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According To Wikipedia recent research and update, We presents The lists of the most expensive music videos ever made, with costs of $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. Hamasaki, T-ara and B.A.P are also the only Asian artists to appear on this list. Madonna has made four appearances in the top 5 making her the artist with the most expensive videos of all time put together. Mylène Farmer has made 3 appearances. TLC, Kanye West, Busta Rhymes, 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 denied the claim saying that there were two other music videos from the same era which cost “millions more” than the video for “Scream”.
The following was the most expensive music video of all time with the cost of production at the time of released and its inflation-adjusted 2016.
Artist(s) Name, Song title, The Video Director, The Original air date and Production Inflation-adjusted PC (2016) indicated as [*] are shown in this list below:




1. Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson “Scream” Mark Romanek, May 1995 $7,000,000[*] $10,870,714
2. Madonna “Die Another Day” Traktor[citation needed] October 22, 2002 $6,100,000[*] $8,025,365
3. Madonna “Express Yourself” David Fincher May 17, 1989 $2,000,000 – 5,000,000[*] $3,817,987 – $9,544,966
4. Madonna “Bedtime Story” Mark Romanek, March 10, 1995 $5,000,000[*] $7,764,796
6. Michael Jackson (featuring L.T.B.) “Black or White” John Landis[citation needed] November 14, 1991 $4,000,000[*] $6,949,426
7. Guns N’ Roses “Estranged” Andy Morahan[citation needed] December 1993 $4,000,000[*] $6,552,407
8. Gwen Stefani “Make Me Like You” Sophie Muller, February 15, 2016 $4,000,000[*] $4,000,000
9.Puff Daddy (featuring The Notorious B.I.G. & Busta Rhymes) “Victory” Marcus Nispel[citation needed] March 31, 1998 $2,700,000[*] $3,919,906
10. MC Hammer “2 Legit 2 Quit” Rupert Wainwright, November 1991 $2,500,000[*] $4,215,675
11. Mariah Carey (featuring Jay-Z) “Heart breaker” Brett Ratner[citation needed] August 16, 1999 $2,500,000[*] $3,551,239
12. Janet Jackson “Doesn’t Really Matter” Joseph Kahn, June 28, 2000 $2,500,000[*] $3,435,266
13. Busta Rhymes & Janet Jackson “What’s It Gonna Be?!” Hype Williams & Busta Rhymes[citation needed] March 12, 1999 $2,400,000[*] $4,047,048
14. Celine Dion “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” Nigel Dick[citation needed] July 29, 1996 $2,300,000[*] $3,470,252
15. Michael Jackson “Bad” Martin Scorsese, August 31, 1987 $2,200,000[*] $4,582,367
16. Backstreet Boys “Larger Than Life” Joseph Kahn[citation needed] September 14, 1999 $2,100,000[*] $2,983,040
17. Michael Jackson “Remember the Time” John Singleton[citation needed] February 3, 1992 $2,000,000[*] $3,372,540
18. Missy Elliott “She’s a Bitch” Hype Williams[citation needed] May 1, 1999 $2,000,000[*] $2,840,991
19. George Michael “Freeek!” Joseph Kahn[20] 2002 $2,000,000[3] $2,505,638
20. Ayumi Hamasaki “My Name’s Women” Wataru Takeishi[citation needed] March 16, 2005 $2,000,000[*] $2,423,241
21. Ayumi Hamasaki “Fairyland” Wataru Takeishi[citation needed] July 16, 2005 $2,000,000[*] $2,423,241
22. Ayumi Hamasaki “Green” Kazuyoshi Shimomura[citation needed] December 17, 2008 $1,600,000[*] $2,423,241
23. TLC “Unpretty” Paul Hunter[citation needed] August 29, 1999 $1,600,000[*] $2,272,793
24. Guns N’ Roses “November Rain” Andy Morahan[citation needed] June 2, 1992 $1,500,000[*] $2,529,405
25. Blackstreet & Janet Jackson (featuring Eve & Ja Rule) “Girlfriend/Boyfriend” Joseph Kahn[citation needed] March 23, 1999 $1,500,000[*] $2,130,743
26. Madonna (featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.) “Give Me All Your Luvin'” Megaforce, February 3, 2012 $1,500,000[*] $1,577,885
27. MC Hammer “Here Comes the Hammer” MC Hammer[citation needed] January 1, 1991 $1,300,000[*] $2,354,636
28. The Fugees “Ready or Not” Marcus Nispel,  August 29, 1996 $1,300,000[*] $1,961,447
29. Kanye West “Stronger” Hype Williams[citation needed] July 2007 $1,200,000[*] $1,369,475
30. Duran Duran “The Wild Boys” Russell Mulcahy[citation needed] 1984 $1,000,000+[*] $2,277,707
31. Michael Jackson “Thriller” John Landis[citation needed] December 2, 1983 $1,000,000[*] $2,613,465
32. Janet Jackson (with Nelly) “Call on Me” Hype Williams[citation needed] July 26, 2006 $1,000,000[*] $2,347,639
33. The Sisters of Mercy “Dominion/Mother Russia” Andrew Eldritch[citation needed] February 1988 $1,000,000[*] $2,000,844
34. The Rolling Stones “Love Is Strong” David Fincher[citation needed] 1994 $1,000,000[*] $1,596,542
35. TLC “Waterfalls” F. Gary Gray[citation needed] 1995 $1,000,000 [*] $1,552,959
36. Sisqó (featuring Foxy Brown) “Thong Song” (remix) Little X[citation needed] 2000 $1,000,000[*] $1,374,106
37. Britney Spears “Toxic” Joseph Kahn[34] January 13, 2004 $1,000,000[*] $1,252,819
38. Kanye West (featuring Lupe Fiasco) “Touch the Sky” Chris Milk[citation needed] April 2006 $1,000,000[*] $1,173,820
39. Ayumi Hamasaki “Jewel” Wataru Takeishi[citation needed] November 2006 $1,100,000[*] $1,291,202
40. Mylène Farmer “L’Âme-stram-gram” Ching Siu-Tung[citation needed] 1999 $1,000,000[*] $1,420,495
41. Janet Jackson “I Get Lonely” Paul Hunter[citation needed] March 1998 $1,000,000[*] $1,451,817
42. Ayumi Hamasaki “Virgin Road” Masashi Muto[citation needed] September 27, 2010 $1,000,000[*] $1,085,152
43. T-ara “Cry Cry / Lovey Dovey” Cha Eun Taek November 11, 2011 $1,000,000[*] $1,051,923
44. B.A.P “One Shot” Kang Ji Won & Kim Ki-bum February 12, 2013 $915,000[*] $929,509
45. Britney Spears “Work Bitch” Ben Mor October 1, 2013 $850,000[*] $863,479
46. Pia Zadora “Heartbeat of Love” Dominic Sena[43] 1989 $800,000[*] $1,527,195
47. Britney Spears “Oops!…I Did It Again” Nigel Dick[citation needed] April 10, 2000 $750,000[*] $1,030,580
48. Mylène Farmer “California” Abel Ferrara[citation needed] March 20, 1996 $700,000[*] $1,056,164
49. David Bowie “Ashes to Ashes” David Bowie & David Mallet[46] May 1980 $582,000[*] $1,671,487
50. Britney Spears “Hold It Against Me” Jonas Åkerlund[49] February 17, 2011 $500,000[*] $507,929
51. Mylène Farmer “Pourvu qu’elles soient douces” Laurent Boutonnat[citation needed] September 12, 1988 $500,000[*] $1,000,422
52. Siddharth Mahadevan “Malang” Aditya Chopra December 2013 $741,181[*] $763,957
53. Britney Spears “Piece of Me” Wayne Isham[51] December 14, 2007 $500,000[*] $570,615
54. 2NE1 “Come Back Home” Teddy Park March 4, 2014 $500,000[*] $499,789

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