Note: This was written by a Yahoo! contributor. Join the Yahoo! Contributor Network to start publishing your own articles."The Young and the Restless" has always featured writing that was modern and socially relevant with the times. It offers characters of several generations, and the heart of the show was always love and family ties.
Another thing that has often been celebrated on the show is great music, from the great song on the opening credits to well-produced music videos of rock star characters like Danny Romalotti. Several of the characters who have gone through Genoa City, stayed quite a long time, or simply been visitors have been incredible singers and musicians. This led to some music videos that rival anything MTV has offered. Here are the all-time greatest music videos of the show.
Michael Damian as Danny Romalotti - 'Rock On'
Michael Damian is a renowned singer off the set. He played Danny Romalotti, a character who also was a rock star. Danny arrived in Genoa City in 1981 as a waiter trying to make ends meet while dreaming of being a successful singer. According to Michael Damian's official website, that dream was fully realized when Danny had a hit with the remake of Davis Essex's"Rock On." (As life imitates art imitates life, Damian had a hit in the real world with the remake.) "Rock On" was featured on "The Young and the Restless" as a rock concert music video, and Michael Damian performing the song as Danny is a memorable moment is music TV history.
Victor and Nikki's Theme Song: "Through The Eyes of Love"
The longest lasting, most fanatically followed couple on "The Young and the Restless" is Victor and Nikki. Now, if only they could stay together! When they first married in 1984, their wedding song was "Through the Eyes of Love." Through the years, fans have been treated to several music videos of the couple set to performances and recordings of this song that was also the theme song to the motion picture, "Ice Castles." Although the best video of the two is debatable, many think it is the first one at Victor and Nikki's original wedding.
J.T. and Colleen - "When You Say Nothing At All" by Thad Luckinbill
Star-crossed lovers J.T. and Colleen had an ill-fated, yet passionate, love affair. Their theme song was "When You Say Nothing At All." After Colleen and her dad, Brad, have a falling out, there were montages of the two to Allison Krauss's vocals on their song. At her 16th birthday, J.T. (portrayed by Thad Luckinbill) sang and performed "When You Say Nothing At All" on guitar to Colleen to express his love for her. They both tie as one of the best, most beloved fan videos on the show.
Fans of the on-screen couple will be delighted to know that the actors who portrayed J.T. and Colleen (Thad Luckinbill and Lyndsy Fonseca, respectively) reunited for the mid-season premiere of "Nikita" in January 2011, Soap Opera Digest reported.
Sharon and Nick Newman - "100 Tears Away" by Vonda Shepard
Sharon and Nick Newman are following the footsteps of Victor and Nikki Newman in how many times they break up and get back together. After a down time early in their marriage, there is a beautiful montage of them with Cassie and baby Noah to "100 Tears Away" by Vonda Shepard. It's a haunting song with beautiful lyrics, and the scenes really match it perfectly and work to stir the emotions and bring back memories viewers have shared with the passionate couple.
Cricket and Danny - "Dreams Will Come" by Paul Brady
With their song being "Starting Here, Starting Now" by Patty Weaver, perhaps no couple had more music video time than Cricket and Danny, a fan favorite couple until the mischievous Phyllis broke them up through her scheming.
A music video that captures their love and all their best moments is a music video that Danny put together for Cricket when trying to win her back. Danny comes over with the video. As he plays it for Cricket, we, the viewers, get to see it, too. It's set to the music of the very talented Paul Brady. The song, "Dreams Will Come," is dreamy and ethereal. The scenes include the elaborate Hawaiian honeymoon of Danny and Cricket. It's a music video worthy of lots of replay. The lyrics to the song are given on The Y and R Fan Site.
For more information about the music videos of "The Young and the Restless," the Genoa City Gossip site has compiled a thorough list of music videos of the show that aired in the past decade.
- Michael Damian
- Vonda Shepard
- Danny Romalotti
- Thad Luckinbill
- music videos