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VMA VIDEO OF THE YEAR NOMINEES

The MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year is the most prestigious competitive-award and final award handed out at the annual MTV Video Music Awards.

6.5/106 ratings
1983
Jazz pianist Herbie Hancock became a household name with the synthesizer-heavy single Rockit. The music video keys in on the song's futuristic vibe, featuring robots dancing to music in a virtual London house. Hancock himself appears only on a TV inside the video.
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.
8.25/104 ratings
1983
This quirky video for Cindy Lauper's breakout hit was made on an extremely low-budget. Lauper's brother, attorney, and secretaries from CBS made up most of the cast. Dan Akyroyd made a volunteer appearance as his SNL character Beldar Conehead. Lorne Michaels let Lauper use his digital editing equipment for free, helping to keep expenses down.
5.75/104 ratings
1983
Sting's signature song, Every Breath You Take, has been played on the radio more often than any other song in history. The abstract video was based on a 1944 short film called Jammin' the Blues. It was shot in black-and-white and given a navy blue tint. It was played in heavy rotation in the early days of MTV.
5.33/106 ratings
1984
You Might Think was a pioneer in music videos, one of the first to use computer graphics. It features a model who sees co-lead singer Ric Ocasek appear in several different bizarre incarnations, such as showing up in her mouth or as King Kong. It was the first winner of the MTV Video Music Award Video of the Year.
7.25/104 ratings
1984
Boys of Summer was Don Henley's big hit a few years after leaving The Eagles. The video pays homage to the French New Wave and shows a boy, a young man, and a full-grown adult remembering his past relationships. After it won VMA Video of the Year, Henley joked he won for "riding around in the back of a pickup."
8.67/103 ratings
1984
Van Halen's David Lee Roth covered the Beach Boys classic in 1985, and it propelled him into Billboard's Top 10 for the first time as a solo artist. Roth played a character named "Diamond Dave," who led tourists to bikini-clad women on a California beach. Beach Boy member Carl Wilson makes a cameo.
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.
6.5/104 ratings
1985
Roth adapted a medley of two songs from the early 20th Century - Just a Gigolo made famous by Bing Crosby, and I Ain't Got Nobody, popularized by Louis Prima. Of course, David Lee Roth gave the songs an 80s rock twist. The video doubles down on Roth's persona as a party boy surrounded by babes.
8/105 ratings
1985
The famous charity single raised over $60 million for humanitarian aid. Instantly recognizable and often parodied, the video showcases many celebrity musicians singing in a studio, as Quincy Jones conducts. Among them are Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Paul Simon, Dionne Warwick, Willie Nelson, Bruce Springsteen, Cydia Lauper... and the list goes on.
6.5/104 ratings
1985
The groundbreaking music video introduced computer-animated humans to millions of real-life people. The characters sing about the music videos they watch on TV. It was the first video on MTV Europe in 1987 - Sting's background chorus of "I want my MTV" certainly influenced that decision. Not bad, considering lead singer Mark Knopfler didn't even want to make a music video in the first place.
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.
7.33/103 ratings
1985
The soft rock English duo Godley & Creme directed their own music video. They had experience making videos for Herbie Hancock and The Police earlier in the decade. This video consists of a succession of faces dissolving and wiping into each other. The simple style is powerful and moving.
7.67/103 ratings
1985
David Byrne's video is full of scenes of change, and growth, as various objects and boxes surround band members. The video helps reinforce the song's themes of creating meaning during a life in which the set destination is death. The scene of Byrne on his throne at about 3 minutes in is spectacular chaos.
7/104 ratings
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.
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.
6.5/104 ratings
1986
A puppet caricature of Ronald Reagan is the main character in this video from Genesis. When the president falls asleep, he has nightmares about puppet versions of Mussolini, the Ayatollah, Jimmy Carter, Margaret Thatcher, Tina Turner, Bill Cosby, and of course, members of Genesis. Pope John Paul II makes an appearance on electric guitar.
5.67/103 ratings
1987
Paul Simon's controversial time in South Africa brought us his Graceland album. His elaborate, computer-animated music video for the single The Boy in the Bubble puts the singer alternately in New York City and South Africa. Simon said the assassination of John F. Kennedy and the attempt on Ronald Reagan's life inspired the song
5.25/104 ratings
1987
With or Without You was U2's first #1 hit and remains one of the group's most popular songs. The video features Bono and the rest of the band, shot in various degrees of saturation. It was shot just outside Dublin. Edge's future wife, Morleigh Steinberg, can be seen dancing in some abstract shots interspersed in the film.
7.33/103 ratings
1987
Steve Winwood and Chaka Khan dance and sing in this energetic video for the hit, later covered by Whitney Houston. Directors Peter Kagan and Paula Greif made virtually the same video that year for Duran Duran's Notorious, but MTV nominated this one for a VMA and not Duran Duran.
6/102 ratings
1987
Bruce Springsteen's video features the amusement park rides the singer uses as a metaphor for marriage. The spinning lights are interspersed with scenes of Springsteen singing in a tunnel - another metaphor made literal. It was nominated for five awards at the VMAs.
6.25/104 ratings
1987
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For features the band members wandering around Fremont Street in Las Vegas while The Edge plays an acoustic guitar. Vegas tourism officials credit the video with helping to make the city more popular among musicians. The rock song's mix of gospel and soul influences helped make it U2's second number-one hit in a row.
8/104 ratings
1987
Where the Streets Have No Name was filmed on the rooftop of a liquor store at East 7th Street and South Main Street in Los Angeles on March 27, 1987. Footage from this event includes the police shutting the surprise concert down due to traffic concerns. The stunt was viewed as an homage to The Beatles when they played their rooftop show on the roof of Apple Records in Savile Row.
6/102 ratings
1988
This video combines two songs, "Need You Tonight" and "Mediate." "Need You Tonight" combines live-action and different kinds of animation in its video. "Mediate" segues into a tribute to Bob Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues." The members flip cue cards with words from the song, followed by a Kirk Pengilly saxophone solo.
4.33/103 ratings
1988
George Harrison stands in front of a brick wall, playing his guitar and singing about his time with The Beatles. Ringo Starr, Jeff Lynne, Elton John make cameos. Harrison told everyone Paul McCartney was inside the Walrus suit, but that wasn't true. When We Was Fab was Harrison's last Top 40 hit.
6.33/103 ratings
1988
Neil Young's song and video skewers musicians who "sold out" by doing beer commercials. (The title is a parody of Budweiser's "This Bud's For You" campaign) The video features Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston lookalikes. Legal threats from Jackson kept it off MTV initially, but the channel eventually aired it and gave it the year's highest honor at the VMAs.
7/104 ratings
1988
She Drives Me Crazy features the band and several performers, including two identical dancers with completely different colored-outfits and one dancer that resembles a couch pillow. The choreography is based on the drumbeat. The video is similar to Decouflé's only other music video, New Order's "True Faith"
6.75/104 ratings
1988
Leave Me Alone, which was featured in the 1988 film Moonwalker, features an amusement park consisting of stylistically crude images based around Jackson's career. There is an emphasis on the tabloid view of Jackson's personal life and public image. At the end of the video, it is revealed that a gigantic Jackson himself is the amusement park. He breaks free, tearing the park to pieces.
5/103 ratings
1988
Future Oscar nominee David Fincher directed the animated video for Steve Winwood's bluesy Roll With It. The video was shot in sepia and showed Winwood performing his hit in a bar while people dance to the music. The song itself spent four straight weeks as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
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.
4/103 ratings
1989
Janie's Got a Gun was very groundbreaking at the time, featuring gruesome realistic scenes that would later be the basis for many videos of the 1990s. The theme of the song often goes over many listeners' heads, but the video makes the story of incest and retribution explicit.
1989
David Fincher directed this black and white video. Henley ensured there would be two political comments in the video. At the line "armchair warriors often fail," it shows a TV set showing scenes of the congressional testimony of Oliver North. At the line "they're beating plowshares into swords, for this tired old man that we elected king," it shows a series of posters of President Ronald Reagan.
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.
8/104 ratings
1990
Vogue was filmed in black and white and recalled the look of 1930s Hollywood films. Some of the close-up poses reenacted noted portraits of such stars as Marilyn Monroe, Veronica Lake, and Marlene Dietrich. The video features the dancers and back-up vocalists for Madonna's then-upcoming Blond Ambition Tour. The choreography was set by "Punk Ballerina" Karole Armitage.
7.33/103 ratings
1990
Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) features dancers performing in front of a white backdrop. Zelma Davis lip-synchs to the recorded vocals of Martha Wash. A short clip on Double Dutch is shown near the end. The video pays homage to Curtis Mayfield's "Superfly 1990".
7.33/103 ratings
1990
Groove Is in the Heart features the group and dancers superimposed over a cartoonish background of various shifting shapes and colors. Lady Miss Kier has an opening dialog consisting of "faux-French," and the ending features Collins saying, "I just wanted you to know that groove is in the heart, and Deee-Lite have definitely been known to smoke... on stage, that is!" and Lady Miss Kier exclaiming "Deee-groovy!"
6.4/105 ratings
1990
Wicked Game was shot in Hawaii and featured supermodel Helena Christensen rolling and frolicking on the beach with Isaak. Christensen was topless, and Isaak was shirtless through most of the video, although clever camera angles concealed any actual nudity. A previous version of the video was commissioned for the Wild at Heart soundtrack and was directed by David Lynch.
8/107 ratings
1991
Losing My Religion begins with a brief sequence inside a dark room where water drips from an open window. A pitcher of milk drops from the windowsill and shatters, and the song begins. Director Tarsem Singh drew inspiration from the Italian painter Caravaggio and Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky. The video is laden with religious imagery such as Saint Sebastian and Hindu deities, portrayed in a series of tableau.
5.6/105 ratings
1991
I Touch Myself features lead singer Christina Amphlett singing the song as she and models are posing provocatively. Future blockbuster director Michael Bay shot the sexy, controversial video in a convent. Unarguably the world's most famous song about masturbation.
6.67/103 ratings
1991
Queensrÿche's iconic power ballad came with an equally iconic video. It tells the story of a child's dream. Instead of making the obvious choice to render the mind's dream world, it stays on the outside and lets the lyrics shine.
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
5.5/102 ratings
1992
Right Now reflects on events that were occurring at the time, both in the band and the world around them. It uses big block letters to display sentences such as "right now, people are having unprotected sex" and "right now, someone is working too hard for minimum wage" to describe the footage in the background. This concept was used previously in videos like Phil Collins' "Another Day in Paradise."
4.67/103 ratings
1992
Let's Get Rocked is a state-of-the-art computer-animated music video directed by Steve Barron. The video consists of the band playing in a computer-generated stadium on top of an LED-lit stage in the shape of the United Kingdom flag and CGI animated scenes featuring scenes from the life of a teen character named Flynn.
5.5/102 ratings
1992
Under the Bridge was shot on the streets of Los Angeles and in a studio soundstage. It begins with John Frusciante standing alone on a pedestal before other band members appear in front of a projection screen. They're coupled with scenes of Kiedis walking the streets of L.A. Flea asked director Gus Van Sant to do the video after playing a role in his 1991 film My Own Private Idaho.
9.38/108 ratings
1992
Jeremy incorporates rapid-fire editing and juxtaposition of sound, still images, graphics, and text elements with live-action sequences to create a collage effect. Actor Trevor Wilson portrayed Jeremy, is an angry, depressed boy who commits suicide in his classroom. The edited version led to misinterpretations that Jeremy kills his classmates, not himself.
7.71/107 ratings
1992
En Vogue recorded this anti-racist anthem in response to the police beating of Rodney King and its aftermath. In the video, En Vogue members portray fashion models on a catwalk while they sing.
7/103 ratings
1992
Digging in the Dirt features stop motion animation similar to Gabriel's earlier videos, "Sledgehammer" and "Big Time." The video uses disturbing images to explore the issues in Gabriel's personal life, such as the end of his relationship with Rosanna Arquette, his desire to reconnect with his daughter, and the self-healing he was looking for in therapy.
7/103 ratings
1992
Michael Stipe, attired in a cowboy hat, walks along a desert road. He leaps onto a passing truck, driven by Bill Berry, and hitches a ride to a truck stop where Peter Buck is tending bar and Mike Mills is shooting pool. He drinks and sings before leaving to walk off in the dusk. A small TV shows footage of Andy Kauffman throughout the video.
5.75/104 ratings
1993
Livin' On The Edge is notable for several things, including depicting vandalism, theft, and violence among school-aged youth, cross-dressing by educators, a naked Steven Tyler holding a zipper by his crotch with half his body painted black, and lead guitarist Joe Perry playing a lead guitar solo in front of an oncoming train. The video was praised for its groundbreaking theatrical scenes and special effects.
9.22/109 ratings
1993
Sabotage is an homage and parody of 1970s crime drama television series like Hawaii Five-0, The Streets of San Francisco, S.W.A.T., Baretta, and Starsky and Hutch. In the video, the band members appear as the show's characters. Each band member is introduced as a fictional actor and the character he plays.
8.2/105 ratings
1993
Heart-Shaped Box features the band in a surreal outdoor setting that mixes imagery from Christianity and The Wizard of Oz. The video begins and ends with the band in a hospital setting, watching an older man being administered medication through an IV drip.
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.
7.75/104 ratings
1994
Basket Case was shot in an actual mental institution called Agnews Developmental Center in Santa Clara County, California. The mental institution was abandoned, but most of the structure remained in a broken-down state. The music video was shot in black and white, and the color was added later, contributing to the video's surreal effect.
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.
5.25/104 ratings
1996
You Were Meant For Me features Jewel singing the song with Steve Poltz appearing as the boyfriend. The two continually reach for each other, but can never quite be together. The video won Best Female Video at the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards.
8.86/107 ratings
1996
Tonight, Tonight draws inspiration from Georges Méliès's silent film A Trip to the Moon and other works by the French master. Actors Tom Kenny and Jill Talley star as a couple riding a Zepplin to the moon. On their colorful trip, they fight aliens, escape on a rocket, and meet a merman.
8.33/103 ratings
1996
Tha Crossroads is dedicated to Eazy-E, who died from complications due to AIDS. The video opens with a funeral and focuses on a reaper-like character wearing sunglasses and a trench coat. He gathers souls and brings them to heaven.
5.5/104 ratings
1996
Big Me parodies Mentos advertisements, turning them into commercials for "Footos." "We had some difficulty finding a treatment that would suit the song, which is this short, tongue-in-cheek, ridiculously candy-coated pop tune. We didn't want to make this big, pretentious portrait video. We wanted to make fun of ourselves and the song," David Grohl explained.
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.
6/104 ratings
1997
The music video, directed by Beck himself, features 1960s-style dancing and background. The music video contains visual references from French singer Serge Gainsbourg's music videos for "Monsieur William" and the Histoire de Melody Nelson.
6/104 ratings
1997
The blue-tinted video for The Perfect Drug evokes the unsettling illustrations of Edward Gorey. It shows Trent Reznor mourning a child's death and using absinthe to numb the pain.
5.33/103 ratings
1997
It's All About the Benjamins has several videos. The Rock Remix, directed by Spike Jonze, was nominated for several awards, including Best Music Video at the VMAs. It features the group arriving at a high school prom to see a lackluster band performing for a bored audience. Puff Daddy goes to the stage and sings a rock version of his song to the pleasure of the audience.
8.33/103 ratings
1997
Bitter Sweet Symphony features lead vocalist Richard Ashcroft lip-synching the song while walking down a busy street; Ashcroft refuses to change his stride or direction throughout, apparently oblivious to what is going on around him. He repeatedly bumps into passers-by, narrowly avoids being hit by a car, and jumps on top of the hood of another vehicle stopped in his path.
7.5/104 ratings
1998
Don't Speak features the band playing the song in a garage interspersed with several scenes that tell how the media mainly focused on Gwen while the band was always in the background. The second half of the video features snippets of live footage filmed during the band's performance with Dog Eat Dog and Goldfinger at Roseland Ballroom in New York City on August 21, 1996.
7.8/105 ratings
1998
Ray of Light is noted for its Koyaanisqatsi-inspired music video, featuring time-lapse images of daily life, from people riding a subway, ordering food, bowling, and children in a classroom to sped-up city-scapes and freeways at night. In most scenes, one person stares directly at the camera, while everyone else goes on with their daily lives.
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.
5.5/104 ratings
1998
Gettin' Jiggy wit It features Smith performing the song at various hotels on the Las Vegas Strip, including the New York-New York Hotel & Casino, The Mirage, and the foyer of the Luxor Hotel. Dancers are dressed to the motif of the setting, such as an Egyptian and a Hawaiian scene.
7.8/105 ratings
1998
Doo Wop (That Thing) was filmed using a split-screen technique and features Hill performing at block parties in two different eras: the mid-1960s and the late-1990s. The video was filmed in Washington Heights, Manhattan. It won four 1999 MTV Video Music Awards: Best Female Video, Best R&B Video, Best Art Direction, and Video of the Year.
7.33/106 ratings
1999
I Want It That Way features the group singing the song at Los Angeles International Airport and contains scene transitions between shots. A greenscreen shot features the band, dressed in white, performing a dance sequence while being manipulated over an airport lobby's backdrop. As the band prepares to board their plane, they are greeted by a crowd of screaming fans bearing signs and flowers.
8.29/107 ratings
1999
Freak on a Leash opens with an animated sequence of children climbing over a chain-link fence to play hopscotch. A guard runs as he sees one girl near the edge when he trips and the gun he is holding fires. The bullet breaks out of the animated world into the real world as it destroys things while narrowly avoiding hitting people.
5.5/104 ratings
1999
Livin' la Vida Loca features Ricky Martin performing the song on stage with dancers in the foreground interspersed with him and Nina Moric being affectionate with each other. There are shots of her pouring wax on him, a shot of them in a convertible, and a shot of them and other women getting wet from a knocked-over fire hydrant.
6/103 ratings
1999
Wild Wild West features several dialog sequences featuring Smith, Kool Moe Dee, Dru Hill, and interspersed clips from the film Wild Wild West. Cameos include the actors who appeared in the movie, Kevin Kline, Salma Hayek, and Kenneth Branagh. Enrique Iglesias plays a prince, and Smith's The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air co-star Alfonso Ribeiro is one of the dancers.
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.
6.2/105 ratings
1999
Californication takes the form of a 3D PC video game from the third person point of view. Each band member is featured in some sort of adventure, and the video concludes with all of them meeting at the center of the Earth.
8.83/106 ratings
2000
The Real Slim Shady features Eminem performing the song in a psychiatric ward, a local Detroit neighborhood park, a fast-food joint, the Grammy Awards, and even a factory where multiple clones of the rapper are produced. The video also features cameo appearances by Dr. Dre, D12, Kid Rock, Fred Durst, Carson Daly, Pamela Anderson, Tommy Lee, and even a stuffed Bill the Cat doll.
7.6/105 ratings
2000
Untitled‏‎ (How Does It Feel) was shot on a soundstage in New York City and featured a -one-take of D'Angelo singing the song, appearing nude from the waist-up. Marques Houston's "Naked" pays homage to the video.
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.
8.14/107 ratings
2000
Stan features Devon Sawa as Stan, the obsessive fan, and British pop singer Dido, who sings the chorus, as his pregnant girlfriend. There are multiple versions of the disturbing video, which features scenes of violence and cruelty by the fanatical Stan.
6.67/103 ratings
2000
Beautiful Day features the band walking around in Paris' Charles de Gaulle International Airport, with scenes of the band playing on a runway interspliced with large jets taking off and landing overhead.
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.
6.5/104 ratings
2001
Get Ur Freak On features Missy Elliott in a jungle where she and the dancers appear in camouflage outfits and army fatigues. Later, Missy dangles on a chandelier. Cameos in the video include Nate Dogg, Nicole Wray, Ludacris, Busta Rhymes, Spliff Star, Eve, Master P, Romeo, Timbaland, Ja Rule, and LL Cool J.
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."
8/104 ratings
2001
All for You features Jackson flirting with a man whom she first meets on the subway. Jackson and her dancers perform choreography throughout the video, which also features a dance break. The video ends with Jackson spotting the same man near a nightclub, who smiles at her; she waves at him before turning to leave.
4.25/104 ratings
2001
Nathan Cox and Joe Hahn shot most of the video at different stops on Linkin Park's 2001 Ozzfest Tour, then used CGI to put the band in a fantasy setting. Inspired by Princess Mononoke, it includes images inspired by ancient Egypt and medieval gargoyles.
7.75/104 ratings
2001
Gone was shot in monochrome and featured a mixture of flashbacks of Justin Timberlake's video girlfriend, played by Croatian fashion model Korina Longin. All filmed in an apartment, the video begins with the band mimicking Charlie Chaplin films.
2001
Director Francis Lawrence had the idea for the video years before P.O.D. wrote the song. He said Alive turned out to be the perfect fit. The video shows a huge car wreck in Los Angeles.
7.86/107 ratings
2002
Without Me features Eminem and Dr. Dre as parodies of superheroes such as Batman, Robin, and Blade trying to save a child who bought a copy of The Eminem Show with a Parental Advisory sticker. Eminem impersonates Osama bin Laden, a TV ad salesman, Moby, and his own mother.
6.4/105 ratings
2002
One Mic opens with various scenes from inner-city areas of New York City. The video features Nas reflectively rapping with a single microphone in a bare apartment room. Interspersed are scenes of a routine police stop of four suspects and the 1976 Soweto uprising, in which a crowd of residents rallies against the government.
7.8/105 ratings
2002
Michel Gondry directed this Lego-animated film just a couple years before he made Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Lego refused to partner with the band on the video. The company changed its mind once it became a hit, but this time band leader Jack White said no.
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.
8.6/105 ratings
2002
Johnny Cash's cover of the Nine Inch Nails song introduced him to a whole new generation. Hurt was shot at the Johnny Cash Museum interspersed with clips from Cash's performances and personal video footage.
7.8/105 ratings
2002
Lose Yourself was filmed in Detroit, Michigan, and thus contains numerous shots of the city, including the Ambassador Bridge. The video is a mixture of multiple scenarios, including scenes from the movie 8 Mile, and Eminem rapping next to the "8 Mile Rd. Mobile Court" sign.
8.5/104 ratings
2002
Cry Me a River helped develop Justin Timberlake's image after NSYNC. The video portrays him as an anxious stalker getting revenge on a woman who somewhat resembles real-life ex Britney Spears.
5/103 ratings
2003
In da Club is set in a fictional hip hop boot camp known as the Shady/Aftermath Artist Development Center. It begins with a black Hummer driving to the facility at an unknown location. 50 Cent is introduced by hanging upside down from the roof of a gym. He raps inside the glass box with people dancing around him.
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.
7.33/103 ratings
2004
My Band features scenes of Eminem being pampered and looked after while the other members of D12 are treated as unimportant. Scenes included the band looking through the window of a door to find Eminem receiving a massage, and Eminem in a limousine while the others are forced to wait for a bus.
8/103 ratings
2004
The black-and-white video set in New York was shot mostly around Jay-Z's childhood home. Jay-Z wanted the music video to reflect the place he grew up and "make a pissy wall look like art."
8.67/106 ratings
2004
Boulevard of Broken Dreams features the band members after their car has stalled in the desert, and they begin a melancholy walk down a dusty road. Scenes are interspersed with film footage taken from around Los Angeles of homeless people and other miserable circumstances. The video also features performance footage of the band playing the song in an abandoned warehouse.
7.5/104 ratings
2004
The black-and-white video opens and closes with Snoop Dog doing the Crip Walk. Family members of Snoop Dogg and Pharrell Williams appear in the video.

8.33/103 ratings
2004
There were three different music videos created for Jesus Walks. The second, directed by Chris Milk, is the most acclaimed. It uses Biblical iconography and is set in the deep South. West and Milk used them to convey the message that no matter what, God is with you.
7.67/103 ratings
2005
The performance-based music video was shot on a sound stage in front of a huge LED display. The display is mostly unlit until about 90 seconds in, when it explodes with color.
7.67/106 ratings
2005
Hollaback Girl opens with a scene of Stefani spending time with her Harajuku Girls when a crowd of students appears. Stefani and the Harajuku Girls then drive in a 1961 Chevrolet Impala, accompanied by the group. Throughout the video, there are intercut sequences of choreographed dancing filmed in a sound stage.
5/103 ratings
2005
Hung Up was filmed at Pineapple Dance Studios, the London Underground and Trocadero Centre, and in Los Angeles, California. Most of the dancers who appeared in the video followed Madonna on tour and appeared in the music video for the follow-up single, "Sorry."
8/105 ratings
2005
Hips Don't Lie was filmed in Los Angeles, California, and features Shakira and Wyclef Jean enjoying themselves as they dance in an arena-like environment. The majority of the costumes and outfits featured in the video belong to the Carnaval de Barranquilla, including the white dress Shakira dances in and the colorful flags.
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.
5/102 ratings
2006
Ain't No Other Man features Aguilera playing her alter ego, Baby Jane. The song is played as if it were on the radio with minor white noise. The video paid homage to the 1920s and 30s and was shot in the Alexandria Hotel in Los Angeles, California.
7.25/104 ratings
2006
Dani California features the band performing the song on a stage in various outfits representing important figures and movements in the history of rock. Artists that the band pay homage to are Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Prince, Parliament-Funkadelic, David Bowie, Sex Pistols, The Misfits' Glenn Danzig, Twisted Sister, Mötley Crüe, Nirvana, Slade, Poison, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers themselves
5.6/105 ratings
2006
Irreplaceable begins with Knowles filing her nails in silence, as her ex-partner packs up his property, as Knowles orders him to leave. She repossesses the things she bought for him, and he gets into a taxi. The video shows Knowles managing herself in front of a mirror, putting on lipstick, wearing giant curlers, and a high-waisted skirt, followed by scenes with her singing with her all-female band, Suga Mama.
6.75/104 ratings
2006
Amy Winehouse's song tells a story in three parts. In the first, Winehouse and her band are in a house, dressed in bathrobes. In the second, the group moves to a psychiatrist's office. The third, ironically, takes place inside a rehab ward room.
8/106 ratings
2007
Umbrella features Rihanna singing the song and dancing solo with an umbrella and with background dancers while sparks rain down on them. Scenes include a Rhianna covered with silver body paint and a CGI effect of water splashing on her. Jay-Z appears at the beginning of the video.
7.5/104 ratings
2007
The French electronica duo Justice broke out in a big way with D.A.N.C.E. The pop art-inspired video animates their t-shirts, which change along with the song. Sometimes they are symbols; other times, we see lyrics and letters.
6/104 ratings
2007
Often seen as the sequel to Cry Me A River, the video for What Goes Around... Comes Around tells the story of Timberlake's character flirting with Scarlett Johansson. When she makes out with his friend, he chases her and causes a horrible car crash. The ending evokes the Elizabeth Taylor movie BUtterfield 8.
7.75/104 ratings
2007
The video is set in a futuristic dystopia, reminiscent of Akira and Blade Runner. It was shot mostly in Japan without a script and put together in the editing room for over three months. Kanye's famous Alain Mikli shutter shades were acquired for this video.
9/104 ratings
2007
Piece of Me features Spears and several other women getting ready to go out to a nightclub as the paparazzi stalk them. At the nightclub, Spears starts flirting with a man and guides him into the women's bathroom, where she discovers he has a hidden camera in his chest. This is followed by a dance sequence with Spears and the four women dancing in the bathroom.
4.67/103 ratings
2008
The video showcases Chris Brown's dancing, as he meets a girl at a club. He follows her, does a 540 kick in front of a water fountain, and later saves her life.
7.25/104 ratings
2008
The music video premiered on the Disney Channel in summer 2008. In it, the band members imagine their different roles in possible music videos. Selena Gomez, David Carradine, Danny Trejo, and others make cameos. Spike Jonze's 1994 video for Sabotage by the Beastie Boys was an inspiration.
7/104 ratings
2008
This sexy video features the group stuck in a traffic jam. They jump out of the car and start to dance La La Land style. They begin to climb all over the city, singing, and dancing.
5.33/103 ratings
2008
Katie White and Jules De Martino show that they know kung fu in this fight-dance video. The scenes transition with hand gestures, as the band performs inside a room with white square painted on black walls.
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.
8/105 ratings
2008
Poker Face is set by a pool, as well as in a mansion. The video begins with Lady Gaga emerging out of the pool wearing a shiny masquerade mask and a black full-body leotard, with two Great Danes beside her. During the musical interlude, Gaga is shown in her trademark "Pop Music Will Never Be Low Brow" sunglasses while sitting beside the pool.
6.6/105 ratings
2008
Womanizer features Spears naked and smiling at a sauna while covering herself with her hands. She dresses in different disguises to seduce her boyfriend. When they get into the bedroom, Spears reveals that she was the three women he was "womanizing" all along.
5.33/103 ratings
2009
We Made You parodies various mediums such as television shows Rock of Love and Star Trek and mocks celebrities. Eminem's targets include Bret Michaels, Kevin Federline, Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, Samantha Ronson, Amy Winehouse, and her then-husband Blake Fielder-Civil, Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi, Jessica Alba, Elvis Presley, Tony Romo, John Mayer, Jennifer Aniston, and Kim Kardashian.
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.
8/105 ratings
2009
The two superstars collaborated for this Tarantino-inspired video. Lady Gaga is kept in a women's prison before Beyoncé bails her out. They go on a colorful road trip full of murder and mayhem.
8/103 ratings
2009
Jared Leto directed this music video, using a pseudonym. It follows a mob of people riding bicycles through Southern California. The high-concept, high-budget video includes homages to Banksy and the 1979 film The Warriors.
7.5/102 ratings
2010
B.o.B and Paramore's Hayley Williams collaborated on the song, but couldn't meet up to film the music video. The scenes of B.o.B rapping were shot in April. Director Hiro Murai shot the scenes of Williams after Paramore's tour finished up.
7.5/104 ratings
2010
Not Afraid opens with Eminem standing on the rooftop of the Manhattan Municipal Building in New York. The video features Eminem trapped inside a dark basement, walking down Market Street in Newark, surrounded by mirrors. He breaks through a mirror to find himself in the middle of the street alone.
4.67/103 ratings
2010
This is the second of two videos created for the song. Filmed in 2010, it features Florence dancing in different costumes. Other dancers and musicians join her, filling up the space before she runs past them all.
8.4/105 ratings
2010
Firework was filmed in Budapest and opens with Perry gazing down upon a city from a palatial balcony, singing into the night. Teenagers below struggle with fears and insecurities. Fireworks burst from inside Katy's body, inspiring young people throughout the city to ignite their own fireworks. One by one, the characters find the strength to do what they were afraid to do.
7.6/105 ratings
2010
The video for Adele's "dark blues-y gospel disco tune" places the singer in an abandoned house surrounded by countless glasses of water that vibrate to the music. Light bulbs burst, and a model city catches on fire as the song's energy crescendos.
5.67/103 ratings
2010
Bruno Mars shows his devotion to a woman by dragging a piano through Los Angeles. He makes his way through danger to bring the instrument to his love's home, only to see her with someone else. He attempts suicide in response. Mars asked fans not to imitate the video, saying it is only a metaphor.
5/103 ratings
2011
The video for Make Some Noise is a sequel to the 1987 (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!). The band raps through New York City while many celebrities make cameos -- including Rashida Jones, Amy Poehler, Steve Buscemi, Kirsten Dunst, Orlando Bloom, Will Ferrell, and Jack Black.
8/103 ratings
2011
The video for Yonkers consists entirely of Tyler, the Creator, rapping on a chair in a white room. The black-and-white film is as disturbing as some of its lyrics. Tyler, the Creator holds and eats a cockroach, vomits, and commits suicide.
7.8/105 ratings
2011
Often compared to the film Trainspotting, We Found Love tells a story of sex, love, and drug use. Shot in Northern Ireland, the video was an internet sensation and garnered a thousand views for every parent who banned the video from their home.
7.67/106 ratings
2011
The gorgeous video uses stop motion animation to color Gotye and Kimbra's bodies as they perform the song. Gotye's expressive faces and eyes take viewers on his journey of heartbreak, while Kimbra nails her role.
7.33/103 ratings
2012
The nearly-monochromatic video features Drake and Rihanna performing on empty stages. Images of nature, including a forest fire, a tundra, birds, arrows, and a charging bull, punctuate the beats.
7/103 ratings
2012
M.I.A.'s video garnered several comparisons to Rebel Without A Cause, thanks to its drag race and "live fast, die young" ethos. It features women in niqabs driving cars to protest the oppression of women in Saudi Arabia. The video portrays the fun, badass lifestyle that is key to M.I.A.'s image.
7.5/104 ratings
2012
Wide Awake opens with Perry going to her dressing room, which changes into a labyrinth with various obstacles. The maze is part of a pop-goth fantasy world in which Perry must confront herself and escape.
7/102 ratings
2012
Locked Out of Heaven features Bruno Mars having a good time with his friends doing things like smoking, drinking beer, playing games, and performing the song with his band at a club.
7.25/104 ratings
2012
The music video for I Knew You Were Trouble tells the story of Taylor Swift and a bad relationship. It starts well when he gives her a necklace as a gift. But then he gets in trouble with the police, starts a fight, and cheats.
6.33/103 ratings
2013
Justin Timberlake's grandparents and their 63-year-long marriage inspired this touching video. It follows a couple's lives, from the time they meet and fall in love, to their marriage, through growing old and facing death.
5.75/104 ratings
2013
This hilarious video features Macklemore visiting thrift shops around Seattle, dressing and acting like a pimp. Macklemore (Ben Haggerty) and Ryan Lewis directed it themselves, with the help of Jon Jon Augustavo.
6/103 ratings
2013
Blurred Lines features Thicke, T.I., and Pharrell casually standing in front of a light-pink backdrop as they flirt with models (Emily Ratajkowski, Elle Evans, and Jessi M'Bengue) who pose and dance. In the unrated version of the video, the models wear only skin-colored G-strings. In the edited version, they are scantily clad and the hashtag "#BLURREDLINES" is seen at various points.
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.
7/105 ratings
2013
The black-and-white video features Beyoncé and husband Jay-Z flirting, embracing, and dancing on the beach. Beyoncé described the shoot as "effortless and spontaneous."
7.6/105 ratings
2013
Happy was created as a "24-hour music video," which consisted of countless smaller videos showing people dancing to the song around Los Angeles. It was edited down to a shorter four-minute video. Pharrell and his trademark Vivienne Westwood hat appears, as do Magic Johnson, Jamie Foxx, Kelly Osbourne, and other celebrities.
7.8/105 ratings
2014
The video for Fancy remakes the 1995 comedy classic Clueless. Iggy stands in for Alicia Silverstone's character, while XCX plays Brittany Murphy's and a few others. It opens with Iggy using a tablet to pick out her outfit - a slight update from the 20th Century film.
8/108 ratings
2014
Maddie Ziegler of Dance Moms fame spins, crawls, falls, and kicks around a dirty apartment in the video for Chandelier. Ziegler wore a blonde wig to resemble the one Sia wears. The success of this video spurred many more collaborations between the dancer and the musician who refuses to show her face.
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.
6.75/104 ratings
2014
Ed Sheeran and Brittany Cherry of So You Think You Can Dance are the stars of the video for Thinking Out Loud. Sheeran practiced for weeks to perform the dance. It was shot in a continuous take on 16 mm at the Biltmore Hotel.
7.57/107 ratings
2015
The Bad Blood video is a neo-noir spy film that takes cues from Robocop and Sin City. Taylor Swift teams up with Selena Gomez and Hailee Steinfeld as part of a crime-fighting team.
6.75/104 ratings
2015
7/11 features Beyoncé dancing at various locations such as a patio, a balcony, a hotel suite, a bathroom, and in front of a Christmas tree.
8.4/105 ratings
2015
The seven-minute-long black-and-white music video comments on police brutality and racism. Kendrick Lamar raps through Los Angeles. The video culminates with a shot of Lamar standing on top of a lampost -- where a police officer shoots him.
8.5/106 ratings
2015
Hello features Adele performing the song in a small house and outside in a wooded forest, interspersed with scenes of her recently as a broken-up woman recalling a younger version of herself with actor Tristan Wilds.
7/105 ratings
2015
This video features New Zealand dance crews. It was first conceived as a lyric video, but the choreography was so strong, they decided to make it a dance video instead.
8.6/105 ratings
2015
In Hotline Bling, Drake dances inside brightly colored boxes along with several other women. The director said he hoped the video would inspire more men to dance. It worked for Donald Trump, who starred in a parody of the video on Saturday Night Live in 2015.
8.71/107 ratings
2016
Formation was shot in New Orleans, Louisiana, and features references to Hurricane Katrina, antebellum, and Louisiana Creole culture, along with police brutality and racism. Julie Dash's 1991 film Daughters of the Dust inspired the look and feel of the video, which was part of her groundbreaking visual album Lemonade.
7.25/104 ratings
2016
Taylor Swift aside, the most controversial part of the Famous music video was the opening shot. It features nude wax sculptures of sleeping celebrities including Donald Trump, George W. Bush, and Bill Cosby, as well as Swift, West, and Kim Kardashian.
4.67/103 ratings
2016
The gorgeous video opens with Alessia Cara singing to the camera. It then becomes a montage of different people showing their scars, both visible and invisible.
6.6/105 ratings
2016
In a night scene, we pan up from the ground and zoom to the airplane where the door opens, allowing celebrities to head off the plane. The scene cuts to several recordings captured in other locations such as the ballroom. They throw cash out a limo window while partying all over Vegas.
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.
4.67/103 ratings
2017
The always-fashionable Rihanna stars with DJ Kahled in this colorful video shot in Miami.
7.33/103 ratings
2017
The video follows a night in the life of The Weeknd. It's chock-full of cameos, including appearances by Drake, ASAP Rocky, and Travis Scott.
7.25/104 ratings
2017
The song starts late, but the music video starts with Karla, played by Cabello, watching a telenovela, before being interrupted by her grandmother. Karla then leaves the house to see a movie. The film she is watching, called Camila in Havana, takes the form of a music video, starring a version of herself wearing a fringe-covered red dress and performing at a club.
7.71/107 ratings
2018
The six-minute video was shot at the Louvre. It features visual imagery suggesting comparisons and linkages between wealth, status, and royalty in the Renaissance-era artwork and the eventual evolution of these characteristics into the Carters. Statues and paintings such as Winged Victory of Samothrace, Venus de Milo, and The Coronation of Napoleon are featured throughout the video as the duo lip-sync the lyrics to the track.
7/104 ratings
2018
The music video for the song God's Plan features Drake donating money to various residents of Miami.
9.56/109 ratings
2018
The video starts with a shirtless Gambino dancing through a warehouse, interacting with a series of chaotic scenes. According to director Hiro Murai, the video was inspired by the films Mother! and City of God. It's dense with commentary on racism throughout American history.
5.67/103 ratings
2018
The video begins with an extended choral introduction and an evening bird's-eye view of a metropolis of skyscrapers sideways, overhead, and underfoot. Grande is first shown reclining on a window-lined hallway before walking on its walls and ceiling in an optical illusion. She then falls through the floor into a wall with fairy lights and is shown swinging from the railing of a fire escape overlooking the city.
6.75/104 ratings
2018
The video pays homage to In Living Color. It was formatted in 4:3. This was done in order to evoke the nostalgia of videos shot in the 1990s without using fake scan lines or VHS fuzz.
6.33/103 ratings
2018
The music video depicts 21 Savage having a family reunion in a luxurious mansion, with alternate shots intercut of his family members in dire situations such as being pulled over by police, in the hospital, refining cocaine, in jail, held hostage by organized crime, being sexually trafficked, or mourning the death of a son. The video was influenced by the films Cold War and The Godfather Part II. 21 Savage was arrested by ICE a few days after the video dropped.
6.75/104 ratings
2018
During work on Grande's music video for her song Breathin, director Hannah Lux Davis listened to a demo for thank u, next, in which she praised the song. Because of this, both Davis and Grande started coming up with concepts for the video, bringing up their love for films such as Mean Girls and Bring It On.
7/103 ratings
2019
Swift's pro-LGBTQ video features many community members, including Ellen DeGeneres, Billy Porter, RuPaul, and Adam Lambert. It's set in a trailer part where bigots yell at LGBTQ people. It closes with a message asking people to sign a petition in favor of anti-discrimination legislation.
7.83/106 ratings
2019
Anthony Mandlerand directed the music video showcasing the brothers with each of their significant others: Kevin's wife Danielle (née Deleasa), Nick's wife Priyanka Chopra Jonas, and Joe's fiancée (now wife) Sophie Turner. It was filmed in Hertfordshire at Hatfield House, the home of the Marquess of Salisbury, where Queen Elizabeth I grew up and featured corgis, which are the favorite breed of Queen Elizabeth II
7.57/107 ratings
2019
Lil Nas X and Billy Cyrus star as outlaws who travel forward in time to 2019. In our time, people are initially shocked and puzzled by the cowboys, but the quickly fit in - with a horse beating a car in a race down Old Town Road.
8.17/106 ratings
2020
The song and music video, directed by Director X, were released at midnight on January 10. The music video depicts Future and Drake as men with ordinary jobs, including fast-food workers, mechanics, IT workers, off-brand Apple Store employees, sanitation workers, chefs, aspiring rappers, and assistant directors.
7.8/105 ratings
2020
The visual opens with the Weeknd laughing as blood drips down his face then jumps back in time to show the mayhem that led to this gruesome end — the pop star speeding around a deserted city, dancing gleefully in the streets. The visual follows the events of the music video for "Heartless" and sees the Weeknd go on a hallucinated joyride after waking from a trance.
7.67/103 ratings
2020
Two siblings drive through a dreamscape in which many scenes are reminiscent of places in California. Eilish sings about dreaming she had jumped off San Fransisco's Golden Gate Bridge and was ignored by her loved ones and fans. They drive past various locations before arriving at Long Beach, California, where they drive into the ocean.
7.75/104 ratings
2020
A bearded Eminem goes shopping at a grocery store. Mayhem ensues in the parking lot, and he ends up at the hospital. Mike Tyson and Dr. Dre appear.
8.25/108 ratings
2020
Rain on Me features Gaga and Grande in latex suits in a futuristic setting with a troupe of dancers inside a giant arena during a rainstorm.
6.67/103 ratings
2020
The satirical music video explores Swift's life as her theoretical male counterpart, an alter-ego named "Tyler Swift." The video presents numerous prevalent examples of double standards in society and comments on the objectification and sexualization of women, toxic masculinity, patriarchy, and performative allyship.
6.5/106 ratings
1983
Jazz pianist Herbie Hancock became a household name with the synthesizer-heavy single Rockit. The music video keys in on the song's futuristic vibe, featuring robots dancing to music in a virtual London house. Hancock himself appears only on a TV inside the video.
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.
8.25/104 ratings
1983
This quirky video for Cindy Lauper's breakout hit was made on an extremely low-budget. Lauper's brother, attorney, and secretaries from CBS made up most of the cast. Dan Akyroyd made a volunteer appearance as his SNL character Beldar Conehead. Lorne Michaels let Lauper use his digital editing equipment for free, helping to keep expenses down.
5.75/104 ratings
1983
Sting's signature song, Every Breath You Take, has been played on the radio more often than any other song in history. The abstract video was based on a 1944 short film called Jammin' the Blues. It was shot in black-and-white and given a navy blue tint. It was played in heavy rotation in the early days of MTV.
5.33/106 ratings
1984
You Might Think was a pioneer in music videos, one of the first to use computer graphics. It features a model who sees co-lead singer Ric Ocasek appear in several different bizarre incarnations, such as showing up in her mouth or as King Kong. It was the first winner of the MTV Video Music Award Video of the Year.
7.25/104 ratings
1984
Boys of Summer was Don Henley's big hit a few years after leaving The Eagles. The video pays homage to the French New Wave and shows a boy, a young man, and a full-grown adult remembering his past relationships. After it won VMA Video of the Year, Henley joked he won for "riding around in the back of a pickup."
8.67/103 ratings
1984
Van Halen's David Lee Roth covered the Beach Boys classic in 1985, and it propelled him into Billboard's Top 10 for the first time as a solo artist. Roth played a character named "Diamond Dave," who led tourists to bikini-clad women on a California beach. Beach Boy member Carl Wilson makes a cameo.
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.
6.5/104 ratings
1985
Roth adapted a medley of two songs from the early 20th Century - Just a Gigolo made famous by Bing Crosby, and I Ain't Got Nobody, popularized by Louis Prima. Of course, David Lee Roth gave the songs an 80s rock twist. The video doubles down on Roth's persona as a party boy surrounded by babes.
8/105 ratings
1985
The famous charity single raised over $60 million for humanitarian aid. Instantly recognizable and often parodied, the video showcases many celebrity musicians singing in a studio, as Quincy Jones conducts. Among them are Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Paul Simon, Dionne Warwick, Willie Nelson, Bruce Springsteen, Cydia Lauper... and the list goes on.
6.5/104 ratings
1985
The groundbreaking music video introduced computer-animated humans to millions of real-life people. The characters sing about the music videos they watch on TV. It was the first video on MTV Europe in 1987 - Sting's background chorus of "I want my MTV" certainly influenced that decision. Not bad, considering lead singer Mark Knopfler didn't even want to make a music video in the first place.
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.
7.33/103 ratings
1985
The soft rock English duo Godley & Creme directed their own music video. They had experience making videos for Herbie Hancock and The Police earlier in the decade. This video consists of a succession of faces dissolving and wiping into each other. The simple style is powerful and moving.
7.67/103 ratings
1985
David Byrne's video is full of scenes of change, and growth, as various objects and boxes surround band members. The video helps reinforce the song's themes of creating meaning during a life in which the set destination is death. The scene of Byrne on his throne at about 3 minutes in is spectacular chaos.
7/104 ratings
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.
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.
6.5/104 ratings
1986
A puppet caricature of Ronald Reagan is the main character in this video from Genesis. When the president falls asleep, he has nightmares about puppet versions of Mussolini, the Ayatollah, Jimmy Carter, Margaret Thatcher, Tina Turner, Bill Cosby, and of course, members of Genesis. Pope John Paul II makes an appearance on electric guitar.
5.67/103 ratings
1987
Paul Simon's controversial time in South Africa brought us his Graceland album. His elaborate, computer-animated music video for the single The Boy in the Bubble puts the singer alternately in New York City and South Africa. Simon said the assassination of John F. Kennedy and the attempt on Ronald Reagan's life inspired the song
5.25/104 ratings
1987
With or Without You was U2's first #1 hit and remains one of the group's most popular songs. The video features Bono and the rest of the band, shot in various degrees of saturation. It was shot just outside Dublin. Edge's future wife, Morleigh Steinberg, can be seen dancing in some abstract shots interspersed in the film.
7.33/103 ratings