Michael Jackson 1983

Beat It opens in a diner/pool hall, where two men walk outside, and then the members of two warring gangs gather and march to a "rumble" inspired by the film West Side Story at a warehouse. Many of the participants in the video's dance sequences were actual street gang members, brought in to authenticate the look and feel of the piece.

8.17/106 ratings

The B-52's 1989

Love Shack begins with the group arriving at the "Love Shack" in a car. Various characters are partying there, including a then-unknown RuPaul.

8/105 ratings

Franz Ferdinand 2004

Take Me Out features the band amid a Dadaist and Pythonesque animation involving quirky vintage figures and machinery. The video is a blend of the live-action band superimposed into a 3D environment with animated 2D elements.

6.5/104 ratings

Peter Gabriel 1986

Sledgehammer cleaned up at the VMAs, winning nine awards - still a record. The video uses a mix of animation styles, including claymation, pixilation, and stop motion. Peter Gabriel had to stay under a sheet of glass for 16 hours while filming the video while animators moved objects above him, one frame at a time.

8.9/1010 ratings

Robert Palmer 1986

Robert Palmer's music video replaces his bandmates with fashion models, dressed in black and swaying seductively. British fashion photographer Terence Donovan directed this video and Palmer's Simply Irresistible video, which uses a nearly identical concept. Addicted to Love has been endlessly parodied. The music video in Love Actually is a sendup of Palmer and his models.

7/104 ratings