Fiona Apple, ‘Criminal’ vs. Madonna, ‘Vogue’—Greatest Pop Video of the Modern Era [Final Round]
It all comes down to this: our final round in PopCrush's search for the Greatest Pop Video of the Modern Era, 90s edition! The angsty Fiona Apple and the iconic Madonna have battled their way to the top—all thanks to your votes—and now it's time for you to cast your final votes to help us crown a winner!
Fionna Apple's "Criminal" remains the singer-songwriter's biggest hit to date, having peaked at #21 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #4 on its Modern Rock Chart. It also won her a Grammy for "Best Female Rock Vocal Performance," an MTV Video Music Award, as well as a VH1 Fashion Award. And rightfully so: the track and the video both place female sexuality at the forefront, allowing Apple to describe the backlash against women who don't shy away from being a "bad, bad girl" now and again.
Similar to Apple's "Criminal" video, Madonna's black-and-white epic visual for "Vogue" finds power, strength, and beauty in female sexuality without making it seem vulgar or unnecessary. Quite the contrary: the way Madonna manages to display both male and female forms was and still is not only necessary but also breathtakingly beautiful. The movements, cinematography, and cultural references are precise, as is Madonna's statement: dance isn't just a form of entertainment; it's an unmistakable form of self-identification. To this day, "Vogue" remains one of her biggest commercial successes and her most-nominated video for the MTV Video Music Awards (winning three of the nine).
So, now it's time for you, our devoted readers, to vote and help us decide who will be crowned PopCrush's Greatest Pop Video of the 90s: Fiona Apple or Madonna! The poll will close on Wednesday, December 2 at 5 PM ET.