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. David Bowie's video for the 1980 single Ashes to Ashes was the first music video to exceed this sum. 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. Mylène Farmer has made 3 appearances. TLC, Kanye West, Busta Rhymes, 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 Michael and Janet Jackson's "Scream", which is claimed to be the most expensive music video ever made, has since denied this 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 (2016)
Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson "Scream" Mark Romanek[2] 1995, May $7,000,000[3] $10,870,714
Madonna "Die Another Day" Traktor[citation needed] 2002-10-222002, October 22 $6,100,000[4] $8,025,365
Madonna "Express Yourself" David Fincher[5] 1989-05-171989, May 17 $5,000,000[6] $9,544,966
Madonna "Bedtime Story" Mark Romanek[7] 1995-04-011995, March 10 $5,000,000[8] $7,764,796
Michael Jackson
(featuring L.T.B.)
"Black or White" John Landis[citation needed] 1991-11-141991, November 14 $4,000,000[9][10] $6,949,426
Guns N' Roses "Estranged" Andy Morahan[citation needed] 1993-12-001993, December $4,000,000[11] $6,552,407
Gwen Stefani "Make Me Like You" Sophie Muller[12] 2016-02-152016, February 15 $4,000,000[13] $4,000,000
Puff Daddy
(featuring The Notorious B.I.G. & Busta Rhymes)
"Victory" Marcus Nispel[citation needed] 1998-03-311998, March 31 $2,700,000[3] $3,919,906
MC Hammer "2 Legit 2 Quit" Rupert Wainwright[14] 1991-11-011991, November $2,500,000[9] $4,215,675
Mariah Carey
(featuring Jay-Z)
"Heartbreaker" Brett Ratner[citation needed] 1999-08-161999, August 16 $2,500,000[3] $3,551,239
Janet Jackson
"Doesn't Really Matter" Joseph Kahn[15] 2000-06-282000, June 28 $2,500,000[3] $3,435,266
Busta Rhymes & Janet Jackson "What's It Gonna Be?!" Hype Williams & Busta Rhymes[citation needed] 1999-03-121999, March 12 $2,400,000[3] $4,047,048
Celine Dion "It's All Coming Back to Me Now" Nigel Dick[citation needed] 1996-07-291996, July 29 $2,300,000[16] $3,470,252
Michael Jackson "Bad" Martin Scorsese[17] 1987-08-311987, August 31 $2,200,000[3] $4,582,367
Backstreet Boys "Larger Than Life" Joseph Kahn[citation needed] 1999-09-141999, September 14 $2,100,000[3] $2,983,040
Michael Jackson "Remember the Time" John Singleton[citation needed] 1992-02-031992, February 3 $2,000,000[18] $3,372,540
Missy Elliott "She's a Bitch" Hype Williams[citation needed] 1999-05-011999, May 1 $2,000,000[3] $2,840,991
George Michael "Freeek!" Joseph Kahn[19] 2004-00-002002 $2,000,000[3] $2,505,638
Ayumi Hamasaki "My Name's Women" Wataru Takeishi[citation needed] 2005, March 16 $2,000,000[16] $2,423,241
Ayumi Hamasaki "Fairyland" Wataru Takeishi[citation needed] 2005-07-162005, July 16 $2,000,000[3] $2,423,241
Ayumi Hamasaki "Green" Kazuyoshi Shimomura[citation needed] 2008-12-172008, December 17 $1,600,000[20] $2,423,241
TLC "Unpretty" Paul Hunter[citation needed] 1999-08-291999, August 29 $1,600,000[3] $2,272,793
Guns N' Roses "November Rain" Andy Morahan[citation needed] 1992-06-021992, June 2 $1,500,000[citation needed] $2,529,405
Blackstreet & Janet Jackson
(featuring Eve & Ja Rule)
"Girlfriend/Boyfriend" Joseph Kahn[citation needed] 1999-03-231999, March 23 $1,500,000[3] $2,130,743
Madonna
(featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.)
"Give Me All Your Luvin'" Megaforce[21] 2012-02-032012, February 3 $1,500,000[22][23] $1,577,885
MC Hammer "Here Comes the Hammer" MC Hammer[citation needed] 1991-01-011991, January 1 $1,300,000[24] $2,354,636
The Fugees "Ready or Not" Marcus Nispel[25] 1996-08-291996, August 29 $1,300,000[26] $1,961,447
Kanye West "Stronger" Hype Williams[citation needed] 2007-07-002007, July $1,200,000[3] $1,369,475
Duran Duran "The Wild Boys" Russell Mulcahy[citation needed] 1984-00-001984 $1,000,000+[27] $2,277,707
Michael Jackson "Thriller" John Landis[citation needed] 1983-12-021983, December 2 $1,000,000[28] $2,613,465
Janet Jackson (with Nelly) "Call on Me" Hype Williams[citation needed] 2006-07-262006, July 26 $1,000,000[16] $2,347,639
The Sisters of Mercy "Dominion/Mother Russia" Andrew Eldritch[citation needed] 1988-02-001988, February $1,000,000[29] $2,000,844
The Rolling Stones "Love Is Strong" David Fincher[citation needed] 1994-00-001994 $1,000,000[30] $1,596,542
TLC "Waterfalls" F. Gary Gray[citation needed] 19951995 $1,000,000 [31] $1,552,959
Sisqó
(featuring Foxy Brown)
"Thong Song" (remix) Little X[citation needed] 20002000 $1,000,000[32] $1,374,106
Britney Spears "Toxic" Joseph Kahn[33] 2004-01-132004, January 13 $1,000,000[34] $1,252,819
Kanye West
(featuring Lupe Fiasco)
"Touch the Sky" Chris Milk[citation needed] 2006-04-002006, April $1,000,000[35] $1,173,820
Ayumi Hamasaki "Jewel" Wataru Takeishi[citation needed] 2006-11-002006, November $1,100,000[16] $1,291,202
Mylène Farmer "L'Âme-stram-gram" Ching Siu-Tung[citation needed] 1996-03-201999 $1,000,000[36] $1,420,495
Janet Jackson "I Get Lonely" Paul Hunter[citation needed] 1998-03-011998, March $1,000,000[37] $1,451,817
Ayumi Hamasaki "Virgin Road" Masashi Muto[citation needed] 2010-09-272010, September 27 $1,000,000[38] $1,085,152
T-ara "Cry Cry / Lovey Dovey" Cha Eun Taek 2011-11-112011, November 11 $1,000,000[39] $1,051,923
B.A.P "One Shot" Kang Ji Won & Kim Ki-bum 2013-02-122013, February 12 $915,000[40] $929,509
Britney Spears "Work Bitch" Ben Mor 2013-10-012013, October 1 $850,000[41] $863,479
Pia Zadora "Heartbeat of Love" Dominic Sena[42] 19891989 $800,000[42] $1,527,195
Britney Spears "Oops!...I Did It Again" Nigel Dick[citation needed] 2000-04-102000, April 10 $750,000[43] $1,030,580
Mylène Farmer "California" Abel Ferrara[citation needed] 1996-03-201996, March 20 $700,000[44] $1,056,164
David Bowie "Ashes to Ashes" David Bowie & David Mallet[45] 1980-01-011980 May $582,000[46][47] $1,671,487
Britney Spears "Hold It Against Me" Jonas Åkerlund[48] 2011-02-172011, February 17 $500,000[49] $507,929
Mylène Farmer "Pourvu qu'elles soient douces" Laurent Boutonnat[citation needed] 1988-09-121988, September 12 $500,000[44] $1,000,422
Britney Spears "Piece of Me" Wayne Isham[50] 2007-12-142007, December 14 $500,000[51] $570,615
2NE1 "Come Back Home" Teddy Park 2014-03-042014, March 4 $500,000 $499,789

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