ARTIST: The Rolling Stones
SONG: “Love Is Strong”
DIRECTOR: David Fincher
What do you do when you get the call to direct a music video for the biggest giants in rock and roll history? If you’re David Fincher, you literally turn them into giants. The video for “Love Is Strong,” the first single off of 1994’s Voodoo Lounge LP, features Mick, Keef, Charlie and Ron in full-on Paul Bunyon mode, stomping around the streets of New York City alongside a bunch of heroin chic glamazons. The video won a VMA in 1995 for Best Visual Effects, and also earned The Stones a Grammy for Best Short Form Music Video.
DIRECTOR: Chris Cunningham
Madonna’s legacy as a music video pioneer was already set when she teamed up with Chris Cunningham for “Frozen” in 1998, but this video ended up further cementing this position. The video for first single off Madonna’s 1998 “comeback” LP, Ray Of Light, showcased Madge as some sort of desert dwelling, shapeshifting Gothic/Wiccan Stevie Nicks. Regarding the shapeshifting, this video shows Madonna morphing into a flock of crows—caw CAW!—and a scary dog, too. Move over, Toto!