I know what you’re thinking … “Another list? Jeez!” But, whatever. It’s combining two of the things I like most … music and movies. Growing up in the 80s and on MTV, the channel was always on when I was home. There was something alluring about waiting for your favorite song/video to come on and just watch it in awe. Some you watched because you loved the song, others you watched the video on mute just for the cinematic experience. I don’t even know what MTV airs anymore, since giving up on it in the mid to late 90s. Yes, there are a ton more than this to choose from (hell, David Fincher and Spike Jonze have done more than 100 combined). Here are some of the best/my favorite/random music videos directed by some of the greatest filmmakers out there. Some you might not even have known about.
These are the 100 Greatest Music Videos Directed by Famous Filmmakers.
90. Fleetwood Mac – Little Lies | (1987)
Directed by Dominic Sena (Kalifornia, Swordfish)
Oh man … that dress. You’ll know it when you see it.
Other videos he’s directed: Janet Jackson – Rhythm Nation; Pia Zadora – Heartbeat of Love
89. Michael & Janet Jackson – Scream | (1995)
Directed by Mark Romanek (Static, Never Let Me Go)
While the FX may be a bit dated, I remember this song being a big deal when it came out.
Other videos he’s directed: Teenage Fanclub – What You Do to Me; Iggy Pop – Beside You
88. Crowded House – Don’t Dream It’s Over | (1996)
Directed by Alex Proyas (The Crow, Dark City)
Before directing feature films Proyas worked with fellow Australians Crowded House.
Other videos he’s directed: INXS – Kiss the Dirt; Sting – When We Dance
87. Meatloaf – I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That) | (1994)
Directed by Michael Bay (The Island, Bad Boys)
20 year after the release of Bat Out of Hell, Meatloaf came back big with this hit.
Other videos he’s directed: Tina Turner – Love Thing; Donny Osmond – Soldier of Love
86. Andra Day – Rise Up | (2015)
Directed by M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Split)
His daughter was a big fan of Andra Day’s album and when her heard this song, he tweeted at her and asked to make a video for it. #night&day Meanwhile her debut video, which I’m just gonna put next, had another famous director.
Other videos he’s directed: None
85. Andra Day – Forever Mine | (2015)
Directed by Spike Lee (Clockers, BlacKkKlansman)
And here’s Spike’s video.
Other videos he’s directed: E.U. – Da Butt; Prince & The New Power Generation – Money Don’t Matter 2 Night
84. Natalie Cole – Unforgettable | (1991)
Directed by Steve Barron (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Coneheads)
Remixed as a “virtual duet” with her father, Nat King Cole, for her album Unforgettable… with Love.
Other videos he’s directed: Joe Jackson – Steppin’ Out; The Jam – Strange Town
83. Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse of the Heart | (1983)
Directed by Russell Mulcahy (Highlander, Ricochet)
This video is a weird one, so watch this version after.
Other videos he’s directed: Elton John – Sad Songs (Say So Much); Billy Joel – Pressure
82. Paula Abdul – Straight Up | (1988)
Directed by David Fincher (House of Cards, Mindhunter)
You straight up couldn’t escape this song back in the late 80s.
Other videos he’s directed: Willy DeVille – Storybook Love (from The Princess Bride); The Motels – Shame
81. Candlebox – Understanding | (1995)
Directed by Gus Van Sant (Finding Forrester, Milk)
Hey guys, mind playing your instruments in the water for me?
Other videos he’s directed: Chris Isaak – San Francisco Days; Deee-Light – Runaway
What did you think of the selection so far? What are some of your favorite music videos directed by filmmakers?