Best Music Videos of All Time

The Top Ten

1 Michael Jackson - Thriller

It shouldn't take a second for a sane being to tell 'whats the best album/song/music video in history' is MICHAEL JACKSON'S THRILLER babe...

A true master piece... The best of all time... and Mj was only a young guy when he did this... just shows the genius he was... - love4mjj

Absolutely the best and a trail-blazer. Michael can compete with himself only. His other videos should be on the list as No. 2, No. 3, etc. There are throngs of performers still copying "Bad", "Black or White", etc. - whateverhappens

Cause this is thriller, thriller night! And no one's gonna save you from the beast about to strike.
You know it's thriller, thriller night! You're fighting for your life inside a killer. Thriller tonight, yeah

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2 Linkin Park - Breaking The Habit

The best song, from the best band, sung by the best singer, in the best video. Truly the best - lukestheman4

Is and will be awesome - taranggodhari

Best Of The Best Music & Music Video... - RaminLp

Should really be number 1. Absolute Masterpiece.

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3 Michael Jackson - Smooth Criminal

Check out the Radio Edit version and the 2008 version on youtube, BETTER than the oringinal version - SmoothCriminal

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

The scene where the guy sneaks up behind him with a knife and then gets blown away through the wall was really a funny scene

I love this music video!

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4 Lady Gaga - Bad Romance

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.

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.

Very good idea to video, such as video simply extraordinary and unique. With this video and no one ever beats for this high-quality video anywhere else. Poor Roman - the best thing that could ever make Lady Gaga! Lady Gaga worthy 2nd place (after Michael Jackson)..

It's number oneee

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5 Guns N Roses - November Rain

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. - ronluna

Perfect blended emotions and music together... Everything is so great in GN'R... Slash and axl are the best... come on people... Find a way for it... It must be in the top ten..

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.

Best Cinematography ever made

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6 My Chemical Romance - Welcome to the Black Parade

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!

everybody c'mon this music video is just so powerful and epic and the story is superb! if you have never seen it you gotta cause you're gonna lose your breath watching it!

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

It's such a beautiful music video, thankfully, it's in the top 10. - Catacorn

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7 Michael Jackson - Beat It

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 - love4mjj

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

Oh ya this was a great video... for sure of all time... beside Thriller... love it... - love4mjj

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

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8 Aha - Take On Me

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!

Magnificent idea and excellent execution! I can't listen to the song without thinking of the video! best music video ever!

One of the best songs of 80s and 2nd best music video right behind thriller

good

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9 Metallica - One

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.

HA, It's funny how Thriller actually can be on the same list as One, One rules the most supreme, and the video scared me, so suspense

How is this not #1?

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10 Evanescence - Bring Me to Life

Amy lee is enough for being best... - Belder

In one word, a master piece.

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

epic

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The Contenders

11 Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody

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 music video may not be the first but it definitely inspired and popularized music videos today

NOT the first, and DID NOT "popularize" music videos today.

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12 Green Day - Basket Case

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

people this is the best music video of all time. Show some respect to REAL MUSIC

So funny and amazing. It's their best song. Billie, Tré and Mike really rock this

Yeah

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13 Linkin Park - Castle of Glass

But I'm only a crack,... in this castle of Glass!

This should totaly be #1 because this song is too awesome.

yas

NO. - AlphaQ

14 Waiting for the End - Linkin Park

The best song of off Linkin Parks worst album but its not anywhere near the best song to me but this one of the all time greatest music videos to me

Such An Epic Video

Best song. best video - MaddSpazz

One of my all time favourites, Linkin Park does heaps of songs, all just as good as the rest!

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15 Lady Gaga - Applause

Best music video in the world.

I live for the applause applause x3!

This video is not the best of gaga but it have a massage for all the fans

You are alosome LADY GAGA

16 Linkin Park - Crawling

Chester had some sweet hair back in the day.. - Chickenlegs

Great song, awesome video clip

Super cool song.. classic

NO. - AlphaQ

17 Jonny Cash - Hurt

TOO MANY people on here that don't appreciate REAL beauty and genius.

Anyhow, if you can somehow get through your extremely biased views (I'm talking to you Michael Jackson worshipers, among others), this is clearly the best video. It shows the emotion of the song. The music video is (Supposed to be, at least) a form of art. You can play this video non stop in an art museum. It has no flaws. It's absolutely perfect.

The raw pain and emotion in his voice and expressions alone make this worthy of the top 5. To be able to still make music after going through the death of your true love is just astounding. Johnny Cash will always be a huge influence on all genres of music and will never be forgotten.

Not the best cash song but I agree that out of the few videos he did this is the best

Hits you like a sledgehammer. Over and over.

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18 Korn - Freak On a Leash

Legendary video by a legendary band. This band helps people deal with the dark side of life.

Like this video if you're watching it in 2015!

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19 Avenged Sevenfold - Nightmare

This music video is deserves top 5... Who didn't see the video yet, please see the music video... I just surprised when I saw the music video... This is awesome creation of Avenged Sevenfold... Love it

Just crude and straightforward. Definitely deserves a spot on the top ten.

This music video is deserves top 5. The song and the music videos is just awesome. Everyone should check this out.. And yaa this is a great creation of avenged sevenfold... Love avenged sevenfold foREVer...

This video is unique to other music videos. It's hard to explain if you haven't seen it. But instead of cutting to the whole band playing the song. It goes to the singer and guitarists individually as they do their parts of the song. It sounds like a weird random detail but it makes for a really cool effect. And as a whole it's just a really cool video. Also the song it self is truly a masterpiece.

And fun fact it is based on the horror movie "Jacobs ladder" because it was one of the Rev's favourite movies.

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20 Lady Gaga - G.U.Y (An ARTPOP Film)

The fact that it has only 70 million views bothers me! GUY is better than any music video including all of the ones which have more than 1 billion views.

Highly underrated. Very thought through, and beautifully shot

Best for this decade.

Awesome super cra cra though

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21 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana

Most amazing video ever the power when the guitar solo comes in and it's a MASH PIT, I go to 1 every year and it ain't pretty

This is one of the most influential bands of all time with this iconic video and personally Michael Jackson is mentioned to much in this list

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!

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22 Billy Talent - Red Flag

This video is great...

The song is very good and has a message

23 Linkin Park - What I've Done

The best video so far
Expressing all that needs to be known by the new generation.
A great song with the deep message... Explained by the video

Heartwarming music video...something ONLY LP can do

Beautiful video on human distruction of enviorment

24 Michael Jackson - Remember the Time

Now I don't mean to say that this should be at 1st position but this should surely be under top 10 because its really very good. Please watch it if you haven't and I'm sure that you'll love it

This has to be in top ten

Michael JACKSON HAS SUCH AWESOME MUSIC VIDEOS. THIS ONE IS NOT MY FAVORITE THRILLER IS BUT IT IS QUITE UNDERRATED. WATCH IT IF YOU HAVEN'T

25 Justin Timberlake - Mirrors
26 Beyonce - If I Were a Boy

I'd still be hated because of my Super Bowl performance - TopTenListmaker

27 Bullet for My Valentine - Tears Don't Fall
28 Beyonce - Lemonade
29 Queen - I Want To Break Free

Why is this not number 1?! It is so entertaining and never gets old! It does not rely on women to grab attention (although Roger Taylor appealed to some...) just Queen's crazy but innovative ideas

Very cool and funny clip from one of the most talented teams in the world!
At what the song is often used as an anthem of liberation of several South American countries.

This one really is a pretty great video. The opening section alone, then the Afternoon of the Faun references!

One of my favourite.

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30 Escape the Fate - Ungrateful
31 Lady Gaga - Alejandro

One of her most controversial, truly artistic and has so much depth. Props to her artistry. You can tell it's genuine.

32 Michael Jackson - Earth Song

Michael Jackson's best Music Video after Thriller, tied up with Black or White and Remember the Time. - malamJONES

This music video is amazing because it has extremely meaningful lyrics and doesn't make you regret watching it.

Strong song and message

I find it rather ironic how a plastic surgeried multi-millionair is framed in a poor LEDC

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33 My Chemical Romance - Teenagers
34 Avenged Sevenfold - So Far Away

In this music video we can see that their friendship are true... This is one of the best video I've ever watched. Just extremely touching...

35 Metallica - The Unforgiven

This is a song that could change a persons life.

36 Lil Wayne - Prom Queen
37 Kanye West - Heartless
38 Garbage - Push It
39 Katy Perry - Firework

This is on of katy perry best music video behind wide awake. this video has a message that you are your own firework has good direction, this video and it own music could become an anthem

It's really rare to find music videos where hope takes place. I mean...Katy Perry's creativeness seems to be unending! - xXLittleQueensXx

Should be on top 10

40 Souljia Boy - Crank Dat (Superman)

I don't know, there's something oddly funny about people reacting this way to Soulja Boy. - SwagFlicks

41 Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun

Wonderfully creepy. CG looks a bit dated now, but the concept still works great.

42 Pearl Jam - Do the Evolution
43 Rihanna - Diamonds
44 Marilyn Manson - The Dope Show
45 The Who - Who are You?
46 Taylor Swift - Look What You Made Me Do
47 Chief Keef - Love Sosa
48 Peter Gabriel - Sledgehammer

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

This video was amazingly talented and creative why isn't this top ten

Best video ever. So much time and effort went Into this

This video is just something magical.

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49 Britney Spears - Toxic

Who doesn't like this video? Even though you hate to admit it, you know deep down that you love this video. - theOpinionatedOne

Too dirty...I mean, although I literally hated it, but I just can't keep my eyes away from it. - xXLittleQueensXx

The new queen of pop. Other than Madonna and possibly Whitney, no one has been praised by the amount of new artists E.G. Katy perry, Selena Gomez, lady gaga etc than Brit. This video completely changed the face of 21st century music videos with characters something hardly ever seen other than MJs videos. This inspired videos such as Kanyes stronger, and the song inspired 'don't phunk with my heart' by black eyed peas. Iconic.

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50 Lady Gaga - You And I
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