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1. Michael Jackson: Thriller (1983 Video)

PG | 13 min | Short, Horror, Music

8.7
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A night at the movies turns into a nightmare when Michael and his date are attacked by a hoard of bloodthirsty zombies - only a "Thriller" can save them now.

Director: John Landis | Stars: Michael Jackson, Ola Ray, Forrest J. Ackerman, Reed Armstrong

Votes: 14,683

2. Michael Jackson: Bad (1987 Video)

PG | 18 min | Short, Crime, Drama

7.9
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Michael Jackson's music video for his song "Bad".

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Michael Jackson, Adam Nathan, Pedro Sanchez, Wesley Snipes

Votes: 4,932

3. Ray Parker Jr.: Ghostbusters (1984 Video)

4 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

7.5
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Music video for 'Ghostbusters' by Ray Parker Jr.

Director: Ivan Reitman | Stars: Ray Parker Jr., Dan Aykroyd, Ollie Brown, John Candy

Votes: 724

4. Michael Jackson: Smooth Criminal (1988 Video)

10 min | Short, Music

8.8
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A promotional video for Michael Jackson's 1988 hit single "Smooth Criminal."

Director: Colin Chilvers | Stars: Michael Jackson, Brandon Quintin Adams, Kelley Parker, Sean Lennon

Votes: 1,420

5. Band Aid: Do They Know It's Christmas? (1984 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

7.2
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The video for the groundbreaking charity single which united many of the biggest British and Irish pop stars of the era for the cause of Ethiopian famine relief.

Director: Nigel Dick | Stars: Band Aid, Bananarama, Robert Kool Bell, Bono

Votes: 67

6. Michael Jackson: The Way You Make Me Feel (1987 Video)

7 min | Short, Music

7.8
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A promotional video for Michael Jackson's 1987 hit single "The Way You Make Me Feel."

Director: Joe Pytka | Stars: Michael Jackson, Sean Cheesman, La Toya Jackson, Joe Seneca

Votes: 852

7. Wham!: Last Christmas (1984 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

6.5
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The video to "Last Christmas" shows Wham. members George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley accompanying girlfriends to see friends at an unspecified ski resort: the cable-car that can be seen in ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Morahan | Stars: Helen DeMacque, Kathy Hill, Martin Kemp, Shirlie Kemp

Votes: 256

8. A-Ha: Take on Me (1985 Video)

4 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

8.5
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Official music video for "Take on Me" by A-Ha.

Director: Steve Barron | Stars: A-Ha, Bunty Bailey, Magne Furuholmen, Morten Harket

Votes: 1,387

9. Michael Jackson: Billie Jean (1983 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

8.4
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A music video for Michael Jackson's song 'Billie Jean'.

Director: Steve Barron | Stars: Michael Jackson, Simon Fields, Raquel Peña

Votes: 1,406

10. Madonna: Material Girl (1985 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

7.4
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Madonna pays homage to Marilyn Monroe in the music video for the second single from her icon album 'Like A Virgin'.

Director: Mary Lambert | Stars: Madonna, Deke Anderson, Victor Ho, Regan Patno

Votes: 704

11. Toto: Rosanna (1982 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

6.9
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The promotional video for Toto's classic hit "Rosanna" has Cynthia Rhodes in the title role, dancing and charming the guys around her, which includes the band members playing the song in ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Barron | Stars: TOTO, Bobby Kimball, Steve Lukather, David Paich

Votes: 280

12. USA for Africa: We Are the World (1985 Video)

7 min | Short, Music

7.4
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The music video showed the recording of "We Are the World".

Director: Tom Trbovich | Stars: Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Kenny Rogers

Votes: 436

13. A Flock of Seagulls: Space Age Love Song (1982 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

7.4
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A Flock of Seagulls perform in the music video "Space Age Love Song" from the album "A Flock of Seagulls" recorded for Jive Records. Mike Score sings and the band plays their instruments on... See full summary »

Director: Tony van den Ende | Star: A Flock of Seagulls

Votes: 18

14. Bruce Willis: Respect Yourself (1987 Video)

6 min | Short, Music

5.8
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Bruce Willis performs in the music video "Respect Yourself" from the album "The Return of Bruno" recorded for Motown Records. A doo-wop performs on stage of a night club. Bruno is told to ... See full summary »

Director: James Yukich | Stars: Bruce Willis, The Pointer Sisters, June Pointer

Votes: 26

15. ZZ Top: Sharp Dressed Man (1983 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

7.4
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ZZ Top performs in the music video "Sharp Dressed Man" from the album "Eliminator" recorded for Warner Brothers Records. The video opens on the ZZ Top Eliminator car as it drives through ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Newman | Stars: Danièle Arnaud, Frank Beard, Billy Gibbons, Galyn Görg

Votes: 146

16. Rick Astley: Never Gonna Give You Up (1987 Video)

4 min | Short, Music, Musical

6.8
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Music video for "Never Gonna Give You Up" by Rick Astley.

Director: Simon West | Stars: Rick Astley, Kristin Seifert-DeCarlo, Clive Clarke

Votes: 615

17. Bobby McFerrin: Don't Worry, Be Happy (1988 Video)

G | 5 min | Short, Music

7.5
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"Don't Worry, Be Happy" is a popular worldwide hit song by musician Bobby McFerrin. The "instruments" in the a cappella song are entirely overdubbed voice parts and other sounds made by ... See full summary »

Director: Drew Takahashi | Stars: Bill Irwin, Bobby McFerrin, Robin Williams

Votes: 430

18. Madonna: Cherish (1989 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

7.1
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Madonna music video featuring mermen for the single from the album 'Like A Prayer'.

Director: Herb Ritts | Stars: Madonna, Tony Ward

Votes: 472

19. Michael Jackson: Beat It (1983 Video)

G | 5 min | Short, Crime, Music

8.5
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A promotional video for Michael Jackson's 1983 hit single "Beat It."

Director: Bob Giraldi | Stars: Michael Jackson, Michael DeLorenzo, Tony Fields, Tracii Guns

Votes: 1,307

20. ZZ Top: Legs (1984 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

7.1
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ZZ Top performs in the music video "Legs" from the album "Eliminator" recorded for Warner Brothers Records. A employee of a shoe store is harassed as she goes to see her boyfriend who is a ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Newman | Stars: ZZ Top, Danièle Arnaud, Frank Beard, Wendy Frazier

Votes: 155

21. Madonna: Like a Virgin (1984 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

7.3
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Iconic music video for Madonna's single, off the album of the same name.

Director: Mary Lambert | Stars: Madonna, Charlie

Votes: 731

22. Twisted Sister: We're Not Gonna Take It (1984 Video)

5 min | Short, Comedy, Music

7.1
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A music video for the song 'We're Not Gonna Take It' by Twisted Sister.

Director: Marty Callner | Stars: Twisted Sister, Dee Snider, Jay Jay French, Eddie Ojeda

Votes: 536

23. Paul Simon: You Can Call Me Al (1986 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

7.7
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Video clip of Paul Simon's hit song "You Can Call Me Al" from the album Graceland. A comedy act starring both Simon and Chevy Chase with a concept created by Lorne Michaels where Chase's ... See full summary »

Director: Gary Weis | Stars: Paul Simon, Chevy Chase

Votes: 436

24. Elton John: I'm Still Standing (1983 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

7.4
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"I'm Still Standing" is a song by British rock musician Elton John, from his Platinum-certified 1983 album, Too Low for Zero. The music video, directed by Russell Mulcahy, was shot in ... See full summary »

Director: Russell Mulcahy | Stars: Elton John, Sandy Strallen, Bruno Tonioli

Votes: 110

25. Kate Bush: Cloudbusting (1985 Video)

7 min | Short, Biography, Drama

8.2
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Music video for Kate Bush's song Cloudbusting about Wilhelm Reich. In 1950s Oregon, Reich and his son Peter (played by Bush) are trying to make his rainmaking machine work before the government agents arrive to arrest him.

Director: Julian Doyle | Stars: Kate Bush, Donald Sutherland

Votes: 79

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

4 min | Short, Music

7.7
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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: 119

27. Bonnie Tyler: Total Eclipse of the Heart (1983 Video)

G | 6 min | Short, Fantasy, Music

7.3
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Bonnie Tyler's official music video for 'Total Eclipse Of The Heart'.

Director: Russell Mulcahy | Star: Bonnie Tyler

Votes: 555

28. Cyndi Lauper: Time After Time (1984 Video)

5 min | Short, Music, Romance

7.3
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Cyndi Lauper performs in the music video "Time After Time" from the album "She's So Unusual" recorded for Epic Records. Cyndi Lauper plays a young woman who is forced to leave her boyfriend... See full summary »

Director: Edd Griles | Stars: Francis Larkin, Cyndi Lauper, Fred 'Butch' Lauper, Lou Albano

Votes: 617

29. ZZ Top: Gimme All Your Lovin' (1983 Video)

G | 5 min | Short, Music

7.1
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Directed by Tim Newman, the video features ZZ Top playing at a gas station, along with actor/model Peter Tramm playing a young gas station mechanic, and introduces classic ZZ elements such ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Newman | Stars: Danièle Arnaud, Frank Beard, Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill

Votes: 152

30. Madonna: Crazy for You (1985 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

7.3
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Madonna croons for the lovers of 'Vision Quest' in this music video using footage from the film.

Director: Harold Becker | Stars: Linda Fiorentino, Madonna, Matthew Modine

Votes: 379

31. Madonna: Live to Tell (1986 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

7.7
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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: 353

32. Billy Joel: Uptown Girl (1983 Video)

3 min | Short, Music, Romance

7.1
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The title character in the music video was played by Christie Brinkley, whom Joel married two years later. Different versions of the music video opening were produced, in which an auto ... See full summary »

Director: Jay Dubin | Stars: Christie Brinkley, Billy Joel

Votes: 540

33. Roxy Music: Avalon (1982 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

7.5
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Bryan Ferry and his group Roxy Music are under the spell of a mysterious beautiful woman at a gala event where they are performing their hit song "Avalon" (from album of same name), in this... See full summary »

Directors: Howard Guard, Ridley Scott | Stars: Bryan Ferry, Andy Mackay, Phil Manzanera, Roxy Music

Votes: 46

34. Paul McCartney Feat. Michael Jackson: Say Say Say (1983 Video)

5 min | Short, Comedy, Music

7.5
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Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson star as "Mac and Jac" in the short film/music video for "Say, Say, Say", a track off of McCartney's 1983 album: "Pipes of Peace".

Director: Bob Giraldi | Stars: Michael Jackson, Sonny Barnes, Art Carney, Bob Giraldi

Votes: 566

35. Kaoma: Lambada (1989 Video)

3 min | Short, Music, Musical

7.4
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The music video of the song was filmed on stage on Tago Mago Island in the Mediterranean Sea and on Cocos Beach in the city of Trancoso, Bahia, Brazil. It features the Brazilian child duo ... See full summary »

Director: Olivier Lorsac | Stars: Michel Abihssira, Jacky Arconte, Jean-Luc Bonaventure, Loalwa Braz

Votes: 20

36. Cyndi Lauper: Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1983 Video)

4 min | Short, Comedy, Music

7.3
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Cyndi Lauper's official music video for 'Girls Just Want To Have Fun'.

Director: Edd Griles | Stars: Laura Baler, Cyndi Lauper, Lou Albano, Catrine Dominique

Votes: 724

37. Madonna: Burning Up (1983 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

6.8
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Madonna's second single and video from her debut self-titled album. The beginning of showing her progressive sexuality that set her apart.

Director: Steve Barron | Stars: Madonna, Ken Compton

Votes: 267

38. Pet Shop Boys: Always on My Mind (1987 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

7.3
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Director: Jack Bond | Stars: Joss Ackland, Chris Lowe, Pet Shop Boys, Neil Tennant

Votes: 58

39. Pat Benatar: Love Is a Battlefield (1983 Video)

5 min | Short, Drama, Music

7.1
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Pat Benatar plays a woman who runs away from her family to become a dancer in a club. However, when she finds out the owner of the club is more than what he seems, she convinces the other dancers to rise up against him with her.

Director: Bob Giraldi | Stars: Pat Benatar, Sara Carlson, Gary Chryst, Philip Cruise

Votes: 466

40. Billy Joel: We Didn't Start the Fire (1989 Video)

G | 4 min | Short, Music

7.8
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A music video for the single was directed by Chris Blum. The singer acts as an unseen but omnipresent observer. During each chorus, Joel wearing sunglasses (similar to Roy Orbison's) ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Blum | Stars: Billy Joel, Melody Knighton, Marlee Matlin, Lupe McDonald

Votes: 411

41. It Couldn't Happen Here (1987)

PG-13 | 86 min | Adventure, Drama, Musical

6.8
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A young boy's holiday at a seaside resort includes a crazy blind priest, nuns in suspenders and a whole bunch of fat ladies.

Director: Jack Bond | Stars: Neil Tennant, Chris Lowe, Joss Ackland, Dominique Barnes

Votes: 403

42. Tina Turner: We Don't Need Another Hero (1985 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

7.2
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Tine Turner performs in the music video "We Don't Need Another Hero" from the original motion picture soundtrack for Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) recorded for Capitol Records. Dressed ... See full summary »

Director: George Miller | Stars: Tina Turner, Timmy Cappello, Paul McMichael

Votes: 240

43. Rockwell: Somebody's Watching Me (1984 Video)

4 min | Short, Horror, Music

6.7
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The video opens with Rockwell coming home to discover that a newspaper in Chinese has been delivered to his doorstep. As he takes a quick shower, he begins to have strange visions of ... See full summary »

Director: Francis Delia | Stars: Jermaine Jackson, Michael Jackson, Jon Leonoudakis, Rockwell

Votes: 188

44. Elton John: Nikita (1985 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

7.1
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The clip presents a love story between a tourist from the Capitalist side and a female soldier who from the Soviet side who controls the German border during the Cold Era days. It's all ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: Elton John, Anya Major, Andreas Wisniewski

Votes: 50

45. Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody (1987 Video)

5 min | Short, Music, Musical

7.4
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The video for "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" was directed by Brian Grant and choreographed by Arlene Phillips, who also worked with Houston on the music video for "How Will I Know". The ... See full summary »

Director: Brian Grant | Star: Whitney Houston

Votes: 443

46. John Parr: St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion) (1985 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

6.5
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John Parr performs in the music video "St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion)" from the original motion picture soundtrack to the film St. Elmo's Fire (1985) recorded for Atlantic Records. John ... See full summary »

Stars: Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore

Votes: 35

47. Phil Collins: In the Air Tonight (1981 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

7.4
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The music video animates the photograph of Collins' face from the cover of the Face Value album, slowly fading in through the intro until it fills the screen, singing the first chorus. The ... See full summary »

Director: Stuart Orme | Star: Phil Collins

Votes: 486

48. Dire Straits: Money for Nothing (1985 Video)

5 min | Animation, Short, Music

7.4
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Dire Straits classic video clip for 'Money for Nothing', smash 1985 hit from the album "Brothers in Arms". The iconic video mixtures advanced animation technology and footage from the band ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Barron | Stars: Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler

Votes: 912

49. Bobby Brown: On Our Own (1989 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

6.0
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In the official music video for his song "On Our Own", Bobby Brown performs the song while surrounded by images and celebrities from New York, with clips from the film "Ghostbusters II" mixed in.

Stars: Bobby Brown, Big Daddy Kane, Jane Curtin, Malcolm S. Forbes

Votes: 43

50. Toto: Africa (1982 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

7.3
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The music video was directed by Steve Barron. In the video, a researcher in a library tries to match a scrap of a picture of a shield to the book from which it was torn out. As he continues... See full summary »

Director: Steve Barron | Stars: TOTO, Lenny Castro, Jenny Douglas-McRae, Bobby Kimball

Votes: 538



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