List of most expensive music videos

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This page lists the most expensive music videos ever made, with costs of US$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. Ayumi Hamasaki, T-ara, S.E.S., 2NE1 and B.A.P are also the only Asian artists to appear on this list. Madonna has made three appearances in the top five, and four total, making her the artist with the most expensive videos of all time combined. TLC, Kanye West, Busta Rhymes, Guns N' Roses, Mylène Farmer and MC Hammer appear on the list twice. Joseph Kahn has directed four, while Hype Williams, Cha Eun Taek and Wataru Takeishi have directed three. Nigel Dick, Mark Romanek and John Landis appear twice, the latter with videos both for Michael Jackson. This list only includes music videos with an announced or reported budget.

Romanek, helmer 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 "Scream".[1] In a 2017 interview, Mick Garris, a writer for Michael Jackson's Ghosts stated that after several years of production development for the Ghosts short film: "It became the most expensive music video ever made...it ended up coming in at about $15 million dollars, all of it out of Michael’s pocket".[2]

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 (US$) Inflation-adjusted PC (2018)
Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson "Scream" Mark Romanek[3] 1995-05-001995, June 13 $7,000,000[4] $11,242,193
Madonna "Die Another Day" Traktor[5][6] 2002-10-222002, October 22 $6,100,000[7] $8,299,611
Madonna "Express Yourself" David Fincher[8] 1989-05-171989, May 17 $5,000,000[9] $9,871,141
Madonna "Bedtime Story" Mark Romanek[10] 1995-04-011995, March 10 $5,000,000[11] $8,030,138
Michael Jackson "Black or White" John Landis[12][13] 1991-11-141991, November 14 $4,000,000[14][15] $7,186,904
Guns N' Roses "Estranged" Andy Morahan[16] 1993-12-001993, December $5,000,000[17] $6,776,319
Gwen Stefani "Make Me Like You" Sophie Muller[18] 2016-02-152016, February 15 $4,000,000[19] $4,078,758
Aqua "Cartoon Heroes" Thomas Masin[20] 2000-01-002000, January $3,500,000[21][22] $5,141,630
Puff Daddy
(featuring The Notorious B.I.G. & Busta Rhymes)
"Victory" Marcus Nispel[citation needed] 1998-03-311998, March 31 $2,700,000[4] $4,053,859
MC Hammer "2 Legit 2 Quit" Rupert Wainwright[23] 1991-11-011991, November $2,500,000[14] $4,359,734
Mariah Carey
(featuring Jay-Z)
"Heartbreaker" Brett Ratner[citation needed] 1999-08-161999, August 16 $2,500,000[4] $3,672,593
Janet Jackson
"Doesn't Really Matter" Joseph Kahn[24] 2000-06-282000, June 28 $2,500,000[4] $3,552,657
Busta Rhymes
(featuring Janet Jackson)
"What's It Gonna Be?!" Hype Williams & Busta Rhymes[citation needed] 1999-03-121999, March 12 $2,400,000[4] $4,185,345
Celine Dion "It's All Coming Back to Me Now" Nigel Dick[citation needed] 1996-07-291996, July 29 $2,300,000[25] $3,588,839
Michael Jackson "Bad" Martin Scorsese[26] 1987-08-311987, August 31 $2,200,000[4] $4,738,957
Backstreet Boys "Larger Than Life" Joseph Kahn[citation needed] 1999-09-141999, September 14 $2,100,000[4] $3,084,978
Michael Jackson "Remember the Time" John Singleton[citation needed] 1992-02-031992, February 3 $2,000,000[27] $3,487,788
Will Smith "Miami" Wayne Isham[28] 1998, December $2,000,000[28] $3,002,858
Missy Elliott "She's a Bitch" Hype Williams[citation needed] 1999-05-011999, May 1 $2,000,000[4] $2,938,074
George Michael "Freeek!" Joseph Kahn[29] 2004-00-002002, February 27 $2,000,000[4] $2,591,261
Ayumi Hamasaki "My Name's Women" Wataru Takeishi[citation needed] 2005, March 16 $2,000,000[25] $2,506,049
Ayumi Hamasaki "Fairyland" Wataru Takeishi[citation needed] 2005-07-162005, July 16 $2,000,000[4] $2,506,049
Ayumi Hamasaki "Green" Kazuyoshi Shimomura[citation needed] 2008-12-172008, December 17 $1,600,000[30] $2,004,839
TLC "Unpretty" Paul Hunter[citation needed] 1999-08-291999, August 29 $1,600,000[4] $2,350,459
Guns N' Roses "November Rain" Andy Morahan[16] 1992-06-021992, June 2 $1,500,000[16] $2,615,841
Blackstreet and Janet Jackson
(featuring Eve & Ja Rule)
"Girlfriend/Boyfriend" Joseph Kahn[citation needed] 1999-03-231999, March 23 $1,500,000[4] $2,203,556
Madonna
(featuring Nicki Minaj & M.I.A.)
"Give Me All Your Luvin'" Megaforce[31] 2012-02-032012, February 3 $1,500,000[32][33] $1,631,805
MC Hammer "Here Comes the Hammer" MC Hammer[citation needed] 1991-01-011991, January 1 $1,300,000[34] $2,435,099
Fugees "Ready or Not" Marcus Nispel[35] 1996-08-291996, August 29 $1,300,000[36] $2,028,474
Kanye West "Stronger" Hype Williams[citation needed] 2007-07-002007, June 19 $1,200,000[4] $1,416,273
Duran Duran "The Wild Boys" Russell Mulcahy[citation needed] 1984-11-001984, November $1,000,000+[37] $2,355,541
Michael Jackson "Thriller" John Landis[13] 1983-12-021983, December 2 $1,000,000[38] $2,457,066
S.E.S. "Love" Tak Jae-hoon[citation needed] 1999-11-271999, November 27 $1,000,000[citation needed] $1,469,037
Janet Jackson (with Nelly) "Call on Me" Hype Williams[citation needed] 2006-07-262006, July 26 $1,000,000[25] $1,213,932
The Sisters of Mercy "Dominion/Mother Russia" Andrew Eldritch[citation needed] 1988-02-001988, February $1,000,000[39] $2,069,218
The Rolling Stones "Love Is Strong" David Fincher[40] 1994-00-001994, July $1,000,000[41] $1,651,100
TLC "Waterfalls" F. Gary Gray[42] 19951995, May 19 $1,000,000 [43] $1,606,028
Sisqó (with Foxy Brown) "Thong Song" (remix) Little X[44] 20002000, March $1,000,000[45] $1,421,063
Britney Spears "Toxic" Joseph Kahn[46] 2004-01-132004, January 13 $1,000,000[47] $1,330,318
Kanye West
(featuring Lupe Fiasco)
"Touch the Sky" Chris Milk[citation needed] 2006-04-002006, April $1,000,000[48] $1,213,932
Ayumi Hamasaki "Jewel" Wataru Takeishi[citation needed] 2006-11-002006, November $1,100,000[25] $1,335,325
Mylène Farmer "L'Âme-stram-gram" Ching Siu-tung[49] 1999-03-201999, March 20 $1,000,000[50] $1,469,037
Janet Jackson "I Get Lonely" (remix) Paul Hunter[51] 1998-03-011998, April $1,000,000[52] $1,501,429
Ayumi Hamasaki "Virgin Road" Masashi Muto[citation needed] 2010-09-272010, September 27 $1,000,000[53][unreliable source?] $1,122,234
T-ara "Cry Cry / Lovey Dovey" Cha Eun Taek 2011-11-112011, November 11 $1,000,000[54] $1,087,870
Drake "God's Plan" Karena Evans 2018-01-192018, January 19 $996,631.90[55] $996,632
B.A.P "One Shot" Kang Ji Won & Kim Ki-bum 2013-02-122013, February 12 $915,000[56] $961,273
Gangkiz "Honey Honey" Cha Eun Taek[57] 2012-05-122012, May 12 $900,000[58] $959,356
Infinite "Destiny" Hong Won-ki[59] 2013-07-162013, July 16 $890,000[60] $935,009
Britney Spears "Work Bitch" Ben Mor 2013-10-012013, October 1 $850,000[61] $892,986
Pia Zadora "Heartbeat of Love" Dominic Sena[62] 19891989, October $800,000[62] $1,579,383
Gorillaz "Saturnz Barz" Jamie Hewlett 2017, March 23 $800,000[63] $800,000
Mylène Farmer "California" Abel Ferrara[64] 1996-03-201996, March $788,000[65][66] $1,229,806
Britney Spears "Oops!... I Did It Again" Nigel Dick[67][68] 2000-04-102000, April 10 $750,000[69] $1,065,797
Speed "Sad Promise" Cha Eun Taek[70] 2013-01-072013, January 7 $706,000[71] $752,562
Lil' Dicky "Pillow Talking" Tony Yacenda[72] 2017, April 14 $700,000[73] $700,000
David Bowie "Ashes to Ashes" David Bowie & David Mallet[74] 1980-01-011980, May $582,000[75][76] $1,728,606
Britney Spears "Hold It Against Me" Jonas Åkerlund[77] 2011-02-172011, February 17 $500,000[citation needed] $543,935
Britney Spears "Piece of Me" Wayne Isham[78] 2007-12-142007, December 14 $500,000 $590,114
2NE1 "Come Back Home" Dee Shin[79] 2014-03-042014, March 4 $500,000[citation needed] $516,868

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