My estimations were grossly inaccurate.
To give a brief explanation of what I'm talking about in case no one has read any of my prior mentions, I'm referring to an old videotape my mother used to record music videos as well as interviews and concerts off of the TV. Back in the day it was something that was done often.
I remember watching it with my mother as a younger child. Around that time, 1997-98, she'd recorded a few songs I'd liked myself on there, including 'Where's the Love' by Hanson and a fun music video by Backstreet Boys called 'Everybody (Backstreet's Back).' I think some of the music on the tape had a small hand in influencing my musical tastes because it was played often when I was younger, exposing me to pop music, sometimes obscure but mostly mainstream, from the late 80s and early 90s.
Today I spent about four hours fast-forwarding every music video on there, only pausing it at the beginning to take down the name of the song, artist, album and year. Sometimes I wouldn't fast-forward and just watch the ones I liked. Originally I thought it would take absolutely forever, all day. In a way, it did, but to my big surprise as I got to the end, I finished it at seventy-five songs. Or music videos.
Had I not fast-forwarded it, but also not paused it, and had there not been any interview segments between videos or repeats of one video (sometimes a song repeats twice or even more), the tape would actually probably only be about three hours long. There are some parts of the tape that are devoted to a part of an episode of Spotlight, an old series MuchMusic used to air, so several songs by one artist or band, plus interview segments, would go by. Spotlight episodes of Mariah Carey, Crowded House, Barenaked Ladies, Genesis, and Whitney Houston feature.
Since I have now gotten everything listed, I can now break it down into interesting bits of information.
1980 - 1 song
1981 - 2 songs
1983 - 3 songs
1984 - 2 songs
1985 - 2 songs
1986 - 6 songs
1987 - 3 songs
1988 - 3 songs
1989 - 3 songs
1990 - 7 songs
1991 - 6 songs
1992 - 14 songs
1993 - 7 songs
1994 - 5 songs
1995 - 2 songs
1996 - 1 song
1997 - 5 songs
It's interesting to sort of find the average year the videos were from. 1992 wins in this regard. In terms of artist, it appears Genesis has the most videos.
I probably over-estimated the time of the tape due to the fact that one music video seems hours away from another music video only three or four videos later. When I look at that and see 'Message to My Girl' and then look at 'Creep' only two videos away, I could not see how close that is when I think of the time it felt like for me to get from one to the other. What probably makes it seem so long like that is due to the change in atmosphere; one musical video has an extremely different taste, atmosphere, setting, and sound from another one, and when you've changed these different factors a few times, factors that often have a huge contrast with one another between videos, it seems like you've come a long way.
It's a good tape. It's like a playlist. In this day and age it might as well be a playlist on your iPod that you listen to on your way to work or school. It probably wouldn't seem nearly as long for one thing. But back in the old days, with videotapes and well-done, creative, illustrative music videos recorded on them, there's a real atmosphere and aesthetic to it. I like it; I probably like it more than what you hear on mp3s and iPods today (in terms of sound quality and how it's interpreted). I'd probably go for the old tapes over the 'official, original' versions of the music videos offered on VEVO on YouTube - those sound too clear and perfect and new, refined and remastered.
Plus the ads are quite annoying.
If you find any song in the list that you remember or like, I'm pretty sure they're on YouTube, 'perfect' and 'remastered.' But you can't beat the aesthetic of atmosphere and the old sound quality of that tape. On there, they sound original.
That's always the best in my opinion.