Remember when MTV concentrated on playing actual music videos?  Me too.  And my all-time favorite series was Making The Video.  Nothing was better than going behind the scenes to see frame by frame how some iconic clips were set up, directed, and edited.  From Britney Spears to Janet Jackson, I'm throwing back to five Making The Video episodes worth reviewing.

  • 1

    'I'm A Slave 4 U' by Britney Spears

    This is an epic Making The Video for two reasons: 1) It's choreographer is Wade Robson, the guy Britney cheated on Justin Timberlake with; 2) The director is Francis Lawrence, who went on to helm The Hunger Games movie.

  • 2

    'Where You Are' Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey

    Aw, young love.  This clip was shot when Nick and Jessica were just falling in love.  It was all the sweetness and romance before the first breakup, pre-Newlyweds, and light years before their eventual divorce.  It's so sad when Jessica says 'I can't wait to show this to our kids someday'. :-( P.S. Look for a cameo from celebrity super hairstylist Ken Paves.

  • 3

    'Waiting for Tonight' Jennifer Lopez

    This clip is another Francis Lawrence special.  In 1999, Jennifer Lopez was releasing the second single from her album On The 6.  It's worth watching just to see how long JLo had to sit to be covered in Swarovski crystals for the canoe scene.

  • 4

    'Bye, Bye, Bye' NSYNC

    Ah, the video that broke the mold.  This is, in my opinion, the best NSYNC video ever.  This clip featured another tricky contraption, a cube room that rotated as the guys danced.  Director Wayne Isham always came up with clever ways to keep the boys from seeming like just another dull guy group.

  • 5

    'Doesn't Really Matter' Janet Jackson

    I just remember how nuts the tilting stage was for the dance sequences were, and how hard a time Janet and her crew had trying to stay on and not fall off.