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List of most expensive music videos

This page lists the most expensive music videos ever made, with costs of $500,000 or more. Janet Jackson leads with six videos on the list, while Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, and Ayumi Hamasaki have five each. Madonna has made four appearances in the top 5 making her the artist with the most expensive videos of all time put together. Kanye West, Busta Rhymes, Mylène Farmer, 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 the, as known, most expensive music video, Michael and Janet Jackson's "Scream", has refuted the 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

Artist(s) Song title Director Original air date Production Inflation-adjusted PC (2015)
Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson "Scream" Mark Romanek[2] 1995-00-001995 $7,000,000[3] $10,834,025
Madonna "Die Another Day" Traktor 2002-10-22October 22, 2002 $6,100,000[4] $7,998,279
Madonna "Express Yourself" David Fincher[5] 1989-05-17 $5,000,000[6] $9,512,752
Madonna "Bedtime Story" Mark Romanek[7] 19951995 $5,000,000[8] $7,738,589
Michael Jackson
(featuring L.T.B.)
"Black or White" John Landis 1991-11-14November 14, 1991 $4,000,000[8][9] $6,925,971
Guns N' Roses "Estranged" Andy Morahan 1993-12-00December 1993 $4,000,000[10] $6,530,293
Puff Daddy
(featuring The Notorious B.I.G. & Busta Rhymes)
"Victory" Marcus Nispel 1998-03-31March 31, 1998 $2,700,000[3] $3,906,676
MC Hammer "Too Legit to Quit" Rupert Wainwright[11] 1991-11-00November 1991 $2,500,000[8] $4,201,447
Mariah Carey
(featuring Jay-Z)
"Heartbreaker" Brett Ratner 1999-08-16August 16, 1999 $2,500,000[3] $3,539,253
Janet Jackson
"Doesn't Really Matter" Joseph Kahn[12] 1998-03-31June 28, 2000 $2,500,000[3] $3,423,671
Busta Rhymes & Janet "What's It Gonna Be?!" Hype Williams & Busta Rhymes 1999-03-12March 12, 1999 $2,400,000[3] $4,033,389
Celine Dion "It's All Coming Back to Me Now" Nigel Dick 1996-07-29July 29, 1996 $2,300,000[13] $3,458,540
Michael Jackson "Bad" Martin Scorsese[14] 1987-06-00August 31, 1987 $2,200,000[3] $4,566,901
Backstreet Boys "Larger Than Life" Joseph Kahn 1999-09-14September 14, 1999 $2,100,000[3] $2,972,972
Michael Jackson "Remember the Time" John Singleton 1992-02-03February 3, 1992 $2,000,000[15] $3,361,157
Missy Elliott "She's a Bitch" Hype Williams 1999-05-01May 1, 1999 $2,000,000[3] $2,831,402
George Michael "Freeek!" Joseph Kahn[16] 2004-00-002002 $2,000,000[3] $2,497,181
Ayumi Hamasaki "My Name's Women" Wataru Takeishi 2005-03-16March 16, 2005 $2,000,000[13] $2,415,062
Ayumi Hamasaki "Fairyland" Wataru Takeishi 2005-07-16July 16, 2005 $2,000,000[3] $2,415,062
Ayumi Hamasaki "Green" Kazuyoshi Shimomura 2008-12-17December 17, 2008 $1,600,000[17] $2,415,062
TLC "Unpretty" Paul Hunter 1999-08-29August 29, 1999 $1,600,000[3] $2,265,122
Guns N' Roses "November Rain" Andy Morahan 1992-06-02June 2, 1992 $1,500,000[17] $2,520,868
Blackstreet & Janet Jackson
(featuring Eve & Ja Rule)
"Girlfriend/Boyfriend" Joseph Kahn 1999-03-23March 23, 1999 $1,500,000[3] $2,123,552
Madonna
(featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.)
"Give Me All Your Luvin'" Megaforce 2012-02-03February 3, 2012 $1,500,000[18][19] $1,572,559
MC Hammer "Here Comes the Hammer" MC Hammer 1991-01-01January 1, 1991 $1,300,000[20] $2,346,689
The Fugees "Ready or Not" Marcus Nispel[21] 1996-08-29August 29, 1996 $1,300,000[22] $1,954,827
Kanye West "Stronger" Hype Williams 2007-07-00July 2007 $1,200,000[3] $1,364,853
Duran Duran "The Wild Boys" Russell Mulcahy 1984-00-001984 $1,000,000+[23] $2,270,019
Michael Jackson "Thriller" John Landis 1983-12-02December 2, 1983 $1,000,000[24] $2,604,644
Janet Jackson (with Nelly) "Call on Me" Hype Williams 2006-07-26July 26, 2006 $1,000,000[13] $2,339,716
The Sisters of Mercy "Dominion/Mother Russia" Andrew Eldritch 1988-02-00February 1988 $1,000,000[25] $1,994,091
Rolling Stones "Love Is Strong" David Fincher 1994-00-001994 $1,000,000[26] $1,591,154
TLC "Waterfalls" F. Gary Gray 19951995 $1,000,000 [27] $1,547,718
Sisqó
(featuring Foxy Brown)
"Thong Song" (remix) Little X 20002000 $1,000,000[28] $1,369,469
Britney Spears "Toxic" Joseph Kahn 2004-01-13January 13, 2004 $1,000,000[29] $1,248,591
Kanye West
(featuring Lupe Fiasco)
"Touch The Sky" Chris Milk 2006-04-00April 2006 $1,000,000[30] $1,169,858
Ayumi Hamasaki "Jewel" Wataru Takeishi 2006-11-00November 2006 $1,100,000[13] $1,286,844
Janet Jackson "I Get Lonely" Paul Hunter 1998-03-01March 1998 $1,000,000[31] $1,446,917
Ayumi Hamasaki "Virgin Road" Masashi Muto 2010-09-27September 27, 2010 $1,000,000[32] $1,081,489
T-ara "Cry Cry / Lovey Dovey" Cha Eun Taek 2011-11-11November 11, 2011 $1,000,000[33] $1,048,373
B.A.P "One Shot" Kang Ji Won & Kim Ki-bum 2013-02-12February 12, 2013 $915,000[34] $926,372
Britney Spears "Work Bitch" Ben Mor 2013-10-1October 1, 2013 $850,000[35] $860,564
Pia Zadora "Heartbeat of Love" Dominic Sena[36] 19891989 $800,000[36] $1,522,040
Britney Spears "Oops!...I Did It Again" Nigel Dick 2000-04-10April 10, 2000 $750,000[37] $1,027,101
Mylène Farmer "California" Abel Ferrara 1996-03-20March 20, 1996 $700,000[38] $1,052,599
David Bowie "Ashes to Ashes" David Bowie & David Mallet 1980-01-011980 $582,000[39][40] $1,665,846
Britney Spears "Hold It Against Me" Jonas Åkerlund 2011-02-17February 17, 2011 $500,000[41] $506,214
Mylène Farmer "Pourvu qu'elles soient douces" Laurent Boutonnat 1988-09-12September 12, 1988 $500,000[38] $997,046
Britney Spears "Piece of Me" Wayne Isham 2007-12-14December 14, 2007 $500,000[42] $568,689

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