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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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Hardest Button to Button
Rank:
150

Hardest Button to Button

The video for The White Stripes' Hardest Button to Button was directed by Michel Gondry and received critical acclaim for its imaginative concept and visual style ...
Never Catch Me
Rank:
149

Never Catch Me

Never Catch Me's powerful imagery and moving choreography highlight the fleeting nature of life, and the way in which death can both unite and divide us ...
Girls Like You
Rank:
148
Artist:

Girls Like You

This music video extravaganza features a star-studded lineup of incredible women from diverse backgrounds, including the likes of Cardi B, Ellen DeGeneres, and Gal Gadot, just to name a few ...
All the Small Things
Rank:
147
Artist:

All the Small Things

The video for All the Small Things features Blink-182 performing the song in a brightly lit, white room, while various parodies of popular music videos from the late 1990s and early 2000s are interspersed throughout ...
Sweet Dreams
Rank:
146
Artist:

Sweet Dreams

The video for "Sweet Dreams" features Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart in a stark, almost dystopian setting, surrounded by technological and office equipment, which subtly critiques the corporate world ...
1979
Rank:
145

1979

The "1979" video's grainy, handheld camera style adds to the sense of raw energy and authenticity ...
Daydreaming
Rank:
144
Artist:

Daydreaming

The cinematography and use of natural lighting in Paul Thomas Anderson's video for "Daydreaming" create a surreal and dreamlike atmosphere, perfectly complementing the haunting melody of the song ...
Blinding Lights
Rank:
143
Artist:

Blinding Lights

Directed by Anton Tammi, the video features a neon-lit cityscape, with the Weeknd speeding through the streets in a vintage convertible ...
WAP
Rank:
142

WAP

The WAP video features Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion in a lavish and opulent mansion, surrounded by an array of surreal and over-the-top imagery, including tigers and snakes ...
Pagan Poetry
Rank:
141
Artist:

Pagan Poetry

The Pagan Poetry video remains a controversial and provocative piece of art, and is considered by many to be one of Björk's most daring and boundary-pushing works.

...
Human Behaviour
Rank:
140
Artist:

Human Behaviour

Through innovative stop-motion animation and whimsical, fairy-tale-like visuals, the video captures the essence of the song's introspective lyrics, portraying a world where humans and nature engage in a curious, sometimes tumultuous, dance ...
Fight the Power
Rank:
139
Artist:

Fight the Power

The music video for Public Enemy's "Fight the Power," directed by Spike Lee, is a raw and powerful visual manifestation of the song's confrontational and empowering message ...
Janie's Got a Gun
Rank:
138
Artist:

Janie’s Got a Gun

The music video for Janie's Got a Gun sheds light on the meaning behind the lyrics that many overlook when listening to the song ...
Californication
Rank:
137

Californication

This animated masterpiece, released in 2000, showcases the band members as virtual avatars navigating through a surreal and vibrant 3D game-like world ...
Get Ur Freak On
Rank:
136
Artist:

Get Ur Freak On

The Get Ur Freak On music video draws on a wide range of influences, from African and Asian culture to futuristic and sci-fi aesthetics, creating a sense of playful and imaginative fun ...
Feel Good Inc.
Rank:
135
Artist:

Feel Good Inc.

In the whimsical world of Gorillaz, the music video for Feel Good Inc. stands out as a vibrant, multi-layered visual and auditory treat ...
I Write Sins Not Tragedies
Rank:
134

I Write Sins Not Tragedies

The video's theatrical and whimsical tone perfectly matches the quirky and catchy nature of the song, which blends pop punk and emo sensibilities with a touch of vaudeville flair ...
Legs
Rank:
133
Artist:

Legs

ZZ Top's "Legs" music video is a quintessential 80s rock classic, embodying the era's love for bold storytelling, flashy cars, and, of course, the band's signature beards and guitars ...
Love Shack
Rank:
132
Artist:

Love Shack

The video prominently features a huge, brightly-colored house, known as the “Love Shack”, which serves as the backdrop of the entire video ...
Oops!… I Did It Again
Rank:
131

Oops!… I Did It Again

The music video for "Oops!... I Did It Again" by Britney Spears, directed by Nigel Dick, is set on Mars and features Spears as a futuristic space explorer who is being watched by a group of astronauts on Earth ...
Sweet Dreams
Rank:
130
Artist:

Sweet Dreams

Beyoncé's "Sweet Dreams" music video is a stunning visual feast that perfectly complements the song's haunting and hypnotic vibe.

...
Every Breath You Take
Rank:
129
Artist:

Every Breath You Take

The video has an eerie and mysterious feel to it, which perfectly complements the song’s dark and melancholic lyrics ...
Space Oddity
Rank:
128
Artist:

Space Oddity

The combination of the eerie, otherworldly visuals and David Bowie's haunting vocal performance make for a truly memorable and captivating viewing experience.

...
Life on Mars?
Rank:
127
Artist:

Life on Mars?

Mick Rock later explained that "it wasn't so much an idea as a moment in time," clarifying that he "wanted to do something that looked a little bit like a painting."

...
Welcome to the Jungle
Rank:
126

Welcome to the Jungle

The video for Welcome to the Jungle was an instant hit, and helped make the band one of the most popular rock bands of the late 80s ...
In Bloom
Rank:
125
Artist:

In Bloom

The music video for "In Bloom" is a captivating look into the world of Nirvana and the grunge sound they helped to popularize ...
Just
Rank:
124
Artist:

Just

The video for "Just" by Radiohead is a commentary on the struggles of modern life and the need for genuine human connection, with the man's injury serving as a metaphor for the pain and isolation many people experience ...
Sorry
Rank:
123
Artist:

Sorry

Part of the visual album Lemonade, the "Sorry" music video is a powerful and visually stunning production that features music icon Beyoncé showcasing her raw and uncompromising talent ...
No Rain
Rank:
122
Artist:

No Rain

No Rain by Blind Melon memorably follows "the bee girl," who wanders a desolate landscape wearing a bee costume ...
Paranoid Android
Rank:
121
Artist:

Paranoid Android

Directed by Magnus Carlsson, the "Paranoid Androis" video features a series of disjointed and bizarre animated sequences, including a man with a television for a head, a giant creature made of garbage, and a group of humanoid creatures being hunted down and killed ...
Bad Blood
Rank:
120

Bad Blood

"Bad Blood" Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar, was directed by Joseph Kahn and features a star-studded cast of female celebrities as Swift's "squad," including Selena Gomez, Cara Delevingne, and Gigi Hadid ...
Kiss
Rank:
119
Artist:

Kiss

Prince's music video for "Kiss" is an exemplar of his minimalist yet profoundly captivating style ...
Hypnotize
Rank:
118

Hypnotize

The music video for "Hypnotize" by The Notorious B.I.G. is a stylish and visually stunning tribute to the rapper's lavish lifestyle and rise to fame ...
Straight Outta Compton
Rank:
117
Artist:

Straight Outta Compton

The powerful video, aimed at police brutality and racism, made a huge impact on the hip-hop genre, and its influence is still felt today ...
Yonkers
Rank:
116
Artist:

Yonkers

The music video for "Yonkers" by Tyler, The Creator is a provocative and unsettling exploration of the rapper's dark and twisted psyche. ...
APESHIT
Rank:
115
Artist:

APESHIT

The video for APESHIT takes place in the Louvre Museum in Paris, with Beyoncé and Jay-Z performing in front of some of the world's most famous works of art ...
One
Rank:
114
Artist:

One

This powerful video shows how war can strip away a person's identity and leave them with nothing ...
Drop
Rank:
113
Artist:

Drop

The video for "Drop" is shot entirely in reverse, with The Pharcyde lip-synching their lyrics and performing their movements in reverse, while the surrounding environment and people move forward in time ...
You Might Think
Rank:
112
Artist:

You Might Think

The Cars’ music video for their hit song “You Might Think” is an important piece of music history. Not only did it help the band reach a wider audience, but it was also one of the first popular music videos to incorporate computer animation ...
Hot for Teacher
Rank:
111
Artist:

Hot for Teacher

"Hot for Teacher" is an over-the-top, satirical take on youthful fantasies, school days, and, of course, unattainable crushes on teachers ...
B.O.B.
Rank:
110
Artist:

B.O.B.

B.O.B. features several people dancing and performing stunts, and incorporates elements of science fiction and fantasy ...
Wyclef Jean
Rank:
109
Artist:

Wyclef Jean

The video for Wyclef Jean opens with the title card announcing that Young Thug never showed up for the shoot. The rest of the video consists of a series of humorous vignettes that illustrate the challenges of trying to make a music video without the artist ...
Bye Bye Bye
Rank:
108
Artist:

Bye Bye Bye

The music video for "Bye Bye Bye" by *NSYNC is a classic example of the boy band aesthetic of the late 1990s and early 2000s ...
Cryin'
Rank:
107
Artist:

Cryin’

The video for Aerosmith's Cryin' features actress Alicia Silverstone as a rebellious teenager who breaks free from the constraints of her suburban life and embarks on a thrilling and dangerous adventure ...
Got 'til It's Gone

Got ’til It’s Gone

The "Got 'til It's Gone" music video by Janet Jackson, directed by Mark Romanek, is a visually stunning and socially conscious work of art that pays tribute to the resilience of black culture in the face of oppression.

...
Doo Wop (That Thing)
Rank:
105
Artist:

Doo Wop (That Thing)

The video for Doo Wop (That Thing) is notable for its juxtaposition of the old-school doo-wop sound and visuals with contemporary urban culture, and for Lauryn Hill's powerful performance and message ...
Everlong
Rank:
104
Artist:

Everlong

The "Everlong" video features the Foo Fighters performing in a surreal and dreamlike setting, with scenes of lead singer Dave Grohl interacting with a woman who appears in his dreams ...
Let Forever Be
Rank:
103

Let Forever Be

The music video for "Let Forever Be" by The Chemical Brothers is a psychedelic and surreal exploration of the nature of reality and perception ...
Telephone
Rank:
102

Telephone

The Tarantino-inspired music video for "Telephone" by Beyoncé and Lady Gaga is a cinematic masterpiece that blends elements of pop music, fashion, and film ...
Wicked Game
Rank:
101
Artist:

Wicked Game

Isaak's soulful vocals and Christensen's sultry beauty create an atmosphere of romantic longing and sensuality that is both timeless and captivating ...
Hardest Button to Button
Rank:
150

Hardest Button to Button

The video for The White Stripes' Hardest Button to Button was directed by Michel Gondry and received critical acclaim for its imaginative concept and visual style ...
Never Catch Me
Rank:
149

Never Catch Me

Never Catch Me's powerful imagery and moving choreography highlight the fleeting nature of life, and the way in which death can both unite and divide us ...
Girls Like You
Rank:
148
Artist:

Girls Like You

This music video extravaganza features a star-studded lineup of incredible women from diverse backgrounds, including the likes of Cardi B, Ellen DeGeneres, and Gal Gadot, just to name a few ...
All the Small Things
Rank:
147
Artist:

All the Small Things

The video for All the Small Things features Blink-182 performing the song in a brightly lit, white room, while various parodies of popular music videos from the late 1990s and early 2000s are interspersed throughout ...
Sweet Dreams
Rank:
146
Artist:

Sweet Dreams

The video for "Sweet Dreams" features Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart in a stark, almost dystopian setting, surrounded by technological and office equipment, which subtly critiques the corporate world ...
1979
Rank:
145

1979

The "1979" video's grainy, handheld camera style adds to the sense of raw energy and authenticity ...
Daydreaming
Rank:
144
Artist:

Daydreaming

The cinematography and use of natural lighting in Paul Thomas Anderson's video for "Daydreaming" create a surreal and dreamlike atmosphere, perfectly complementing the haunting melody of the song ...
Blinding Lights
Rank:
143
Artist:

Blinding Lights

Directed by Anton Tammi, the video features a neon-lit cityscape, with the Weeknd speeding through the streets in a vintage convertible ...
WAP
Rank:
142

WAP

The WAP video features Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion in a lavish and opulent mansion, surrounded by an array of surreal and over-the-top imagery, including tigers and snakes ...
Pagan Poetry
Rank:
141
Artist:

Pagan Poetry

The Pagan Poetry video remains a controversial and provocative piece of art, and is considered by many to be one of Björk's most daring and boundary-pushing works.

...
Human Behaviour
Rank:
140
Artist:

Human Behaviour

Through innovative stop-motion animation and whimsical, fairy-tale-like visuals, the video captures the essence of the song's introspective lyrics, portraying a world where humans and nature engage in a curious, sometimes tumultuous, dance ...
Fight the Power
Rank:
139
Artist:

Fight the Power

The music video for Public Enemy's "Fight the Power," directed by Spike Lee, is a raw and powerful visual manifestation of the song's confrontational and empowering message ...
Janie's Got a Gun
Rank:
138
Artist:

Janie’s Got a Gun

The music video for Janie's Got a Gun sheds light on the meaning behind the lyrics that many overlook when listening to the song ...
Californication
Rank:
137

Californication

This animated masterpiece, released in 2000, showcases the band members as virtual avatars navigating through a surreal and vibrant 3D game-like world ...
Get Ur Freak On
Rank:
136
Artist:

Get Ur Freak On

The Get Ur Freak On music video draws on a wide range of influences, from African and Asian culture to futuristic and sci-fi aesthetics, creating a sense of playful and imaginative fun ...
Feel Good Inc.
Rank:
135
Artist:

Feel Good Inc.

In the whimsical world of Gorillaz, the music video for Feel Good Inc. stands out as a vibrant, multi-layered visual and auditory treat ...
I Write Sins Not Tragedies
Rank:
134

I Write Sins Not Tragedies

The video's theatrical and whimsical tone perfectly matches the quirky and catchy nature of the song, which blends pop punk and emo sensibilities with a touch of vaudeville flair ...
Legs
Rank:
133
Artist:

Legs

ZZ Top's "Legs" music video is a quintessential 80s rock classic, embodying the era's love for bold storytelling, flashy cars, and, of course, the band's signature beards and guitars ...
Love Shack
Rank:
132
Artist:

Love Shack

The video prominently features a huge, brightly-colored house, known as the “Love Shack”, which serves as the backdrop of the entire video ...
Oops!… I Did It Again
Rank:
131

Oops!… I Did It Again

The music video for "Oops!... I Did It Again" by Britney Spears, directed by Nigel Dick, is set on Mars and features Spears as a futuristic space explorer who is being watched by a group of astronauts on Earth ...
Sweet Dreams
Rank:
130
Artist:

Sweet Dreams

Beyoncé's "Sweet Dreams" music video is a stunning visual feast that perfectly complements the song's haunting and hypnotic vibe.

...
Every Breath You Take
Rank:
129
Artist:

Every Breath You Take

The video has an eerie and mysterious feel to it, which perfectly complements the song’s dark and melancholic lyrics ...
Space Oddity
Rank:
128
Artist:

Space Oddity

The combination of the eerie, otherworldly visuals and David Bowie's haunting vocal performance make for a truly memorable and captivating viewing experience.

...
Life on Mars?
Rank:
127
Artist:

Life on Mars?

Mick Rock later explained that "it wasn't so much an idea as a moment in time," clarifying that he "wanted to do something that looked a little bit like a painting."

...
Welcome to the Jungle
Rank:
126

Welcome to the Jungle

The video for Welcome to the Jungle was an instant hit, and helped make the band one of the most popular rock bands of the late 80s ...
In Bloom
Rank:
125
Artist:

In Bloom

The music video for "In Bloom" is a captivating look into the world of Nirvana and the grunge sound they helped to popularize ...
Just
Rank:
124
Artist:

Just

The video for "Just" by Radiohead is a commentary on the struggles of modern life and the need for genuine human connection, with the man's injury serving as a metaphor for the pain and isolation many people experience ...
Sorry
Rank:
123
Artist:

Sorry

Part of the visual album Lemonade, the "Sorry" music video is a powerful and visually stunning production that features music icon Beyoncé showcasing her raw and uncompromising talent ...
No Rain
Rank:
122
Artist:

No Rain

No Rain by Blind Melon memorably follows "the bee girl," who wanders a desolate landscape wearing a bee costume ...
Paranoid Android
Rank:
121
Artist:

Paranoid Android

Directed by Magnus Carlsson, the "Paranoid Androis" video features a series of disjointed and bizarre animated sequences, including a man with a television for a head, a giant creature made of garbage, and a group of humanoid creatures being hunted down and killed ...
Bad Blood
Rank:
120

Bad Blood

"Bad Blood" Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar, was directed by Joseph Kahn and features a star-studded cast of female celebrities as Swift's "squad," including Selena Gomez, Cara Delevingne, and Gigi Hadid ...
Kiss
Rank:
119
Artist:

Kiss

Prince's music video for "Kiss" is an exemplar of his minimalist yet profoundly captivating style ...
Hypnotize
Rank:
118

Hypnotize

The music video for "Hypnotize" by The Notorious B.I.G. is a stylish and visually stunning tribute to the rapper's lavish lifestyle and rise to fame ...
Straight Outta Compton
Rank:
117
Artist:

Straight Outta Compton

The powerful video, aimed at police brutality and racism, made a huge impact on the hip-hop genre, and its influence is still felt today ...
Yonkers
Rank:
116
Artist:

Yonkers

The music video for "Yonkers" by Tyler, The Creator is a provocative and unsettling exploration of the rapper's dark and twisted psyche. ...
APESHIT
Rank:
115
Artist:

APESHIT

The video for APESHIT takes place in the Louvre Museum in Paris, with Beyoncé and Jay-Z performing in front of some of the world's most famous works of art ...
One
Rank:
114
Artist:

One

This powerful video shows how war can strip away a person's identity and leave them with nothing ...
Drop
Rank:
113
Artist:

Drop

The video for "Drop" is shot entirely in reverse, with The Pharcyde lip-synching their lyrics and performing their movements in reverse, while the surrounding environment and people move forward in time ...
You Might Think
Rank:
112
Artist:

You Might Think

The Cars’ music video for their hit song “You Might Think” is an important piece of music history. Not only did it help the band reach a wider audience, but it was also one of the first popular music videos to incorporate computer animation ...
Hot for Teacher
Rank:
111
Artist:

Hot for Teacher

"Hot for Teacher" is an over-the-top, satirical take on youthful fantasies, school days, and, of course, unattainable crushes on teachers ...
B.O.B.
Rank:
110
Artist:

B.O.B.

B.O.B. features several people dancing and performing stunts, and incorporates elements of science fiction and fantasy ...
Wyclef Jean
Rank:
109
Artist:

Wyclef Jean

The video for Wyclef Jean opens with the title card announcing that Young Thug never showed up for the shoot. The rest of the video consists of a series of humorous vignettes that illustrate the challenges of trying to make a music video without the artist ...
Bye Bye Bye
Rank:
108
Artist:

Bye Bye Bye

The music video for "Bye Bye Bye" by *NSYNC is a classic example of the boy band aesthetic of the late 1990s and early 2000s ...
Cryin'
Rank:
107
Artist:

Cryin’

The video for Aerosmith's Cryin' features actress Alicia Silverstone as a rebellious teenager who breaks free from the constraints of her suburban life and embarks on a thrilling and dangerous adventure ...
Got 'til It's Gone

Got ’til It’s Gone

The "Got 'til It's Gone" music video by Janet Jackson, directed by Mark Romanek, is a visually stunning and socially conscious work of art that pays tribute to the resilience of black culture in the face of oppression.

...
Doo Wop (That Thing)
Rank:
105
Artist:

Doo Wop (That Thing)

The video for Doo Wop (That Thing) is notable for its juxtaposition of the old-school doo-wop sound and visuals with contemporary urban culture, and for Lauryn Hill's powerful performance and message ...
Everlong
Rank:
104
Artist:

Everlong

The "Everlong" video features the Foo Fighters performing in a surreal and dreamlike setting, with scenes of lead singer Dave Grohl interacting with a woman who appears in his dreams ...
Let Forever Be
Rank:
103

Let Forever Be

The music video for "Let Forever Be" by The Chemical Brothers is a psychedelic and surreal exploration of the nature of reality and perception ...
Telephone
Rank:
102

Telephone

The Tarantino-inspired music video for "Telephone" by Beyoncé and Lady Gaga is a cinematic masterpiece that blends elements of pop music, fashion, and film ...
Wicked Game
Rank:
101
Artist:

Wicked Game

Isaak's soulful vocals and Christensen's sultry beauty create an atmosphere of romantic longing and sensuality that is both timeless and captivating ...