Music videos have been a significant part of the music industry for the last three decades since MTV first went on the air in 1981. The value of music videos is highlighted in awards given to honor the various aspects of video creation and development, with the most famous being the MTV Video Music Awards. Some artists, though, have gone over the top throughout the years by spending crazy amounts of money on video production, in some cases for songs that we can’t even remember. Would you like to read about 25 examples of artists who spent some major dough on their videos? Well, then you’re in for a treat, cause here are the 25 Most Expensive Music Videos In History.
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“The Wild Boys” by Duran Duran
“The Wild Boys” is the twelfth single by Duran Duran, released in October 1984. The video was directed by Russell Mulcahy for $1.1 million.
“Stronger” by Kanye West
“Stronger” is a song by hip-hop recording artist Kanye West, released as the second single from his third studio album, Graduation, in 2007. The video was directed by Hype Williams for $1.2 million.
“Here Comes the Hammer” by MC Hammer
“Here Comes the Hammer” was the first single off MC Hammer’s Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em, which was released in 1990. It was directed by Hammer himself for $1.3 million.
“Give Me All Your Luvin’ ” by Madonna featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.
“Give Me All Your Luvin’“ is a song by Madonna from her twelfth studio album, MDNA (2012). It features guest vocals by rappers Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. and was directed by Megaforce for $1.5 million.
“Girlfriend/Boyfriend” by Blackstreet featuring Janet Jackson
“Girlfriend/Boyfriend” is a song by R&B group Blackstreet. It was released in May 1999 as the second and final single from their third album, Finally. Janet Jackson is also featured on the song as well as rappers Eve and Ja Rule. The video was directed by Joseph Kahn for $1.5 million.