MTV Top 100 Videos of 1986

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MTV's Year-End Top 100 Countdown of music videos from 1986.

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1. 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: 788

2. 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: 369

3. 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: 525

4. 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: 633

5. 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

6. Kenny Loggins: Danger Zone (1986 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

Kenny Loggins performs in the music video "Danger Zone" from the original motion picture soundtrack for the film Top Gun (1986) recorded for Columbia Records. Kenny Loggins sings as he ... See full summary »

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Kenny Loggins, Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Meg Ryan

Votes: 38

7. 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: 36

8. ZZ Top: Rough Boy (1985 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

ZZ Top performs in the music video "Rough Boy" of their album "Afterburner" recorded for Warner Brothers Records. The ZZ Top Eliminator car is now hybridized with a space shuttle and visits... See full summary »

Director: Steve Barron | Stars: Frank Beard, Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, ZZ Top

Votes: 54

9. Genesis: Invisible Touch (1986 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

"Invisible Touch" plays as clips of Banks, Collins and Rutherford joking around are interspersed.

Director: James Yukich | Stars: Genesis, Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford

Votes: 160

10. Eddie Money: Take Me Home Tonight (1986 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

Eddie Money performs in the music video "Take Me Home Tonight" from the album "Can't Hold Back" recorded for Columbia Records. The black and white video opens with Eddie Money singing on ... See full summary »

Director: Nick Morris | Stars: Eddie Money, Ronnie Spector

Votes: 18

11. Rod Stewart: Love Touch (1986 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

Rod Stewart performs in the music video "Love Touch" from the album "Every Beat of My Heart" recorded for Warner Brothers Records. Rod Stewart is on trial in a court room and sings to the ... See full summary »

Director: Mary Lambert | Star: Rod Stewart

Votes: 7

12. Madonna: Live to Tell (1986 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

Music video for the Madonna single from the album 'True Blue' and the film soundtrack of 'At Close Range'.

Director: James Foley | Stars: Madonna, Mary Stuart Masterson, Chris Penn, Sean Penn

Votes: 350

13. The Fabulous Thunderbirds: Tuff Enuff (1986 Video)

G | 4 min | Short, Music

The Fabulous Thunderbirds performs in the music video "Tuff Enuff" from the album "Tuff Enuff" recorded for CBS Records and Epic Records. Kim Wilson wears a black beret, red suit, and sings... See full summary »

Stars: The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Fran Christina, Preston Hubbard, Jimmie Vaughan

14. Loverboy: This Could Be the Night (1986 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

Loverboy performs in the music video "This Could Be the Night" from the album "Lovin' Every Minute of It" recorded for Columbia Records. The video opens with a woman who are alone. Mike ... See full summary »

Stars: Loverboy, Paul Dean, Matt Frenette, Doug Johnson

15. Andy Taylor: Take It Easy (1986 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

Andy Taylor performs in the music video "Take It Easy" from the original motion picture soundtrack to the film American Anthem (1986) recorded for Atlantic Records. Andy Taylor sings the ... See full summary »

Director: Marcelo Anciano | Star: Andy Taylor

16. The Outfield: Your Love (1986 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

The Outfield performs in the music video "Your Love" from the album "Play Deep" recorded for Columbia Records. The band performs the song on a stage in front of several stands painted with ... See full summary »

Director: John Jopson | Stars: The Outfield, Alan Jackman, Tony Lewis, John Spinks

Votes: 14

17. INXS: What You Need (II) (1986 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

INXS performs in the music video "What You Need" from their album "Listen Like Thieves" recorded for Atlantic Records. The video features footage of the band playing the song on a ... See full summary »

Director: Lynn-Maree Milburn | Stars: Garry Beers, Andrew Farriss, Jon Farriss, Tim Farriss

Votes: 44

18. Robert Palmer: I Didn't Mean to Turn You On (1986 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

Robert Palmer performs in the music video "I Didn't Mean to Turn You On" from the album "Riptide" recorded for Island Records. Robert Palmer sings while a slicked hair all female band play ... See full summary »

Director: Terence Donovan | Star: Robert Palmer

Votes: 15

19. Julian Lennon: Stick Around (1986 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

Julian Lennon performs in the music video "Stick Around" from the album "The Secret Value of Daydreaming" recorded for Charisma Records and Atlantic Records. The music video begins with ... See full summary »

Directors: Jerry Kramer, Douglas Martin | Stars: Julian Lennon, Michael J. Fox, Jami Gertz, Joe Piscopo

Votes: 7

20. Run DMC and Aerosmith: Walk This Way (1986 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

The iconic promotional video for Run DMC's 1985 rap-rock collaboration remake of Aerosmith's early 1975 hit single "Walk This Way" featuring Steven Tyler and Joe Perry from Aerosmith.

Director: Jon Small | Stars: Roger Lane, J.D. Malo, Darryl McDaniels, Jason Mizell

Votes: 443

21. Billy Joel: A Matter of Trust (1986 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

Billy Joel performs in the music video "A Matter of Trust" from the album "The Bridge" recorded for Columbia Records. Billy Joel and his band perform in the basement of a building on St. ... See full summary »

Director: Russell Mulcahy | Stars: Billy Joel, Christie Brinkley, Alexa Ray Joel

Votes: 10

22. Mr. Mister: Kyrie (1985 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

Mr. Mister performs in the music video "Kyrie " from the album "Welcome to the Real World" recorded for RCA Records. The music video opens with the band walking off the tour buss. The song ... See full summary »

Director: Nick Morris | Stars: Mr. Mister, Steve Farris, Steve George, Pat Mastelotto

Votes: 10

23. Pet Shop Boys: West End Girls (1985 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

Pet Shop Boys perform in the music video "West End Girls" from the album "Please" recorded for EMI and Parlophone Records. The music video feature the Pet Shop Boys as they are walking ... See full summary »

Directors: Andrew Morahan, Eric Watson | Stars: Chris Lowe, Pet Shop Boys, Neil Tennant

Votes: 78

24. The Hooters: Day by Day (1985 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

The Hooters perform in the music video "Day by Day" from the album "Nervous Night" recorded for Columbia and CBS Records. The video begins the the band awakening and then travelling across ... See full summary »

Director: John Jopson | Star: The Hooters

25. David Lee Roth: Yankee Rose (1986 Video)

6 min | Short, Music

David Lee Roth performs in the music video "Yankee Rose" from the album "Eat 'Em and Smile" recorded for Warner Brothers Records. The music video opens with a convenience store clerk ... See full summary »

Directors: Pete Angelus, David Lee Roth | Stars: David Lee Roth, Pete Angelus, Gregg Bissonette, Billy Sheehan

Votes: 5

26. 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: 100

27. Daryl Hall: Dreamtime (1986 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

Daryl Hall performs in the music video "Dreamtime" from the album "Three Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine" recorded for RCA Records. The music video features Daryl Hall playing guitar and... See full summary »

Director: Matt Forrest | Star: Daryl Hall

28. Mötley Crüe: Home Sweet Home (1985 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

Mötley Crüe performs in the music video "Home Sweet Home" from the album "Theatre of Pain" recorded for Elektra Records. The video opens with each band member receiving a call. Footage of ... See full summary »

Director: Wayne Isham | Stars: Michael Berryman, Tommy Lee, Mick Mars, Mötley Crüe

Votes: 56

29. Simply Red: Holding Back the Years (1985 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

Simply Red performs in the music video for "Holding Back the Years" from the album "Picture Book" recorded for Elektra Records. Mick Hucknall plays a man traveling through the English ... See full summary »

Director: Tony van den Ende | Stars: Simply Red, Tony Bowers, Mick Hucknall, Chris Joyce

Votes: 34

30. Mike + the Mechanics: All I Need Is a Miracle (1986 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

The music video for "Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground)" ends with footage of Mike + The Mechanics performing the song at a restaurant, and segues into the video for "Miracle". In the ... See full summary »

Director: James Yukich | Stars: Paul Carrack, Roy Kinnear, Adrian Lee, Mike + The Mechanics

Votes: 9

31. GTR: When the Heart Rules the Mind (1986 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

GTR performs in the music video "When the Heart Rules the Mind" from the album "GTR" recorded for Arista Records. The music video features the band performing on an elaborate concert stage.... See full summary »

Director: James Yukich | Star: Gtr

32. Survivor: Burning Heart (1985 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

Survivor performs in the music video "Burning Heart" from the original motion picture soundtrack to the film Rocky IV (1985) recorded for Scotti Brothers Records. The video begins with the ... See full summary »

Director: Jerry Kramer | Star: Survivor

Votes: 7

33. John Cougar Mellencamp: R.O.C.K. In the U.S.A. (1986 Video)

3 min | Short, Music

John Cougar Mellencamp performs in the music video "R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A." from the album "Scarecrow" recorded for Riva Records. The video features footage of two bands one white and one ... See full summary »

Directors: Faye Cummings, John Mellencamp | Star: John Mellencamp

Votes: 8

34. 38 Special: Somebody Like You (1986 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

38 Special performs in the music video "Somebody Like You" from the album "Strength in Numbers" recorded for A&M Records. The music video begins with 38 Special performing the song live on ... See full summary »

Director: James Yukich | Star: 38 Special

35. Talking Heads: Wild Wild Life (1986 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

Talking Heads perform in the music video "Wild Wild Life" from the album "True Stories" recorded for Sire Records. On a club stage in front of a band and a wall of televisions, a variety of... See full summary »

Director: David Byrne | Stars: David Byrne, Chris Frantz, John Goodman, Jerry Harrison

Votes: 116

36. Night Ranger: Goodbye (1985 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

Night Ranger performs in the music video "Goodbye" from the album "7 Wishes" recorded for MCA Records. The band performs the song on a sound stage with a wooden floor and black walls. Video... See full summary »

Stars: Jack Blades, Night Ranger

37. Emerson, Lake & Powell: Touch and Go (1986 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

Emerson, Lake and Powell perform in the music video "Touch and Go" from the album "Emerson, Lake and Powell" recorded for Polydor Records. The music video features the band performing at an... See full summary »

Director: James Yukich | Stars: Emerson Lake & Powell, Keith Emerson, Greg Lake, Cozy Powell

38. Loverboy: Heaven in Your Eyes (1986 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

Loverboy performs in the music video "Heaven In Your Eyes" from the original motion picture soundtrack for Top Gun (1986) recorded for Columbia Records. Mike Reno sings with the band for an... See full summary »

Stars: Loverboy, Paul Dean, Matt Frenette, Mike Reno

39. 38 Special: Like No Other Night (1986 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

38 Special perform in the music video "Like No Other Night" from the album "Strength in Numbers" recorded for A&M Records. The music video begins with 38 Special performing the video on a ... See full summary »

Director: James Yukich | Star: 38 Special

40. Starship: Sara (1985 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

Starship music video for their hit song "Sara" where a man recollects memories of his good time spent along with a woman named Sara (played by Rebecca De Mornay). She's gone for unknown ... See full summary »

Director: Francis Delia | Stars: Rebecca De Mornay, Grace Slick, Mickey Thomas

Votes: 12

41. Whitney Houston: The Greatest Love of All (1986 Video)

G | 5 min | Short, Music

Houston's music video was filmed at Harlem's Apollo Theater in New York City. In the video, she is a successful singer who is about to perform in front of an audience. She reminisces about ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Israelson | Stars: Cissy Houston, Whitney Houston

Votes: 60

42. Heart: Nothin' at All (1986 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

Heart performs in the music video "Nothin' at All" from the album "Heart" recorded for Capitol Records. Ann Wilson sings as the band plays on the balconies of a hotel while a large black ... See full summary »

Director: Marty Callner | Stars: Heart, Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson

Votes: 9

43. Howard Jones: No One Is to Blame (1986 Video)

G | 5 min | Short, Music

Howard Jones performs in the music video "No One Is to Blame" from the album "Dream Into Action" recorded for WEA Records and Elektra Records. The video begins with the inner workings of a ... See full summary »

Star: Howard Jones

44. The Rolling Stones: Harlem Shuffle (1986 Video)

G | 5 min | Animation, Short, Music

The Rolling Stones perform in the music video for "Harlem Shuffle" of the album "Dirty Work" recorded by "Rolling Stones Records". The band plays in a neon painted abstract cityscape while ... See full summary »

Directors: Ralph Bakshi, John Kricfalusi | Stars: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, The Rolling Stones, Charlie Watts

Votes: 52

45. Cyndi Lauper: True Colors (1986 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

Cyndi Lauper performs in the music video for "True Colors" from her album "True Colors" recorded for Epic Records. Lauper sings on a dark sound stage with a drum as a young girl explores a ... See full summary »

Director: Patricia Birch | Stars: Catrine Dominique, Cyndi Lauper

Votes: 321

46. Eurythmics: Missionary Man (1986 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

A music video for the Eurythmic's song "Missionary Man", which is part of the album "Revenge".

Director: Willy Smax | Stars: Eurythmics, Joniece Jamison, Annie Lennox, David A. Stewart

Votes: 31

47. John Cougar Mellencamp: Rain on the Scarecrow (1986 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

John Cougar Mellencamp performs in the music video "Rain on the Scarecrow" from the album "Scarecrow" recorded for Riva Records. The video opens with three farmers discussing the problems ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Kaplan | Star: John Mellencamp

48. Journey: Girl Can't Help It (1986 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

Journey performs in the music video "Girl Can't Help It" from the album "Raised on Radio" recorded for Columbia Records. The video begins with an aerial shot of a variety of landscapes. ... See full summary »

Stars: Journey, Steve Perry

Votes: 5

49. Belinda Carlisle: Mad About You (1986 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

Belinda Carlisle performs in the music video "Mad About You" from the album "Belinda" recorded for I.R.S. Records. Belinda Carlisle sings and dances as she stands on a California beach near... See full summary »

Director: Leslie Libman | Stars: Belinda Carlisle, Morgan Mason, Andy Taylor

Votes: 10