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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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Ironic
Rank:
50

Ironic

The "Ironic" music video by Alanis Morissette, directed by Stéphane Sednaoui, is a humorous and satirical take on the concept of irony, featuring a series of absurd and unlikely scenarios that are described in the song's lyrics ...
All Is Full of Love
Rank:
49
Artist:

All Is Full of Love

The video is often cited as one of the best of all time and a milestone in computer animation ...
Gangnam Style
Rank:
48
Artist:

Gangnam Style

The Gangnam Style music video's quirky humor and infectious energy quickly made it a viral hit, earning billions of views on YouTube and making PSY an international superstar ...
Scream

Scream

The music video for the song ‘Scream’ by Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson was released in 1995 and remains one of the most iconic and innovative music videos of all time ...
Walk This Way
Rank:
46

Walk This Way

Walk This Way was a revolutionary music video which was unlike anything else that came before it ...
Opposites Attract
Rank:
45
Artist:

Opposites Attract

The music video features Paula Abdul performing the song with a cartoon character named MC Skat Kat, who was created specifically for the video ...
Come to Daddy
Rank:
44
Artist:

Come to Daddy

The music video for Aphex Twin's Come to Daddy was directed by Chris Cunningham and is known for its disturbing and unsettling imagery ...
Blank Space
Rank:
43
Artist:

Blank Space

The music video for "Blank Space" by Taylor Swift is a playful and self-aware parody of the singer's public persona and the tabloid media's portrayal of her love life ...
Girls Just Want to Have Fun
Rank:
42
Artist:

Girls Just Want to Have Fun

The song and video have a bright and energetic feel to them, showcasing Lauper's wild style and colorful personality ...
Bitter Sweet Symphony
Rank:
41
Artist:

Bitter Sweet Symphony

The "Bitter Sweet Symphony" music video by the Verve features lead singer Richard Ashcroft walking down a busy street while bumping into and dodging various people ...
Around the World
Rank:
40
Artist:

Around the World

"Around the World" was Michel Gondry's first attempt at bringing organized dancing to his music videos. "I was sick to see choreography being mistreated in videos like filler with fast cutting and fast editing, really shallow. I don't think choreography should be shot in close-ups."

...
Ashes to Ashes
Rank:
39
Artist:

Ashes to Ashes

The video for Ashes to Ashes by David Bowie has been praised by critics for its creative use of imagery and symbolism. Its combination of surreal visuals and captivatingly dark imagery speak volumes about the song's deeply personal nature ...
Wannabe
Rank:
38
Artist:

Wannabe

The music video became a big success on the British cable network The Box, which sparked press interest in the group.

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Work It
Rank:
37
Artist:

Work It

The "Work It" music video is a high-energy, dance-heavy production that features Grammy-winning rapper Missy Elliott and a diverse cast of dancers showcasing their impressive moves in a variety of colorful, eye-catching settings ...
…Baby One More Time
Rank:
36

…Baby One More Time

The controversial video for ...Baby One More Time became one of the most iconic and memorable of the 1990s, and helped launch Britney Spears' career ...
Untitled (How Does It Feel)
Rank:
35
Artist:

Untitled (How Does It Feel)

Untitled (How Does It Feel) is known for its highly sexualized and provocative nature, with D'Angelo appearing nude or partially clothed throughout ...
Criminal
Rank:
34
Artist:

Criminal

Despite the controversy surrounding it, the "Criminal" video cemented Fiona Apple's status as a fearless artist who was unafraid to explore the darker corners of human experience ...
Waterfalls
Rank:
33
Artist:

Waterfalls

The video for Waterfalls visualizes two verses of the song, while intercutting scenes of liquefied versions of TLC performing the song while standing on top of an ocean and in front of a waterfall.

...
Money for Nothing
Rank:
32

Money for Nothing

The iconic music video for “Money for Nothing” by Dire Straits is one of the most memorable of all time. Released in 1985, the video was groundbreaking in its use of computer-generated imagery ...
Hungry Like the Wolf
Rank:
31
Artist:

Hungry Like the Wolf

As it was described in the pop culture book, The 1980s, the video was lush and cinematic, with shots of jungles, rivers, elephants, cafes and marketplaces evoking the atmosphere of the film Raiders of the Lost Ark. Andy Taylor, who contracted a stomach virus serious enough to require hospitalization from accidentally drinking water in the lagoon during the shoot, describes the storyline as "Indiana Jones is horny and wants to get laid."

...
Losing My Religion
Rank:
30
Artist:

Losing My Religion

The song’s lyrics, which are about faith and doubt, are brought to life in the visuals, which slowly become more and more abstract as the video progresses ...
Tonight, Tonight
Rank:
29

Tonight, Tonight

The Smashing Pumpkins released this song in 1996, with Tom Kinney and Jill Talley starring in the video as a couple celebrating a zeppelin reaching the moon ...
HUMBLE.
Rank:
28

HUMBLE.

HUMBLE. tells of those who have made it in life to remain humble and remember where they came from ...
Fell in Love with a Girl
Rank:
27

Fell in Love with a Girl

Fell in Love with a Girl was shot frame by frame with each frame having the Lego bricks rebuilt, sometimes in a complex manner to seem as if it were an actual shot, and then formed together to give the illusion of motion.

...
November Rain
Rank:
26

November Rain

The video for November Rain features lead singer Axl Rose at a wedding, with his bandmates providing the music ...
Video Killed the Radio Star
Rank:
25
Artist:

Video Killed the Radio Star

Video Killed the Radio Star was the first music video shown on MTV in the US, airing at 12:01 a.m. on 1 August 1981, and the first video shown on MTV Classic in the UK on 1 March 2010.

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Once in a Lifetime
Rank:
24
Artist:

Once in a Lifetime

The song itself is a testament of the band's creative genius, but the music video takes it to the next level. It features the band members in a desert with a strange, almost robotic dance which perfectly captures the strange and unique sound of the song ...
Hey Ya!
Rank:
23
Artist:

Hey Ya!

The Hey Ya! video is set in a fictional club called "The Love Below," and features the members of OutKast dressed in colorful, oversized suits ...
Don't Come Around Here No More

Don’t Come Around Here No More

The video controversially ends with Petty swallowing Alice whole, burping softly, and wiping his mouth with a napkin ...
Hurt
Rank:
21
Artist:

Hurt

Johnny Cash passed away only 7 months after the video had been completed, making this a sad reminder that we all have a limited amount of time left on earth ...
Formation
Rank:
20
Artist:

Formation

A particularly poignant scene featuring Beyoncé dancing on top of a police car flooded by the waters of Hurricane Katrina ...
Vogue
Rank:
19
Artist:

Vogue

The music video for "Vogue", directed by David Fincher, was shot in black-and-white and takes stylistic inspiration from the 1920s and 1930s ...
Virtual Insanity
Rank:
18
Artist:

Virtual Insanity

"Virtual Insanity" is Jamiroquai's best-known music video. It was directed by English filmmaker, director, and screenwriter Jonathan Glazer. At the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards in September 1997, it earned 10 nominations, winning four awards, including "Breakthrough Video" and the "Best Video of the Year." ...
Closer
Rank:
17

Closer

The controversial video, "Closer," features the band in what appears to be a mad scientist's laboratory ...
Billie Jean
Rank:
16

Billie Jean

It introduced a number of Jackson's signatures, including the moonwalk, black sequined jacket, high-water pants, and was widely imitated ...
Weapon of Choice
Rank:
15
Artist:

Weapon of Choice

Christopher Walken appears as a man in a hotel lobby who awakes from a nap and dances to the song ...
This Is America
Rank:
14

This Is America

A commentary on the treatment of BIPOC people in the United States ...
Rhythm Nation
Rank:
13
Artist:

Rhythm Nation

Jackson's record label made numerous attempts to prevent her from filming and releasing the video ...
Bohemian Rhapsody
Rank:
12
Artist:

Bohemian Rhapsody

It was once uncommon for bands to create music videos for their music at the time. That changed with Bohemian Rhapsody ...
Bad Romance
Rank:
11
Artist:

Bad Romance

Set in a white bathhouse, the music video for "Bad Romance" tells the story of a woman kidnapped by a group of supermodels who plan to sell her to the Russian Mafia for sexual slavery ...
Nothing Compares 2 U
Rank:
10

Nothing Compares 2 U

The video was stood out amongst the typical high production of the videos for other ballads of the era ...
Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)
Rank:
9
Artist:

Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)

Inspired by a 1969 Bob Fosse Routine called "Mexican Breakfast," this music video features Beyoncé lip-synching and dancing to the track alongside two other women ...
Like a Prayer
Rank:
8
Artist:

Like a Prayer

Madonna's "Like A Prayer," which uses symbols she was familiar with from her Catholic upbringing ...
Buddy Holly
Rank:
7
Artist:

Buddy Holly

Footage from "Happy Days" blends with the band seamlessly as if it was all real ...
Here It Goes Again
Rank:
6
Artist:

Here It Goes Again

The one-shot video shows the band dancing to the song using 8 treadmills, choreographed by Trish Sie ...
Sabotage
Rank:
5
Artist:

Sabotage

The Beastie Boys play with the tropes of widely syndicated shows such as Hawaii Five-0, S.W.A.T, and Starsky and Hutch, featuring shaky fight scenes and foot chases ...
Smells Like Teen Spirit
Rank:
4
Artist:

Smells Like Teen Spirit

This song was a staple for many high school students who felt dammed by a system that taught normality and conformance instead of individuality and rebellion ...
Take On Me
Rank:
3
Artist:

Take On Me

Incorporating pencil sketch animation with live-action, the video takes the viewer through a comic book-style world from the perspective of a young girl in a coffee shop.

...
Sledgehammer
Rank:
2
Artist:

Sledgehammer

The music video was created using stop motion animation, a filming technique in which objects are moved slightly in each frame, creating the illusion of free movement.

...
Thriller
Rank:
1

Thriller

As zombies rose from their graves, Michael Jackson introduced the world to the iconic "Thriller" dance.

...
Ironic
Rank:
50

Ironic

The "Ironic" music video by Alanis Morissette, directed by Stéphane Sednaoui, is a humorous and satirical take on the concept of irony, featuring a series of absurd and unlikely scenarios that are described in the song's lyrics ...
All Is Full of Love
Rank:
49
Artist:

All Is Full of Love

The video is often cited as one of the best of all time and a milestone in computer animation ...
Gangnam Style
Rank:
48
Artist:

Gangnam Style

The Gangnam Style music video's quirky humor and infectious energy quickly made it a viral hit, earning billions of views on YouTube and making PSY an international superstar ...
Scream

Scream

The music video for the song ‘Scream’ by Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson was released in 1995 and remains one of the most iconic and innovative music videos of all time ...
Walk This Way
Rank:
46

Walk This Way

Walk This Way was a revolutionary music video which was unlike anything else that came before it ...
Opposites Attract
Rank:
45
Artist:

Opposites Attract

The music video features Paula Abdul performing the song with a cartoon character named MC Skat Kat, who was created specifically for the video ...
Come to Daddy
Rank:
44
Artist:

Come to Daddy

The music video for Aphex Twin's Come to Daddy was directed by Chris Cunningham and is known for its disturbing and unsettling imagery ...
Blank Space
Rank:
43
Artist:

Blank Space

The music video for "Blank Space" by Taylor Swift is a playful and self-aware parody of the singer's public persona and the tabloid media's portrayal of her love life ...
Girls Just Want to Have Fun
Rank:
42
Artist:

Girls Just Want to Have Fun

The song and video have a bright and energetic feel to them, showcasing Lauper's wild style and colorful personality ...
Bitter Sweet Symphony
Rank:
41
Artist:

Bitter Sweet Symphony

The "Bitter Sweet Symphony" music video by the Verve features lead singer Richard Ashcroft walking down a busy street while bumping into and dodging various people ...
Around the World
Rank:
40
Artist:

Around the World

"Around the World" was Michel Gondry's first attempt at bringing organized dancing to his music videos. "I was sick to see choreography being mistreated in videos like filler with fast cutting and fast editing, really shallow. I don't think choreography should be shot in close-ups."

...
Ashes to Ashes
Rank:
39
Artist:

Ashes to Ashes

The video for Ashes to Ashes by David Bowie has been praised by critics for its creative use of imagery and symbolism. Its combination of surreal visuals and captivatingly dark imagery speak volumes about the song's deeply personal nature ...
Wannabe
Rank:
38
Artist:

Wannabe

The music video became a big success on the British cable network The Box, which sparked press interest in the group.

...
Work It
Rank:
37
Artist:

Work It

The "Work It" music video is a high-energy, dance-heavy production that features Grammy-winning rapper Missy Elliott and a diverse cast of dancers showcasing their impressive moves in a variety of colorful, eye-catching settings ...
…Baby One More Time
Rank:
36

…Baby One More Time

The controversial video for ...Baby One More Time became one of the most iconic and memorable of the 1990s, and helped launch Britney Spears' career ...
Untitled (How Does It Feel)
Rank:
35
Artist:

Untitled (How Does It Feel)

Untitled (How Does It Feel) is known for its highly sexualized and provocative nature, with D'Angelo appearing nude or partially clothed throughout ...
Criminal
Rank:
34
Artist:

Criminal

Despite the controversy surrounding it, the "Criminal" video cemented Fiona Apple's status as a fearless artist who was unafraid to explore the darker corners of human experience ...
Waterfalls
Rank:
33
Artist:

Waterfalls

The video for Waterfalls visualizes two verses of the song, while intercutting scenes of liquefied versions of TLC performing the song while standing on top of an ocean and in front of a waterfall.

...
Money for Nothing
Rank:
32

Money for Nothing

The iconic music video for “Money for Nothing” by Dire Straits is one of the most memorable of all time. Released in 1985, the video was groundbreaking in its use of computer-generated imagery ...
Hungry Like the Wolf
Rank:
31
Artist:

Hungry Like the Wolf

As it was described in the pop culture book, The 1980s, the video was lush and cinematic, with shots of jungles, rivers, elephants, cafes and marketplaces evoking the atmosphere of the film Raiders of the Lost Ark. Andy Taylor, who contracted a stomach virus serious enough to require hospitalization from accidentally drinking water in the lagoon during the shoot, describes the storyline as "Indiana Jones is horny and wants to get laid."

...
Losing My Religion
Rank:
30
Artist:

Losing My Religion

The song’s lyrics, which are about faith and doubt, are brought to life in the visuals, which slowly become more and more abstract as the video progresses ...
Tonight, Tonight
Rank:
29

Tonight, Tonight

The Smashing Pumpkins released this song in 1996, with Tom Kinney and Jill Talley starring in the video as a couple celebrating a zeppelin reaching the moon ...
HUMBLE.
Rank:
28

HUMBLE.

HUMBLE. tells of those who have made it in life to remain humble and remember where they came from ...
Fell in Love with a Girl
Rank:
27

Fell in Love with a Girl

Fell in Love with a Girl was shot frame by frame with each frame having the Lego bricks rebuilt, sometimes in a complex manner to seem as if it were an actual shot, and then formed together to give the illusion of motion.

...
November Rain
Rank:
26

November Rain

The video for November Rain features lead singer Axl Rose at a wedding, with his bandmates providing the music ...
Video Killed the Radio Star
Rank:
25
Artist:

Video Killed the Radio Star

Video Killed the Radio Star was the first music video shown on MTV in the US, airing at 12:01 a.m. on 1 August 1981, and the first video shown on MTV Classic in the UK on 1 March 2010.

...
Once in a Lifetime
Rank:
24
Artist:

Once in a Lifetime

The song itself is a testament of the band's creative genius, but the music video takes it to the next level. It features the band members in a desert with a strange, almost robotic dance which perfectly captures the strange and unique sound of the song ...
Hey Ya!
Rank:
23
Artist:

Hey Ya!

The Hey Ya! video is set in a fictional club called "The Love Below," and features the members of OutKast dressed in colorful, oversized suits ...
Don't Come Around Here No More

Don’t Come Around Here No More

The video controversially ends with Petty swallowing Alice whole, burping softly, and wiping his mouth with a napkin ...
Hurt
Rank:
21
Artist:

Hurt

Johnny Cash passed away only 7 months after the video had been completed, making this a sad reminder that we all have a limited amount of time left on earth ...
Formation
Rank:
20
Artist:

Formation

A particularly poignant scene featuring Beyoncé dancing on top of a police car flooded by the waters of Hurricane Katrina ...
Vogue
Rank:
19
Artist:

Vogue

The music video for "Vogue", directed by David Fincher, was shot in black-and-white and takes stylistic inspiration from the 1920s and 1930s ...
Virtual Insanity
Rank:
18
Artist:

Virtual Insanity

"Virtual Insanity" is Jamiroquai's best-known music video. It was directed by English filmmaker, director, and screenwriter Jonathan Glazer. At the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards in September 1997, it earned 10 nominations, winning four awards, including "Breakthrough Video" and the "Best Video of the Year." ...
Closer
Rank:
17

Closer

The controversial video, "Closer," features the band in what appears to be a mad scientist's laboratory ...
Billie Jean
Rank:
16

Billie Jean

It introduced a number of Jackson's signatures, including the moonwalk, black sequined jacket, high-water pants, and was widely imitated ...
Weapon of Choice
Rank:
15
Artist:

Weapon of Choice

Christopher Walken appears as a man in a hotel lobby who awakes from a nap and dances to the song ...
This Is America
Rank:
14

This Is America

A commentary on the treatment of BIPOC people in the United States ...
Rhythm Nation
Rank:
13
Artist:

Rhythm Nation

Jackson's record label made numerous attempts to prevent her from filming and releasing the video ...
Bohemian Rhapsody
Rank:
12
Artist:

Bohemian Rhapsody

It was once uncommon for bands to create music videos for their music at the time. That changed with Bohemian Rhapsody ...
Bad Romance
Rank:
11
Artist:

Bad Romance

Set in a white bathhouse, the music video for "Bad Romance" tells the story of a woman kidnapped by a group of supermodels who plan to sell her to the Russian Mafia for sexual slavery ...
Nothing Compares 2 U
Rank:
10

Nothing Compares 2 U

The video was stood out amongst the typical high production of the videos for other ballads of the era ...
Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)
Rank:
9
Artist:

Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)

Inspired by a 1969 Bob Fosse Routine called "Mexican Breakfast," this music video features Beyoncé lip-synching and dancing to the track alongside two other women ...
Like a Prayer
Rank:
8
Artist:

Like a Prayer

Madonna's "Like A Prayer," which uses symbols she was familiar with from her Catholic upbringing ...
Buddy Holly
Rank:
7
Artist:

Buddy Holly

Footage from "Happy Days" blends with the band seamlessly as if it was all real ...
Here It Goes Again
Rank:
6
Artist:

Here It Goes Again

The one-shot video shows the band dancing to the song using 8 treadmills, choreographed by Trish Sie ...
Sabotage
Rank:
5
Artist:

Sabotage

The Beastie Boys play with the tropes of widely syndicated shows such as Hawaii Five-0, S.W.A.T, and Starsky and Hutch, featuring shaky fight scenes and foot chases ...
Smells Like Teen Spirit
Rank:
4
Artist:

Smells Like Teen Spirit

This song was a staple for many high school students who felt dammed by a system that taught normality and conformance instead of individuality and rebellion ...
Take On Me
Rank:
3
Artist:

Take On Me

Incorporating pencil sketch animation with live-action, the video takes the viewer through a comic book-style world from the perspective of a young girl in a coffee shop.

...
Sledgehammer
Rank:
2
Artist:

Sledgehammer

The music video was created using stop motion animation, a filming technique in which objects are moved slightly in each frame, creating the illusion of free movement.

...
Thriller
Rank:
1

Thriller

As zombies rose from their graves, Michael Jackson introduced the world to the iconic "Thriller" dance.

...