Top 10 Most Laughably Bad Rock Videos

The Top Ten Most Laughably Bad Rock Videos

1 Rock Me Tonite - Billy Squier

The video for this song (arguably) ruined Squier’s career. All of the pink, bad dancing, and blatant homoeroticism was damaging to Billy’s career.

2 Play Ball - AC/DC

I’m not a fan of AC/DC to begin with, but I’ve seen a few of their more acclaimed videos and liked them. There is NO saving grace for this video whatsoever. It reminds me of those Uncharted Zone videos (Mark Gormley’s “Without You”, anyone?).

3 Dangerous - Def Leppard

The song rocks, but the video was trash. Who directed it? The dude behind Eiffel 65’s Blue (Da Ba Dee)?

4 Time Stand Still - Rush

Out of respect for the late Neil Peart, I will say that this song is a beauty. However, the video to accompany it was pretty bad. The members of Rush are floating above various landscapes in all their late 80s glory. Then there’s a studio, a blonde camera girl, and tiny Geddy Lee floating around the camera girl. Huh?

5 Smooth Criminal - Alien Ant Farm

Horrible video for a good song! Alien Ant Farm are indeed smooth criminals!

I used to really hate this version of the classic MJ tune. Now, I’ve grown to like it. However, I’m indifferent to that uninspired video. It was nothing special. They’re just playing the song in a boxing ring. That’s it. Also, just because Carson Daily played it all the time on TRL, it doesn’t make it a good video.

6 Money for Nothing - Dire Straits

I understand that this video was shot in the early 80s, but that’s no excuse! A-ha had the video for “Take On Me” at the same time, which is STILL seen as a work of art. Oh, and it was this song’s video that beat A-ha’s video. WHAT?!

7 The View - Lou Reed & Metallica

Yeah, this infamous album had music videos with it, including its most infamous track. You know… I AM the TABLE!

8 Let’s Put the X in Sex - Kiss

Kiss are kings of marketing their brand, and Gene Simmons is the cream of that crop. Still, whoever had this idea for a video was on something. It wasn’t Kiss’ worst decision (that accolade belongs to “Music From: the Elder”), but this video was laughably cheesy.

9 Get Naked - Methods of Mayhem

Methods of Mayhem are very hit or miss. I like their song “Crash”, as I’ve grown up hearing it regularly thanks in no part to a game called Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec. Still, the video for the song “Get Naked” is cringeworthy as hell. I’m all for songs about sex euphemisms, but to have a chick riding a giant mechanical chicken to make a visual joke about… Well… that… is just lame.

10 We Built This City - Starship

Obvious entry is obvious. What’s the worst aspect of this video anyway? The giant dice, the bored cast? The singing Abraham Lincoln statue? Just the song in general? It’s all debatable what the worst part alone of the video is, but it’s not a debate that this video was straight-up cringe!

The song is far better than the video.

The Contenders

11 Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) - Journey
12 Paradise - Coldplay

Once upon a time, Coldplay was a loved Alternative rock band. However, by the album Mylo Xyloto, they would outright show their total embrace of pop. Still, they were considered alt rock during this album. The video for this song has the members of Coldplay dresses as animals and roaming the African plains. There was NOTHING cute about this ata all!

13 Hash Pipe - Weezer

Weezer’s song “Hash Pipe” was a decent song. Still, why were they playing in a dojo full of sumo wrestlers? What does this have to do with the subject matter? Just… Huh?

14 Heartbeat - Don Johnson
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