The 14 Most Expensive Music Videos of the 2000s
Back in the 2000s when MTV still played music, Carson Daly was a household name, and we’d all run from the car to watch TRL in the living room. Music videos were king — and since everybody watched them, occasionally people spent a lot of money to ensure their videos stood out from the crowd.
Here are the 14 most expensive music videos from everybody’s new favorite throwback decade — you be the judge if all that money was worth it.
1. Die Another Day – Madonna
“Die Another Day” didn’t go down as one of the best James Bond movies of all time, but if you like torture, fencing, and girl-on-girl fighting, you’ll probably be super into Madonna’s music video for it.
2. Doesn’t Really Matter – Janet Jackson
“Doesn’t Really Matter” is a miracle. Even though it was recorded for “The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps,” the song, and its music video, are easy, breezy, and completely devoid of fart jokes.
3. Freeek! by George Michael
If you’ve ever wondered what it would look like for an 80s pop star to make a sexually charged futuristic music video, congratulations, this is your lucky day.
There’s sexy lady robots, sexy lady buttocks, and leashed dogs that magically transform into sexy leashed women.
4. My Name’s Woman – Ayumi Hamasaki
Much like Regina George, Ayumi Hamasaki was big in Japan – and FYI, she also holds the #5, #6 and #7 spots for additional songs you’ve never heard of.
8. Stronger – Kanye West
Is anybody surprised that baby Kanye found a way to get on this list?
9. Call On Me – Janet Jackson ft. Nelly
Seriously, what about this cultural appropriation-heavy music video cost $1 million to make?
Was it the pirate ship?
10. Thong Song – Sisqo
Truly an example of money well spent.
11. Toxic – Britney Spears
This music video has everything.
Jeremy Scott originals, steamy make outs in the airplane bathroom, and multiple wig changes.
12. Touch the Sky – Kanye West ft. Lupe Fiasco
Kanye’s always been arty — and this music video is proof.
13. Oops!…I Did It Again – Britney Spears
Honestly, kind of surprised this music video didn’t cost more to make.
14. Piece of Me – Britney Spears
An often forgotten Britney classic. Very 2000s.