Monday, February 5, 2018

The Top 100 Videos of All Time

Originally posted 2/5/2010. Updated 2/5/2018.

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This was the first best-of list posted on the DMDB Facebook page back on February 5, 2010. Eight years later, it has been updated as an aggregate of more than 70 lists in addition to various video awards. This list serves as a nice counterpoint to the DMDB list of the most-viewed videos of all-time. That list focuses on the YouTube era and post-2000 releases while this list keys in on the MTV era of the 20th century.

1. Sledgehammer: Peter Gabriel (1987)
2. Thriller: Michael Jackson (1983)
3. Take on Me: a-ha (1985)
4. Smells Like Teen Spirit: Nirvana (1991)
5. Money for Nothing: Dire Straits (1985)
6. Sabotage: Beastie Boys (1994)
7. Weapon of Choice: Fatboy Slim (2001)
8. Like a Prayer: Madonna (1989)
9. Nothing Compares 2 U: Sinead O’Connor (1990)
10. Hurt: Johnny Cash (2003)

11. Jeremy: Pearl Jam (1993)
12. Virtual Insanity: Jamiroquai (1997)
13. Billie Jean: Michael Jackson (1983)
14. Tonight, Tonight: Smashing Pumpkins (1996)
15. Vogue: Madonna (1990)
16. November Rain: Guns N’ Roses (1992)
17. Walk This Way: Run-D.M.C. with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler & Joe Perry (1986)
18. Learn to Fly: Foo Fighters (1999)
19. Once in a Lifetime: Talking Heads (1981)
20. Losing My Religion: R.E.M. (1991)

21. Addicted to Love: Robert Palmer (1986)
22. Buddy Holly: Weezer (1995)
23. Beat It: Michael Jackson (1983)
24. Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It): Beyoncé (2008)
25. Hungry Like the Wolf: Duran Duran (1982)
26. Wicked Game: Chris Isaak (1991)
27. Baby One More Time: Britney Spears (1999)
28. Closer: Nine Inch Nails (1994)
29. Bohemian Rhapsody: Queen (1975)
30. Freak on a Leash: Korn (1999)

31. Girls Just Want to Have Fun: Cyndi Lauper (1983)
32. Every Breath You Take: The Police (1983)
33. Coffee + TV: Blur (1999)
34. Rock-It: Herbie Hancock (1983)
35. Don’t Come Around Here No More: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (1985)
36. You Might Think: The Cars (1984)
37. Praise You: Fatboy Slim (1999)
38. Sweet Dreams Are Made of This: Eurythmics (1983)
39. Scream: Michael Jackson/Janet Jackson (1995)
40. Video Killed the Radio Star: The Buggles (1979)

41. Here It Goes Again: OK Go (2006)
42. Ray of Light: Madonna (1998)
43. Hey Ya!: OutKast (2004)
44. One: Metallica (1989)
45. The Boys of Summer: Don Henley (1984)
46. Heart Shaped Box: Nirvana (1993)
47. Bastards of Young: The Replacements (1985)
48. Express Yourself: Madonna (1989)
49. Fell in Love with a Girl: The White Stripes (2002)
50. Girls on Film: Duran Duran (1981)

51. Freedom ’90: George Michael (1990)
52. Janie’s Got a Gun: Aerosmith (1990)
53. True Faith: New Order (1987)
54. Waterfalls: TLC (1995)
55. Smack My Bitch Up: The Prodigy (1997)
56. Ashes to Ashes: David Bowie (1980)
57. Hot for Teacher: Van Halen (1984)
58. Black Hole Sun: Soundgarden (1994)
59. Just: Radiohead (1995)
60. Right Now: Van Halen (1992)

61. Ironic: Alanis Morissette (1996)
62. Justify My Love: Madonna (1990)
63. Without Me: Eminem (2002)
64. It’s Oh So Quiet: Bjork (1995)
65. Everybody Hurts: R.E.M. (1993)
66. Bad Romance: Lady Gaga (2009)
67. Subterranean Homesick Blues: Bob Dylan (1967)
68. Cry Me a River: Justin Timberlake (2003)
69. Big Me: Foo Fighters (1996)
70. Need You Tonight/Mediate: INXS (1988)

71. Human Behaviour: Bjork (1993)
72. Welcome to the Jungle: Guns N’ Roses (1987)
73. Californication: Red Hot Chili Peppers (2000)
74. Give It Away: Red Hot Chili Peppers (1991)
75. Whip It: Devo (1980)
76. Doo Wop (That Thing): Lauryn Hill (1999)
77. Land of Confusion: Genesis (1986)
78. Black or White: Michael Jackson (1991)
79. Been Caught Stealing: Jane’s Addiction (1990)
80. Dirrty: Christina Aguilera/Redman (2002)

81. Material Girl: Madonna (1985)
82. We’re Not Gonna Take It: Twisted Sister (1984)
83. No Rain: Blind Melon (1993)
84. Love Will Never Do without You: Janet Jackson (1990)
85. Just a Gigolo/I Ain’t Got Nobody: David Lee Roth (1985)
86. Jump: Van Halen (1984)
87. Rio: Duran Duran (1982)
88. White Wedding: Billy Idol (1982)
89. Missy Elliott: Get Ur Freak On (2001)
90. This Note’s for You: Neil Young (1989)

91. Bittersweet Symphony: The Verve (1997)
92. Another Brick in the Wall Part II: Pink Floyd (1979)
93. When Doves Cry: Prince (1984)
94. Sweet Child O’ Mine...Guns N’ Roses (1988)
95. California Love: 2pac & Dr. Dre (1996)
96. Clint Eastwood: Gorillaz (2001)
97. I Write Sins Not Tragedies: Panic! At the Disco (2006)
98. 1979: Smashing Pumpkins (1996)
99. Legs: ZZ Top (1984)
100. Cryin’: Aerosmith (1994)


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