The Judds’ 5 Best Music Videos

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The impact that the Judds had on the country music landscape is immeasurable. The loss of Naomi Judd, who died by suicide in April, came at a time when the mother-daughter duo seemed poised to make a significant comeback. Her death came just one day before the Judds’ induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame and sent shockwaves through their closely-knit musical community.

This weekend, a stretch of headlining shows originally scheduled to mark the pair’s final tour of their career will now become a celebration of the legacy Naomi and Wynonna made together. As fans gather to remember Naomi and the incredible songs she helped bring to life, The Boot is revisiting some of the best and brightest moments from the Judds’ historic and influential career.

Their music dominated the country charts during the late 1980s, and early 90s, a streak of success that continued through their final studio album of new material, 1990’s Love Can Build a Bridge. That catapult into stardom also coincided with the rise of music videos as a tool to promote songs while connecting with audiences in a new way. 

Although the Judds only released a handful of official music videos during the peak of their career, the following clips remind us of their immense talent, charisma and storytelling abilities — whether through song, on the stage or in front of a camera.

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    “Give a Little Love”

    This 1988 video marked the Judds’ first collaboration Bud Schaetzle, who would go on to direct their fifth and final music video three years later. His vision created a fast-moving compilation of live performance footage alongside moments filmed in various scenic locations.

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    “Mama He’s Crazy”

    Directed by David Hogan, “Mama He’s Crazy” marked the duo’s first music video of their career. The clip, released in 1984, shows the pair inside a quaint country home, reflecting on past relationships.

  • 3

    “Love is Alive”

    Simple and poignant, the visual accompaniment to the Judds’ 1985 single lets Wynonna’s soaring vocals and Naomi’s heart-piercing harmonies stand in the spotlight.

  • 2

    “Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout The Good Old Days)”

    The video for ”Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout The Good Old Days)” shows Wynonna Judd trying to make it through the challenges of daily life as an adult. From the window of her small apartment, she observes her neighbors as they go through those same moments in time while reflecting on how much has changed.

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    “Love Can Build a Bridge”

    Known by most as the Judds’ trademark hit, ”Love Can Build a Bridge” is all about coming together and connecting on a human level. As the pair perform their anthemic hit behind the scenic landscape of Sedona, Ariz., viewers also see a bond forged between men from very different backgrounds, culminating in a beautiful visual representation of unity.

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