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250 Greatest Music Videos Of All Time

2024 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.

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Nikes
Rank:
250
Artist:

Nikes

In a visual kaleidoscope of charisma and eccentricity, Frank Ocean's music video for "Nikes" leaves viewers entranced in a witty world of his own creation ...
Work from Home
Rank:
249

Work from Home

The fierce fivesome dons an array of stylish workwear as they command the attention of some seriously chiseled laborers, proving that they can effortlessly lay down the bricks of a chart-topping hit ...
This Is What You Came For
Rank:
248

This Is What You Came For

Set in a warehouse, the video features a dynamic, geometric light installation that constantly changes and evolves, reflecting the energy of the music ...
Basket Case
Rank:
247
Artist:

Basket Case

With its chaotic energy and rebellious vibe, this visual treat perfectly encapsulates the essence of the 90s alternative scene ...
Hips Don't Lie
Rank:
246

Hips Don’t Lie

With tantalizing costumes and an infectious beat, this music video stands as a testament to Shakira's undeniable prowess as a performer and her ability to create a truly unforgettable experience ...
Sugar, We're Goin Down
Rank:
245
Artist:

Sugar, We’re Goin Down

The music video for "Sugar, We're Goin Down" by Fall Out Boy, directed by Matt Lenssen, is a quirky and memorable visual narrative that aligns with the band's penchant for unique storytelling ...
Womanizer
Rank:
244

Womanizer

Released in 2008, the Womanizer video plays on the theme of the song, depicting Britney as a woman who confronts and teases a womanizing man in various disguises—ranging from a sexy secretary to a driven businesswoman, and even a waitress, all to expose his unfaithful behavior ...
The Boys of Summer
Rank:
243
Artist:

The Boys of Summer

The music video for "The Boys of Summer" by Don Henley, directed by Jean-Baptiste Mondino, is a striking visual piece that perfectly captures the song's themes of nostalgia and the passage of time ...
This Note's for You

This Note’s for You

Through a series of humorous skits, Neil Young pokes fun at the world of advertising and consumerism, delivering a powerful message ...
Right Now
Rank:
241
Artist:

Right Now

The music video for "Right Now" by Van Halen, released in 1991, is particularly notable for its innovative use of text overlays to convey social and political messages, punctuating the music with a series of thought-provoking statements and questions ...
Livin' la Vida Loca
Rank:
240
Artist:

Livin’ la Vida Loca

The Livin' la Vida Loca video's choreography and Ricky Martin's charismatic performance helped to establish him as a major force in the Latin pop music scene ...
Dani California
Rank:
239

Dani California

The Dani California video's playful and irreverent tone perfectly matches the spirit of the song, which celebrates the rebellious and adventurous nature of rock and roll ...
Drunk on a Plane
Rank:
238

Drunk on a Plane

The Drunk on a Plane video features Dierks Bentley as the lead singer of a wedding band who finds himself stranded on a plane full of rowdy passengers, including his ex-girlfriend who is getting married the next day ...
Havana
Rank:
237

Havana

The music video for "Havana" by Camila Cabello, featuring Young Thug, is a playful and cinematic homage to Camila's Cuban heritage ...
Woman
Rank:
236
Artist:

Woman

Doja Cat's "Woman" video cleverly blends traditional and contemporary elements, drawing inspiration from both African tribal aesthetics and modern fashion trends to create a unique and intriguing visual experience ...
Another Brick in the Wall
Rank:
235
Artist:

Another Brick in the Wall

The music video features the band performing the song in a stark, minimalist setting, with scenes of children being taught in a strict and regimented school interspersed throughout. The video was a huge success, and helped to make "Another Brick in the Wall" one of Pink Floyd's most popular and enduring songs ...
Forever
Rank:
234
Artist:

Forever

The music video for "Forever" by Charli XCX, released during the COVID-19 pandemic, is a testament to creative adaptation under constraints ...
Somebody That I Used to Know
Rank:
233
Artist:

Somebody That I Used to Know

With its hypnotic, geometric patterns and the gradual unveiling of the singers' painted bodies, it transports viewers into a kaleidoscopic world of love, loss, and those pesky memories of ex-lovers that just won't fade away ...
Pork and Beans
Rank:
232
Artist:

Pork and Beans

In a delightful blend of humor and nostalgia, Weezer's music video for "Pork and Beans" is a quirky tribute to internet sensations and pop culture ...
Elektrobank
Rank:
231

Elektrobank

In a spectacular display of rhythmic prowess, the Elektrobank music video by The Chemical Brothers takes viewers on a thrilling, witty, and electrifying journey ...
No Church in the Wild

No Church in the Wild

Directed by Romain Gavras, the "No Church in the Wild" video juxtaposes images of violence and destruction with moments of beauty and transcendence, such as a young couple kissing amidst the chaos ...
Turn Down for What
Rank:
229
Artist:

Turn Down for What

Directed by The Daniels, the "Turn Down for What" video is a hilarious and over-the-top celebration of music and dance, with absurd and surreal imagery throughout ...
The Story of O.J.
Rank:
228
Artist:

The Story of O.J.

"The Story of O.J." highlights the message of financial empowerment, encouraging African Americans to invest in themselves and their community ...
Black or White
Rank:
227

Black or White

The video's powerful message of racial unity and harmony was seen around the world ...
Despacito
Rank:
226

Despacito

Despacito's lively video, coupled with the song's catchy rhythms and engaging lyrics, helped it become a global phenomenon, breaking records as one of the most viewed YouTube videos of all time and significantly boosting the popularity of Spanish-language pop music worldwide ...
I Hope You Dance
Rank:
225

I Hope You Dance

The music video for "I Hope You Dance" by Lee Ann Womack, directed by Gary Wenner, features the country singer performing the song against a series of backdrops that evoke the themes of the lyrics ...
The Scientist
Rank:
224
Artist:

The Scientist

Showcasing the band's knack for storytelling, this masterpiece unfolds in reverse, challenging the viewer's perception of time and inviting them to piece together the narrative ...
In da Club
Rank:
223
Artist:

In da Club

Throughout the "In da Club" video, 50 Cent is shown performing the song's lyrics with swagger and confidence, as well as engaging in various forms of mischief and mayhem, such as smashing a television set and playing with a flamethrower ...
Jesus Walks
Rank:
222
Artist:

Jesus Walks

The Jesus Walks video shows Kanye West engaging in various forms of physical and spiritual struggle, such as wrestling with a man in a Ku Klux Klan hood and carrying a heavy wooden cross through a barren landscape ...
Before He Cheats
Rank:
221

Before He Cheats

The music video a powerful visual representation of  the "Before He Cheats" revenge fantasy, and it's no wonder it has over 120 million views on YouTube ...
Stay
Rank:
220
Artist:

Stay

The music video for "Stay" by Sugarland is a poignant and emotional depiction of a relationship on the brink of collapse ...
If I Die Young
Rank:
219

If I Die Young

The music video for "If I Die Young" by The Band Perry is a beautiful and haunting tribute to a life cut short ...
Thinking Out Loud
Rank:
218
Artist:

Thinking Out Loud

The music video for "Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran showcases a more intimate and romantic side of the artist, featuring Sheeran performing a beautifully choreographed ballroom dance with professional dancer Brittany Cherry ...
Sorry
Rank:
217
Artist:

Sorry

Filmed with a focus on bold colors and dynamic movement, the video for "Sorry" lacks appearances by Bieber himself, instead spotlighting the infectious joy and empowerment of the dancers ...
Free Your Mind
Rank:
216
Artist:

Free Your Mind

The Free Your Mind music video is a powerful and moving video that features a powerful message about freedom of self-expression and acceptance of one's identity ...
Happy
Rank:
215

Happy

The music video for "Happy" by Pharrell Williams, directed by We Are from LA, is groundbreaking in its concept—a 24-hour music video that loops the 4-minute song with various people, including celebrities like Magic Johnson and Steve Carell, dancing and miming along ...
Relax
Rank:
214

Relax

Set in an edgy, underground fetish club filled with an eclectic mix of characters, the video for Relax complements the song's sexual innuendos and pulsating beats with a visual feast of S&M imagery, muscular dancers, and flamboyant performances ...
I'm Still Standing
Rank:
213
Artist:

I’m Still Standing

Featuring colorful, rapid-cut scenes that include Elton John performing in front of various backdrops and surrounded by dancers in flamboyant 80s costumes, the video for I'm Still Standing epitomizes the exuberance and flamboyance of the era ...
Bastards of Young
Rank:
212

Bastards of Young

The stark simplicity in Bastards of Young makes a bold statement, focusing entirely on the music and eschewing the typical '80s MTV style that often prioritized glamorous and elaborate visuals ...
Violet
Rank:
211
Artist:

Violet

Hole's "Violet" music video is an iconic representation of the band's grunge-rock sound and chaotic energy ...
Faith
Rank:
210

Faith

George Michael is seen clad in a leather jacket, jeans, and sunglasses, effortlessly exuding a rockabilly swagger beside a classic jukebox and a guitar ...
The Pleasure Principle
Rank:
209
Artist:

The Pleasure Principle

The Pleasure Principle music video was a groundbreaking video and it is still considered one of the best music videos from the 80s ...
Going Back to Cali
Rank:
208
Artist:

Going Back to Cali

The music video for "Going Back to Cali" by LL Cool J, directed by Ric Menello, epitomizes the late 1980s hip-hop aesthetic and showcases a stylish, cinematic approach that was less common in the genre at the time ...
Copperhead Road
Rank:
207
Artist:

Copperhead Road

The music video is designed to emphasize the song's themes of the struggles of rural America and the importance of family.

...
Teen Age Riot
Rank:
206
Artist:

Teen Age Riot

This video encapsulates the anarchic vibe of Sonic Youth’s music and the vibrant subculture that surrounded them ...
If I Could Turn Back Time
Rank:
205
Artist:

If I Could Turn Back Time

The video for If I Could Turn Back Time was iconic, featuring Cher in a skimpy black outfit, singing on the decks of a navy battleship surrounded by sailors ...
Big Time Sensuality
Rank:
204
Artist:

Big Time Sensuality

The video's kinetic energy is matched by Björk's infectious performance, as she dances and twirls in a billowing orange dress, surrounded by a diverse group of dancers and revelers ...
Common People
Rank:
203
Artist:

Common People

"Common People" became an anthem for the disillusioned youth of the 90s, critiquing the class tourism and the fetishization of the working class by those privileged enough to romanticize it without enduring its hardships ...
Fantasy
Rank:
202
Artist:

Fantasy

Directed by Mariah Carey herself, the "Fantasy" video features her driving through the streets of New York City in a red convertible, before being transported to a surreal amusement park where she rides roller coasters, dances with friends, and flirts with a handsome young man ...
It's All Coming Back to Me Now
Rank:
201
Artist:

It’s All Coming Back to Me Now

The "It's All Coming Back to Me Now" video's opulent aesthetic, dramatic camera angles, and sweeping landscapes perfectly capture the song's grandiose emotional themes, while Céline Dion's soaring vocals and impassioned performance add a sense of urgency and longing ...
Nikes
Rank:
250
Artist:

Nikes

In a visual kaleidoscope of charisma and eccentricity, Frank Ocean's music video for "Nikes" leaves viewers entranced in a witty world of his own creation ...
Work from Home
Rank:
249

Work from Home

The fierce fivesome dons an array of stylish workwear as they command the attention of some seriously chiseled laborers, proving that they can effortlessly lay down the bricks of a chart-topping hit ...
This Is What You Came For
Rank:
248

This Is What You Came For

Set in a warehouse, the video features a dynamic, geometric light installation that constantly changes and evolves, reflecting the energy of the music ...
Basket Case
Rank:
247
Artist:

Basket Case

With its chaotic energy and rebellious vibe, this visual treat perfectly encapsulates the essence of the 90s alternative scene ...
Hips Don't Lie
Rank:
246

Hips Don’t Lie

With tantalizing costumes and an infectious beat, this music video stands as a testament to Shakira's undeniable prowess as a performer and her ability to create a truly unforgettable experience ...
Sugar, We're Goin Down
Rank:
245
Artist:

Sugar, We’re Goin Down

The music video for "Sugar, We're Goin Down" by Fall Out Boy, directed by Matt Lenssen, is a quirky and memorable visual narrative that aligns with the band's penchant for unique storytelling ...
Womanizer
Rank:
244

Womanizer

Released in 2008, the Womanizer video plays on the theme of the song, depicting Britney as a woman who confronts and teases a womanizing man in various disguises—ranging from a sexy secretary to a driven businesswoman, and even a waitress, all to expose his unfaithful behavior ...
The Boys of Summer
Rank:
243
Artist:

The Boys of Summer

The music video for "The Boys of Summer" by Don Henley, directed by Jean-Baptiste Mondino, is a striking visual piece that perfectly captures the song's themes of nostalgia and the passage of time ...
This Note's for You

This Note’s for You

Through a series of humorous skits, Neil Young pokes fun at the world of advertising and consumerism, delivering a powerful message ...
Right Now
Rank:
241
Artist:

Right Now

The music video for "Right Now" by Van Halen, released in 1991, is particularly notable for its innovative use of text overlays to convey social and political messages, punctuating the music with a series of thought-provoking statements and questions ...
Livin' la Vida Loca
Rank:
240
Artist:

Livin’ la Vida Loca

The Livin' la Vida Loca video's choreography and Ricky Martin's charismatic performance helped to establish him as a major force in the Latin pop music scene ...
Dani California
Rank:
239

Dani California

The Dani California video's playful and irreverent tone perfectly matches the spirit of the song, which celebrates the rebellious and adventurous nature of rock and roll ...
Drunk on a Plane
Rank:
238

Drunk on a Plane

The Drunk on a Plane video features Dierks Bentley as the lead singer of a wedding band who finds himself stranded on a plane full of rowdy passengers, including his ex-girlfriend who is getting married the next day ...
Havana
Rank:
237

Havana

The music video for "Havana" by Camila Cabello, featuring Young Thug, is a playful and cinematic homage to Camila's Cuban heritage ...
Woman
Rank:
236
Artist:

Woman

Doja Cat's "Woman" video cleverly blends traditional and contemporary elements, drawing inspiration from both African tribal aesthetics and modern fashion trends to create a unique and intriguing visual experience ...
Another Brick in the Wall
Rank:
235
Artist:

Another Brick in the Wall

The music video features the band performing the song in a stark, minimalist setting, with scenes of children being taught in a strict and regimented school interspersed throughout. The video was a huge success, and helped to make "Another Brick in the Wall" one of Pink Floyd's most popular and enduring songs ...
Forever
Rank:
234
Artist:

Forever

The music video for "Forever" by Charli XCX, released during the COVID-19 pandemic, is a testament to creative adaptation under constraints ...
Somebody That I Used to Know
Rank:
233
Artist:

Somebody That I Used to Know

With its hypnotic, geometric patterns and the gradual unveiling of the singers' painted bodies, it transports viewers into a kaleidoscopic world of love, loss, and those pesky memories of ex-lovers that just won't fade away ...
Pork and Beans
Rank:
232
Artist:

Pork and Beans

In a delightful blend of humor and nostalgia, Weezer's music video for "Pork and Beans" is a quirky tribute to internet sensations and pop culture ...
Elektrobank
Rank:
231

Elektrobank

In a spectacular display of rhythmic prowess, the Elektrobank music video by The Chemical Brothers takes viewers on a thrilling, witty, and electrifying journey ...
No Church in the Wild

No Church in the Wild

Directed by Romain Gavras, the "No Church in the Wild" video juxtaposes images of violence and destruction with moments of beauty and transcendence, such as a young couple kissing amidst the chaos ...
Turn Down for What
Rank:
229
Artist:

Turn Down for What

Directed by The Daniels, the "Turn Down for What" video is a hilarious and over-the-top celebration of music and dance, with absurd and surreal imagery throughout ...
The Story of O.J.
Rank:
228
Artist:

The Story of O.J.

"The Story of O.J." highlights the message of financial empowerment, encouraging African Americans to invest in themselves and their community ...
Black or White
Rank:
227

Black or White

The video's powerful message of racial unity and harmony was seen around the world ...
Despacito
Rank:
226

Despacito

Despacito's lively video, coupled with the song's catchy rhythms and engaging lyrics, helped it become a global phenomenon, breaking records as one of the most viewed YouTube videos of all time and significantly boosting the popularity of Spanish-language pop music worldwide ...
I Hope You Dance
Rank:
225

I Hope You Dance

The music video for "I Hope You Dance" by Lee Ann Womack, directed by Gary Wenner, features the country singer performing the song against a series of backdrops that evoke the themes of the lyrics ...
The Scientist
Rank:
224
Artist:

The Scientist

Showcasing the band's knack for storytelling, this masterpiece unfolds in reverse, challenging the viewer's perception of time and inviting them to piece together the narrative ...
In da Club
Rank:
223
Artist:

In da Club

Throughout the "In da Club" video, 50 Cent is shown performing the song's lyrics with swagger and confidence, as well as engaging in various forms of mischief and mayhem, such as smashing a television set and playing with a flamethrower ...
Jesus Walks
Rank:
222
Artist:

Jesus Walks

The Jesus Walks video shows Kanye West engaging in various forms of physical and spiritual struggle, such as wrestling with a man in a Ku Klux Klan hood and carrying a heavy wooden cross through a barren landscape ...
Before He Cheats
Rank:
221

Before He Cheats

The music video a powerful visual representation of  the "Before He Cheats" revenge fantasy, and it's no wonder it has over 120 million views on YouTube ...
Stay
Rank:
220
Artist:

Stay

The music video for "Stay" by Sugarland is a poignant and emotional depiction of a relationship on the brink of collapse ...
If I Die Young
Rank:
219

If I Die Young

The music video for "If I Die Young" by The Band Perry is a beautiful and haunting tribute to a life cut short ...
Thinking Out Loud
Rank:
218
Artist:

Thinking Out Loud

The music video for "Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran showcases a more intimate and romantic side of the artist, featuring Sheeran performing a beautifully choreographed ballroom dance with professional dancer Brittany Cherry ...
Sorry
Rank:
217
Artist:

Sorry

Filmed with a focus on bold colors and dynamic movement, the video for "Sorry" lacks appearances by Bieber himself, instead spotlighting the infectious joy and empowerment of the dancers ...
Free Your Mind
Rank:
216
Artist:

Free Your Mind

The Free Your Mind music video is a powerful and moving video that features a powerful message about freedom of self-expression and acceptance of one's identity ...
Happy
Rank:
215

Happy

The music video for "Happy" by Pharrell Williams, directed by We Are from LA, is groundbreaking in its concept—a 24-hour music video that loops the 4-minute song with various people, including celebrities like Magic Johnson and Steve Carell, dancing and miming along ...
Relax
Rank:
214

Relax

Set in an edgy, underground fetish club filled with an eclectic mix of characters, the video for Relax complements the song's sexual innuendos and pulsating beats with a visual feast of S&M imagery, muscular dancers, and flamboyant performances ...
I'm Still Standing
Rank:
213
Artist:

I’m Still Standing

Featuring colorful, rapid-cut scenes that include Elton John performing in front of various backdrops and surrounded by dancers in flamboyant 80s costumes, the video for I'm Still Standing epitomizes the exuberance and flamboyance of the era ...
Bastards of Young
Rank:
212

Bastards of Young

The stark simplicity in Bastards of Young makes a bold statement, focusing entirely on the music and eschewing the typical '80s MTV style that often prioritized glamorous and elaborate visuals ...
Violet
Rank:
211
Artist:

Violet

Hole's "Violet" music video is an iconic representation of the band's grunge-rock sound and chaotic energy ...
Faith
Rank:
210

Faith

George Michael is seen clad in a leather jacket, jeans, and sunglasses, effortlessly exuding a rockabilly swagger beside a classic jukebox and a guitar ...
The Pleasure Principle
Rank:
209
Artist:

The Pleasure Principle

The Pleasure Principle music video was a groundbreaking video and it is still considered one of the best music videos from the 80s ...
Going Back to Cali
Rank:
208
Artist:

Going Back to Cali

The music video for "Going Back to Cali" by LL Cool J, directed by Ric Menello, epitomizes the late 1980s hip-hop aesthetic and showcases a stylish, cinematic approach that was less common in the genre at the time ...
Copperhead Road
Rank:
207
Artist:

Copperhead Road

The music video is designed to emphasize the song's themes of the struggles of rural America and the importance of family.

...
Teen Age Riot
Rank:
206
Artist:

Teen Age Riot

This video encapsulates the anarchic vibe of Sonic Youth’s music and the vibrant subculture that surrounded them ...
If I Could Turn Back Time
Rank:
205
Artist:

If I Could Turn Back Time

The video for If I Could Turn Back Time was iconic, featuring Cher in a skimpy black outfit, singing on the decks of a navy battleship surrounded by sailors ...
Big Time Sensuality
Rank:
204
Artist:

Big Time Sensuality

The video's kinetic energy is matched by Björk's infectious performance, as she dances and twirls in a billowing orange dress, surrounded by a diverse group of dancers and revelers ...
Common People
Rank:
203
Artist:

Common People

"Common People" became an anthem for the disillusioned youth of the 90s, critiquing the class tourism and the fetishization of the working class by those privileged enough to romanticize it without enduring its hardships ...
Fantasy
Rank:
202
Artist:

Fantasy

Directed by Mariah Carey herself, the "Fantasy" video features her driving through the streets of New York City in a red convertible, before being transported to a surreal amusement park where she rides roller coasters, dances with friends, and flirts with a handsome young man ...
It's All Coming Back to Me Now
Rank:
201
Artist:

It’s All Coming Back to Me Now

The "It's All Coming Back to Me Now" video's opulent aesthetic, dramatic camera angles, and sweeping landscapes perfectly capture the song's grandiose emotional themes, while Céline Dion's soaring vocals and impassioned performance add a sense of urgency and longing ...