Not so long ago, the Dish found itself on a major nostalgia trip, as readers sent in countless YouTube music video clips from the 1980s. More so than even the Best Movie Lines, this meme seemed to get your nostalgia/pop-culture juices flowing. So we decided to give you what you wanted and hereby invite every sick, ’80s-loving Dish readers to vote for their favorite 80s videos for Thanksgiving Week. After all, of all the things I am thankful for in this era of torture, terror and trauma, the enduring weird brilliance of this Men Without Hats video is up there. Not to speak of Pat Benatar shaking her stuff. Or Aha’s pre-CGI genius. Or the Sledgehammer classic. Or Lionel Ritchie at his very very worst. Or Don Johnson’s lime-green guitar. We’ve selected thirty in all – in three categories: the best; the worst; and (everyone’s favorites) the best worst. The rules are the same as the movie line contest: you get to vote for one in each category, but you can vote an indefinite number of times. We’ve provided links for every video up for voting.
There is a possible glitch – which is Viacom. Since we ran the original videos, the corporation yanked many of them from YouTube. Dish prepper Jessie Roberts has done an incredible job recovering all the videos but there’s a decent chance Viacom will notice that some people are enjoying these nostalgic gems and yank them again. As of now, they’re all up and running. But alas, we cannot guarantee they’ll stay there. Of course, this might skew the contest, but in the end we decided that wasn’t a good reason to postpone the fun. And the sooner you check them out, the less likely you’ll miss any.
So have at it. The ten best 80s videos are available for voting here; the ten worst are available here; and the ten best worst can be viewed and voted on here. Voting is open from now until Friday at 5 pm. I’ll keep you posted as the results come in. Meanwhile, a teaser. You know you want it: