2 May 2013

We’ve counted, double and triple checked the 100’s of votes that we received and we now have our winners and runners up in each category. It was an incredibly close race with joint winners in three different categories and single votes separating winners and runners in almost every week. 

The competition began with the search for the most iconic video. These videos have come to define periods in musical history, artists and entire genres of music, but there was only ever going to be one winner in this category, Michael Jackson’s Thriller! The ten-minute epic was, at the time, the most expensive music video ever made and was entirely financed by the King of Pop himself. In second place is Michel Gondry’s incredible Round the World video for French electro duo, Daft Punk.

Up next, we were looking for the pop video the made you laugh out loud. From Sabotage by The Beastie Boys to the adventures of Milky in Blur’s Coffee and TV, videos that make us laugh stick in the memory and are always amongst the most popular videos around. This was an incredibly tight race to call, with single votes separating the top five but the outright winner is Praise You by Fatboy Slim. Directed by Spike Jonze, the video sees a fictional dance troupe give a bizarre (but incredible!) modern dance performance outside a cinema to the waiting crowds.

Communicating thoughts, feelings or emotions is important in all art, and we wanted to know what music video you thought best represented an emotion. The joint winners in this category are at the unhappier end of the emotional scale. The winners, Sinead O’Connor’s Nothing Compares 2U and Hurt by Johnny Cash are about lost love and loneliness with many of the comments saying that both these videos have made you cry!

Sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll have got countless music videos banned over the years, and in the next Audience Selection category we were looking for the most controversial videos ever. In another closely fought battle, the joint winners of this category are The Prodigy – Smack my Bitch Up and Punk Prayer "Virgin Mary, Put Putin Away" by Pussy Riot. This video led to the arrest of three members of the group with two of the band still in prison for 'hooliganism'

The final week of Audience Selection looked for the video that best represented Youth culture. The winners this week were very different, one big budget video from a high profile director and one DIY self-shot video that first appeared on YouTube. Stress by Justice and Boombox 100 by Ely Kim are the final two winners! The video for Stress, directed by Romain Gavras, features gangs of ‘feral’ youths rioting through Parisian neighbourhoods.

All the videos and the runners up in each category can be viewed on the right hand side of this page in the Related Media section or through our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/FACTLiverpool