One thing I've noticed is that while I don't mind if a song's lyrics have no "happy ending," I do prefer music videos which end with at least a sign of hope. Perhaps because a video is a more whole experience than a song. Any live video, no matter how hopeless the song, will end with the adulation of the crowd; studio videos are more self-contained.
Another thing I've noticed is that if you look at the frame caps I've taken, I look like a chauvinist pig. Well, it could be worse.
Videos in roughly descending order.
Tarja - Die Alive
Quite probably my favorite music video of all time. Tarja is certainly no longer the boring untouchable diva she was portrayed as in recent Nightwish videos. And I love the way this video was shot…