9 Worst Music Videos Of All TimePublished on October 6, 2014. Updated April 5, 2017
There are so many bad music videos out there and many of them don’t end up getting the recognition (for how bad they are) that they deserve. We decided it’s time they got it. For that reason, we’ve come up with our list for the 9 worst music videos of all time. You may disagree with some of our choices but one thing is for sure – these artists have the talent, money and ability to do way better. Check out which artists made our list below:
9. Justin Bieber – Confident
The worst part about Justin Bieber’s music video for “Confident” is that he tries to act in it. The whole storyline is pretty lame. The controversial pop star tries to seduce some chick he meets at a gas station, but screws it up when he uses a cheesy pick-up line. Bieber then spends the rest of the music video following her around, dancing and singing about how into her he is. Of course, at the end, she finally agrees to give him her number, which in itself is pretty lame.
8. Britney Spears – Gimme More
The song “Gimme More” isn’t bad. In fact, it is actually a pretty good pop tune. The music video, however, is awful. It features Britney Spears sporting a couple of different wigs and pole dancing – and not in a sexy or interesting way. While the pop star was still in decent shape at that point, it was clear that the days of her amazing dance routines where she out-danced her backup dancers were long gone and very unlikely to return.
7. Rebecca Black – Friday
Rebecca Black’s song Friday is considered one of the most hated songs of all time and the music video is equally loathed. Mystery Science Theater 3000’s Michael J. Nelson called it “the worst video ever made” and NME placed it at number one on its list of the “50 Worst Music Videos.” There is nothing good about this song or the music video, from the song lyrics to the overuse of auto tune to the sheer number of teens with braces, this video has disaster written all over it.
6. Paris Hilton – Stars Are Blind
Paris Hilton’s music video for “Stars Are Blind” is totally uninspired. It features the bikini-clad star frolicking around on a beach with some hot model and dancing in a revealing dress. The music video looks more like a photo shoot for a fashion designer’s new bikini line. NME ranked it at number 49 on its list of the 50 worst videos of all time, mocking the former reality TV star for creating “something that sucked more than the song itself.”
5. Miley Cyrus – Can’t Be Tamed
Miley Cyrus’ video for “Can’t Be Tamed” was one of first her attempts at breaking free of her squeaky clean Disney image. Unfortunately, because of the method she chose to execute this – the cage, the dance routines and the trashing of a museum – is derivative and predictable. Many pop stars before her have tried this – Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera – and, just like them, her efforts come off as completely clichéd.
4. Christina Aguilera – Not Myself Tonight
Christina Aguilera’s music video “Not Myself Tonight” is completely unoriginal and incredibly tacky. There is absolutely no storyline. She spends the entire video prancing around in dominatrix-style outfits, pretending to engage in sexual acts with both men and women. It comes off as pretty desperate. Aguilera seems as though she is trying to out-Gaga Lady Gaga and out-controversy Madonna with this sexed-up music video. It failed miserably.
3. Kanye West – Bound 2
We are pretty shocked that Kim Kardashian ever agreed to appear in Kanye West’s music video for “Bound 2.” She can be seen wearing nothing besides a pair of boots and, even though it is hard to actually see her body thanks to the clever lighting, we might as well be able to see it since she and her famous hubby are simulating sex for a good portion of the video. This whole thing is nothing more than a soft-core adult film with West singing in the background.
2. Avril Lavigne – Hello Kitty
Avril Lavigne’s music video for “Hello Kitty” received a lot of criticism for how it portrayed Japanese culture. Some critics went so far as to call it racist, as the “Complicated” singer can be seen dancing around Tokyo with four expressionless Japanese dancers who are dressed identically. Lavigne denied the allegations. Racism aside, the music video is just awful. Her lip-syncing isn’t even on cue and the abundance of bright colors is enough to give you a seizure.
1. Heidi Montag – Higher
Heidi Montag’s music video for “Higher” was met with an overwhelmingly negative response. The low quality video was shot by her fiancé Spencer Pratt and featured the bikini-clad reality TV star frolicking around a beach – not such an original concept. It reportedly took Pratt only 30 minutes to shoot and cost no money, which was pretty obvious given the quality. When it was released, People.com readers called it the “worst video ever made” and we couldn’t agree more.