Channel 4's 100 Greatest Pop Videos Of All Time

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1. 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: 14,647

2. 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: 789

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: 1,373

4. Queen: Bohemian Rhapsody (1975 Video)

6 min | Short, Music

"Bohemian Rhapsody" is widely considered to be one of the best songs of all time and defined Queen's career. In this groundbreaking music video, the band perform their hit with a bunch of lights and colors.

Director: Bruce Gowers | Stars: Queen, John Deacon, Brian May, Freddie Mercury

Votes: 1,566

5. Madonna: Like a Prayer (1989 Video)

6 min | Short, Drama, Music

Music video for Madonna's song Like a Prayer.

Director: Mary Lambert | Stars: Madonna, Tony Ward, Leon

Votes: 873

6. Robbie Williams: Rock DJ (2000 Video)

G | 4 min | Short, Horror, Music

Official music video for "Rock DJ", performed by Robbie Williams.

Director: Vaughan Arnell | Stars: Robbie Williams, Lauren Gold

Votes: 131

7. Michael Jackson: Billie Jean (1983 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

A music video for Michael Jackson's song 'Billie Jean'.

Director: Steve Barron | Stars: Michael Jackson, Simon Fields, Raquel Peña

Votes: 1,386

8. The Verve: Bitter Sweet Symphony (1997 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

A resolute young man makes his way down a busy London street.

Director: Walter A. Stern | Stars: The Verve, Richard Ashcroft, Simon Jones, Nick McCabe

Votes: 752

9. Madonna: Vogue (1990 Video)

5 min | Short, Music, Musical

Madonna pays homage to Hollywood's Golden Age via Harlem's "House Ball" Vogueing.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Madonna, Luis Camacho, Oliver Crumes Jr., Donna DeLory

Votes: 732

10. Nirvana: Smells Like Teen Spirit (1991 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

A music video for Nirvana's song 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'.

Director: Samuel Bayer | Stars: Nirvana, Tony De La Rosa, Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl

Votes: 1,399

11. Coldplay: The Scientist (2002 Video)

4 min | Short, Drama, Music

The video opens, looking down on Martin who is singing, as he lies on his back on a mattress. As the camera shot pulls back, the mattress is revealed to be outside. A cyclist cycles past in... See full summary »

Director: Jamie Thraves | Stars: Elaine Cassidy, Chris Martin

Votes: 191

12. Michael Jackson Feat. Janet Jackson: Scream (1995 Video)

5 min | Short, Music, Sci-Fi

Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson star in this short-film to spread awareness on the media's constant slander on various artists.

Director: Mark Romanek | Stars: Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson

Votes: 770

13. Pink Floyd: Another Brick in the Wall Part 2 (1979)

4 min | Animation, Short, Music

The original 1979 music video with different imagery than the 1982 film sequence, but uses the same animation from The Wall.

Director: Gerald Scarfe

Votes: 217

14. Christina Aguilera Feat. Redman: Dirrty (2002 Video)

5 min | Short, Music, Musical

Official music video for "Dirrty" by Christina Aguilera ft. Redman.

Director: David LaChapelle | Stars: Christina Aguilera, Donna Glytch, Redman

Votes: 267

15. R.E.M.: Everybody Hurts (1993 Video)

6 min | Short, Drama, Music

A promotional video for R.E.M.'s 1993 single "Everybody Hurts."

Director: Jake Scott | Stars: Peter Buck, Mike Mills, R.E.M., Michael Stipe

Votes: 567

16. 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: 925

17. Blur: Coffee & TV (1999 Video)

6 min | Short, Music

A sentient milk carton searches for a missing person whose face appears on its side.

Director: Garth Jennings | Stars: Damon Albarn, Blur, Peter Burroughs, Lou Cowper

Votes: 74

18. Beyoncé Feat. Jay Z: Crazy in Love (2003 Video)

4 min | Short, Music, Musical

Shawn Carter (Jay-Z) is in a car on Mission Road in L.A. As they approach the 4th Street bridge, Beyoncé Knowles (Beyoncé) is in the middle of the street. Beyoncé dances, Jay-Z raps, Beyoncé dances some more.

Director: Jake Nava | Stars: Carmit Bachar, Beyoncé, Jay-Z

Votes: 124

19. Madonna: Material Girl (1985 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

Madonna pays homage to Marilyn Monroe in the music video for the second single from her icon album 'Like A Virgin'.

Director: Mary Lambert | Stars: Madonna, Deke Anderson, Victor Ho, Regan Patno

Votes: 695

20. Gorillaz: Clint Eastwood (2001 Video)

5 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

Official music video for Gorillaz' song "Clint Eastwood" ft. Del the Funky Homosapien.

Directors: Pete Candeland, Jamie Hewlett | Stars: Damon Albarn, Del, Gorillaz

Votes: 309

21. Queen: I Want to Break Free (1984 Video)

4 min | Short, Comedy, Music

Queen's video for "I Want to Break Free", which is considered a camp classic in the UK but effectively ended their career in the United States, where it received a negative reaction and was boycotted by MTV.

Director: David Mallet | Stars: John Deacon, Brian May, Freddie Mercury, Queen

Votes: 607

22. Justin Timberlake: Cry Me a River (2002 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

Filmmaker Francis Lawrence directed the music video for "Cry Me a River" in Malibu, California. In the controversial video, Timberlake's character invades the home of his ex-lover and films... See full summary »

Director: Francis Lawrence | Stars: Justin Timberlake, Lauren Hastings, Timbaland

Votes: 452

23. Britney Spears: ...Baby One More Time (1998 Video)

4 min | Short, Music, Musical

A music video for Britney Spears's song '...Baby One More Time'.

Director: Nigel Dick | Star: Britney Spears

Votes: 985

24. Radiohead: No Surprises (1997 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

A promotional video for Radiohead's 1997 single "No Surprises."

Director: Grant Gee | Star: Thom Yorke

Votes: 217

25. Madness: Baggy Trousers (1980 Video)

3 min | Short, Music

Promotional music video for "Baggy Trousers" by Madness.

Director: Dave Robinson | Star: Madness

Votes: 13

26. TLC: Waterfalls (1995 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

TLC performs in the music video "Waterfalls" from the album "CrazySexyCool" recorded for LaFace Records and Arista Records. The video begins with the group rising out of the water and ... See full summary »

Director: F. Gary Gray | Stars: TLC, Paul J. Alessi, Gabrielle Bradford, Shyheim Franklin

Votes: 385

27. David Bowie: Ashes to Ashes (1980 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

A promotional video for David Bowie's 1980 hit single "Ashes to Ashes."

Director: David Mallet | Stars: David Bowie, Steve Strange

Votes: 326

28. Foo Fighters: Learn to Fly (1999 Video)

5 min | Short, Comedy, Music

A promotional video for the Foo Fighters' 1999 single "Learn to Fly."

Director: Jesse Peretz | Stars: Foo Fighters, Jack Black, Kyle Gass, Dave Grohl

Votes: 444

29. Electric Six: Gay Bar (2003 Video)

3 min | Short, Comedy, Music

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Directors: Tom Kuntz, Mike Maguire | Stars: Electric Six, Tyler Spencer

Votes: 12

30. 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: 816

31. Eminem: Stan (2000 Video)

8 min | Short, Crime, Drama

A music video for Eminem's song "Stan".

Directors: Philip G. Atwell, Dr. Dre | Stars: Eminem, Dido, Devon Sawa, Nathan Mathers

Votes: 978

32. Chris Isaak: Wicked Game (1991 Video)

Approved | 4 min | Short, Music, Romance

A couple is depicted making love in a sexual way to each other while frolicking on a deserted beach.

Director: Herb Ritts | Stars: Chris Isaak, Helena Christensen

Votes: 760

33. U2: Sweetest Thing (1998 Video)

3 min | Short, Music

A promotional video for U2's 1998 single "Sweetest Thing."

Director: Kevin Godley | Stars: Bono, Boyzone, Adam Clayton, Keith Duffy

Votes: 51

34. The White Stripes: Fell in Love with a Girl (2002 Video)

2 min | Animation, Short, Music

The music video is a Lego animation directed by Michel Gondry. Gondry's son was featured at the beginning of the video, building Lego blocks. It was shot frame by frame with each frame ... See full summary »

Director: Michel Gondry | Star: The White Stripes

Votes: 352

35. Sinéad O'Connor: Nothing Compares 2 U (1990 Video)

4 min | Short, Drama, Music

Sinéad O'Connor performs in the music video "Nothing Compares 2 U" from the album "I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got" recorded for Chrysalis Records. The music video features a closeup of ... See full summary »

Director: John Maybury | Star: Sinéad O'Connor

Votes: 427

36. Red Hot Chili Peppers: Give It Away (1991 Video)

5 min | Short, Fantasy, Music

A promotional video for the Red Hot Chili Peppers' 1991 hit single "Give It Away."

Director: Stephane Sednaoui | Stars: Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Frusciante, Anthony Kiedis, Chad Smith

Votes: 546

37. Guns N' Roses: November Rain (1992 Video)

9 min | Short, Drama, Music

A music video for Guns N' Roses's song "November Rain".

Director: Andrew Morahan | Stars: Ericka Bryce, Jorga Caye, Peter J. Chevalier, Gilby Clarke

Votes: 1,103

38. 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: 1,461

39. Pulp: Common People (1995 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

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Director: Pedro Romhanyi | Star: Pulp

Votes: 26

40. Missy Elliott: Get Ur Freak On (2001 Video)

4 min | Short, Music, Musical

The official music video for Missy Elliott's song "Get Ur Freak On" features cameos from several celebrity hip hop artists.

Director: Dave Meyers | Stars: Missy Elliott, Nate Dogg, Eve, LL Cool J

Votes: 57

41. Spice Girls: Wannabe (1996 Video)

4 min | Short, Comedy, Music

Spice Girls performs in the music video "Wannabe" from the album "Spice" recorded for Virgin Records and EMI Records. The music video begins with the Spice Girls outside London's St. ... See full summary »

Director: Johan Camitz | Stars: Spice Girls, Emma Bunton, Victoria Beckham, Geri Horner

Votes: 723

42. Björk: It's Oh So Quiet (1995 Video)

4 min | Short, Music, Musical

Björk sings "It's Oh So Quiet" in a musical number set in and around a tire store.

Director: Spike Jonze | Stars: Björk, Anthony Marciona

Votes: 499

43. Dire Straits: Money for Nothing (1985 Video)

5 min | Animation, Short, Music

Dire Straits classic video clip for 'Money for Nothing', smash 1985 hit from the album "Brothers in Arms". The iconic video mixtures advanced animation technology and footage from the band ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Barron | Stars: Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler

Votes: 901

44. Kylie Minogue: Can't Get You Out of My Head (2001 Video)

4 min | Short, Music, Musical

Kylie drives a car and sexily cavorts in her iconic white dress.

Director: Dawn Shadforth | Star: Kylie Minogue

Votes: 197

45. Aerosmith: Crazy (1994 Video)

6 min | Short, Adventure, Music

A music video for Aerosmith's song 'Crazy'.

Director: Marty Callner | Stars: Aerosmith, Alicia Silverstone, Liv Tyler, Dean Kelly

Votes: 821

48. 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: 571

49. Jamiroquai: Virtual Insanity (1996 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

A promotional video for Jamiroquai's 1996 single "Virtual Insanity."

Director: Jonathan Glazer | Stars: Jamiroquai, Jay Kay

Votes: 444

50. Paul Simon: You Can Call Me Al (1986 Video)

5 min | Short, Music