In what promises to be one of our most random playlists (yes, even surpassing the dirty secrets one), the AP editorial team is reflecting this week on the first music videos we ever saw. Some of our picks are older than us and downright ridiculous when you revisit them in a modern context—and that’s the beauty and hilarity of it all.
I can confidently say that Green Day were the vessel for my first music-meets-video experience, with their explosive 2004 single, “American Idiot.” My 10-year old self was enthralled by frontman Billie Joe Armstrong’s seemingly imperturbable punk-rock persona and rebellious overtone—not to mention his physical appearance in the video influenced my apparel choices for many years following. Nevertheless, it was watching the band in this video (and the scenes of them rocking out in that weird green substance—seriously though, what is that stuff?) that aided in kickstarting my travels in music, the same one I’m on today. —Tyler Sharp
Full list at AP: HERE