Beyoncé’s ‘Formation’ Named Greatest Music of All Time by Rolling Stone
By: Teddy Grant
Beyoncé’s “Formation” is the greatest music video of all time, according to Rolling Stone magazine.
“In under five minutes, Beyoncé moves from a plantation-style house where the Black denizens are the masters, not the slaves, to the top of a sinking police car,” the magazine wrote. “If Beyoncé’s self-titled visual album established her as one of the greatest artists of all time, her surprise-released ‘Formation’ video (and ensuing album Lemonade) marked her as one of the most important.”
The publication ranked 100 of the greatest videos of all time in honor of MTV’s 40th anniversary, which is on Aug. 1.
Rolling Stone named Johnny Cash’s “Hurt” as its number two pick, followed by “Vogue” by Madonna and “This is America” by Childish Gambino.
Michael Jackson rounds out the top 10 with “Billie Jean.” At the same time, Beyoncé’ appears on the list three other times: At number 12 for “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” number 29 for “Apes***” off her collaborative album with husband Jay-Z and at 66 for Lady Gaga’s “Telephone,” which she is featured.
Artists in the top 20 include Prince for “Kiss,” D’Angelo for “Untitled (How Does It Feel?)” and Missy Elliott for “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly).”