18 April 2013

Youth culture defines generations and music has defined youth culture. The phenomenon first appeared in the 1950s with Elvis Presley, Rock 'n Roll, and James Dean all 'corrupting' teenagers around the world. 

Throughout the 60s and 70s youth culture changed and developed through hippies, punks, goths and mods with music and music video playing a key part. 

Whether it was The Beatles with Strawberry Fields Forever or Bob Dylan's Subterranean Homesick Blues, it was music video that made youth culture more than an audible sensation. From the 80s onwards, with the launch of MTV in 1981 and the 20 years of internet videos that followed, the art form became ubiquitous and today youth culture is exhibited in every crevice of our modern society.

From cultural commentary and politics to massive pop hits, music videos are still at the core of youth culture with over 4 billion hours of YouTube videos watched each month around the world. 

What video best represents youth culture, either today or from any point in history? We're looking for those videos which are full of the spirit, excitement and feelings of youth. Simply comment below or tweet @FACT_liverpool with your chosen video and the one with the most votes will be included in our unique crowd sourced exhibit. 

The Art of Pop Video exhibition is on until May 26, and features over 100 videos which tell the story of the pop video, marking the medium’s substantial contribution to popular culture.