List of most expensive music videos

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This page lists the most expensive music videos ever made, with costs of $500,000 or more. Janet Jackson leads with six videos on the list, while Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, and Ayumi Hamasaki have five each. Hamasaki, T-ara and B.A.P are also the only Asian artists to appear on this list. Madonna has made four appearances in the top 5 making her the artist with the most expensive videos of all time put together. TLC, Kanye West, Busta Rhymes, Mylène Farmer, Guns N' Roses, and MC Hammer appear on the list twice. Joseph Kahn has directed four videos on this list while Hype Williams and Wataru Takeishi have directed three videos on the list. Nigel Dick, Mark Romanek and John Landis appear twice on this list, the latter with videos both directed for Michael Jackson.

Mark Romanek, the director of the, as known, most expensive music video, Michael and Janet Jackson's "Scream", has refuted the claim saying that there were two other music videos from the same era which cost "millions more" than the video for "Scream".[1]

Indicates the title was the most expensive of all time at the time of production

Most expensive music videos[edit]

Artist(s) Song title Director Original air date Production Inflation-adjusted PC (2015)
Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson "Scream" Mark Romanek[2] 1995-00-001995 $7,000,000[3] $10,834,025
Madonna "Die Another Day" Traktor[citation needed] 2002-10-22October 22, 2002 $6,100,000[4] $7,998,279
Madonna "Express Yourself" David Fincher[5] 1989-05-17May 17, 1989 $2,000,000[6] - 5,000,000[7] $3,805,101 - $9,512,752
Michael Jackson
(featuring L.T.B.)
"Black or White" John Landis[citation needed] 1991-11-14November 14, 1991 $4,000,000[8][9] $6,925,971
Guns N' Roses "Estranged" Andy Morahan[citation needed] 1993-12-00December 1993 $4,000,000[10] $6,530,293
Puff Daddy
(featuring The Notorious B.I.G. & Busta Rhymes)
"Victory" Marcus Nispel[citation needed] 1998-03-31March 31, 1998 $2,700,000[3] $3,906,676
MC Hammer "2 Legit 2 Quit" Rupert Wainwright[11] 1991-11-00November 1991 $2,500,000[8] $4,201,447
Mariah Carey
(featuring Jay-Z)
"Heartbreaker" Brett Ratner[citation needed] 1999-08-16August 16, 1999 $2,500,000[3] $3,539,253
Janet Jackson
"Doesn't Really Matter" Joseph Kahn[12] 1998-03-31June 28, 2000 $2,500,000[3] $3,423,671
Busta Rhymes & Janet Jackson "What's It Gonna Be?!" Hype Williams & Busta Rhymes[citation needed] 1999-03-12March 12, 1999 $2,400,000[3] $4,033,389
Celine Dion "It's All Coming Back to Me Now" Nigel Dick[citation needed] 1996-07-29July 29, 1996 $2,300,000[13] $3,458,540
Michael Jackson "Bad" Martin Scorsese[14] 1987-06-00August 31, 1987 $2,200,000[3] $4,566,901
Backstreet Boys "Larger Than Life" Joseph Kahn[citation needed] 1999-09-14September 14, 1999 $2,100,000[3] $2,972,972
Michael Jackson "Remember the Time" John Singleton[citation needed] 1992-02-03February 3, 1992 $2,000,000[15] $3,361,157
Madonna "Bedtime Story" Mark Romanek[16] 1995-04-01April 1995 $2,000,000[17] $3,095,436
Missy Elliott "She's a Bitch" Hype Williams[citation needed] 1999-05-01May 1, 1999 $2,000,000[3] $2,831,402
George Michael "Freeek!" Joseph Kahn[18] 2004-00-002002 $2,000,000[3] $2,497,181
Ayumi Hamasaki "My Name's Women" Wataru Takeishi[citation needed] 2005-03-16March 16, 2005 $2,000,000[13] $2,415,062
Ayumi Hamasaki "Fairyland" Wataru Takeishi[citation needed] 2005-07-16July 16, 2005 $2,000,000[3] $2,415,062
Ayumi Hamasaki "Green" Kazuyoshi Shimomura[citation needed] 2008-12-17December 17, 2008 $1,600,000[19] $2,415,062
TLC "Unpretty" Paul Hunter[citation needed] 1999-08-29August 29, 1999 $1,600,000[3] $2,265,122
Guns N' Roses "November Rain" Andy Morahan[citation needed] 1992-06-02June 2, 1992 $1,500,000[19] $2,520,868
Blackstreet & Janet Jackson
(featuring Eve & Ja Rule)
"Girlfriend/Boyfriend" Joseph Kahn[citation needed] 1999-03-23March 23, 1999 $1,500,000[3] $2,123,552
Madonna
(featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.)
"Give Me All Your Luvin'" Megaforce[20] 2012-02-03February 3, 2012 $1,500,000[21][22] $1,572,559
MC Hammer "Here Comes the Hammer" MC Hammer[citation needed] 1991-01-01January 1, 1991 $1,300,000[23] $2,346,689
The Fugees "Ready or Not" Marcus Nispel[24] 1996-08-29August 29, 1996 $1,300,000[25] $1,954,827
Kanye West "Stronger" Hype Williams[citation needed] 2007-07-00July 2007 $1,200,000[3] $1,364,853
Duran Duran "The Wild Boys" Russell Mulcahy[citation needed] 1984-00-001984 $1,000,000+[26] $2,270,019
Michael Jackson "Thriller" John Landis[citation needed] 1983-12-02December 2, 1983 $1,000,000[27] $2,604,644
Janet Jackson (with Nelly) "Call on Me" Hype Williams[citation needed] 2006-07-26July 26, 2006 $1,000,000[13] $2,339,716
The Sisters of Mercy "Dominion/Mother Russia" Andrew Eldritch[citation needed] 1988-02-00February 1988 $1,000,000[28] $1,994,091
The Rolling Stones "Love Is Strong" David Fincher[citation needed] 1994-00-001994 $1,000,000[29] $1,591,154
TLC "Waterfalls" F. Gary Gray[citation needed] 19951995 $1,000,000 [30] $1,547,718
Sisqó
(featuring Foxy Brown)
"Thong Song" (remix) Little X[citation needed] 20002000 $1,000,000[31] $1,369,469
Britney Spears "Toxic" Joseph Kahn[citation needed] 2004-01-13January 13, 2004 $1,000,000[32] $1,248,591
Kanye West
(featuring Lupe Fiasco)
"Touch the Sky" Chris Milk[citation needed] 2006-04-00April 2006 $1,000,000[33] $1,169,858
Ayumi Hamasaki "Jewel" Wataru Takeishi[citation needed] 2006-11-00November 2006 $1,100,000[13] $1,286,844
Janet Jackson "I Get Lonely" Paul Hunter[citation needed] 1998-03-01March 1998 $1,000,000[34] $1,446,917
Ayumi Hamasaki "Virgin Road" Masashi Muto[citation needed] 2010-09-27September 27, 2010 $1,000,000[35] $1,081,489
T-ara "Cry Cry / Lovey Dovey" Cha Eun Taek 2011-11-11November 11, 2011 $1,000,000[36] $1,048,373
B.A.P "One Shot" Kang Ji Won & Kim Ki-bum 2013-02-12February 12, 2013 $915,000[37] $926,372
Britney Spears "Work Bitch" Ben Mor 2013-10-1October 1, 2013 $850,000[38] $860,564
Pia Zadora "Heartbeat of Love" Dominic Sena[39] 19891989 $800,000[39] $1,522,040
Britney Spears "Oops!...I Did It Again" Nigel Dick[citation needed] 2000-04-10April 10, 2000 $750,000[40] $1,027,101
Mylène Farmer "California" Abel Ferrara[citation needed] 1996-03-20March 20, 1996 $700,000[41] $1,052,599
David Bowie "Ashes to Ashes" David Bowie & David Mallet[42] 1980-01-01May 1980 $582,000[43][44] $1,665,846
Britney Spears "Hold It Against Me" Jonas Åkerlund 2011-02-17February 17, 2011 $500,000[45] $506,214
Mylène Farmer "Pourvu qu'elles soient douces" Laurent Boutonnat[citation needed] 1988-09-12September 12, 1988 $500,000[41] $997,046
Roxette "The Centre of the Heart" Jonas Åkerlund[citation needed] 2001-02-27February 2001 $500,000[41] $665,946
Britney Spears "Piece of Me" Wayne Isham 2007-12-14December 14, 2007 $500,000[46] $568,689

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