19. "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" (1979)
Director Nick Saxton had a knack for showing up early – he was a production assistant on George Lucas' first full-length film, 1971's THX 1138, and he shot the very first Michael Jackson solo video, "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough." A director who loved syncing film to the rhythm of music (or what he called, in 1981, "synchro-cinema"), Saxton filled "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" with bursts of light that streamed when the beat dropped and angles that would switch on a snare crack. From today's perspective, and compared with future Jackson extravaganzas, the special effects used in 1979 were crude and embryonic. But the video is an early example of Jackson mixing new technology, fresh moves and old-Hollywood style: When he dances with himself, he updates Gene Kelly and presages Talking Heads' "Once in a Lifetime."