The video scored nine nominations at the 2009 VMAs and took home three wins, including Video of the Year. This video was the last bit of greatness he left us. The machine worked correctly all the way through just three times. Cash's wife, June Carter Cash, participated in the video, but passed away three months after filming. All rights reserved. Hagar has since said he was wrong, and that the video is "brilliant.". It took home four VMAs in 1995 including Best Direction, Best Editing and Breakthrough video, but lost out to TLC's "Waterfalls" for Video of the Year in a gross miscarriage of justice. The result is one of the most iconic videos ever made, and while the concept of "attractive women in a video" may seem simple, there's a sly humor here too. Psy and director Cho Soo-hyun shot this video in 48 hours in 2012 and skewered a culture I know nothing about with the help of celebrities I couldn't pick out of a lineup with a gun to my head. The impending trilogy of videos led to Silverstone's casting in the 90s classic Clueless, and many credit the scene where she gets her belly button pierced as helping take the practice mainstream. There's little movement, except when she shows up for the "breakup" section of the song. That should tell you all you need to know. Different? Aerosmith, one of the world's most popular rock bands and RUN-D.M.C., one of the world's most popular hip-hop groups combining forces. That said, it was the first year of the awards, so the voters clearly didn't know what they were looking for. Fun fact: The friend posing the “but what has he done for you laaattteeelllyyy” question is, yes, a young Paula Abdul, who also choreographed the routine. Under-appreciated at the time, "Closer" earned just one VMA nomination and no wins in 1994. If a great video was matched with a bad song, what was the point? And who ushered in the ’00s-approved futuristic fashion? Originally written by Prince, Sinéad O'Connor made this song famous with an arresting, unforgettable video. All right. This punk-rock pep rally led by anarchist cheerleaders, with Grohl on drums, single-handedly ushered in the Grunge Era. The hardest decision we’ve ever made? It was the third time Meyers has had a video win the award. Before he was a multi-time Oscar-nominated film director, David Fincher was the most sought-after music video director in the world. The video won four VMAs in 1993, including Video of the Year and helped elevate Pearl Jam above from the rest of the Seattle "grunge" bands to something much more. Directed by first-timer Samuel Bayer, the concept of a school devolving into a riot was inspired by the Ramones' Rock 'n' Roll High School. Van Sant -- a two-time Oscar nominee -- directed this video, and it elevated a fantastic, bluesy, melodic tune about drug addiction into a generational hit. The first among their many videos that broke the internet. From the pervasive creepy Halloween feel to the dance sequence, everything is on point. That's all thanks to Howard Greenhalgh's creepy-as-hell, surrealist video that asks the question, "What would happen if the entire decade of the 1950s went on a bad acid trip?". This kooky dance craze introduced the world to K-pop and became the first video to reach 1 billion views on YouTube. This was the first video of Aerosmith's trilogy featuring Alicia Silverstone and became an enormous hit. She goes through a period of rebellion afterwards and becomes self-sufficient. It's incredibly powerful stuff, as the song was meant to portray a World War I soldier who is severely wounded. Oh hi, '90s Gwyneth Paltrow—who is playing a lovelorn stalker? A phenomenal video that accompanies one of Van Halen's most underrated songs (from the band's best overall album), it definitely connects. This was a simple concept but a complex video. In it, Timberlake stalks a suspiciously Britney-looking blonde, then breaks into her house and films himself having sex with another woman, leaving the recording for his ex to find. It won four VMAs in 1994 but lost out on Video of the Year and Best Group Video to "Cryin'" by Aerosmith. That was the next generation of rock. Lady Gaga may not be my cup of tea, but this video/song combination is so memorable it has to make the list. Yes, "Give It Away" had been a No. An insanely catchy tune got a mesmerizing video with great dancing, cool visuals and memorable cameos. In time the label relented, and the resulting video brought on massive controversy. Nirvana was the anti-80s band, and this video was an in-your-face introduction to their world. While Jonze deserves credit for shooting this perfectly, the video owes everything to Walken's insanely charismatic performance. (It’s currently rocking around 2.4 bill. A re-creation of The Ed Sullivan Show, this gave us the aughts' inescapable catchphrase, “Shake it like a Polaroid picture.”. A great song with a soulful feel, it's not just your typical 80s pop track. The music video for "Best Song Ever" was directed by Ben Winston and written by comedian James Corden. Directed by Tarsem Singh (yeah, the guy who did The Cell and The Fall directed this video), this video won Video of the Year at the 1991 VMAs. Here's our list of the 50 greatest music videos of all-time. Music videos used to be the lifeblood of MTV and pop culture. And that's when Janet and Missy and Gaga and, hell, even Sinéad come to the rescue. Another Mark Romanek video, this one fits perfectly with the darkness that Nine Inch Nails lead singer Trent Reznor was exploring through his music at the time. It's an upbeat, breezy song and the video brings you in and makes it even more memorable. Hell yes. It largely focuses just on O'Connor's face as she goes through the stages of sadness and anger associated with loss. Picking between “Bad,” “Smooth Criminal” and even “Remember the Time.” But of all the MJ classics, this one holds up the best. And those emotions -- and the tears at the end -- were real. The Video of the Year at the 2003 VMAs, there's so much that's memorable about this one, including Missy Elliott just owning the camera the whole time. Inspired by George Méliès' silent film A Trip to the Moon, this video was a powerhouse. This made it OK for the average listener to like and appreciate both types of music. The best use of stop-motion animation in a video goes to...Peter Gabriel for this classic. Remember when Kayne interrupted Taylor Swift accepting the MTV Video of the Year award and said “Imma let you finish and I'm sorry, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time”? This is the greatest music video of all-time and everything else is just trying to stay on the same page. Widely listed as the best video of all time, this meditation on life and loss (which takes Nine Inch Nails’ lyrics and sets them to video from Cash’s life) is eerily beautiful. Some days you're tired and frustrated and sleepy and hungry and not sure exactly what you're doing with your life. It was rewarded with seven VMAs in 2010, including Video of the Year and Best Direction for Lawrence. There's a lot going in this video, but you probably just remember the models. Psy relentlessly mocks himself and the "Gangnam" image while dancing around to a super catchy beat. Filmed over two days at The Temple House in Miami Beach, Florida, the video was released on the band's Vevo channel on 22 July 2013.