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INSIDER'S MOST ICONIC MUSIC VIDEOS

In 2018, Insider.com released a list featuring 55 of the most iconic music videos of all time. The list features videos from five different decades.

6.75/104 ratings
1973
Mick Rock filmed and directed a promotional video backstage at Earl's Court, on 12 May 1973, to accompany the release of the song as a single. It features a heavily made-up Bowie performing the song solo against a white backdrop, in a turquoise "ice-blue" suit designed by Freddi Buretti.
8/107 ratings
1975
The video's opening scene is one of the most memorable in music history and is the first thing most people picture when they think of the band. It took only four hours to film the video and five to edit it - it was shipped to BBC for air that same week.
8.5/104 ratings
1978
Two music videos with similar choreography were made to accompany "Wuthering Heights." Bush created the choreography and dance moves to suggest her character is a ghost (as in this scene in the novel), without explicitly stating as such. In the first version, made for the UK and European release, Bush is shown performing the song in a dark room filled with white mist while wearing a white dress.
9.27/1011 ratings
1983
Michael Jackson's iconic video is one of the most well-known videos of the 80's. Directed by John Landis, who made An American Werewolf in London, the video references numerous horror movies and features Jackson dancing with zombies. It's a cultural landmark and was the first music video added to the National Film Registry.
9/105 ratings
1984
When Doves Cry opens with white doves emerging from double doors to reveal Prince in a bathtub. It also includes scenes from the Purple Rain film interspersed with shots of the Revolution performing and dancing in a white room. The video's final portion incorporates a mirrored frame of the left half of the picture, creating a doubling effect.
8/106 ratings
1985
Director Jeff Stein made Alice in Wonderland the theme for this video. Actress Wish Foley plays Alice, who is cut up like a cake and eaten by Tom Petty and others. Future Vice President Al Gore's daughter saw the video and complained to her mom, who used it as a pretext to launch the Parents Music Resource Center - the group behind those infamous 'Parental Advisory' stickers.
8.36/1011 ratings
1985
Norwegian band A-ha had their biggest hit with their 1985 re-recording of Take On Me. The video combines pencil sketch animation with live-action, using rotoscoping techniques. It took about four months for animators to complete the four-minute video. The romantic fantasy shows a comic book character and a woman reading about him join each others' shared worlds.
8.9/1010 ratings
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.
8.25/104 ratings
1987
I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) is begins with Houston just finishing a performance onstage. She walks backstage, and the scene is intercut with more vivid, colorful images of her. The song then explodes into its beginning, with various locations and various outfits by Houston, as dancers trying to impress her as she dances around. The music video borrows from Flashdance, Grease, and Top Hat.
7/104 ratings
1989
If I Could Turn Back Time takes place onboard the USS Missouri, where Cher sings to a large group of sailors. Cher's outfit for the video (a fishnet body stocking under a very revealing black one-piece bathing suit) caused some controversy, and many television networks refused to show the video. In 1989, MTV banned the video and only played it after 9:00 PM.
8/105 ratings
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
1989
Rhythm Nation is the final part of her long-form Rhythm Nation 1814 film and features rapid choreography within a post-apocalyptic warehouse setting. Jackson and her dancers adorned in black militant attire.
8.82/1011 ratings
1989
Like a Prayer is iconic for most, but controversial among many. It features actor Leon Robinson as Saint Martin de Porres, who some perceived as a black version of Christ. The video's use of Catholic iconography includes a scene where Madonna develops stigmata and includes cross-burning imagery. However, it also garnered praise for its interpretation of discrimination, rape, and faith.
8.25/108 ratings
1989
Opposites Attract features Abdul dancing with cartoon character MC Skat Kat. The idea of MC Skat Kat came from the Gene Kelly film Anchors Aweigh, where Kelly dances with Jerry Mouse from the Tom and Jerry cartoon series.
7.4/105 ratings
1990
Directed by Rupert Wainwright, a music video was produced to promote the single, showing Hammer doing some of his signature dances, such as "The Running Man" and the "Hammer Dance." It made "Hammer Pants" famous.
8.56/109 ratings
1990
Nothing Compares 2 U was mainly shot in Paris and consists almost solely of a closeup on O'Connor's face as she sings the song's lyrics. Toward the end of the video, two tears roll down her face, one per cheek. It was the first video from a female artist to win Music Video of the Year at the VMAs.
8.55/1011 ratings
1991
Smells Like Teen Spirit's video features a school concert ends in anarchy and riot. Inspiration was taken from Jonathan Kaplan's 1979 movie Over the Edge, as well as the Ramones film Rock 'n' Roll High School. Cobain disliked Bayer's final edit and personally oversaw a re-edit of the video that resulted in the version finally aired
7.38/108 ratings
1993
Everybody Hurts was filmed along I-10 in San Antonio, Texas, and shows the band stuck in a traffic jam. Subtitles show us the thoughts of the other people tuck in traffic. In the end, all the people leave their cars and walk instead. They then vanish.
8.2/105 ratings
1994
Cryin' features the first appearance of Alicia Silverstone in the band's videos. The song flashes back and forth between the band and Silvertone, who plays a teen who has a falling out with her boyfriend (played by Stephen Dorff) after catching him cheating.
8.86/107 ratings
1994
Waterfalls was filmed at Universal Studios Hollywood and features the group standing in a pool as they sing the song. The video tackles the issues of drug dealing and HIV. The video won 4 MTV Video Music Awards, including Video of the Year, making TLC the first African American group to win that award.
8/108 ratings
1994
Buddy Holly features Weezer performing at the original Arnold's Drive-In diner from Happy Days. The video combined contemporary footage of the band with clips from the show. Happy Days cast member Al Molinaro made a cameo appearance in the video. Al plugs his hometown, Kenosha, Wisconsin, in the introduction.
8/107 ratings
1995
Scream has a heavy sci-fi theme and features clips from the anime Akira. It gained 11 MTV Video Music Award Nominations in 1995, more than any other music video. Guinness World Records listed it as the most expensive music video ever made at the cost of $7 million.
9.5/108 ratings
1996
Virtual Insanity features Jay Kay dancing and performing the song in a bright white room with a grey floor. The video earned recognition from critics for its special effects: the floor appears to move while the rest of the room stays still, allowing Kay to perform moves not typically seen in music videos.
8.67/106 ratings
1996
Wannabe features the group running, singing, dancing, and creating mischief at an eccentric bohemian party at the Midland Grand Hotel in St Pancras, London. Among their antics is Chisholm's back handspring on one of the tables. Each of the girls' personalities are introduced in this lively video that put the Spice Girls on the map.
1996
The video opens with a man dying in an explosive motorcycle crash after lightning strikes a tree down in his path. Dion's character is haunted by her lover's image, which she sees through a mirror, and images of them together through picture frames. Dion is seen running alone through a dark, gothic mansion, with the wind blowing through the open windows.
8.5/106 ratings
1996
Ironic features Morissette driving a black Lincoln Continental Mark V through a winter landscape. She also plays her passengers: one in a green sweater riding in the back seat; one in a yellow sweater with braided hair, the back seat; and one in a red sweater in the front passenger seat. At the end of the video, the car stalls. Morissette, as the driver, exits, but her passengers are nowhere to be seen.
3.67/103 ratings
1997
Honey was shot in Puerto Rico and featured Carey, playing as "Agent M," escaping from being held hostage in a large mansion. At the end of the video, Carey is on an island with her lover, male model David Fumero, and her real-life dog, Jack. They frolic together on the island while Carey happily enjoys her romance.
7.8/105 ratings
1998
The Boy Is Mine begins with the women in their apartments, watching television. After battling over which TV show to watch, they give up and start to sing. They're fighting over a boy, played by Mekhi Phifer. Brandy and Monica each call him over, trying to get him to choose between them.
5.75/104 ratings
1998
The music video features a man running into a burning building to rescue a woman's baby, another woman's dog, and finally, a picture frame of the first woman. Both the baby and the dog's eyes are blocked out to show they represent people in need everywhere. The camera follows the man throughout the video, with his face never being shown. It is presented in a continuous "long take" format, although actual transitional cuts are disguised by smoke.
7.67/106 ratings
1999
All the Small Things parodies various pop videos produced by several artists such as the Backstreet Boys ("I Want It That Way"), 'N Sync ("Tearin' Up My Heart"), 98 Degrees, Sugar Ray, Britney Spears ("Sometimes"), Westlife, Christina Aguilera ("Genie in a Bottle"), Ricky Martin and Five.
6/104 ratings
1999
All Star features Steve Harwell rescuing a dog from a burning building and lifting a bus off a pageant queen. The video was produced to promote the film Mystery Men and features cameos from Ben Stiller, William H. Macy, Kel Mitchell, and Dane Cook.
7.6/105 ratings
1999
Waiting for Tonight centers around a millennium party for the year 2000 in a jungle setting and humorously portrayed the Y2K bug worries when the tropical skyline blackouts during the millennium party but immediately lights back up seconds later.
7.67/106 ratings
1999
The video starts with a stereotypical redneck family watching television, who then comes across a show starring "Marshall Mathers" (Eminem's real name). As the video goes on, Eminem parodies several TV shows and movies. He also imitates then-President Bill Clinton, Johnny Carson, a porn star, and others. NOTE: the music video has been replaced on all official sites (including the official Eminem YouTube account and MTV's holding accounts) with alternative lyrics online making it more advertiser friendly.
7.88/108 ratings
2000
Bye Bye Bye features 'N Sync as puppets controlled by an evil puppetress, Kim Smith. She cuts the strings first on Fatone and Kirkpatrick, and they run across a speeding train to escape her. She cuts Timberlake loose next, and he out-runs her trained dogs. Then, Bass and Chasez are cut loose into a sports car and must speed away from her.
8.13/108 ratings
2001
Lady Marmalade features all four performers in lingerie on Los Angeles sets built to resemble the actual Moulin Rouge night club around the turn of the century. The colorful, energetic video has become inseparable from the song itself. The videos used props and costumes from the movie Moulin Rogue! in which the song was featured.
7.75/108 ratings
2001
Weapon of Choice features Christopher Walken dancing and flying around in the empty Los Angeles Marriott hotel. Walken trained as a tap dancer before his acting career took off. He said the video gave him the opportunity to do "something different."
7.6/105 ratings
2001
Survivor features the trio as three survivors living on an uninhabited island. They uncover an island where they change clothes and walk into a waterfall leading to a deserted temple that transforms into a dance break. After this, a helicopter starts buzzing, leading to where Kelly, Beyonce, and Michelle are racing out of the island for their escape.
6.17/106 ratings
2001
The Gorillaz' animated videos are famous, and Clint Eastwood was the group's first. Zombie gorillas rise up from a cemetery, dance, and chase the band.
9.25/108 ratings
2002
The incredible video shows Missy Elliott and others dancing to her song. Missy dances in a dark fantasy playground in some scenes -- and is covered by (real!) bees in another. Timbaland and Tweet make cameos. The fast pace and good humor made this video Missy's most iconic.
8.13/108 ratings
2002
Complicated starts with Lavigne asking her bandmates if they want to "crash" the mall. They respond with enthusiasm and skateboard there. During the video features Lavigne and the band harassing shoppers and employees, causing havoc around the mall. This is intercut with footage of Lavigne and the band performing the song at a skatepark
8.38/108 ratings
2003
Hey Ya! is based on The Beatles' landmark appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964, but sets the action in London. The television presenter, portrayed by Ryan Phillippe, tries to calm a crowd of screaming girls on a show being broadcast live in black-and-white. The band performs while the girls scream; one girl is carried off by security after rushing the stage, and another faints.
6.2/105 ratings
2003
Britney Spears portrays an international spy in this video for Toxic. It takes cues from Blade Runner, Alias, and The Seven Year Itch as she traverses across the globe, facing danger in various disguises.
7.75/104 ratings
2003
Bring Me to Life features Amy Lee climbing up buildings to the apartment where her band members are. Near the end, Amy falls off the ledge, and John LeCompt tries to pull her back up. He loses his grip, and Amy falls, although it was a dream as she slept in her bed.
5.8/105 ratings
2003
Seven Nation Army features a continuous shot through a kaleidoscopic tunnel of mirrored black, white, and red triangles. The triangle slides alternate between images of Jack or Meg playing, interspersed with marching skeletons and an elephant.
5.67/103 ratings
2005
The music video for "Sugar, We're Goin Down" (directed by Matt Lenski) follows the persecution and subsequent redemption of a boy with antlers. The video establishes the life of a socially outcast boy with antlers and his feelings for a neighborhood girl.
8.2/105 ratings
2006
The band's first music video was an immediate winner. It tells the story of a wedding held at a circus. The bride's family sleeps through the ceremony, while the groom's family are circus folk. A fight breaks out, disrupting the wedding. Lead singer Brendon Urie stars are the ringmaster.
8.78/109 ratings
9.38/108 ratings
2008
Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) is shot in black and white and choreographed by JaQuel Knight. The video features Beyoncé as her alter ego Sasha Fierce, dancing against a plain white background with two female look-alike backup dancers. Towards the end of the video, she flashes her wedding ring that camouflages with her glove. It's one of the most iconic videos of all time.
8.75/108 ratings
2009
Bad Romance features Gaga inside a surreal white bathhouse where she gets kidnapped by a group of supermodels who drug her and sell her to the Russian mafia for sexual slavery. The music video ends with Gaga killing the man who bought her.
8.2/105 ratings
2009
Welcome to the Black Parade features Lukas Haas as "The Patient" dressed in a hospital gown and being taken by death in the form of a "Black Parade" along with "Fear," "Regret," and "Mother War." They go from a hospital to a surreal cityscape, with ash-covered wreckage, black snow, and destroyed buildings. The band is on the main float playing the song with masked figures walking behind them.
8.2/105 ratings
2010
Kanye West directed the video, drawing from director Stanley Kubrick as an inspiration. West drew inspiration from other long-form music videos and music-related cinema, including Purple Rain, Pink Floyd The Wall, and Michael Jackson's Thriller. The music video revolves around a love story between West (known as "Griffin" in the narrative) and a phoenix he discovers while driving through the woods.
7/104 ratings
2010
California Gurls features Perry as a game piece in Candyfornia, whose settings are inspired in part by Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and the board game Candy Land. It's most famous for the scene in which Perry defeats an army of gummy bears by using whip cream guns attached to her breasts.
8.33/106 ratings
2013
Miley Cyrus permanently left her Disney image behind with the video for Wrecking Ball. Cyrus sings the song in close-up, a la Sinéad O'Connor in her video for Nothing Compares 2 U. In other scenes; she licks a sledgehammer and swings on a wrecking ball while wearing nothing but boots.
7.57/107 ratings
2014
The video for Uptown Funk features Bruno Mars, Mark Ronson, and The Hooligans singing and dancing through the streets while wearing vintage clothes. They ooze cool and fun, getting perms and shoe shines.
8.83/106 ratings
2017
The gorgeous video opens with Kendrick Lamar dressed in all white as the pope before putting him in all black lying on a pile of money. Full of symbolism and social commentary, the HUMBLE. video uses a fisheye lense and other techniques to create intensity.
6.75/104 ratings
1973
Mick Rock filmed and directed a promotional video backstage at Earl's Court, on 12 May 1973, to accompany the release of the song as a single. It features a heavily made-up Bowie performing the song solo against a white backdrop, in a turquoise "ice-blue" suit designed by Freddi Buretti.
8/107 ratings
1975
The video's opening scene is one of the most memorable in music history and is the first thing most people picture when they think of the band. It took only four hours to film the video and five to edit it - it was shipped to BBC for air that same week.
8.5/104 ratings
1978
Two music videos with similar choreography were made to accompany "Wuthering Heights." Bush created the choreography and dance moves to suggest her character is a ghost (as in this scene in the novel), without explicitly stating as such. In the first version, made for the UK and European release, Bush is shown performing the song in a dark room filled with white mist while wearing a white dress.
9.27/1011 ratings
1983
Michael Jackson's iconic video is one of the most well-known videos of the 80's. Directed by John Landis, who made An American Werewolf in London, the video references numerous horror movies and features Jackson dancing with zombies. It's a cultural landmark and was the first music video added to the National Film Registry.
9/105 ratings
1984
When Doves Cry opens with white doves emerging from double doors to reveal Prince in a bathtub. It also includes scenes from the Purple Rain film interspersed with shots of the Revolution performing and dancing in a white room. The video's final portion incorporates a mirrored frame of the left half of the picture, creating a doubling effect.
8/106 ratings
1985
Director Jeff Stein made Alice in Wonderland the theme for this video. Actress Wish Foley plays Alice, who is cut up like a cake and eaten by Tom Petty and others. Future Vice President Al Gore's daughter saw the video and complained to her mom, who used it as a pretext to launch the Parents Music Resource Center - the group behind those infamous 'Parental Advisory' stickers.
8.36/1011 ratings
1985
Norwegian band A-ha had their biggest hit with their 1985 re-recording of Take On Me. The video combines pencil sketch animation with live-action, using rotoscoping techniques. It took about four months for animators to complete the four-minute video. The romantic fantasy shows a comic book character and a woman reading about him join each others' shared worlds.
8.9/1010 ratings
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.
8.25/104 ratings
1987
I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) is begins with Houston just finishing a performance onstage. She walks backstage, and the scene is intercut with more vivid, colorful images of her. The song then explodes into its beginning, with various locations and various outfits by Houston, as dancers trying to impress her as she dances around. The music video borrows from Flashdance, Grease, and Top Hat.
7/104 ratings
1989
If I Could Turn Back Time takes place onboard the USS Missouri, where Cher sings to a large group of sailors. Cher's outfit for the video (a fishnet body stocking under a very revealing black one-piece bathing suit) caused some controversy, and many television networks refused to show the video. In 1989, MTV banned the video and only played it after 9:00 PM.
8/105 ratings
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
1989
Rhythm Nation is the final part of her long-form Rhythm Nation 1814 film and features rapid choreography within a post-apocalyptic warehouse setting. Jackson and her dancers adorned in black militant attire.
8.82/1011 ratings
1989
Like a Prayer is iconic for most, but controversial among many. It features actor Leon Robinson as Saint Martin de Porres, who some perceived as a black version of Christ. The video's use of Catholic iconography includes a scene where Madonna develops stigmata and includes cross-burning imagery. However, it also garnered praise for its interpretation of discrimination, rape, and faith.
8.25/108 ratings
1989
Opposites Attract features Abdul dancing with cartoon character MC Skat Kat. The idea of MC Skat Kat came from the Gene Kelly film Anchors Aweigh, where Kelly dances with Jerry Mouse from the Tom and Jerry cartoon series.
7.4/105 ratings
1990
Directed by Rupert Wainwright, a music video was produced to promote the single, showing Hammer doing some of his signature dances, such as "The Running Man" and the "Hammer Dance." It made "Hammer Pants" famous.
8.56/109 ratings
1990
Nothing Compares 2 U was mainly shot in Paris and consists almost solely of a closeup on O'Connor's face as she sings the song's lyrics. Toward the end of the video, two tears roll down her face, one per cheek. It was the first video from a female artist to win Music Video of the Year at the VMAs.
8.55/1011 ratings
1991
Smells Like Teen Spirit's video features a school concert ends in anarchy and riot. Inspiration was taken from Jonathan Kaplan's 1979 movie Over the Edge, as well as the Ramones film Rock 'n' Roll High School. Cobain disliked Bayer's final edit and personally oversaw a re-edit of the video that resulted in the version finally aired
7.38/108 ratings
1993
Everybody Hurts was filmed along I-10 in San Antonio, Texas, and shows the band stuck in a traffic jam. Subtitles show us the thoughts of the other people tuck in traffic. In the end, all the people leave their cars and walk instead. They then vanish.
8.2/105 ratings
1994
Cryin' features the first appearance of Alicia Silverstone in the band's videos. The song flashes back and forth between the band and Silvertone, who plays a teen who has a falling out with her boyfriend (played by Stephen Dorff) after catching him cheating.
8.86/107 ratings
1994
Waterfalls was filmed at Universal Studios Hollywood and features the group standing in a pool as they sing the song. The video tackles the issues of drug dealing and HIV. The video won 4 MTV Video Music Awards, including Video of the Year, making TLC the first African American group to win that award.
8/108 ratings
1994
Buddy Holly features Weezer performing at the original Arnold's Drive-In diner from Happy Days. The video combined contemporary footage of the band with clips from the show. Happy Days cast member Al Molinaro made a cameo appearance in the video. Al plugs his hometown, Kenosha, Wisconsin, in the introduction.
8/107 ratings
1995
Scream has a heavy sci-fi theme and features clips from the anime Akira. It gained 11 MTV Video Music Award Nominations in 1995, more than any other music video. Guinness World Records listed it as the most expensive music video ever made at the cost of $7 million.
9.5/108 ratings
1996
Virtual Insanity features Jay Kay dancing and performing the song in a bright white room with a grey floor. The video earned recognition from critics for its special effects: the floor appears to move while the rest of the room stays still, allowing Kay to perform moves not typically seen in music videos.
8.67/106 ratings
1996
Wannabe features the group running, singing, dancing, and creating mischief at an eccentric bohemian party at the Midland Grand Hotel in St Pancras, London. Among their antics is Chisholm's back handspring on one of the tables. Each of the girls' personalities are introduced in this lively video that put the Spice Girls on the map.
1996
The video opens with a man dying in an explosive motorcycle crash after lightning strikes a tree down in his path. Dion's character is haunted by her lover's image, which she sees through a mirror, and images of them together through picture frames. Dion is seen running alone through a dark, gothic mansion, with the wind blowing through the open windows.
8.5/106 ratings
1996
Ironic features Morissette driving a black Lincoln Continental Mark V through a winter landscape. She also plays her passengers: one in a green sweater riding in the back seat; one in a yellow sweater with braided hair, the back seat; and one in a red sweater in the front passenger seat. At the end of the video, the car stalls. Morissette, as the driver, exits, but her passengers are nowhere to be seen.
3.67/103 ratings
1997
Honey was shot in Puerto Rico and featured Carey, playing as "Agent M," escaping from being held hostage in a large mansion. At the end of the video, Carey is on an island with her lover, male model David Fumero, and her real-life dog, Jack. They frolic together on the island while Carey happily enjoys her romance.
7.8/105 ratings
1998
The Boy Is Mine begins with the women in their apartments, watching television. After battling over which TV show to watch, they give up and start to sing. They're fighting over a boy, played by Mekhi Phifer. Brandy and Monica each call him over, trying to get him to choose between them.
5.75/104 ratings
1998
The music video features a man running into a burning building to rescue a woman's baby, another woman's dog, and finally, a picture frame of the first woman. Both the baby and the dog's eyes are blocked out to show they represent people in need everywhere. The camera follows the man throughout the video, with his face never being shown. It is presented in a continuous "long take" format, although actual transitional cuts are disguised by smoke.
7.67/106 ratings
1999
All the Small Things parodies various pop videos produced by several artists such as the Backstreet Boys ("I Want It That Way"), 'N Sync ("Tearin' Up My Heart"), 98 Degrees, Sugar Ray, Britney Spears ("Sometimes"), Westlife, Christina Aguilera ("Genie in a Bottle"), Ricky Martin and Five.
6/104 ratings
1999
All Star features Steve Harwell rescuing a dog from a burning building and lifting a bus off a pageant queen. The video was produced to promote the film Mystery Men and features cameos from Ben Stiller, William H. Macy, Kel Mitchell, and Dane Cook.
7.6/105 ratings
1999
Waiting for Tonight centers around a millennium party for the year 2000 in a jungle setting and humorously portrayed the Y2K bug worries when the tropical skyline blackouts during the millennium party but immediately lights back up seconds later.
7.67/106 ratings
1999
The video starts with a stereotypical redneck family watching television, who then comes across a show starring "Marshall Mathers" (Eminem's real name). As the video goes on, Eminem parodies several TV shows and movies. He also imitates then-President Bill Clinton, Johnny Carson, a porn star, and others. NOTE: the music video has been replaced on all official sites (including the official Eminem YouTube account and MTV's holding accounts) with alternative lyrics online making it more advertiser friendly.
7.88/108 ratings
2000
Bye Bye Bye features 'N Sync as puppets controlled by an evil puppetress, Kim Smith. She cuts the strings first on Fatone and Kirkpatrick, and they run across a speeding train to escape her. She cuts Timberlake loose next, and he out-runs her trained dogs. Then, Bass and Chasez are cut loose into a sports car and must speed away from her.
8.13/108 ratings
2001
Lady Marmalade features all four performers in lingerie on Los Angeles sets built to resemble the actual Moulin Rouge night club around the turn of the century. The colorful, energetic video has become inseparable from the song itself. The videos used props and costumes from the movie Moulin Rogue! in which the song was featured.
7.75/108 ratings
2001
Weapon of Choice features Christopher Walken dancing and flying around in the empty Los Angeles Marriott hotel. Walken trained as a tap dancer before his acting career took off. He said the video gave him the opportunity to do "something different."
7.6/105 ratings
2001
Survivor features the trio as three survivors living on an uninhabited island. They uncover an island where they change clothes and walk into a waterfall leading to a deserted temple that transforms into a dance break. After this, a helicopter starts buzzing, leading to where Kelly, Beyonce, and Michelle are racing out of the island for their escape.
6.17/106 ratings
2001
The Gorillaz' animated videos are famous, and Clint Eastwood was the group's first. Zombie gorillas rise up from a cemetery, dance, and chase the band.
9.25/108 ratings
2002
The incredible video shows Missy Elliott and others dancing to her song. Missy dances in a dark fantasy playground in some scenes -- and is covered by (real!) bees in another. Timbaland and Tweet make cameos. The fast pace and good humor made this video Missy's most iconic.
8.13/108 ratings
2002
Complicated starts with Lavigne asking her bandmates if they want to "crash" the mall. They respond with enthusiasm and skateboard there. During the video features Lavigne and the band harassing shoppers and employees, causing havoc around the mall. This is intercut with footage of Lavigne and the band performing the song at a skatepark
8.38/108 ratings
2003
Hey Ya! is based on The Beatles' landmark appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964, but sets the action in London. The television presenter, portrayed by Ryan Phillippe, tries to calm a crowd of screaming girls on a show being broadcast live in black-and-white. The band performs while the girls scream; one girl is carried off by security after rushing the stage, and another faints.
6.2/105 ratings
2003
Britney Spears portrays an international spy in this video for Toxic. It takes cues from Blade Runner, Alias, and The Seven Year Itch as she traverses across the globe, facing danger in various disguises.
7.75/104 ratings
2003
Bring Me to Life features Amy Lee climbing up buildings to the apartment where her band members are. Near the end, Amy falls off the ledge, and John LeCompt tries to pull her back up. He loses his grip, and Amy falls, although it was a dream as she slept in her bed.
5.8/105 ratings
2003
Seven Nation Army features a continuous shot through a kaleidoscopic tunnel of mirrored black, white, and red triangles. The triangle slides alternate between images of Jack or Meg playing, interspersed with marching skeletons and an elephant.
5.67/103 ratings
2005
The music video for "Sugar, We're Goin Down" (directed by Matt Lenski) follows the persecution and subsequent redemption of a boy with antlers. The video establishes the life of a socially outcast boy with antlers and his feelings for a neighborhood girl.
8.2/105 ratings
2006
The band's first music video was an immediate winner. It tells the story of a wedding held at a circus. The bride's family sleeps through the ceremony, while the groom's family are circus folk. A fight breaks out, disrupting the wedding. Lead singer Brendon Urie stars are the ringmaster.
8.78/109 ratings
9.38/108 ratings
2008
Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) is shot in black and white and choreographed by JaQuel Knight. The video features Beyoncé as her alter ego Sasha Fierce, dancing against a plain white background with two female look-alike backup dancers. Towards the end of the video, she flashes her wedding ring that camouflages with her glove. It's one of the most iconic videos of all time.
8.75/108 ratings
2009
Bad Romance features Gaga inside a surreal white bathhouse where she gets kidnapped by a group of supermodels who drug her and sell her to the Russian mafia for sexual slavery. The music video ends with Gaga killing the man who bought her.
8.2/105 ratings
2009
Welcome to the Black Parade features Lukas Haas as "The Patient" dressed in a hospital gown and being taken by death in the form of a "Black Parade" along with "Fear," "Regret," and "Mother War." They go from a hospital to a surreal cityscape, with ash-covered wreckage, black snow, and destroyed buildings. The band is on the main float playing the song with masked figures walking behind them.
8.2/105 ratings
2010
Kanye West directed the video, drawing from director Stanley Kubrick as an inspiration. West drew inspiration from other long-form music videos and music-related cinema, including Purple Rain, Pink Floyd The Wall, and Michael Jackson's Thriller. The music video revolves around a love story between West (known as "Griffin" in the narrative) and a phoenix he discovers while driving through the woods.
7/104 ratings
2010
California Gurls features Perry as a game piece in Candyfornia, whose settings are inspired in part by Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and the board game Candy Land. It's most famous for the scene in which Perry defeats an army of gummy bears by using whip cream guns attached to her breasts.
8.33/106 ratings
2013
Miley Cyrus permanently left her Disney image behind with the video for Wrecking Ball. Cyrus sings the song in close-up, a la Sinéad O'Connor in her video for Nothing Compares 2 U. In other scenes; she licks a sledgehammer and swings on a wrecking ball while wearing nothing but boots.
7.57/107 ratings
2014
The video for Uptown Funk features Bruno Mars, Mark Ronson, and The Hooligans singing and dancing through the streets while wearing vintage clothes. They ooze cool and fun, getting perms and shoe shines.
8.83/106 ratings
2017
The gorgeous video opens with Kendrick Lamar dressed in all white as the pope before putting him in all black lying on a pile of money. Full of symbolism and social commentary, the HUMBLE. video uses a fisheye lense and other techniques to create intensity.

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