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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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Teardrop
Rank:
200

Teardrop

The music video for "Teardrop" by Massive Attack, directed by Walter Stern, features a fetus developing inside a womb, interspersed with shots of an angelic figure floating underwater ...
My Hero
Rank:
199
Artist:

My Hero

The music video for the Foo Fighters' "My Hero" depicts everyday people engaging in heroic acts, such as firefighters, athletes, and musicians ...
Suerte (Whenever, Wherever)
Rank:
198
Artist:

Suerte (Whenever, Wherever)

The Suerte (Whenever, Wherever) video's vibrant colors, lively energy, and Shakira's undeniable charisma helped make it a huge hit when it was released in 2001, and it remains a fan favorite to this day ...
Dirrty
Rank:
197

Dirrty

Set in an underground fight club, the Dirrty video features Aguilera in a series of high-energy scenes that include dance-offs, motorcycle stunts, and mud wrestling, surrounded by a diverse cast of characters.

...
SOS
Rank:
196
Artist:

SOS

Rihanna is shown in a variety of vibrant outfits, ranging from a red leather jacket to a green polka dot dress, as she performs a series of choreographed dance routines with a group of backup dancers ...
Countdown
Rank:
195
Artist:

Countdown

Directed by Adria Petty, the video is a kaleidoscopic journey through various eras of fashion, dance, and visual art, cleverly integrating retro and modern influences to create a timeless piece ...
Otis
Rank:
194

Otis

The music video for "Otis," a standout track from the collaborative album "Watch the Throne" by Jay-Z and Kanye West, is a vibrant showcase of rap royalty at its finest ...
Bound 2
Rank:
193
Artist:

Bound 2

The music video for "Bound 2" by Kanye West, directed by Nick Knight, features the rapper and his then-fiancée, now ex-wife, Kim Kardashian, in a series of dreamlike, surreal scenes set against a backdrop of majestic natural landscapes ...
Nobody Speak
Rank:
192

Nobody Speak

The music video for "Nobody Speak" is a tongue-in-cheek political satire that imagines a world in which political debates are settled through physical violence ...
D.A.N.C.E.
Rank:
191
Artist:

D.A.N.C.E.

Released in 2007, the video for D.A.N.C.E. instantly captured the imagination of audiences worldwide with its unique concept and execution. It's centered around a continuous flow of animated t-shirts that feature a dazzling array of designs, animations, and typography, which dynamically change to illustrate the song's lyrics and musical beats ...
Heart of Glass
Rank:
190
Artist:

Heart of Glass

In a nutshell, the iconic music video for Blondie's "Heart of Glass" is a mesmerizing visual treat that perfectly embodies the disco-infused, punk-rock spirit of the late '70s ...
Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang
Rank:
189

Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang

The video for Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang helped to further establish the careers of both Dr. Dre and Snoop (Doggy) Dogg, and it remains one of the most iconic rap videos of all time ...
Triumph
Rank:
188
Artist:

Triumph

The video for Triumph features the Wu-Tang Clan rapping their verses while surrounded by a dystopian, post-apocalyptic cityscape ...
Frontier Psychiatrist
Rank:
187

Frontier Psychiatrist

The music video for "Frontier Psychiatrist" by Australian electronic music group The Avalanches is a surreal and chaotic visual feast that incorporates a wide range of vintage film and television footage ...
Ain't It Funny
Rank:
186
Artist:

Ain’t It Funny

The music video for "Ain't It Funny" by American musician and comedian, Danny Brown, is a dark and surreal satire of 1990s sitcoms ...
Leave Me Alone
Rank:
185

Leave Me Alone

Leave Me Alone is a classic Michael Jackson music video and one of the most memorable of his career ...
All Night
Rank:
184
Artist:

All Night

The "All Night" video has been praised for its celebration of love and family in all its forms, and for its contribution to Beyoncé's ongoing artistic exploration of black culture, identity, and empowerment ...
Freedom
Rank:
183

Freedom

The Freedom video is widely regarded as one of Beyoncé's most important and impactful works, and has been praised for its contribution to the ongoing fight for racial justice and equality ...
Running Up That Hill
Rank:
182
Artist:

Running Up That Hill

As the pulsating beat drives the narrative forward, we see the iconic Kate Bush dancing her way through a kaleidoscope of striking visuals, effortlessly blending the lines between reality and fantasy.

...
Bad
Rank:
181

Bad

"Bad" directed by legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese, is set in a gritty, urban landscape and tells the story of a young man's transformation as he confronts the harsh realities of his environment ...
Hyperballad
Rank:
180
Artist:

Hyperballad

Featuring Björk in a serene, dream-like landscape, the video utilizes a blend of live action and stop-motion animation, creating a mesmerizing and otherworldly atmosphere ...
Seven Nation Army
Rank:
179

Seven Nation Army

The video plunges us into a world of black, white, and red, as we follow the iconic duo, Jack and Meg White, on a surreal journey through a seemingly endless tunnel of triangles.

...
Pynk
Rank:
178

Pynk

The "Pynk" video's playful and provocative imagery, which includes a pair of pants shaped like a vagina, is meant to challenge traditional gender norms and celebrate all aspects of femininity ...
One Mic
Rank:
177
Artist:

One Mic

"One Mic" emphasizes the importance of using peaceful means to resolve conflicts and encourages the African American community to use their voices to speak out against injustice ...
Whiskey Lullaby
Rank:
176

Whiskey Lullaby

"Whiskey Lullaby," by Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss, tells a tragic story of love and loss through the lens of alcohol abuse ...
Love Story
Rank:
175
Artist:

Love Story

"Love Story" by American singer Taylor Swift tells a modern-day Romeo and Juliet-style love story ...
Without Me
Rank:
174
Artist:

Without Me

Directed by Joseph Kahn, the "Without Me" video features Eminem and Dr. Dre as comic book-style superheroes battling various pop culture figures and parodies of reality shows ...
The Perfect Kiss
Rank:
173
Artist:

The Perfect Kiss

The Perfect Kiss set the standard for future music videos and showed that bands could make videos as artistic and complex as feature films ...
Justify My Love
Rank:
172
Artist:

Justify My Love

The music video for "Justify My Love" by Madonna, directed by the visionary Jean-Baptiste Mondino, is a quintessential piece of early '90s pop culture, notorious for its provocative content and artistic boldness ...
What They Do
Rank:
171
Artist:

What They Do

The music video for "What They Do" by hip-hop group The Roots is a satirical commentary on the music industry and the portrayal of rappers in the media ...
Mo Money Mo Problems

Mo Money Mo Problems

The music video for "Mo Money Mo Problems" by The Notorious B.I.G., featuring Diddy and Mase, is a lavish and celebratory visual representation of the song's themes of fame and excess ...
No Scrubs
Rank:
169
Artist:

No Scrubs

Set against a sleek, futuristic backdrop that seems to float in a void, the video features the members of TLC in cutting-edge, space-age outfits, with choreography that's both simple and striking, making the visuals as unforgettable as the song's catchy hook ...
California Gurls
Rank:
168

California Gurls

The California Gurls video show Kety Perry exploring a series of candy-themed landscapes, complete with giant lollipops, cupcake mountains, and gummy bear forests ...
Anaconda
Rank:
167
Artist:

Anaconda

The Anaconda video features Nicki Minaj and a cast of dancers performing a series of provocative and energetic dance routines, showcasing Minaj's signature curves and unapologetic confidence ...
Cry Me a River
Rank:
166

Cry Me a River

The Cry Me a River music video marked a pivotal moment in Justin Timberlake's career, both visually and musically, setting the tone for his solo journey.

...
Windowlicker
Rank:
165
Artist:

Windowlicker

The Windowlicker video is known for its surreal and disturbing imagery, as well as its use of visual effects to create the illusion of the man's face morphing ...
Da Funk
Rank:
164
Artist:

Da Funk

The video features an anthropomorphic dog wearing a walking cast who roams the streets of New York City with a boombox playing "Da Funk." ...
Star Guitar
Rank:
163

Star Guitar

Directed by Michel Gondry, the Star Guitar video takes place on a train journey, with the scenery passing by in time with the beat of the music ...
Land of Confusion
Rank:
162
Artist:

Land of Confusion

The video is a powerful commentary on the state of the world and the need for people to take control of their own destiny and fight against those powers that be ...
Scenario

Scenario

The music video for A Tribe Called Quest's single "Scenario" was an iconic moment in hip-hop ...
Sugarcube
Rank:
160
Artist:

Sugarcube

Set against the backdrop of a fictional rock school, the video follows band members Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley, and James McNew as they hilariously fail at conforming to the traditional expectations of rock star behavior, under the tutelage of two absurdly strict teachers ...
Outtasite (Outta Mind)
Rank:
159
Artist:

Outtasite (Outta Mind)

The Outtasite (Outta Mind) video features Wilco performing in a variety of settings, including a small club, a deserted street, and a beach ...
Q.U.E.E.N.
Rank:
158

Q.U.E.E.N.

In the visually stunning and captivating music video for Q.U.E.E.N., Janelle Monáe takes us on a vibrant journey through her quirky and stylish world ...
Close Your Eyes (and Count to Fuck)

Close Your Eyes (and Count to Fuck)

The video portrays the violent confrontation between a white police officer and a young black man, who is then pursued by the police, with Zack de la Rocha's vocals amplifying the message of resistance against institutional oppression ...
Do the Evolution
Rank:
156
Artist:

Do the Evolution

From primordial soup to the advanced civilization we know today, the video showcases the brutal nature of survival, the impact of technology on society, and the potential consequences of our species' relentless pursuit of progress ...
Need You Tonight / Mediate
Rank:
155
Artist:

Need You Tonight / Mediate

The video was directed by Richard Lowenstein, who gave it a gritty, edgy feel that helped to make it stand out ...
Rolling in the Deep
Rank:
154
Artist:

Rolling in the Deep

From a mysterious dancer gracefully expressing her pain through movement, to a room filled with rhythmic vibrations from hundreds of water-filled glasses, Adele's anguish is palpable ...
Jump
Rank:
153
Artist:

Jump

With its uplifting lyrics and melodic guitar riffs, ‘Jump’ was an instant hit and the music video was just as memorable ...
Sweet Child o' Mine
Rank:
152

Sweet Child o’ Mine

The video for Sweet Child O' Mine features some of the band's most iconic images, such as Rose's black hat, Slash's top hat and Duff's tattoos ...
Intergalactic
Rank:
151
Artist:

Intergalactic

Set in a futuristic metropolis, the video showcases the Beastie Boys' trademark quirky style and energetic performance as they emerge from a subway station in robot suits, engaging in an epic battle with a giant octopus-like creature ...
Teardrop
Rank:
200

Teardrop

The music video for "Teardrop" by Massive Attack, directed by Walter Stern, features a fetus developing inside a womb, interspersed with shots of an angelic figure floating underwater ...
My Hero
Rank:
199
Artist:

My Hero

The music video for the Foo Fighters' "My Hero" depicts everyday people engaging in heroic acts, such as firefighters, athletes, and musicians ...
Suerte (Whenever, Wherever)
Rank:
198
Artist:

Suerte (Whenever, Wherever)

The Suerte (Whenever, Wherever) video's vibrant colors, lively energy, and Shakira's undeniable charisma helped make it a huge hit when it was released in 2001, and it remains a fan favorite to this day ...
Dirrty
Rank:
197

Dirrty

Set in an underground fight club, the Dirrty video features Aguilera in a series of high-energy scenes that include dance-offs, motorcycle stunts, and mud wrestling, surrounded by a diverse cast of characters.

...
SOS
Rank:
196
Artist:

SOS

Rihanna is shown in a variety of vibrant outfits, ranging from a red leather jacket to a green polka dot dress, as she performs a series of choreographed dance routines with a group of backup dancers ...
Countdown
Rank:
195
Artist:

Countdown

Directed by Adria Petty, the video is a kaleidoscopic journey through various eras of fashion, dance, and visual art, cleverly integrating retro and modern influences to create a timeless piece ...
Otis
Rank:
194

Otis

The music video for "Otis," a standout track from the collaborative album "Watch the Throne" by Jay-Z and Kanye West, is a vibrant showcase of rap royalty at its finest ...
Bound 2
Rank:
193
Artist:

Bound 2

The music video for "Bound 2" by Kanye West, directed by Nick Knight, features the rapper and his then-fiancée, now ex-wife, Kim Kardashian, in a series of dreamlike, surreal scenes set against a backdrop of majestic natural landscapes ...
Nobody Speak
Rank:
192

Nobody Speak

The music video for "Nobody Speak" is a tongue-in-cheek political satire that imagines a world in which political debates are settled through physical violence ...
D.A.N.C.E.
Rank:
191
Artist:

D.A.N.C.E.

Released in 2007, the video for D.A.N.C.E. instantly captured the imagination of audiences worldwide with its unique concept and execution. It's centered around a continuous flow of animated t-shirts that feature a dazzling array of designs, animations, and typography, which dynamically change to illustrate the song's lyrics and musical beats ...
Heart of Glass
Rank:
190
Artist:

Heart of Glass

In a nutshell, the iconic music video for Blondie's "Heart of Glass" is a mesmerizing visual treat that perfectly embodies the disco-infused, punk-rock spirit of the late '70s ...
Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang
Rank:
189

Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang

The video for Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang helped to further establish the careers of both Dr. Dre and Snoop (Doggy) Dogg, and it remains one of the most iconic rap videos of all time ...
Triumph
Rank:
188
Artist:

Triumph

The video for Triumph features the Wu-Tang Clan rapping their verses while surrounded by a dystopian, post-apocalyptic cityscape ...
Frontier Psychiatrist
Rank:
187

Frontier Psychiatrist

The music video for "Frontier Psychiatrist" by Australian electronic music group The Avalanches is a surreal and chaotic visual feast that incorporates a wide range of vintage film and television footage ...
Ain't It Funny
Rank:
186
Artist:

Ain’t It Funny

The music video for "Ain't It Funny" by American musician and comedian, Danny Brown, is a dark and surreal satire of 1990s sitcoms ...
Leave Me Alone
Rank:
185

Leave Me Alone

Leave Me Alone is a classic Michael Jackson music video and one of the most memorable of his career ...
All Night
Rank:
184
Artist:

All Night

The "All Night" video has been praised for its celebration of love and family in all its forms, and for its contribution to Beyoncé's ongoing artistic exploration of black culture, identity, and empowerment ...
Freedom
Rank:
183

Freedom

The Freedom video is widely regarded as one of Beyoncé's most important and impactful works, and has been praised for its contribution to the ongoing fight for racial justice and equality ...
Running Up That Hill
Rank:
182
Artist:

Running Up That Hill

As the pulsating beat drives the narrative forward, we see the iconic Kate Bush dancing her way through a kaleidoscope of striking visuals, effortlessly blending the lines between reality and fantasy.

...
Bad
Rank:
181

Bad

"Bad" directed by legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese, is set in a gritty, urban landscape and tells the story of a young man's transformation as he confronts the harsh realities of his environment ...
Hyperballad
Rank:
180
Artist:

Hyperballad

Featuring Björk in a serene, dream-like landscape, the video utilizes a blend of live action and stop-motion animation, creating a mesmerizing and otherworldly atmosphere ...
Seven Nation Army
Rank:
179

Seven Nation Army

The video plunges us into a world of black, white, and red, as we follow the iconic duo, Jack and Meg White, on a surreal journey through a seemingly endless tunnel of triangles.

...
Pynk
Rank:
178

Pynk

The "Pynk" video's playful and provocative imagery, which includes a pair of pants shaped like a vagina, is meant to challenge traditional gender norms and celebrate all aspects of femininity ...
One Mic
Rank:
177
Artist:

One Mic

"One Mic" emphasizes the importance of using peaceful means to resolve conflicts and encourages the African American community to use their voices to speak out against injustice ...
Whiskey Lullaby
Rank:
176

Whiskey Lullaby

"Whiskey Lullaby," by Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss, tells a tragic story of love and loss through the lens of alcohol abuse ...
Love Story
Rank:
175
Artist:

Love Story

"Love Story" by American singer Taylor Swift tells a modern-day Romeo and Juliet-style love story ...
Without Me
Rank:
174
Artist:

Without Me

Directed by Joseph Kahn, the "Without Me" video features Eminem and Dr. Dre as comic book-style superheroes battling various pop culture figures and parodies of reality shows ...
The Perfect Kiss
Rank:
173
Artist:

The Perfect Kiss

The Perfect Kiss set the standard for future music videos and showed that bands could make videos as artistic and complex as feature films ...
Justify My Love
Rank:
172
Artist:

Justify My Love

The music video for "Justify My Love" by Madonna, directed by the visionary Jean-Baptiste Mondino, is a quintessential piece of early '90s pop culture, notorious for its provocative content and artistic boldness ...
What They Do
Rank:
171
Artist:

What They Do

The music video for "What They Do" by hip-hop group The Roots is a satirical commentary on the music industry and the portrayal of rappers in the media ...
Mo Money Mo Problems

Mo Money Mo Problems

The music video for "Mo Money Mo Problems" by The Notorious B.I.G., featuring Diddy and Mase, is a lavish and celebratory visual representation of the song's themes of fame and excess ...
No Scrubs
Rank:
169
Artist:

No Scrubs

Set against a sleek, futuristic backdrop that seems to float in a void, the video features the members of TLC in cutting-edge, space-age outfits, with choreography that's both simple and striking, making the visuals as unforgettable as the song's catchy hook ...
California Gurls
Rank:
168

California Gurls

The California Gurls video show Kety Perry exploring a series of candy-themed landscapes, complete with giant lollipops, cupcake mountains, and gummy bear forests ...
Anaconda
Rank:
167
Artist:

Anaconda

The Anaconda video features Nicki Minaj and a cast of dancers performing a series of provocative and energetic dance routines, showcasing Minaj's signature curves and unapologetic confidence ...
Cry Me a River
Rank:
166

Cry Me a River

The Cry Me a River music video marked a pivotal moment in Justin Timberlake's career, both visually and musically, setting the tone for his solo journey.

...
Windowlicker
Rank:
165
Artist:

Windowlicker

The Windowlicker video is known for its surreal and disturbing imagery, as well as its use of visual effects to create the illusion of the man's face morphing ...
Da Funk
Rank:
164
Artist:

Da Funk

The video features an anthropomorphic dog wearing a walking cast who roams the streets of New York City with a boombox playing "Da Funk." ...
Star Guitar
Rank:
163

Star Guitar

Directed by Michel Gondry, the Star Guitar video takes place on a train journey, with the scenery passing by in time with the beat of the music ...
Land of Confusion
Rank:
162
Artist:

Land of Confusion

The video is a powerful commentary on the state of the world and the need for people to take control of their own destiny and fight against those powers that be ...
Scenario

Scenario

The music video for A Tribe Called Quest's single "Scenario" was an iconic moment in hip-hop ...
Sugarcube
Rank:
160
Artist:

Sugarcube

Set against the backdrop of a fictional rock school, the video follows band members Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley, and James McNew as they hilariously fail at conforming to the traditional expectations of rock star behavior, under the tutelage of two absurdly strict teachers ...
Outtasite (Outta Mind)
Rank:
159
Artist:

Outtasite (Outta Mind)

The Outtasite (Outta Mind) video features Wilco performing in a variety of settings, including a small club, a deserted street, and a beach ...
Q.U.E.E.N.
Rank:
158

Q.U.E.E.N.

In the visually stunning and captivating music video for Q.U.E.E.N., Janelle Monáe takes us on a vibrant journey through her quirky and stylish world ...
Close Your Eyes (and Count to Fuck)

Close Your Eyes (and Count to Fuck)

The video portrays the violent confrontation between a white police officer and a young black man, who is then pursued by the police, with Zack de la Rocha's vocals amplifying the message of resistance against institutional oppression ...
Do the Evolution
Rank:
156
Artist:

Do the Evolution

From primordial soup to the advanced civilization we know today, the video showcases the brutal nature of survival, the impact of technology on society, and the potential consequences of our species' relentless pursuit of progress ...
Need You Tonight / Mediate
Rank:
155
Artist:

Need You Tonight / Mediate

The video was directed by Richard Lowenstein, who gave it a gritty, edgy feel that helped to make it stand out ...
Rolling in the Deep
Rank:
154
Artist:

Rolling in the Deep

From a mysterious dancer gracefully expressing her pain through movement, to a room filled with rhythmic vibrations from hundreds of water-filled glasses, Adele's anguish is palpable ...
Jump
Rank:
153
Artist:

Jump

With its uplifting lyrics and melodic guitar riffs, ‘Jump’ was an instant hit and the music video was just as memorable ...
Sweet Child o' Mine
Rank:
152

Sweet Child o’ Mine

The video for Sweet Child O' Mine features some of the band's most iconic images, such as Rose's black hat, Slash's top hat and Duff's tattoos ...
Intergalactic
Rank:
151
Artist:

Intergalactic

Set in a futuristic metropolis, the video showcases the Beastie Boys' trademark quirky style and energetic performance as they emerge from a subway station in robot suits, engaging in an epic battle with a giant octopus-like creature ...