Top 10 Most Laughably Bad Rock Videos

The Top Ten

1 Rock Me Tonite - Billy Squier Rock Me Tonite - Billy Squier Cover Art

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.

Billy and the clip director still disagree on who cooked this campy conception up. So bad. So very bad.

2 Play Ball - AC/DC Play Ball - AC/DC Cover Art

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 Dangerous - Def Leppard Cover Art

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 Time Stand Still - Rush Cover Art

Oh my god. When I saw the video for the first time I thought it was hilarious. They were like kids messing around with a blue screen. And Geddy Lee's haircut definitely leaves something to be desired!

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 Smooth Criminal - Alien Ant Farm Cover Art

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.

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

6 Money for Nothing - Dire Straits Money for Nothing - Dire Straits Cover Art

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 The View - Lou Reed & Metallica Cover Art

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 Let’s Put the X in Sex - Kiss Cover Art

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.

A Paul Stanley vanity clip. Terrible song, too.

9 Get Naked - Methods of Mayhem Get Naked - Methods of Mayhem Cover Art

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 We Built This City - Starship Cover Art

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 Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) - Journey Cover Art

Should be #1. Great song, but an embarrassing clip. Air keyboards, anyone?

12 Paradise - Coldplay Paradise - Coldplay Cover Art

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 Hash Pipe - Weezer Cover Art

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 Heartbeat - Don Johnson Cover Art
15 Dancing in the Street - David Bowie and Mick Jagger Dancing in the Street - David Bowie and Mick Jagger Cover Art
16 Hip to Be Square - Huey Lewis & the News Hip to Be Square - Huey Lewis & the News Cover Art
17 The Bad Touch - Bloodhound Gang The Bad Touch - Bloodhound Gang Cover Art
18 Numb - U2 Numb - U2 Cover Art
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