Though now a rarity, once upon a time music television stations like MTV and VH1 actually played music videos including these picks for the best rock music videos of all time. Don't see your favorite rock music video listed? Show it some love by adding it below.
The best rock videos include what is now considered classic rock, with the likes of Aerosmith's
collaboration with Run DMC for "Walk This Way," and several songs from Guns N' Roses
with their videos for "Sweet Child of Mine" and "November Rain."
Moving into the 1990s, the grunge rock phase brought us some of the most iconic rock videos of all time such as "Heart Shaped Box" and "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana and "Jeremy" by Pearl Jam
. That time period wasn't all flannel shirts and distorted guitar riffs as it also brought the memorable music videos like REM's "Losing My Religion" and Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun."
As rock music styles progressed in the years since, so did the videos. More recently, bands have used both impressive digital graphics to create music videos, like the Arcade Fire video for "We Used To Wait/The Wilderness Downtown," as well as good old fashioned one-tale choreography, like in the OK Go video for "Here It Goes Again."
Music videos may not get the airtime they used to on television but thanks to online video sites like YouTube and Vimeo, bands can continue to create and share great rock music videos like these for years to come.