Top 10 Best Music Videos of All Time

The Top Ten
1 Thriller - Michael Jackson Thriller - Michael Jackson Cover Art

Michael Jackson turned music videos into a 'pop event' with the release of 'Thriller's' music video. Everything about the video - the props, the dance moves, the storytelling in the music video, EVERYTHING. He was so ahead of his time when it came to mv's just like Madonna was. A true definition of a TRAILBLAZER... no one was like him and never will be. The KING OF POP!

The top 10 should all be Michael Jackson's music videos.
Here is the perfect list of Best Music Videos of All Time:
1. Michael Jackson - Thriller
2. Michael Jackson - Smooth Criminal
3. Michael Jackson - Remember The Time
4. Michael Jackson - Bad
5. Michael Jackson - Black or White
6. Michael Jackson - You Rock My World
7. Michael Jackson - Earth Song
8. Michael Jackson - Beat It
9. Michael Jackson - They don't really care about us
10. Michael Jackson - Jam

Thriller has to be the best video of all time, no questions asked. Through out his life Michael is in the top 5 most successful artists of all time next to The Beatles and Elvis Presley. MJ was such a talented man and his music will live forever. This is why to this day he is still known as The King Of Pop

John Landis created a masterpiece. He may not have created the best Horror movie of all time with An American Werewolf In London (comes close though), but he created the next best thing. Greatest music video ever. Of course; MJs ideas helped. But that's where the music fits in.

2 Take On Me - A-ha Take On Me - A-ha Cover Art

Before I saw this one, I always would have said Michael Jackson's Thriller is the best. But I think this one is much better, simply because it's something entirely new and groundbreaking. The Thriller video is awesome make-up and dancing and costumes and all. But Take On Me... It's something so new and unique. So many of A-ha's other videos have that same uniqueness to them (The Sun Always Shines On T.V., Manhattan Skyline, Train Of Thought). Take On Me is heart-warming and beautiful. Love it. The 80s were an awesome time for music videos, which surprises me since it was such a new form of art back then.

The animation was so ahead of it's time. Such a beautiful animation, cinematography and editing all blended together to show a great story, along with a great pop song, makes this the greatest of all time.

This song is amazing, and it will never be forgotten because of its melody, its wonderful video and the great job that Morten, Mags and Paul have made in it. A-HA forever!

People never stop obsessing over Michael Jackson! Come on people, this was equal to thriller if not better. I love MJ, but the concept of this was so much more interesting to me.

3 November Rain - Guns N Roses November Rain - Guns N Roses Cover Art

One cold November while driving this broke my heart over an ex so much I had to call her to rekindle our relationship... But nothing lasts forever as Axl says! Unfortunately. Still hurts when I listen all these yrs later. And more so in November such as it is right now ( time of posting! ) awesome video to spectacularly well composed track and lyrics. Fits so perfectly into many peoples lives

This video has something that the others lack. It's not dance moves, it's not weird outfits, it's the emotions that the video gives you. And November Rain is full of emotion...

The storyline is great, full of emotion, the video is one of the most expensive music video of all time. You watch it and I'm sure that you will not regret it.

Okay, one question... why is lady Gaga above guns n roses?! Axl is 10 times the musician she is, without a doubt in my mind. November rain is a beautiful song, and the video may be the only thing that even comes close to it! I love the part where slash leaves the church to play his solo.

4 Sledgehammer - Peter Gabriel Sledgehammer - Peter Gabriel Cover Art

The amount of effort that went into making this is astounding! Awesome video.

This video is just something magical.

This should be in the top ten.

How is this not higher?!

5 Breaking The Habit - Linkin Park Breaking The Habit - Linkin Park Cover Art

New this video would be really high up there. But Thriller having 3 times as many votes, really?

The best song, from the best band, sung by the best singer, in the best video. Truly the best

This is the best song I have ever heard and seen
Linkin Park RULES!

The greatest Linkin Park music video. One of the greatest of all time.

6 Stan - Eminem Stan - Eminem Cover Art

Why is this so low? This is my favorite music video other than thriller. I want to find out who puts these things so low. No one knows music these days.

Are you kidding me? Lady GAGA is better than this legend? This is the best Music video I've ever seen.. And the way it tells the story, It's far more better than Madona or Lady gaga!

Awesome song best video...I think it must be in top three at least...

One of the most iconic music videos of all time.

7 Lemonade - Beyonce Lemonade - Beyonce Cover Art

Album, not music video

8 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana Cover Art

How can this be nirvana should be way up this list, come on they express every ounce of their energy to create a perfect song that took mj songs off the charts?

This video still sends chills down my spine like it did when I first saw it 22 years ago.

How is this 25? This video, along with the song, defined the 90s and changed music history!

This video changed the world!

9 Freedom '90 - George Michael Freedom '90 - George Michael Cover Art

George was so talented.

10 Smooth Criminal - Michael Jackson Smooth Criminal - Michael Jackson Cover Art

How is this not even on MOST of the list of 'Best Music Videos of all time' baffles me,
good thing people voted this to at least 4th place here.

Smooth Criminal is the BEST as it can 'ever get' and blows Thriller out of the water. Thriller had bad pacing, a few bad acting, and moments from characters also the Dance of MJ is never shown at its peak rather than this video alongside Live Tours of Billie Jean.
If Thriller is the 'Essential' Music Video of all time, Smooth Criminal is the Perfect One.

I was hoping I'd see this on the list. Otherwise, this whole thing would've been a big joke.

If we are going by truth, most of Michael's music videos should be on here..

Truly a beautiful work of art. I honestly think all of his videos should be here.

The Newcomers

? Gold - Brockhampton Gold - Brockhampton Cover Art
The Contenders
11 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen Cover Art

First music video? NOT.
A lot depends on exactly what you give credit to, but The Beatles are probably the first musicians that got "artistic" interpretations of their songs filmed, and then shown on the major media of the day, such as television.

This is in the 300s? Really? This is the first music video. Every other music video would not be on here if not for this music video. Could we at least bring this into the top 50?

And by the way, why are there such a large number of horrible choices near the top of this list? You know who I'm talking about.

This should be number one in my opinion, or at the very least in the top five. Anyone who knows anything about music knows this video.

This video doesn't even have a million views on YouTube! It needs more attention!

12 Like a Prayer - Madonna

Not a big fan of her or pop-music in general, but credit where credit is due. Clever concept.

13 Bad Romance - Lady Gaga Bad Romance - Lady Gaga Cover Art

This is probably Lady Gaga's best work. She was able to make a clean eye catching simple video with all her crazy corky ideas. It's pure genius, everybody who worked with her must have had the best chemistry ever because the result is astonishing. All of her videos always have a good idea behind it, but sometimes it doesn't take the best direction & either looks like too much at once, sort of like a mess. But Bad Romance is just perfect, I wouldn't change anything about it & could watch it all day long. Also, it's her most iconic, it really defines her as an artist & includes most of what people recognize in her.

Any human being with a brain knows that Bad Romance was not only one of the best music videos of 2009, it was one of the best music videos of the decade. I mean the choreography, the set, the costumes, and even the song. Come on, the song was one of the best song I've heard in my life. If you're a Little Monster, you know Bad Romance was the best thing you've layed your eyes on. It was nominated so many times at the 2010 VMA's and win a lot of those nominations. Vote this up people, Gaga killed with this video.

The maximum expression of a pop diva after Madonna's Vogue. This is the best pop video of the 21st century and is clearly the source of inspiration of all the rest of the starlets. Bad Romance will always be the sublime combination of music, vocals, fashion, choreography and visual effects. Well done to Gaga and her amazingly creative and talented team!

A work of art. Gaga not only reached the pinnacle of her career with this video, but the climax of her creativity and establishment of her artistry. With one of the best pop songs of the decade to accompany it, this will definitely go down in history as one of the greatest and iconic music videos of all time.

14 Welcome to the Black Parade - My Chemical Romance Welcome to the Black Parade - My Chemical Romance Cover Art

It's an amazing video that expresses the true meaning of the song. The song is about a guy who died in the hospital, and death came to him in the form of his fondest memory, which was a parade. His best memory was watching a parade with his dad when he was a kid, so dead approached him in the form of a parade. The message is that death should be happy, and it should come in the form of your favorite memory, not sad and depressing as it usually seems to be. The video and song have a very deep meaning in the form of a beautiful little story. It's inspiring and great!

Best video with great lyrics! Your memory will carry on My Chemical Romance!

Amazing Imagery. This is something you not only see but feel as well.

Best one! I love alternative music!

15 Sabotage - Beastie Boys

Great video 70s cop show - parody, cool as...

16 Beat It - Michael Jackson Beat It - Michael Jackson Cover Art

Michael was great in this music video. He was the pioneer for the short film music videos. This was an amazing video and the dancing was the best... It was an early video ; but one of the best... xo MJ love xo

Michael Jackson's music videos were and still are the best to watch because their like mini movies. Rest In Paradise MJ The King of Pop

Of course beat it should make this it should be in top 5 for dancing

One thing I dislike about this song is how Eddie Van Halen got absolutely no recognition

17 One - Metallica

I hope when people vote for a video that isn't this very video, they understand the true meaning of this video. From the deep political, anti-war themes set over a dark horrifying atmosphere to the solemn and dreadful tones of one of the most influential bands at the very peak of there career. This video isn't even comparable to any other video on this list because of the sheer talent, emotion and history that was poured into it.

For those who just think of One as an awesome metal track, watching the video alongside it shows the true meaning of this very moving song.

How the hell is thriller above this? Thriller is the most overrated piece of junk on this whole list. Metallica is a real band, real music.

This is the greatest music video in all of music videos. Thriller is the Emoji Movie compared to this masterpiece

18 Basket Case - Green Day Basket Case - Green Day Cover Art

It all keeps adding up it sucks that It's not top this site makes me annoyed Yeah yeah yeah! Should be so much higher so should boulevard of broken dreams, Wake Me up When September ends, and when I come around

19 When Doves Cry - Prince
20 Jeremy - Pearl Jam

136?...Really?! This isn't just a typical music video, it's art. There's so much significance in this music video... The messages it expresses. Definitely the most artistic music video ever. And it's at 136. Wow.

This should be ranked higher! This was very emotional and powerful. The pain on Eddie's face, the mental frustration of Jeremy, this was a great music video.

Young kid commits suicide in his Algebra class... Pretty dark stuff.

Really showed the point of the song and Jeremy's mental struggles, in the shooting to the vocals by Vedder

21 Bring Me to Life - Evanescence Bring Me to Life - Evanescence Cover Art

I don't care what everyone else says this video deserves number one.

This is a very good video, when I first saw the video I downloaded it. laugh out loud..

Laugh out loud, best music video ever. Very action and ultimate EPIC

Amy lee is enough for being best...

22 Weapon of Choice - Fatboy Slim

Christopher Walken dancing and flying around a hotel lobby?

Christopher Walken! Nothing else to be said!

23 Everybody Hurts - R.E.M. Everybody Hurts - R.E.M. Cover Art
24 Buddy Holly - Weezer

It's just so iconic and classic how could you not love it

Simple, elegantly designed and a catchy tune to boot.

Love this video!

25 Mirrors - Justin Timberlake Mirrors - Justin Timberlake Cover Art

Powerful video shows an elderly lady (supposed to represent JT's grandmother) sinking into her nostalgic memories of falling in love with her husband who passed away as she reaches out to feel his ghostly presence. Perfectly complements the beautiful song.

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