The 1990s were a great time for music videos. With MuchMusic countdown playing non-stop music videos all day long, it was always mesmerizing to sit and watch the videos rise and fall on the charts. Cheesy close-up shots, slow motion, frosted tips, butterfly clips, and just plain nonsense were often reccurring themes in 1990’s music videos.
We’ve already release part one of some amazing Canadian music videos you probably forgot about, which you can read here, but check out part two of some of the most unique and coolest videos from the 90s that you probably forgot existed below.
Jane Child – “Don’t Wanna Fall In Love” (1990)
Released as the second single from her self titled debut album, Jane Child’s “Don’t Wanna Fall In Love” held the number two spot for three consecutive weeks on the US Billboard Hot 100. The song is Child’s only hit, categorizing her a one-hit-wonder.
The Grapes Of Wrath – “You May Be Right” (1991)
British Colombia-based alt-rock band The Grapes Of Wrath made a few iconic ’90s music videos. This music video screams the ’90s with multi-colored backgrounds and slow-motion shots. “You May Be Right,” off their album These Days, was one of their highest-charting singles and the album received the 1992 CASBY Award for Favourite Album.
Organized Rhyme – “Check The O.R.” (1992)
Organized Rhyme was a Canadian hip-hop group based in Ottawa, Ontario. The three-man group was one of the first Canadian rap groups to sign a record deal with a major label (A&M Records) and their music video for “Check The O.R.” won the MuchMusic Video Award for Best Rap Video in 1992. Not to mention, one of the three members was Canadian comedian Tom Green!
Snow – “Informer” (1992)
Nova Scotia native Snow is widely known for his 1992 hit “Informer.” The reggae-fusion inspired hip-hop song spent seven weeks at No. 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The song is about a 1989 incident where Snow was charged with two counts of attempted murder, which he spent a year in jail for before being acquitted and freed. The famous line “A licky boom boom down” can mean either “I’ll beat you down” or “I’ll gun you down” depending on how you interpret the Jamaican Patois. Still to this day, “Informer” is the top-selling reggae single in U.S. History.
The Tragically Hip – “Courage (for Hugh MacLennan)” (1992)
The Tragically Hip is arguably one of the most important bands in Canada, and with all their hits come great music videos. “Courage (for Hugh MacLennan)” was nominated for “Single of the Year” at the 1994 Juno Awards, and the video totally embodies the ’90s.
Sarah McLachlan – “Possession” (1993)
Sarah McLachlan’s song “Possession” was inspired by two obsessed fans she had who believed they were in a relationship with her. The music video totally reminds us of the pottery scene in the 1990 movie Ghost.
Moist – “Believe Me” (1994)
Canadian rock band Moist was formed in 1992. Their album Silver went on to sell over 400,000 copies in Canada alone, thanks to the singles “Believe Me,” “Silver,” and “Push.”
Alanis Morissette – “You Oughta Know” (1995)
Canadian icon Alanis Morissette released “You Oughta Know” as the lead single off her 1995 album Jagged Little Pill. In 1996 the song was nominated for three Grammy Awards, winning the awards for Best Rock Song and Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. Like Morissette says… “you, you, you oughta know.”
Shania Twain – “That Don’t Impress Me Much” (1997)
Canadian icon, Shania Twain, dominated the charts in the ’90s and early 2000s. “That Don’t Impress Me Much” became Twain’s third-biggest single on the Billboard Hot 100, and remains as one of her biggest hits worldwide. The music video is iconic and won Video of the Year at the Canadian Country Music Awards and the MuchMoreMusic Award at the 1999 MuchMusic Video Awards.
Celine Dion – “My Heart Will Go On” (1997)
Celine Dion has many hits, but her most popular is “My Heart Will Go On.” The song was the theme song for the 1997 film Titanic, and the music video features scenes from the film and shots of Dion singing on the infamous cruise ship. The song won four Grammys, an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award.
Love Inc – “You’re a Superstar” (1998)
Canadian Eurodance group Love Inc. released “You’re a Superstar” in 1998 as the second single off their album Love Inc. The song was the group’s biggest hit, peaking at number 13 on the Canadian RPM Top Singles Chart and number one on the RPM Dance Chart.
The Moffatts – “I’ll Be There For You” (1998)
The Moffatts were basically Canada’s Hanson. The boy band released “I’ll Be There For You” in 1998 as the first single off their third album Chapter I: A New Beginning. The song was a hit in Canada and reached No. 5 on Canada’s singles chart and peaked at No. 25 on the RPM Adult Contemporary chart.
Rufus Wainwright – “April Fools” (1998)
American-Canadian singer Rufus Wainwright released “April Fools” in 1998. The music video featured cameos from No Doubt’s Gwen Stefani and Hole bassist Melissa Auf der Maur. Part of the video was actually filmed in Stefani’s house.
Bif Naked – “Spaceman” (1998)
“Spaceman” is the first single from Canadian singer Bif Naked’s third album, I Bificus. The song peaked at No. 36 on Canada’s RPM Singles Chart. The music video features the singer in an all white outfit walking around in what appears to be a space ship.
Sky – “Some Kind of Wonderful” (1998)
Sky debuted “Some Kind of Wonderful” off their album Piece of Paradise in 1998 and the song gained international success. The song peaked at No. 4 on the Canadian Singles Chart and No. 1 on the charts in Thailand. The album went platinum in Canada.