MTV Top 100 Videos of the 1980s

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

MTV's Countdown of the top 100 music videos from the 1980s broadcast on Nov 24, 1989.

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1. Michael Jackson: Thriller (1983 Video)

PG | 13 min | Short, Horror, Music

A night at the movies turns into a nightmare when Michael and his date are attacked by a hoard of bloodthirsty zombies - only a "Thriller" can save them now.

Director: John Landis | Stars: Michael Jackson, Ola Ray, Forrest J. Ackerman, Reed Armstrong

Votes: 14,772

2. Peter Gabriel: Sledgehammer (1986 Video)

6 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

Peter Gabriel's video for his 1986 Billboard Hot 100 number-one single, a collaboration with Aardman Animations which set new standards for the industry and became one of the most awarded videos in history.

Director: Stephen R. Johnson | Stars: Peter Gabriel, Anna-Marie Gabriel, Melanie Gabriel

Votes: 817

3. Dire Straits: Money for Nothing (1985 Video)

5 min | Animation, Short, Music

Dire Straits classic video clip for 'Money for Nothing', smash 1985 hit from the album "Brothers in Arms". The iconic video mixtures advanced animation technology and footage from the band ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Barron | Stars: Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler

Votes: 931

4. Def Leppard: Pour Some Sugar on Me, Version 2 (1988 Video)

PG-13 | 5 min | Short, Musical

Official Def Leppard's video "Pour Some Sugar on Me", taken from album "Hysteria" (1987).

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

Votes: 336

5. Bon Jovi: Wanted Dead or Alive (1987 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

The music video was filmed in black and white by cinematographer Derek M. Allen and features footage from the band's massive 1986-1987 world tour, including shots from Buffalo NY' s ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 349

6. ZZ Top: Legs (1984 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

ZZ Top performs in the music video "Legs" from the album "Eliminator" recorded for Warner Brothers Records. A employee of a shoe store is harassed as she goes to see her boyfriend who is a ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Newman | Stars: ZZ Top, Danièle Arnaud, Frank Beard, Wendy Frazier

Votes: 169

7. Guns N' Roses: Sweet Child O' Mine (1988 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

Official music video for "Sweet Child O' Mine" by Guns N' Roses.

Director: Nigel Dick | Stars: Guns N' Roses, Steven Adler, Mandy Brix, Erin Everly

Votes: 618

8. Bruce Springsteen: Born in the U.S.A. (1984 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

Bruce Springsteen performs his mega-hit "Born in the U.S.A." in this clip directed by John Sayles. In one of the most important moments in popular culture, the images of Bruce and his band ... See full summary »

Director: John Sayles | Stars: Clarence Clemons, Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt, Max Weinberg

Votes: 567

9. INXS: Need You Tonight/Mediate (1987 Video)

6 min | Short, Music

The music video for the INXS number one single "New Need You Tonight" segued with "Mediate", both from "Kick", their most successful album.

Director: Richard Lowenstein | Stars: Garry Beers, Andrew Farriss, Jon Farriss, Tim Farriss

Votes: 62

10. Genesis: Land of Confusion (1986 Video)

6 min | Short, Music

The music video to the Genesis top 5 hit, Land Of Confusion. Featuring Spitting Images Puppets.

Directors: John Lloyd, James Yukich | Stars: Chris Barrie, Phil Collins

Votes: 411

11. Robert Palmer: Addicted to Love (1986 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

Music video to Robert Palmer's smash classic hit "Addicted to Love", one of the most iconic clips of the 1980's and also one of the most spoofed as well. It consists of Palmer performing ... See full summary »

Director: Terence Donovan | Stars: Robert Palmer, Julie Pankhurst, Patty Kelly, Mak Gilchrist

Votes: 536

12. Madonna: Open Your Heart (1986 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

Music video for the Madonna single from the album 'True Blue'.

Director: Jean-Baptiste Mondino | Stars: Felix Howard, Madonna

Votes: 510

13. Michael Jackson: Beat It (1983 Video)

G | 5 min | Short, Crime, Music

A promotional video for Michael Jackson's 1983 hit single "Beat It."

Director: Bob Giraldi | Stars: Michael Jackson, Michael DeLorenzo, Tony Fields, Tracii Guns

Votes: 1,345

14. Whitesnake: Here I Go Again (1987 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

Whitesnake performs in the music video "Here I Go Again" from the album "Whitesnake" recorded for Geffen Records. The music video opens with a woman dancing on the hoods of two cars. ... See full summary »

Director: Marty Callner | Stars: Whitesnake, David Coverdale, Tawny Kitaen

Votes: 371

15. Whitney Houston: How Will I Know (1985 Video)

5 min | Short, Music, Musical

Whitney Houston performs in the music video for "How Will I Know" off her debut album "Whitney Houston" recorded for Arista Records. Adorned with a large bow in her hair, Houston sings with... See full summary »

Director: Brian Grant | Stars: Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Sandy Strallen

Votes: 106

16. Duran Duran: Hungry Like the Wolf (1982 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

Duran Duran's clip for their massive classic "Hungry Like the Wolf" presents the band traveling to Sri Lanka in some curious and strange adventures, with Simon Le Bon meeting an exotic girl... See full summary »

Director: Russell Mulcahy | Stars: Duran Duran, Simon Le Bon, Sheila Ming, Nick Rhodes

Votes: 537

17. U2: Pride (In the Name of Love), Version 1 (1984 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

The first Version was shot in August by director Donald Cammell and features opening and closing shots of the Dublin Docklands area.

Director: Donald Cammell | Stars: Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr.

Votes: 296

18. The Police: Every Breath You Take (1983 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

A promotional video for The Police's 1983 hit single "Every Breath You Take."

Directors: Lol Creme, Godley & Creme, Kevin Godley | Stars: Stewart Copeland, The Police, Sting, Andy Summers

Votes: 627

19. Bon Jovi: Livin' on a Prayer (1986 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

Bon Jovi perform in the music video "Livin' on a Prayer" from the album "Slippery When Wet" recorded for Mercury Records. The music video features black and white concert footage of the ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 480

20. George Michael: I Want Your Sex (1987 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

Music video by George Michael performing "I Want Your Sex".

Directors: George Michael, Andrew Morahan | Stars: Kathy Jeung, George Michael

Votes: 139

21. A-Ha: Take on Me (1985 Video)

4 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

Official music video for "Take on Me" by A-Ha.

Director: Steve Barron | Stars: A-Ha, Bunty Bailey, Alfie Curtis, Magne Furuholmen

Votes: 1,424

22. Aerosmith: Dude (Looks Like a Lady) (1987 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

Aerosmith performs in the music video "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)" from the album "Permanent Vacation" recorded for Geffen Records. A woman with a jackhammer whistles at Steven Tyler and Joe ... See full summary »

Director: Marty Callner | Stars: Aerosmith, Tom Hamilton, Joey Kramer, Billie Perry

Votes: 52

23. Don Henley: The Boys of Summer (1984 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

Black and white music video for his song "Boys of Summer" shows Don Henley at three points in his life: today; back when he was a young man at the beach with a girl; and as a 7-year old drummer.

Director: Jean-Baptiste Mondino | Stars: Audie England, Don Henley, Gary Mauro, Glen Mauro

Votes: 76

24. Van Halen: Jump (1983 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

The music video for "Jump" was directed by David Lee Roth. It is a straightforward performance clip, much like many of the hard rock videos of the time. It was nominated for three MTV Video... See full summary »

Director: David Lee Roth | Stars: Van Halen, Michael Anthony, David Lee Roth, Alex Van Halen

Votes: 543

25. 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: 892

26. Def Leppard: Hysteria (1987 Video)

6 min | Short, Music

Music video for Def Leppard: Hysteria.

Directors: Doug Freel, Jean Pellerin | Stars: Def Leppard, Rick Allen, Stephen Clark, Phil Collen

Votes: 13

27. Michael Jackson: Billie Jean (1983 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

A music video for Michael Jackson's song 'Billie Jean'.

Director: Steve Barron | Stars: Michael Jackson, Simon Fields, Raquel Peña

Votes: 1,453

28. ZZ Top: Sharp Dressed Man (1983 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

ZZ Top performs in the music video "Sharp Dressed Man" from the album "Eliminator" recorded for Warner Brothers Records. The video opens on the ZZ Top Eliminator car as it drives through ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Newman | Stars: Danièle Arnaud, Frank Beard, Billy Gibbons, Galyn Görg

Votes: 157

29. Bruce Springsteen: Dancing in the Dark (1984 Video)

G | 4 min | Short, Music, Musical

Brian De Palma directs the great Bruce Springsteen in one of the most iconic video clips of the 1980's. In it, the boss Springsteen performs his hit "Dancing in the Dark" to a large and ... See full summary »

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Bruce Springsteen, Clarence Clemons, Steven Van Zandt, Max Weinberg

Votes: 635

31. U2: With or Without You (1987 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

A promotional video for U2's 1987 hit single "With or Without You."

Directors: Meiert Avis, Matt Mahurin | Stars: Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr.

Votes: 547

32. Poison: Nothin' But a Good Time (1988 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

Poison performs in the music video "Nothin' But a Good Time" from the album "Open Up and Say - Ahh!" recorded for Enigma Records. The music video opens with a man washing dishes at a ... See full summary »

Director: Marc Reshovsky | Stars: Poison, Bobby Dall, C.C. DeVille, Bret Michaels

Votes: 10

33. The Cars: You Might Think (1984 Video)

3 min | Short, Music

Music video for The Cars song, "You Might Think", notable for for its use of early computer graphics.

Directors: Charlex, Charlie Levi, Jeff Stein, Alex Weil | Stars: The Cars, Susan Gallagher, Ric Ocasek

Votes: 69

34. Steve Winwood: Higher Love (1986 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

Steve Winwood performs in the music video for "Higher Love" from his album "Back in the High Life" recorded for Island Records. Winwood sings the song on a darkened sound stage with his ... See full summary »

Directors: Paula Greif, Peter Kagan | Stars: Steve Winwood, Chaka Khan, Nile Rodgers

Votes: 83

36. Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody (1987 Video)

5 min | Short, Music, Musical

The video for "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" was directed by Brian Grant and choreographed by Arlene Phillips, who also worked with Houston on the music video for "How Will I Know". The ... See full summary »

Director: Brian Grant | Star: Whitney Houston

Votes: 458

37. George Michael: Father Figure (1987 Video)

6 min | Short, Music

George Michael performs in the music video "Father Figure" from the album "Faith" recorded for Columbia Records. George Michael plays a cab driver who is in a relationship with a ... See full summary »

Directors: George Michael, Andrew Morahan | Stars: Tania Coleridge, Kathy Foy, George Michael

Votes: 45

38. Heart: These Dreams (1986 Video)

G | 4 min | Short, Music

Heart performs in the music video "These Dreams" from the album "Heart" recorded for Capitol Records. Nancy Wilson sings as she over looks a pool of water and plays guitar while surrounded ... See full summary »

Director: Jeff Stein | Stars: Joe Del Monte, Heart, Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson

Votes: 43

39. Guns N' Roses: Welcome to the Jungle (1987 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

A music video for Guns N' Roses's song 'Welcome to the Jungle'.

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

Votes: 587

40. Michael Jackson: Man in the Mirror (2017 TV Movie)

Documentary, Biography

An insightful documentary and part film charting the life and career of Michael Jackson.

Director: Ben Mole | Stars: Charles Abomeli, Ron Alexenburg, Mark Arundale, Malcolm Atobrah

Votes: 64

41. Madonna: Papa Don't Preach (1986 Video)

G | 5 min | Short, Music

Music video for the Madonna single from the album 'True Blue'.

Director: James Foley | Stars: Madonna, Danny Aiello, Erika Belle, Debi Mazar

Votes: 662

42. Herbie Hancock: Rockit (1984 Video)

3 min | Short, Music

Robots and sculptures move in time to the music as Herbie Hancock is seen on a television set playing a keyboard. Features bird sculptures, mannequins, dancing pants, robot legs and more.

Directors: Lol Creme, Godley & Creme, Kevin Godley | Star: Herbie Hancock

Votes: 93

43. Sting: We'll Be Together (1987 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

Sting performs in the music video "We'll Be Together" from the album "...Nothing Like the Sun" recorded for A&M Records. Sting plays a poet in a cafe who writes until he is disturbed by the... See full summary »

Director: Mary Lambert | Stars: Sting, Trudie Styler

Votes: 18

44. Bon Jovi: You Give Love a Bad Name (1986 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

Bon Jovi perform in the music video "You Give Love a Bad Name" from the album "Slippery When Wet" recorded for Mercury Records. The music video features color concert footage of the band ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 388

45. Prince: 1999 (1982 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

A promotional video for Prince's 1982 hit single "1999."

Director: Bruce Gowers | Stars: Lisa Coleman, Dez Dickerson, Prince

Votes: 290

46. Aerosmith: Angel (1988 Video)

5 min | Short, Music