The 10 Most Expensive Music Videos Ever Made

By on January 19, 2012 in ArticlesEntertainment

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Someone has to pay for all of the fancy cars, elaborate costumes, and special effects that go into a flashy music video. In terms of expense, the following 10 music videos surpass all others—with some costing as much as full-length feature films. These are the priciest music videos ever created:

10. MC Hammer, "2 Legit 2 Quit"

Production cost: $2.5 million

Cost (adjusted for inflation): $4.36 million

Director: Rupert Wainwright

Airdate: November 1991

9. Puff Daddy (feat. The Notorious B.I.G. & Busta Rhymes), "Victory"

Production cost: $2.7 million

Cost (adjusted for inflation): $4.05 million

Director: Marcus Nispel

Airdate: March 31, 1998

8. Aqua, "Cartoon Heroes"

Production cost: $3.5 million

Cost (adjusted for inflation): $5.14 million

Director: Thomas Masin

Airdate: January 2000

7. Gwen Stefani, "Make Me Like You"

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Production cost: $4 million

Cost (adjusted for inflation): $4.08 million

Director: Sophie Muller

Airdate: February 15, 2016

6. Michael Jackson, "Black or White"

Production cost: $4 million

Cost (adjusted for inflation): $7.19 million

Director: John Landis

Airdate: November 14, 1991

5. Guns N' Roses, "Estranged"

Production cost: $5 million

Cost (adjusted for inflation): $6.78 million

Director: Andy Morahan

Airdate: December 1993

4. Madonna, "Bedtime Story"

Production cost: $5 million

Cost (adjusted for inflation): $8.03 million

Director: Mark Romanek

Airdate: March 10, 1995

3. Madonna, "Express Yourself"

Production cost: $5 million

Cost (adjusted for inflation): $9.87 million

Director: David Fincher

Airdate: May 17, 1989

2. Madonna, "Die Another Day"

Production cost: $6.1 million

Cost (adjusted for inflation): $8.3 million

Director: Traktor

Airdate: October 22, 2002

1. Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson, "Scream"

Production cost: $7 million

Cost (adjusted for inflation): $11.24 million

Director: Mark Romanek

Airdate: June 13, 1995

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