yungstar, Fat Pat, Lil’ Will, Hawk and Big T
– Wanna Be a Baller
Limp Bizkit – Nookie
Live – The Dolphins Cry
Jennifer Lopez – Waiting For Tonight
Joey McIntyre – I Love You Came Too Late
Joey McIntyre – Stay the Same
Brian McKnight – Back at One
Madonna – Nothing Really Matters
Ricky Martin – The Cup of Life
Ricky Martin – She’s All I Ever Had
Marilyn Manson – Astonishing Panorama of the End Times
Marilyn Manson – Rock is Dead
Mase f/Blackstreet – Get Ready
Methods of Mayhem with Lil’ Kim, Fred Durst and George Clinton
– Get Naked
Alanis Morissette – Unsent
Mystikal – It Ain’t My Fault
Nas f/Puff Daddy – Hate Me Now
‘N Sync – God Must Have Spent a Little More Time on You
‘N Sync – I Drive Myself Crazy
New Radicals – You Get What You Give
98° – I Do (Cherish You)
98º – This Gift
Offspring – She’s Got Issues
Orgy – Blue Monday
Orgy – Stitches
Outkast – Rosa Parks
Powerman 5000 – Nobody’s Real
Puff Daddy f/Hurricane G – P.E. 2000
Puff Daddy f/R. Kelly – Satisfy You
R.E.M. – At My Most Beautiful
R.E.M. – Electrolite
R.E.M. – The Great Beyond
Savage Garden – The Animal Song
Savage Garden – I Knew I Loved You
Shaggy – Hope
Silkk the Shocker f/Mya – Somebody Like Me
Silverchair – Ana’s Song
Jessica Simpson – I Wanna Love You Forever
Will Smith – Wild, Wild West
Britney Spears – From the Bottom of My Broken Heart
Britney Spears – Sometimes
Britney Spears – (You Drive Me) Crazy
Static X – Push It
Sugar Ray – Every Morning
Sugar Ray – Falls Apart
Train – Meet Virginia
Tyrese – Sweet Lady
Uncle Sam – When I See You Smile
Usher – Bedtime (live)
Vengaboys – We Like to Party
Vitamin C f/Lady Saw – Smile
Robbie Williams – Angels
Robbie Williams – Millennium
Zen Mafia – California
Rob Zombie – Superbeast (Girl on a Motorcycle Mix)