250 Greatest Music Videos Of All Time

April 2022 Update

This list of the 250 greatest music videos of all time is ranked through a combination of various different factors. Those include appearances on a critics’ or fans’ list, for winning or being nominated for awards, and for achieving a certain number of views on YouTube. Learn more about the methodology at this link.

1
A-ha
2
Peter Gabriel
4
Michael Jackson
5
Beastie Boys
7
Weezer
8
Madonna
9
Janet Jackson
10
Beyoncé
12
Johnny Cash
13
Sinéad O'Connor
14
Nine Inch Nails
15
Childish Gambino
16
The Smashing Pumpkins
17
Lady Gaga
19
Kendrick Lamar
20
Fatboy Slim
21
Spice Girls
22
Michael Jackson
23
Madonna
24
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
26
The White Stripes
27
Jamiroquai
28
Prince
1
A-ha
2
Peter Gabriel
4
Michael Jackson
5
Beastie Boys
7
Weezer
8
Madonna
9
Janet Jackson
10
Beyoncé
12
Johnny Cash
13
Sinéad O'Connor
14
Nine Inch Nails
15
Childish Gambino
16
The Smashing Pumpkins
17
Lady Gaga
19
Kendrick Lamar
20
Fatboy Slim
21
Spice Girls
22
Michael Jackson
23
Madonna
24
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
26
The White Stripes
27
Jamiroquai
28
Prince
RankTitleYearArtistDirectorLink
26Fell in Love with a Girl2002The White StripesMichel GondryWATCH
27Virtual Insanity1996JamiroquaiJonathan GlazerWATCH
28When Doves Cry1984PrincePrinceWATCH
29Video Killed the Radio Star1979The BugglesRussell MulcahyWATCH
31Freedom! '901990George MichaelDavid FincherWATCH
3299 Problems2004Jay-ZMark RomanekWATCH
33Hungry Like the Wolf1982Duran DuranRussell MulcahyWATCH
34Everybody Hurts1993R.E.M.Jake ScottWATCH
35Waterfalls1994TLCF. Gary GrayWATCH
36Wrecking Ball2013Miley CyrusTerry RichardsonWATCH
37Hey Ya!2003OutKastBryan BarberWATCH
38Criminal1997Fiona AppleMark RomanekWATCH
39The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)1997Missy ElliottHype WilliamsWATCH
40Cellophane2019FKA twigsAndrew Thomas HuangWATCH
41Untitled (How Does It Feel)2000D'AngeloDominique Trenier, Paul HunterWATCH
42Goodbye Earl2000The ChicksEvan BernardWATCH
43B.O.B.2000OutKastDave MeyersWATCH
44Opposites Attract1989Paula AbdulCandace Reckinger, Michael PattersonWATCH
45Sugar Water1996Cibo MattoMichel GondryWATCH
46Come to Daddy1997Aphex TwinChris CunninghamWATCH
47Rabbit in Your Headlights1998Unkle, Thom YorkeJonathan GlazerWATCH
48Coffee & TV1999BlurHammer & TongsWATCH
49Come Into My World2002Kylie MinogueMichel GondryWATCH
50...Baby One More Time1998Britney SpearsNigel DickWATCH
51Waiting for Tonight1999Jennifer LopezFrancis LawrenceWATCH
52Scream1995Janet Jackson, Michael JacksonMark RomanekWATCH
53It's Oh So Quiet1995BjörkSpike JonzeWATCH
54Toxic2003Britney SpearsJoseph KahnWATCH
55Jeremy1992Pearl JamMark PellingtonWATCH
56Chandelier2014SiaDaniel Askill, SiaWATCH
57November Rain1992Guns N' RosesAndy MorahanWATCH
58Losing My Religion1991R.E.M.Tarsem SinghWATCH
59Bitter Sweet Symphony1997the VerveWalter SternWATCH
60Rockit1983Herbie HancockGodley & CremeWATCH
61Money for Nothing1985Dire Straits, StingSteve BarronWATCH
62Once in a Lifetime1981Talking HeadsDavid Byrne, Toni BasilWATCH
63Ironic1996Alanis MorissetteStéphane SednaouiWATCH
64Got 'til It's Gone1997Janet Jackson, Joni Mitchell, Q-TipMark RomanekWATCH
65Doo Wop (That Thing)1998Lauryn HillBig TV!WATCH
66Lady Marmalade2001Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mýa, PinkPaul HunterWATCH
67Work It2002Missy ElliottDave Meyers, Missy ElliottWATCH
68Ashes to Ashes1980David BowieDavid Bowie, David MalletWATCH
69California Love1995Dr. Dre, Tupac ShakurHype WilliamsWATCH
70Smack My Bitch Up1997The ProdigyJonas ÅkerlundWATCH
71Runaway2010Kanye West, Pusha THype WilliamsWATCH
72Gangnam Style2012PsyCho Soo-hyunWATCH
73Hold Up2016BeyoncéBeyoncé, Jonas Åkerlund, Kahlil JosephWATCH
74Wyclef Jean2017Young ThugPomp&CloutWATCH
75Subterranean Homesick Blues1965Bob DylanD.A. PennebakerWATCH
76I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)1987Whitney HoustonBrian GrantWATCH
77Loser1993BeckSteve HanftWATCH
78Praise You1998Fatboy SlimSpike JonzeWATCH
79Girls Just Want to Have Fun1983Cyndi LauperEd GrilesWATCH
80Telephone2009Beyoncé, Lady GagaJonas ÅkerlundWATCH
81Bye Bye Bye2000NSYNCWayne IshamWATCH
82Apeshit2018Beyoncé, Jay-ZRicky SaizWATCH
83Material Girl1984MadonnaMary LambertWATCH
84Walk This Way1986Aerosmith, Run-D.M.C.Jon SmallWATCH
85Drop1995The PharcydeSpike JonzeWATCH
86Star Guitar2002The Chemical BrothersMichel GondryWATCH
87The Perfect Kiss1985New OrderJonathan DemmeWATCH
88Love Shack1989The B-52'sAdam BernsteinWATCH
89Anaconda2014Nicki MinajColin TilleyWATCH
90Montero (Call Me By Your Name)2021Lil Nas XTanu Muino, Lil Nas XWATCH
91Stan2000Dido, EminemDr. Dre, Philip AtwellWATCH
92Beat It1983Michael JacksonBob GiraldiWATCH
93Smooth Criminal1988Michael JacksonColin ChilversWATCH
94Wicked Game1990Chris IsaakHerb RittsWATCH
95We Found Love2011Calvin Harris, RihannaMelina MatsoukasWATCH
96Alright2015Kendrick LamarColin Tilley, The Little HomiesWATCH
97Blank Space2014Taylor SwiftJoseph KahnWATCH
98Cryin'1994AerosmithMarty CallnerWATCH
99Umbrella2007Jay-Z, RihannaChris ApplebaumWATCH
100One1989MetallicaBill Pope, Michael SalomonWATCH
101No Rain1992Blind MelonSamuel BayerWATCH
102Karma Police1997RadioheadJonathan GlazerWATCH
103Hardest Button to Button2003The White StripesMichel GondryWATCH
104Sorry2016BeyoncéKahlil Joseph, BeyoncéWATCH
105Ray of Light1998MadonnaJonas ÅkerlundWATCH
106Freak on a Leash1999KornJonathan Dayton, Todd McFarlane, Valerie FarisWATCH
107Heart-Shaped Box1993NirvanaAnton CorbijnWATCH
108Wuthering Heights1978Kate BushKeefWATCH
109Scenario1992A Tribe Called Quest, Leaders of the New School, Busta RhymesJim SwaffieldWATCH
110Everlong1997Foo FightersMichel GondryWATCH
111Outtasite (Outta Mind)1997WilcoBill FishmanWATCH
112Close Your Eyes (and Count to Fuck)2014Run the Jewels, Zack de la RochaAG RojasWATCH
113Bachelorette1997BjörkMichel GondryWATCH
114The Story of O.J.2017Jay-ZMark RomanekWATCH
115All the Small Things1999Blink-182Marcos SiegaWATCH
116Hotline Bling2015DrakeDirector XWATCH
117WAP2020Cardi B, Megan Thee StallionColin TilleyWATCH
118Bad Blood2015Kendrick Lamar, Taylor SwiftJoseph KahnWATCH
119You Might Think1984The CarsAlex Weil, Charlie Levi, Jeff SteinWATCH
120One Mic2002NasChris RobinsonWATCH
121Whiskey Lullaby2004Brad Paisley, Alison KraussRicky SchroderWATCH
122Love Story2008Taylor SwiftTrey FanjoyWATCH
123Black Hole Sun1994SoundgardenHoward GreenhalghWATCH
124Leave Me Alone1988Michael JacksonJim Blashfield, Paul DienerWATCH
125Life On Mars?1973David BowieMick RockWATCH
126Space Oddity1973David BowieMick RockWATCH
127Welcome to the Jungle1987Guns N' RosesNigel DickWATCH
128Straight Outta Compton1989N.W.A.Rupert WainwrightWATCH
129Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang1992Dr. Dre, Snoop DoggDr. DreWATCH
130Just1995RadioheadJamie ThravesWATCH
13119791996The Smashing PumpkinsJonathan Dayton, Valerie FarisWATCH
132Triumph1997Wu-Tang ClanBrett RatnerWATCH
133Let Forever Be1999The Chemical BrothersMichel GondryWATCH
134Never Catch Me2014Flying Lotus, Kendrick LamarHiro MuraiWATCH
135Ain't It Funny2016Danny BrownJonah HillWATCH
136Violet1985HoleMark Seliger, Fred WoodwardWATCH
137The Pleasure Principle1987Janet JacksonDominic SenaWATCH
138Copperhead Road1988Steve EarlTony Vanden EndeWATCH
139If I Could Turn Back Time1989CherMarty CallnerWATCH
140Big Time Sensuality1993BjörkStéphane SednaouiWATCH
141Fantasy1995Mariah CareyMariah CareyWATCH
142It's All Coming Back to Me Now1996Céline DionNigel DickWATCH
143What They Do1996The RootsCharles Stone IIIWATCH
144Hypnotize1997The Notorious B.I.G.Paul HunterWATCH
145Mo Money Mo Problems1997Mase, Puff Daddy, The Notorious B.I.G.Hype WilliamsWATCH
146Paranoid Android1997RadioheadMagnus CarlssonWATCH
147Teardrop1998Massive AttackWalter SternWATCH
148Oops!... I Did It Again2000Britney SpearsNigel DickWATCH
149Suerte (Whenever, Wherever)2001ShakiraFrancis LawrenceWATCH
150SOS2006RihannaChris ApplebaumWATCH
151California Gurls2010Katy Perry, Snoop DoggMathew CullenWATCH
152Bound 22013Kanye WestNick KnightWATCH
153Nobody Speak2016DJ Shadow, Run the JewelsSam PillingWATCH
154Addicted to Love1986Robert PalmerTerence DonovanWATCH
155Janie's Got a Gun1989AerosmithDavid FincherWATCH
156I Hope You Dance2000Lee Ann WomackGary WennerWATCH
157Get Ur Freak On2001Missy ElliottDave MeyersWATCH
158In da Club200350 CentPhilip AtwellWATCH
159Jesus Walks2004Kanye WestChris MilkWATCH
160Before He Cheats2006Carrie UnderwoodRoman WhiteWATCH
161Stay2007SugarlandShaun SilvaWATCH
162If I Die Young2010The Band PerryDavid McClisterWATCH
163Uptown Funk2014Bruno Mars, Mark RonsonBruno Mars, Cameron DuddyWATCH
164Hello2015AdeleXavier DolanWATCH
165Pynk2018Janelle MonáeWATCH
166Without Me2002EminemJoseph KahnWATCH
167Yonkers2011"Tyler, the Creator"Wolf HaleyWATCH
168No Church in the Wild2012Frank Ocean, Jay-Z, Kanye West, The-DreamRomain GavrasWATCH
169Turn Down for What2013DJ Snake, Lil JonDANIELSWATCH
170Another Brick in the Wall1979Pink FloydAlan Parker, Gerald ScarfeWATCH
171Windowlicker1999Aphex TwinChris CunninghamWATCH
172Daydreaming2016RadioheadPaul Thomas AndersonWATCH
173Girls on Film1983Duran DuranGodley & CremeWATCH
174This Note's for You1988Neil Young & The BluenotesJulien TempleWATCH
175Free Your Mind1992En VogueMark RomanekWATCH
176Livin' la Vida Loca1999Ricky MartinWayne IshamWATCH
177Dani California2006Red Hot Chili PeppersTony KayeWATCH
178I Write Sins Not Tragedies2006Panic! at the DiscoShane DrakeWATCH
179Drunk on a Plane2014Dierks BentleyWes EdwardsWATCH
180Blinding Lights2020the WeekndAnton TammiWATCH
181Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough1979Michael JacksonWATCH
182Atmosphere1980Joy DivisionAnton CorbijnWATCH
183Gimmie All Your Lovin'1983ZZ TopTim NewmanWATCH
184Jump1983Van HalenPete Angelus, David Lee RothWATCH
185We're Not Gonna Take It1984Twisted SisterMarty CallnerWATCH
186Sweet Child o' Mine1988Guns N' RosesWATCH
187Express Yourself1989MadonnaDavid FincherWATCH
188Mama Said Knock You Out1990LL Cool JParis BarclayWATCH
189U Can't Touch This1990MC HammerRupert WainwrightWATCH
190Black or White1991Michael JacksonJohn LandisWATCH
191Remember the Time1992Michael JacksonJohn SingletonWATCH
192Check Yo Self (The Message Remix)1993Ice CubeF. Gary GrayWATCH
193Insane in the Brain1993Cypress HillJosh TaftWATCH
194Ready or Not1996FugeesMarcus NispelWATCH
195Frozen1998MadonnaChris CunninghamWATCH
196Man! I Feel Like a Woman!1999Shania TwainPaul BoydWATCH
197Big Pimpin'2000Jay-ZHype WilliamsWATCH
198Clint Eastwood2001GorillazJamie Hewlett, Pete CandelandWATCH
199Pagan Poetry2001BjörkNick KnightWATCH
200Rollout (My Business2001LudacrisJeremy RallWATCH
201Cocoon2002BjörkEiko IshiokaWATCH
202Seven Nation Army2003The White StripesAlex & MartinWATCH
203Lollipop2008Lil Wayne, Static MajorGil GreenWATCH
204Blackstar2015David BowieJohan RenckWATCH
205All Night2016BeyoncéBeyoncéWATCH
206Freedom2016Beyoncé, Kendrick LamarKahlil Joseph, BeyoncéWATCH
207Lazarus2016David BowieJohan RenckWATCH
208Work from Home2016Fifth Harmony, Ty Dolla SignDirector XWATCH
209Girls Like You2018Cardi B, Maroon 5David DobkinWATCH
210Need You Tonight / Mediate1988INXSRichard LowensteinWATCH
211Rolling in the Deep2010AdeleSam BrownWATCH
212Love the Way You Lie2010Eminem, RihannaJoseph KahnWATCH
213I Don't Like Mondays1979The Boomtown RatsDavid MalletWATCH
214Physical1982Olivia Newton-JohnBrian GrantWATCH
215In Bloom1992NirvanaKevin KerslakeWATCH
216Devil's Haircut1996BeckMark RomanekWATCH
217Da Funk1997Daft PunkSpike JonzeWATCH
218Kelly Watch the Stars1998AirMike MillsWATCH
219Maps2003Yeah Yeah YeahsPatrick DaughtersWATCH
220Be Good or Be Gone2006Fionn ReganSi & AdWATCH
221Flashing Lights2007Kanye WestSpike Jonze, Kanye WestWATCH
222The Greeks2011Is TropicalMegaforceWATCH
223Baby's on Fire2012Die AntwoordNinja, Terence NealeWATCH
224Grown Up2012Danny BrownGreg BrunkallaWATCH
225Hurricane2012MS MRLuke GilfordWATCH
226Oblivion2012GrimesGrimes, Emily Kai BockWATCH
227Simple Song2012The ShinsDANIELSWATCH
228Annabel2013GoldfrappLisa GunningWATCH
229Pursuit2013GesaffelsteinFleur & ManuWATCH
230Q.U.E.E.N.2013Janelle Monáe, Erykah BaduAlan FergusonWATCH
231Royals2013LordeJoel KefaliWATCH
232Gold2014Chet FakerHiro MuraiWATCH
233Opulence2014Brooke CandySteven KleinWATCH
234Borders2015M.I.A.M.I.A.WATCH
235Glass & Patron2015FKA twigsFKA twigsWATCH
236High by the Beach2015Lana Del ReyJake NavaWATCH
237Glue2017BicepJoe WilsonWATCH
238Territory2017The BlazeThe BlazeWATCH
239Want You Back2017HaimJake SchreierWATCH
240A$AP Forever2018A$AP Rocky, MobyDexter NavyWATCH
241Fun!2018Vince StaplesCalmaticWATCH
242Whack World2018Tierra WhackThibaut Duverneix, Mathieu LégerWATCH
243Every Breath You Take1983The PoliceGodley & CremeWATCH
244Land of Confusion1986GenesisJim Yukich, John LloydWATCH
245Country Boy1984Ricky SkaggsMartin KahanWATCH
246Highwayman1984The HighwaymenPeter IsraelsonWATCH
247When We Was Fab1988George HarrisonGodley & CremeWATCH
248Anymore1991Travis TrittJack ColeWATCH
249Kiko and the Lavender Moon1992Los LobosOndrej RudavskyWATCH
250Man on the Moon1992R.E.M.Peter CareWATCH