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.

Source: Forbes

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. 

Source: High Snobiety

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.


Source: VH1

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.

Source: VH1

8. Stronger – Kanye West


Is anybody surprised that baby Kanye found a way to get on this list?

Source: VH1

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?

Source: Welt

10. Thong Song – Sisqo


Truly an example of money well spent.

Source: Vibe

11. Toxic – Britney Spears


This music video has everything.

Jeremy Scott originals, steamy make outs in the airplane bathroom, and multiple wig changes.

Source: Daily Mail

12. Touch the Sky – Kanye West ft. Lupe Fiasco


Kanye’s always been arty — and this music video is proof.

Source: Today

13. Oops!…I Did It Again – Britney Spears


Honestly, kind of surprised this music video didn’t cost more to make.

Source: MTV

14. Piece of Me – Britney Spears


An often forgotten Britney classic. Very 2000s.

Source: Daily Mail

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