Top 10 "What the Hell Were They Thinking" Music Videos

I'm going over a list of the most messed up music videos, videos that are just wrong in general

The Top Ten

1 Bon Appetit - Katy Perry

Three things:

1. I always liked Katy Perry. She is fun, energetic and uplifting, and so is her music. Pop music should be like that. Fun and entertaining. "Bon Appetit", while way more sexual than most of her previous songs, is actually still like that. You can tell she had fun writing and singing this.

2. I also liked her videos. Extraordinary, of Hollywood movie quality and imaginative, funny and surprising. In the 90s and early 2000s music videos used to be like that (remember Madonna's "Bedtime Story" or Gwen Stefani's "What You Waiting For"?) and Katy Perry brought that back.

3. What the hell is this video? This is not what Katy Perry is supposed to be like. She is weird, but... positively weird. Like candy wonderland giant pink ribbon Cleopatra's ship weird. Now she is being served as food with gut-wrenching twisting of her legs and getting her tongue fried? What the...

Katy Perry usually is weird in a way that puts a ...more - Martin_Canine

Katy is basically like the new Miley Cyrus. This video is the worst. - Cartoonfan202

2 Mo Bounce - Iggy Azalea


3 Anaconda - Nicki Minaj
4 Forced Gender Reassignment - Cattle Decapitation

This music video was so bad that even YouTube restricted it. It was literally banned from YouTube. DO NOT EVER WATCH THIS. This is the real torture porn. This basically equals short horror movie. - jack2244

This on the other hand looks straightforward like a torture porn. How can one not see the huge artistic difference between the Closer video and this video here? - Martin_Canine

The amount of times I said "no! " whilst watching this video is unreal. - IronSabbathPriest

This song..or the video made no sense, There was no need of this song...I wonder what sprung to Ryan's mind. - Ananya

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5 23 - Mike Will Made It
6 Dooo It! - Miley Cyrus
7 Closer - Nine Inch Nails

I think this is very atmospheric and creepy actually. It is bizarre and looks like someone captured the surreal and unsettling imageries of a nightmare. - Martin_Canine

This is why you stay away from music videos from any Industrial artists. All of them are just weird or creepy. - cjWriter1997

Where to start with this video. This is basically a torture porn. Yes, there is seriously a music video this graphic. Well, I'm ranking there second most graphic video at number two, but honestly it's a tie between the two of them. This video features S&M, a crucified monkey, a severed pig head, etc. God, Trent Reznor is such a sickening bastard when it comes to music videos. - jack2244

8 Stupid Hoe - Nicki Minaj
9 Happiness In Slavery - Nine Inch Nails

This is another video to show how much of a sickening bastard Trent Reznor is at music videos. All this video is, is a guy stripping naked and then getting disemboweled for 4 minutes, great, Reznor has made another torture porn of a video. - jack2244

10 Sweatshirt - Jacob Sartorius

The Contenders

11 Pagan Poetry - Bjork

Probably one of the most sexual videos I'm featuring on this list. It features ejaculation and fellatio. This video made me feel sick. It was just… hard for me to watch. It is praised as one of Bjork's greatest videos but it is just sick, not to mention her earlier videos are creative. I couldn't get into Vespertine as a whole. - jack2244

This, my friend, is a typical piece of European art. Sexuality and nudity is very common in that.
You probably know some acclaimed European art movies by Lars von Trier or Michael Haneke that are similarly graphic. - Martin_Canine

12 We Can't Stop - Miley Cyrus
13 Smack My Bitch Up - The Prodigy

Can't the title alone tell you where this song would be going? The video was even worse. It is by far the worst music video I have seen in terms of content. It was immediately banned by MTV due to prostitution, violence against women, drug content, etc. - jack2244

14 Wrecking Ball - Miley Cyrus
15 Like a Prayer - Madonna

The video that even got the Vatican pissed. Madonna was accused of blasphemy. She was even rejected by the Vatican and a Pepsi commercial. Now that can tell you this video must have received a helluva lot of controversy, and it did. It was one of the most infamous moments in music history. - jack2244

16 (s)AINT - Marilyn Manson

You probably figured this talentless hack would eventually show up. Seriously, any of his music videos could've been placed on this list. Sweet Dreams and The Beautiful People could've been placed here, so could Coma White. However, (s)ain't is probably the worst of them all. - jack2244

17 Lemon Incest - Serge Gainsbourg

The title alone can explain it for you - jack2244

18 Baby - Justin Bieber
19 Jesus Christ Pose - Soundgarden

Huge Soundgarden fan here. They are one of my favorite bands, and Badmotorfinger is one of my favorite albums. I'm sorry, but I just gotta admit this video was messed up. Seriously, the title alone could tell you. The song is great but it literally shows crucified girls in the video. Quite the controversy if I say so myself. - jack2244

20 Come to Daddy - Aphex Twin
21 Jeremy - Pearl Jam

I rank this at #10, because it isn't a terribly graphic video. It wasn't even near a big deal for me. I am a major Pearl Jam fan, no denying. However, the ending scene where Jeremy commits suicide in front of a class disturbed quite a lot of people. - jack2244

I love Pearl Jam a lot...Well, I must say - Video was very depressing. - Ananya

22 Ohrwurm - Cephalic Carnage
23 Dope Hat - Marilyn Manson
24 Black Hole Sun - Soundgarden
25 Long Hard Road Out of Hell - Marilyn Manson
26 Friday - Rebecca Black
27 Shush Up - Alison Gold
28 Mein Teil - Rammstein

It fits the lyrics. The original Cannibal of Rotenburg and his lover have done even worse. - Martin_Canine

29 Mann Gegen Mann - Rammstein

This song is against homophobia, and I am sure they made a music video that is most uncomfortable for homophobic people by only filming the butchest of men for their video. - Martin_Canine

30 Choices - Money Boy

This guy wants to look like a cool thug and performs this extremely poorly rapped song on a children's playground. And if you look it up, that video that looks like recorded with a home video camera indeed is the official music video. And it isn't a joke, this guy is actually well known over here (he's like the Austrian Soulja Boy). - Martin_Canine

31 Closer - The Chainsmokers
32 (Oh) Pretty Woman - Van Halen
33 BB Talk - Miley Cyrus
34 Chinese Food - Alison Gold
35 Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Marilyn Manson
36 Bubble Butt - Major Lazer
37 Obscure - Dir En Grey
38 Ass Like That - Eminem
39 Freak on a Leash - Korn
40 MILF$ - Fergie
41 Turn Down for What - DJ Snake & Lil Jon
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