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List of most expensive music videos

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, who made 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 videosEdit

Artist(s) Song title Director Original air date Production (US$) Inflation-adjusted PC (2019)
Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson "Scream" Mark Romanek[3] 1995-05-001995, June 13 $7,000,000[4] $11,509,718
Madonna "Die Another Day" Traktor[5][6] 2002-10-222002, October 22 $6,100,000[7] $8,497,114
Madonna "Express Yourself" David Fincher[8] 1989-05-171989, May 17 $5,000,000[9] $10,106,040
Madonna "Bedtime Story" Mark Romanek[10] 1995-04-011995, March 10 $5,000,000[11] $8,221,227
Guns N' Roses "Estranged" Andy Morahan[12] 1993-12-001993, December $5,000,000[13] $6,937,572
Michael Jackson "Black or White" John Landis[14][15] 1991-11-141991, November 14 $4,000,000[16][17] $7,357,928
Gwen Stefani "Make Me Like You" Sophie Muller[18] 2016-02-152016, February 15 $4,000,000[19] $4,175,818
Lil Dicky "Earth" Federico Heller & Nigel W. Tierney[20] 2019, April 10 $4,000,000[21] $4,000,000[21]
Aqua "Cartoon Heroes" Thomas Masin[22] 2000-01-002000, January $3,500,000[23][24] $5,263,983
Puff Daddy
(featuring The Notorious B.I.G. & Busta Rhymes)
"Victory" Marcus Nispel[citation needed] 1998-03-311998, March 31 $2,700,000[4] $4,150,327
MC Hammer "2 Legit 2 Quit" Rupert Wainwright[25] 1991-11-011991, November $2,500,000[16] $4,463,481
Mariah Carey
(featuring Jay-Z)
"Heartbreaker" Brett Ratner[citation needed] 1999-08-161999, August 16 $2,500,000[4] $3,759,988
Janet Jackson
"Doesn't Really Matter" Joseph Kahn[26] 2000-06-282000, June 28 $2,500,000[4] $3,637,198
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] $4,284,942
Celine Dion "It's All Coming Back to Me Now" Nigel Dick[citation needed] 1996-07-291996, July 29 $2,300,000[27] $3,674,241
Michael Jackson "Bad" Martin Scorsese[28] 1987-08-311987, August 31 $2,200,000[4] $4,851,728
Backstreet Boys "Larger Than Life" Joseph Kahn[citation needed] 1999-09-141999, September 14 $2,100,000[4] $3,158,390
Michael Jackson "Remember the Time" John Singleton[citation needed] 1992-02-031992, February 3 $2,000,000[29] $3,570,785
Will Smith "Miami" Wayne Isham[30] 1998, December $2,000,000[30] $3,074,316
Missy Elliott "She's a Bitch" Hype Williams[citation needed] 1999-05-011999, May 1 $2,000,000[4] $3,007,990
George Michael "Freeek!" Joseph Kahn[31] 2004-00-002002, February 27 $2,000,000[4] $2,652,925
Ayumi Hamasaki "My Name's Women" Wataru Takeishi[citation needed] 2005, March 16 $2,000,000[27] $2,565,684
Ayumi Hamasaki "Fairyland" Wataru Takeishi[citation needed] 2005-07-162005, July 16 $2,000,000[4] $2,565,684
Ayumi Hamasaki "Green" Kazuyoshi Shimomura[citation needed] 2008-12-172008, December 17 $1,600,000[32] $2,052,547
TLC "Unpretty" Paul Hunter[citation needed] 1999-08-291999, August 29 $1,600,000[4] $2,406,392
Guns N' Roses "November Rain" Andy Morahan[12] 1992-06-021992, June 2 $1,500,000[12] $2,678,089
Blackstreet and Janet Jackson
(featuring Eve & Ja Rule)
"Girlfriend/Boyfriend" Joseph Kahn[citation needed] 1999-03-231999, March 23 $1,500,000[4] $2,255,993
Madonna
(featuring Nicki Minaj & M.I.A.)
"Give Me All Your Luvin'" Megaforce[33] 2012-02-032012, February 3 $1,500,000[34][35] $1,670,636
MC Hammer "Here Comes the Hammer" MC Hammer[citation needed] 1991-01-011991, January 1 $1,300,000[36] $2,493,046
Fugees "Ready or Not" Marcus Nispel[37] 1996-08-291996, August 29 $1,300,000[38] $2,076,745
Kanye West "Stronger" Hype Williams[citation needed] 2007-07-002007, June 19 $1,200,000[4] $1,449,976
Yo Yo Honey Singh & Meet Bros "Party All Night" Anthony D'Souza 2013 $1,023,926[39] $1,170,527
Oliver Tree "Hurt" Oliver Tree & Brendan Vaughan 2018, December 7 $1,023,826[40][41] $1,023,826
Duran Duran "The Wild Boys" Russell Mulcahy[citation needed] 1984-11-001984, November $1,000,000+[42] $2,411,595
Michael Jackson "Thriller" John Landis[15] 1983-12-021983, December 2 $1,000,000[43] $2,515,536
S.E.S. "Love" Tak Jae-hoon[citation needed] 1999-11-271999, November 27 $1,000,000[citation needed] $1,503,995
Janet Jackson (with Nelly) "Call on Me" Hype Williams[citation needed] 2006-07-262006, July 26 $1,000,000[27] $1,242,819
The Sisters of Mercy "Dominion/Mother Russia" Andrew Eldritch[citation needed] 1988-02-001988, February $1,000,000[44] $2,118,458
The Rolling Stones "Love Is Strong" David Fincher[45] 1994-00-001994, July $1,000,000[46] $1,690,391
TLC "Waterfalls" F. Gary Gray[47] 19951995, May 19 $1,000,000 [48] $1,644,245
Sisqó (with Foxy Brown) "Thong Song" (remix) Little X[49] 20002000, March $1,000,000[50] $1,454,879
Britney Spears "Toxic" Joseph Kahn[51] 2004-01-132004, January 13 $1,000,000[52] $1,361,975
Kanye West
(featuring Lupe Fiasco)
"Touch the Sky" Chris Milk[citation needed] 2006-04-002006, April $1,000,000[53] $1,242,819
Ayumi Hamasaki "Jewel" Wataru Takeishi[citation needed] 2006-11-002006, November $1,100,000[27] $1,367,101
Mylène Farmer "L'Âme-stram-gram" Ching Siu-tung[54] 1999-03-201999, March 20 $1,000,000[55] $1,503,995
Janet Jackson "I Get Lonely" (remix) Paul Hunter[56] 1998-03-011998, April $1,000,000[57] $1,537,158
Ayumi Hamasaki "Virgin Road" Masashi Muto[citation needed] 2010-09-272010, September 27 $1,000,000[58][unreliable source?] $1,148,939
T-ara "Cry Cry / Lovey Dovey" Cha Eun Taek 2011-11-112011, November 11 $1,000,000[59] $1,113,757
Drake "God's Plan" Karena Evans 2018-01-192018, January 19 $996,631.90[60] $996,632
B.A.P "One Shot" Kang Ji Won & Kim Ki-bum 2013-02-122013, February 12 $915,000[61] $984,148
Gangkiz "Honey Honey" Cha Eun Taek[62] 2012-05-122012, May 12 $900,000[63] $982,186
Infinite "Destiny" Hong Won-ki[64] 2013-07-162013, July 16 $890,000[65] $957,259
A. R. Rahman, Javed Ali, Chinmayi "Kilimanjaro" S. Shankar 2010 $875,000[66][67] $1,005,000
Pritam
(featuring Siddharth Mahadevan & Shilpa Rao)
"Malang" Vijay Krishna Acharya 2013 $853,271[68] $975,440
Britney Spears "Work Bitch" Ben Mor 2013-10-012013, October 1 $850,000[69] $914,236
Pia Zadora "Heartbeat of Love" Dominic Sena[70] 19891989, October $800,000[70] $1,616,966
Gorillaz "Saturnz Barz" Jamie Hewlett 2017, March 23 $800,000[71] $800,000
Wu-Tang Clan "Triumph" Brett Ratner[72] 1997-2-111997, February 11 $800,000[73] $1,248,590
Britney Spears "Oops!... I Did It Again" Nigel Dick[74][75] 2000-04-102000, April 10 $750,000[76] $1,091,159
Mylène Farmer "California" Abel Ferrara[77] 1996-03-201996, March $788,000[78][79] $1,259,071
Speed "Sad Promise" Cha Eun Taek[80] 2013-01-072013, January 7 $706,000[81] $770,470
Lil' Dicky "Pillow Talking" Tony Yacenda[82] 2017, April 14 $700,000[83] $715,490
Daler Mehndi "Tunak Tunak Tun" Daler Mehndi 1998 $610,000[84][85] $1,292,678
David Bowie "Ashes to Ashes" David Bowie & David Mallet[86] 1980-01-011980, May $582,000[87][88] $1,769,741
A.R. Rahman & Javed Akhtar
(featuring Mohammed Aslam & Bonnie Chakraborty)
"Azeem-O-Shaan Shahenshah" Ashutosh Gowariker 2008 $575,000[66][89] $799,859
Ismail Darbar, Shreya Ghoshal, KK "Dola Re Dola" Sanjay Leela Bhansali 2002 $514,300[66][90] $1,095,097
Britney Spears "Hold It Against Me" Jonas Åkerlund[91] 2011-02-172011, February 17 $500,000[citation needed] $556,879
Britney Spears "Piece of Me" Wayne Isham[92] 2007-12-142007, December 14 $500,000 $604,157
2NE1 "Come Back Home" Dee Shin[93] 2014-03-042014, March 4 $500,000[citation needed] $529,168
A.R. Rahman & Swarnalatha "Akadanu Naanga" Padam Kumar & Vaibhavi Merchant 1996 $423,370[94][95] $941,404
Naushad, Shakeel Badayuni, Lata Mangeshkar "Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya" K. Asif 1960 $320,000[96][97] $2,710,101

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