Talking Heads 1981

Once in a Lifetime features a bespectacled David Byrne dancing like a marionette. In the background, Byrne dances in perfect synchronization; in the foreground, a larger Byrne is getting further and further out of synch. The video is exhibited in the New York Museum of Modern Art.

8/104 ratings

David Bowie 1980

Ashes to Ashes was, at the time, one of the most expensive music videos ever made. It features Bowie in a gaudy Pierrot costume and members of the London Blitz scene walking in front of a bulldozer. There are scenes of Bowie in a spacesuit and locked in a padded room. At the end of the video, an older woman is lecturing Bowie as they walk along the beach.

7.75/104 ratings

The Buggles 1979

Video Killed the Radio Star was the first to be shown on MTV when the music channel debuted in 1981. On February 27, 2000, it also became the millionth video to be aired on MTV. Hans Zimmer can be seen playing a keyboard. Debi Doss and Linda Jardim, who provided the female vocals for the song, can also be seen in the video.

8.75/104 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

Arcade Fire 2014

Andrew Garfield plays a transgender woman in this video. She goes to a local small-town bar where she is harassed and assaulted by some bar patrons. She collapses and enters a "dream-like sequence," where she dances accompanied by a group of male dancers.

7/102 ratings

The Killers 2006

The music video for this song was filmed in Tlayacapan, Mexico. The visual style was inspired by the films Japón and Batalla en el Cielo both directed by Carlos Reygadas. The story is told through the use of various flashbacks.

5/102 ratings

Band Aid 1984

Do They Know It's Christmas? was written by Geldof and Ure after Geldof had seen a BBC report by Michael Buerk highlighting the famine of Ethiopia and wanted to raise money. Musicians who took part in the charity video include Bananarama, Bono, Phil Collins, Duran Duran, Kool & the Gang, and Sting.

5.75/104 ratings

Duran Duran 1982

Hungry Like the Wolf features shots of jungles, rivers, elephants, cafes, and marketplaces, evoking the atmosphere of the film Raiders of the Lost Ark. It was released together with Girls on Film in 1983, and won the first-ever Grammy Award for Music Video of the Year.

7.5/104 ratings

Duran Duran 1983

Girls on Film, which features topless women mud wrestling and other sexual fetishes, was filmed just two weeks after MTV launched in the United States. It was released together with Hungry Like the Wolf in 1983, and won the first-ever Grammy Award for Music Video of the Year.

4/103 ratings