What an icon! When I was a child, i watched Mark Romanek’s works very carefully… He took me by his fairy visual art and raised me up with his videos. Then i’ve decided to make a top 5 Mark Romanek videos list. The list is very personal and a call to my childhood and youth. Videos at #1 and #2 that i chose for my list changed my vision for the future and forever when i’ve watched Mark Romanek videos in my early ages. How could i know…

Mark Romanek is an American video director and filmmaker, his directing works such as music videos commercials and movies. Mark Romanek reinvented the music video in the 1990s and won Grammy Awards for Best Short Form Music Video three times. We can say that among several music video directors, he’s an icon and a visual story telling master.

Remember the dark blue atmosphere of Madonna’s “Rain” video or the heartbreaking epitaph of Johnny Cash’s “Hurt” video… How about the Fiona Apple, Sonic Youth, Jay-Z, Red Hot Chili Peppers, En Vogue, David Bowie, Nine Inch Nails videos?

His videos are full of deep sensation and feeling. I felt in love with his works. Videos are absorbed by the spirit of his times and transformed a personal experience into a universal one. They are definitely great artworks.

#5 Lenny Kravitz – Are You Gonna Go My Way 

#4 Johnny Cash- Hurt

#3 Nine Inch Nails- Closer

#2 Michael Jackson feat. Janet Jackson- Scream

#1 Madonna- Bedtime Story

Enjoy the icon

Aytac Ozge Ondes

Mark Romanek Videography:

  • The The “Sweet Bird of Truth”
  • Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptian “Madonna of the Wasps”, “One Long Pair of Eyes”
  • Miki Howard  “Love Under New Management”, “Until You Come Back to Me”
  • En Vogue “You Don’t Have To Worry”
  • De La Soul “Ring Ring Ring”
  • ABC “Love Conquers All”
  • Keith Richards “Wicked As It Seems”
  • Definition of Sound   “Moira Jane’s Café”
  • Teenage Fanclub “What You Do To Me”
  • k.d. lang “Constant Craving”
  • Lenny Kravitz  ”Are You Gonna Go My Way”
  • David Bowie   “Jump They Say”, “Black Tie White Noise”
  • Madonna “Rain”
  • Lenny Kravitz  ”Is There Any Love In Your Heart”
  • Iggy Pop “Beside You”
  • Nine Inch Nails “Closer”
  • G. Love & Special Sauce “Cold Beverage”
  • Madonna “Bedtime Story”
  • R.E.M.  “Strange Currencies”
  • Michael Jackson “Scream”
  • Sonic Youth    “Little Trouble Girl”
  • Eels “Novocaine For the Soul”
  • Weezer “El Scorcho”
  • Beck “Devils Haircut”
  • Nine Inch Nails “The Perfect Drug”
  • Janet Jackson “Got ‘Til It’s Gone”
  • Lenny Kravitz  ”If You Can’t Say No”
  • Macy Gray “Do Something”
  • The Wallflowers “Sleepwalker”
  • Mick Jagger “God Gave Me Everything”
  • No Doubt “Hella Good”
  • Audioslave “Cochise”
  • Johnny Cash “Hurt”
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers “Can’t Stop”
  • Linkin Park “Faint”
  • Jay-Z “99 Problems”
  • Coldplay “Speed of Sound”
  • Jay-Z “Picasso Baby”
  • U2 “Invisible”