The 10 Most Expensive Music Videos Ever Made

By on January 19, 2012 in ArticlesEntertainment

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