Classic Videos

Highlighting some of the most memorable music videos and live performances, as well as pop culture favorites

That Time Elton John Surprised London Commuters

You’re waiting for your train when suddenly you see a performer you’ve enjoyed for years. When he starts playing, you think “I’ll catch the next one”

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Public Image Ltd. Invades American Bandstand

The date was May 17, 1980. Two years earlier Rotten had turned rock music upside down and inside out as the frontman of punk progenitors the Sex Pistols. Now he was doing the same thing with Dick Clark

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Booker T & The MG’s Live: ‘Green Onions’

A live performance of Booker T & The MG’s “Green Onions” is one of the great instrumentals of the ’60s from the legendary Stax Records house band

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Singer + Jazz Band Swings ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’

It’s the big classic rock hit of the 1980s like you’ve never heard it before!

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Paul McCartney Demos ‘For No One’

Be a fly on the wall watching Paul McCartney demo “For No One”–including mimicking the French horn part–for Beatles producer George Martin

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Patti Smith ‘People Have The Power’

U2 chose Patti Smith’s “People Have The Power” as their entrance song on their tour. Her live performance of it with them is our Classic Video

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Jerry Garcia’s First Letterman Appearance

He was quite possibly the most fame-averse rock star ever but he recognized that promotional appearances were a necessary evil and good-naturedly plays along with Dave

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The Pretenders Rock Hall Induction 2005

Pretty impressive when a classic rock icon says that YOU were a great influence on HIM. That’s what happened when the English-American band were inducted

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Paul Shaffer Meets ‘Spinal Tap’s’ Artie Fufkin

One of our favorite scenes in This is Spinal Tap is when Paul Shaffer’s Artie Fufkin sets up an in-store appearance. 33 years later, he’s at it again

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Amy Schumer, Jennifer Lawrence Join Billy Joel on Uptown Girl

Video of besties Amy Schumer and Jennifer Lawrence joining Billy Joel onstage during “Uptown Girl” at Chicago’s Wrigley Field

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