MTV Top 100 Videos of 1989

by shatterdaymorn | created - 29 Jun 2018 | updated - 04 Jul 2018 | Public

MTV's Year-End Top 100 Countdown of music videos from 1989.

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1. Madonna: Like a Prayer (1989 Video)

6 min | Short, Drama, Music

Music video for Madonna's song Like a Prayer.

Director: Mary Lambert | Stars: Madonna, Tony Ward, Leon

Votes: 879

2. Paula Abdul: Straight Up (II) (1989 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

Paula Abdul performs in the music video "Straight Up" from the album "Forever Your Girl" recorded for Virgin Records. The black and white music video begins with Paula Abdul tap dancing ... See full summary »

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Paula Abdul, Arsenio Hall

Votes: 176

3. Fine Young Cannibals: She Drives Me Crazy (1989 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

This version includes extensive choreography and performers in unusual costumes, including two identical dancers with completely different coloured-outfits, as well as a person with a television on their head.

Director: Philippe Decouflé | Stars: Andy Cox, Fine Young Cannibals, Roland Gift, David Steele

Votes: 31

4. Living Colour: Cult of Personality (1988 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

The music video for Living Colour's "Cult of Personality."

Director: Drew Carolan | Stars: Living Colour, Will Calhoun, Corey Glover, John F. Kennedy

Votes: 15

5. Tom Petty: I Won't Back Down (1989 Video)

3 min | Short, Music

Video promo for Tom Petty: I Won't Back Down.

Director: David Leland | Stars: Tom Petty, Mike Campbell, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne

Votes: 13

6. Guns N' Roses: Paradise City (1988 Video)

7 min | Short, Music

Guns N' Roses performs in the music video "Paradise City" from the album "Appetite for Destruction" recorded for Geffen Records. The video features live concert footage shot at Giants ... See full summary »

Director: Nigel Dick | Stars: Guns N' Roses, Steven Adler, Duff McKagan, Axl Rose

Votes: 414

7. R.E.M.: Stand (1989 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

Music video for R.E.M.: Stand.

Director: Katherine Dieckmann | Stars: Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, R.E.M.

Votes: 9

8. Def Leppard: Rocket (1988 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

Def Leppard performs in the music video "Rocket" from the album "Hysteria" recorded for Mercury Records. The music video begins with Def Leppard playing in an industrial area surrounded by ... See full summary »

Director: Nigel Dick | Stars: Def Leppard, Rick Allen, Stephen Clark, Phil Collen

Votes: 10

9. Bobby Brown: Every Little Step (1989 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

Bobby Brown performs in the music video "Every Little Step" from the album "Don't Be Cruel" recorded for MCA Records. Bobby Brown sing the song while dancing with two other back-up dancers ... See full summary »

Director: Alek Keshishian | Star: Bobby Brown

Votes: 13

10. Great White: Once Bitten, Twice Shy (1989 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

Great White performs in the music video "Once Bitten, Twice Shy" from the album "...Twice Shy" recorded for Capitol Records. The music video starts with the band playing in a large enclosed... See full summary »

Director: Nigel Dick | Stars: Great White, Bobbie Brown, Audie Desbrow, Mark Kendall

Votes: 5

11. Tears for Fears: Sowing the Seeds of Love (1989 Video)

G | 6 min | Short, Music

Tears for Fears performs in the music video "Sowing the Seeds of Love" from the album "The Seeds of Love" recorded for Fontana Records. In the special effects heavy video, Roland Orzabal ... See full summary »

Director: Jim Blashfield | Stars: Roland Orzabal, Curt Smith, Tears for Fears

Votes: 51

12. Bon Jovi: Lay Your Hands on Me (1989 Video)

7 min | Short, Music

Video promo for Bon Jovi: Lay Your Hands on Me.

Director: Wayne Isham | Stars: Bon Jovi, Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Alec John Such

Votes: 12

13. Madonna: Express Yourself (1989 Video)

5 min | Short, Music, Musical

Music video by Madonna performing 'Express Yourself'.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Madonna, Cameron Alborzian, Todd Gordon, Gustav Vintas

Votes: 775

14. U2: Angel of Harlem (1988 Video)

3 min | Short, Music

U2 performs in the music video "Angel of Harlem" from the album "Rattle and Hum" recorded for Island Records. The music video features U2 playing the song at a Sun Studio recording session ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Lowenstein | Stars: U2, Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge

Votes: 8

15. Billy Joel: We Didn't Start the Fire (1989 Video)

G | 4 min | Short, Music

A music video for the single was directed by Chris Blum. The singer acts as an unseen but omnipresent observer. During each chorus, Joel wearing sunglasses (similar to Roy Orbison's) ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Blum | Stars: Billy Joel, Melody Knighton, Marlee Matlin, Lupe McDonald

Votes: 413

16. Guns N' Roses: Patience (1989 Video)

6 min | Short, Music

A music video for Guns N' Roses song 'Patience'.

Director: Nigel Dick | Stars: Guns N' Roses, Steven Adler, Mike Clink, Duff McKagan

Votes: 132

17. Paula Abdul: Forever Your Girl (1989 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

In the official music video for her song "Forever Your Girl", Paula Abdul is the choreographer of a kids' show. Among the children she instructs are 8-year old Elijah Wood, 10-year old Nikki Cox and 8-year old Trevor Wright.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Paula Abdul, Dee Caspary, Nikki Cox, Elijah Wood

Votes: 51

18. White Lion: When the Children Cry (1988 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

White Lion performs in the music video "When the Children Cry" from the album "Pride" recorded for Atlantic Records. The music video opens with a shot of Mike Tramp face and Vito Bratta ... See full summary »

Director: Jim Hershleder | Stars: White Lion, Vito Bratta, Greg D'Angelo, James Lomenzo

20. The Rolling Stones: Mixed Emotions (1989 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

Rolling Stones performs in the music video "Mixed Emotions" from the album "Steel Wheels" recorded for Rolling Stones Records. The music video begins with the Rolling Stones playing in a ... See full summary »

Directors: Jim Gable, James Signorelli | Stars: The Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts

Votes: 5

21. Mike + the Mechanics: The Living Years (1989 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

Mike Rutherford and his son visit the grave stone of Rutherford's father before him.

Director: Tim Broad | Stars: Paul Carrack, Maggie Jones, Adrian Lee, Mike + The Mechanics

Votes: 11

22. Skid Row: 18 and Life (1989 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

Skid Row performs in the music video "18 and Life" from the album "Skid Row" recorded for Atlantic Records. The video begins with shots of a men in prison cells doing time. Sebastian Bach ... See full summary »

Director: Wayne Isham | Stars: Skid Row, Rob Affuso, Sebastian Bach, Rachel Bolan

Votes: 11

23. The B-52's: Love Shack (1989 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

The B-52's perform in the music video "Love Shack" from the album "Cosmic Thing" recorded for Reprise Records. The band drive through the woods on a dirt road in an open top convertible as ... See full summary »

Director: Adam Bernstein | Stars: Kate Pierson, RuPaul, Fred Schneider, Keith Strickland

Votes: 36

24. Aerosmith: Love in an Elevator (1989 Video)

6 min | Short, Music

Aerosmith performs in the music video "Love in an Elevator" from the album "Pump" recorded for Geffen Records. Steve Tyler sings while Aerosmith plays the song on a concert stage while ... See full summary »

Director: Marty Callner | Stars: Aerosmith, Dee Booher, Brandi Brandt, Debbie Lee Carrington

Votes: 65

25. Neneh Cherry: Buffalo Stance (1988 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

Neneh Cherry performs in the music video "Buffalo Stance" from the album "Raw Like Sushi" recorded for Virgin Records. Neneh Cherry sings the song will standing in front of color computer ... See full summary »

Director: John Maybury | Star: Neneh Cherry

Votes: 15

26. Winger: Seventeen (1988 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

Winger performs in the music video "Seventeen" from the album "Winger" recorded for Atlantic Records. The music video opens with the band playing onstage as they are bathed in overhead ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Rezyka | Stars: Winger, Reb Beach, Rod Morgenstein, Paul Taylor

27. Janet Jackson: Miss You Much (1989 Video)

G | 4 min | Short, Music

Official music video for Janet Jackson's song "Miss You Much."

Director: Dominic Sena | Star: Janet Jackson

Votes: 73

28. Warrant: Heaven (1989 Video)

G | 4 min | Short, Music

Warrant performs in the music video "Heaven" from the album "Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich" recorded for Columbia Records. The video begins with Jani Lane singing directly to the camera... See full summary »

Director: Nick Morris | Stars: Tracy Allan, Joey Allen, Jerry Dixon, Jani Lane

Votes: 5

29. Paula Abdul: Cold Hearted (1989 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

Paula Abdul performs in the music video "Cold Hearted" from the album "Forever Your Girl" recorded for Virgin Records. The video begins as a group of uptight record executives arrive at a ... See full summary »

Director: David Fincher | Star: Paula Abdul

Votes: 75

30. Living Colour: Glamour Boys (1989 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

Living Colour perform in the music video "Glamour Boys" from the album "Vivid" recorded for Epic Records. The music video opens with shots of miniature buildings and a white face man ... See full summary »

Stars: Living Colour, Will Calhoun, Corey Glover, Vernon Reid

31. Tom Petty: Free Fallin' (1989 Video)

Not Rated | 4 min | Short, Music

In the official music video for Tom Petty's "Free Fallin'", a teenage girl is seen at a 1960s pool party and then at a 1980s skateboarding park.

Director: Julien Temple | Stars: Devon Jenkin, Tom Petty

Votes: 29

32. Bon Jovi: Born to Be My Baby (1988 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

Black and white video of the band recording vocals for the song in the studio.

Director: Wayne Isham | Stars: Bon Jovi, Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Alec John Such

Votes: 13

33. Fine Young Cannibals: Good Thing (1989 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

Fine Young Cannibals perform in the music video "Good Thing" from the album "The Raw and the Cooked" recorded for London Records. The music video opens with scenes featuring the Orribly ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Care | Stars: Fine Young Cannibals, Andy Cox, Roland Gift, David Steele

Votes: 7

34. Def Leppard: Armageddon It (1988 Video)

6 min | Short, Music

Def Leppard performs in the music video "Armageddon It" from the album "Hysteria" recorded for Mercury Records. The music video begins with Def Leppard playing at a concert venue in both ... See full summary »

Director: Wayne Isham | Stars: Def Leppard, Rick Allen, Stephen Clark, Phil Collen

Votes: 8

35. Bobby Brown: On Our Own (1989 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

In the official music video for his song "On Our Own", Bobby Brown performs the song while surrounded by images and celebrities from New York, with clips from the film "Ghostbusters II" mixed in.

Stars: Bobby Brown, Big Daddy Kane, Jane Curtin, Malcolm S. Forbes

Votes: 43

36. John Cougar Mellencamp: Pop Singer (1989 Video)

3 min | Short, Music

John Cougar Mellencamp performs in the music video "Pop Singer" from the album "Big Daddy" recorded for Mercury Records. The music video with a front door set being approached by John ... See full summary »

Star: John Mellencamp

37. Lita Ford & Ozzy Osbourne: Close My Eyes Forever (1988 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

Lita Ford and Ozzy Osbourne perform in the music video "Close My Eyes Forever" from Ford's album "Lita" recorded for RCA Records. Lita Ford and Ozzy Osbourne separately sing their duet in a... See full summary »

Stars: Lita Ford, Ozzy Osbourne

Votes: 17

38. Madonna: Cherish (1989 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

Madonna music video featuring mermen for the single from the album 'Like A Prayer'.

Director: Herb Ritts | Stars: Madonna, Tony Ward

Votes: 473

39. Tone Loc: Wild Thing (1989 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

Tone Loc performs in the music video "Wild Thing" from the album "Loc-ed After Dark" recorded for Delicious Vinyl. In front of a white screen, Tone Loc raps the song with a band made up of women made to resembles those in Robert Palmer: Addicted to Love (1986).

Director: Tamra Davis | Stars: Tracy Camilla Johns, Tone Loc

Votes: 24

40. Cher: If I Could Turn Back Time (1989 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

The music video depicts Cher and her band performing a concert for the ship's crew. The video was filmed in Los Angeles on Friday night, June 30, 1989, while the ship was stationed at the ... See full summary »

Director: Marty Callner | Stars: Elijah Allman, Cher

Votes: 157

41. Traveling Wilburys: Handle with Care (1988 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

The Traveling Wilburys perform in the music video "Handle With Care" from the album "Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1" recorded for Wilbury Records and Warner Brothers Records. The Traveling ... See full summary »

Director: David Leland | Stars: The Traveling Wilburys, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jim Keltner

Votes: 85

42. Don Henley: The End of the Innocence (1989 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

Don Henley performs in the music video "The End of the Innocence" from the album "The End of the Innocence" recorded for Geffen Records. Don Henley sings in the black and white video while ... See full summary »

Director: David Fincher | Star: Don Henley

Votes: 19

43. Jody Watley: Real Love (1989 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

A promotional video for Jody Watley's 1989 single "Real Love."

Director: David Fincher | Star: Jody Watley

Votes: 25

44. Love and Rockets: So Alive (1989 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

Love and Rockets performs in the music video "So Alive" from the album "Love and Rockets" recorded for RCA Records and Beggars Banquet Records. Daniel Ash sings intensely on a sound-stage ... See full summary »

Stars: Daniel Ash, Love and Rockets

45. Michael Jackson: Smooth Criminal (1988 Video)

10 min | Short, Music

A promotional video for Michael Jackson's 1988 hit single "Smooth Criminal."

Director: Colin Chilvers | Stars: Michael Jackson, Brandon Quintin Adams, Kelley Parker, Sean Lennon

Votes: 1,426