Music Videos I've Seen, Ranked

by sidneyjnickerson | created - 10 Aug 2018 | updated - 3 months ago | Public

A Work in Progress. Updated whenever I watch a music video, of course.

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1. Semisonic: Closing Time (1998 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

One story is told through two long shots, side by side.

Director: Chris Applebaum | Stars: Denise Franco, John Munson, Semisonic, Jacob Slichter

Votes: 12

10/10

2. Johnny Cash: Hurt (2003 Video)

4 min | Short, Drama, Music

A promotional video for Johnny Cash's 2003 single "Hurt."

Director: Mark Romanek | Stars: June Carter Cash, Johnny Cash

Votes: 557

9.6/10

3. A-Ha: Take on Me (1985 Video)

4 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

This classic clip presents the story of a young girl reading a comic book about a heroic guy and his fantastic adventures. Then the fictional animated character on paper invites the real ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Barron | Stars: A-Ha, Bunty Bailey, Magne Furuholmen, Morten Harket

Votes: 1,343

9.6/10

4. Weezer: Buddy Holly (1994 Video)

4 min | Short, Comedy, Music

Music video for the song "Buddy Holly" by the American rock band Weezer, written by Rivers Cuomo. It was released as the second single from the band's debut album Weezer (The Blue Album) in 1994.

Director: Spike Jonze | Stars: Weezer, Tom Bosley, Tony Maxwell, Al Molinaro

Votes: 803

9.6/10

6. 21 Savage Feat. J. Cole: A Lot (2019 Video)

6 min | Short, Music

Official music video for "A Lot" by 21 Savage featuring J. Cole.

Director: Aisultan Seitov | Stars: J. Cole, 21 Savage

Votes: 12

9.4/10

7. R.E.M.: Imitation of Life (2001 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

Promo video for R.E.M.: Imitation of Life.

Director: Garth Jennings | Stars: R.E.M., Michael Stipe

Votes: 26

9.4/10

8. Nine Inch Nails: Closer (1994 Video)

5 min | Short, Horror, Music

The controversial promotional video for Nine Inch Nails' 1994 single "Closer."

Director: Mark Romanek | Star: Trent Reznor

Votes: 416

9.2/10

9. Michael Jackson: Thriller (1983 Video)

PG | 13 min | Short, Horror, Music

A night at the movies turns into a nightmare when Michael and his date are attacked by a hoard of bloodthirsty zombies - only a "Thriller" can save them now.

Director: John Landis | Stars: Michael Jackson, Ola Ray, Forrest J. Ackerman, Reed Armstrong

Votes: 14,522

9/10

10. Michael Jackson: Bad (1987 Video)

PG | 18 min | Short, Crime, Drama

Michael Jackson's music video for his song "Bad".

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Michael Jackson, Adam Nathan, Pedro Sanchez, Wesley Snipes

Votes: 4,846

9/10

11. Bonnie Tyler: Total Eclipse of the Heart (1983 Video)

G | 6 min | Short, Fantasy, Music

Bonnie Tyler's official music video for 'Total Eclipse Of The Heart'.

Director: Russell Mulcahy | Star: Bonnie Tyler

Votes: 546

8.8/10

12. Weezer: Undone - The Sweater Song (1994 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

A promotional video for the Weezer's 1994 single "Undone - The Sweater Song."

Director: Spike Jonze | Stars: Weezer, Brian Bell, Rivers Cuomo, Matt Sharp

Votes: 53

8.8/10

13. Supergrass: Alright (1995 Video)

3 min | Short, Music

Add a Plot

Directors: Nick Goffey, Dominic Hawley | Star: Supergrass

Votes: 9

8.8/10

14. Nirvana: Heart Shaped Box (1993 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

A music video for Nirvana's song, 'Heart Shaped Box'.

Director: Anton Corbijn | Stars: Nirvana, Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic

Votes: 528

8.6/10

16. Björk: Venus as a Boy (1993 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

Video promo for Björk: Venus as a Boy.

Director: Sophie Muller | Star: Björk

Votes: 84

8.6/10

17. Soundgarden: Black Hole Sun (1994 Video)

5 min | Short, Fantasy, Music

Music video for the song Black Hole Sun, by the Seattle based band, Soundgarden.

Director: Howard Greenhalgh | Stars: Soundgarden, Matt Cameron, Chris Cornell, Ben Shepherd

Votes: 820

8.6/10

18. Rockwell: Somebody's Watching Me (1984 Video)

4 min | Short, Horror, Music

The video opens with Rockwell coming home to discover that a newspaper in Chinese has been delivered to his doorstep. As he takes a quick shower, he begins to have strange visions of ... See full summary »

Director: Francis Delia | Stars: Jermaine Jackson, Michael Jackson, Jon Leonoudakis, Rockwell

Votes: 180

8.6/10

19. Kendrick Lamar: Humble. (2017 Video)

3 min | Short, Music

Music video for "HUMBLE." by Kendrick Lamar.

Directors: The Little Homies, Dave Meyers | Stars: Cory Dushone Bell, Carter Kim, Kendrick Lamar

Votes: 441

8.4/10

20. Kanye West Feat. Paul McCartney: Only One (2015 Video)

3 min | Short, Music

Music video for Kanye West's 2015 single "Only One".

Director: Spike Jonze | Stars: Kanye West, North West

Votes: 55

8.4/10

21. The Carters: Apeshit (2018 Video)

6 min | Short, Music

Official music video for "Apes**t" by The Carters.

Director: Ricky Saiz | Stars: Beyoncé, The Carters, Jay Z

Votes: 178

8.4/10

22. Radiohead: Just (1995 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

The single's video was directed by Jamie Thraves, who was hand-picked by the band after they saw several of his experimental short films. It was shot near Liverpool Street Station in London... See full summary »

Director: Jamie Thraves | Stars: Radiohead, Colin Greenwood, Jonny Greenwood, Dorian Lough

Votes: 171

8.4/10

23. Peter Gabriel: Sledgehammer (1986 Video)

6 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

Peter Gabriel's video for his 1986 Billboard Hot 100 number-one single, a collaboration with Aardman Animations which set new standards for the industry and became one of the most awarded videos in history.

Director: Stephen R. Johnson | Stars: Peter Gabriel, Anna-Marie Gabriel, Melanie Gabriel

Votes: 778

8.4/10

24. OK Go: Here It Goes Again (2006 Video)

3 min | Short, Music, Musical

The music video of the song is an elaborate performance of the band dancing on treadmills in a single continuous take. Choreographed by Trish Sie and directed by Sie and the band, it took a... See full summary »

Directors: Damian Kulash, Trish Sie | Stars: Dan Konopka, Damian Kulash, Timothy Nordwind, Andy Ross

Votes: 96

8.2/10

25. Billy Joel: We Didn't Start the Fire (1989 Video)

G | 4 min | Short, Music

A music video for the single was directed by Chris Blum. The singer acts as an unseen but omnipresent observer. During each chorus, Joel wearing sunglasses (similar to Roy Orbison's) ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Blum | Stars: Billy Joel, Melody Knighton, Marlee Matlin, Lupe McDonald

Votes: 394

8.2/10

26. Madonna: Papa Don't Preach (1986 Video)

G | 5 min | Short, Music

Music video for the Madonna single from the album 'True Blue'.

Director: James Foley | Stars: Madonna, Danny Aiello, Erika Belle, Debi Mazar

Votes: 631

8.2/10

27. Yes: Owner of a Lonely Heart (1983 Video)

7 min | Short, Music

"Owner of a Lonely Heart" is a song by the English progressive rock band Yes. It was a big hit in the United States, becoming the band's first and only single to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Directors: Aubrey Powell, Storm Thorgerson | Stars: Jon Anderson, Eddie Jobson, Trevor Rabin, Chris Squire

Votes: 45

8.2/10

28. The Prodigy: Smack My Bitch Up (1997 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

The video shows some rampant adventures on the night London from the first person view. In the full version of the clip, called the Most Controversial Version, there are all kinds of ... See full summary »

Director: Jonas Åkerlund | Stars: The Prodigy, Teresa May

Votes: 254

8.2/10

29. Fatboy Slim: Weapon of Choice (2001 Video)

4 min | Short, Fantasy, Music

A businessman, overhearing the song on the maid's radio, takes to dancing in the hotel lobby.

Director: Spike Jonze | Star: Christopher Walken

Votes: 1,429

8.2/10

30. OutKast: Hey Ya! (2003 Video)

5 min | Short, Music, Musical

A promotional video for Outkast's 2003 hit single "Hey Ya!"

Director: Bryan Barber | Stars: Outkast, André Benjamin, Big Boi, Ryan Phillippe

Votes: 910

8/10

31. ZZ Top: Rough Boy (1985 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

ZZ Top performs in the music video "Rough Boy" of their album "Afterburner" recorded for Warner Brothers Records. The ZZ Top Eliminator car is now hybridized with a space shuttle and visits... See full summary »

Director: Steve Barron | Stars: Frank Beard, Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, ZZ Top

Votes: 51

8.2/10

32. Van Halen: Right Now (1992 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

Van Halen performs in the music video "Right Now" from the album "For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge" recorded for Warner Brothers Records. The music video features text over video clips that ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Fenske | Stars: Van Halen, Michael Anthony, Sammy Hagar, Alex Van Halen

Votes: 19

8/10

33. DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince: A Nightmare on My Street (1988 Video)

6 min | Short, Music

Official music video for "A Nightmare on My Street" by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince.

Director: Scott Kalvert | Stars: Thomas C. Adams, DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Will Smith

Votes: 18

8/10

35. George Michael: Freedom! '90 (1990 Video)

7 min | Short, Music

For George Michael's song Freedom '90, he does not appear in the music video. Instead, five female models and five male models lip sync the lyrics to the song.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: George Michael, Scott Benoit, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford

Votes: 320

7.8/10

36. Childish Gambino: This Is America (2018 Video)

4 min | Short, Crime, Music

Official music video for "This Is America" by Childish Gambino.

Director: Hiro Murai | Stars: Donald Glover, Calvin C. Winbush, Kenneth Beck, Rose Marie Brown

Votes: 3,576

7.8/10

37. Lady Gaga Feat. Beyoncé: Telephone (2010 Video)

9 min | Short, Crime, Music

Music video for Lady Gaga and Beyoncé's single "Telephone".

Director: Jonas Åkerlund | Stars: Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Tyrese Gibson, Jai Rodriguez

Votes: 2,041

7.8/10

38. Marilyn Manson: The Dope Show (1998 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

The Dope Show's single release was accompanied by a surrealistic music video directed by Paul Hunter, which began filming on August 8, 1998 and which premiered on August 20, 1998. In scenes... See full summary »

Director: Paul Hunter | Stars: Goddess Bunny, Ginger Fish, Madonna Wayne Gacy, Marilyn Manson

Votes: 117

7.8/10

39. Radiohead: Daydreaming (2016 Video)

6 min | Short, Music

In this music video for Radiohead's new single, singer Thom Yorke traverses a shifting landscape of hall-ways, houses, department stores and mountains in search of an unknown destination. Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Grace Illingworth, Ava Puorro, Thom Yorke

Votes: 844

7.8/10

40. Queen: I'm Going Slightly Mad (1991 Video)

5 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

Music video for "I'm Going Slightly Mad" by Queen, influenced by the visual style of German Expressionism.

Directors: Rudi Dolezal, Hannes Rossacher, Freddie Mercury | Stars: Queen, Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor

Votes: 157

7.6/10

41. Macy Gray: I Try (1999 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

A promotional video for Macy Gray's 1999 hit single "I Try."

Director: Mark Romanek | Star: Macy Gray

Votes: 64

7.6

42. Daft Punk: Da Funk (1997 Video)

6 min | Short, Music

Daft Punk performs in the music video "Da Funk" from the album "Homework" recorded for Soma Records and Virgin Records. An anthropomorphic dog named 'Chuck" has a cast on his leg and walks ... See full summary »

Director: Spike Jonze | Stars: Daft Punk, Catherine Kellner, Tony Maxwell

Votes: 196

7.6/10

43. Twisted Sister: We're Not Gonna Take It (1984 Video)

5 min | Short, Comedy, Music

A music video for the song 'We're Not Gonna Take It' by Twisted Sister.

Director: Marty Callner | Stars: Twisted Sister, Dee Snider, Jay Jay French, Eddie Ojeda

Votes: 527

7.6/10

44. R.E.M.: Orange Crush (1988 Video)

R | 5 min | Short, Music

R.E.M. performs in the music video "Orange Crush" from the album "Green" recorded for Warner Brothers Records. The song plays over black and white video clips of a young shirtless man ... See full summary »

Director: Matt Mahurin | Stars: R.E.M., Michael Stipe

Votes: 15

7.6/10

45. 'Weird Al' Yankovic: Smells Like Nirvana (1992 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

"Weird Al" Yankovic performs in the music video "Smells Like Nirvana" from the album "Off the Deep End" recorded for Scotti Brothers Records. "Weird Al" Yankovic sings in this parody that ... See full summary »

Director: Jay Levey | Stars: 'Weird Al' Yankovic, Tony De La Rosa, Tony Hawk, Steve Jay

Votes: 291

7.6/10

46. Weezer: Island in the Sun, Version 2 (2001 Video)

3 min | Short, Music

It features Weezer playing with various wild animals on a supposedly remote hill.

Director: Spike Jonze | Stars: Weezer, Brian Bell, Rivers Cuomo, Patrick Wilson

Votes: 47

7.6/10

47. Michael Jackson: You Rock My World (2001 Video)

14 min | Short, Comedy, Crime

A beautiful girl walks down the street and gains the attention of Michael Jackson and Chris Tucker. They follow her and get in trouble.

Director: Paul Hunter | Stars: Michael Jackson, Chris Tucker, Marlon Brando, Michael Madsen

Votes: 1,605

7.4/10

48. 'Weird Al' Yankovic: Amish Paradise (1996 Video)

PG-13 | 3 min | Short, Music

'Weird Al' Yankovic performs a parody of Coolio's song "Gangsta's Paradise", but talking about the Amish culture.

Director: 'Weird Al' Yankovic | Stars: 'Weird Al' Yankovic, Florence Henderson, Mary Yankovic, Nick Yankovic

Votes: 274

7.4/10

49. Eminem: Without Me (2002 Video)

5 min | Short, Comedy, Music