Though highly subjective, a list of the sexiest music videos of all time is probably one of the more fun subjects we’ve covered on Man of Many, and one which we feel will bring a little spark of joy to your day. From short shorts to long, lingering stares; full-frontal nudity to suggestive camera angles, this collection of sexy music videos has it all.
Whether you’re partial to ’80s bangers that found themselves banned from TV, ’00s dance numbers with enough raunch to get a convent into a sweat, or love ballads with topless Guy Creates Insane 70-Step Basketball Swish Machine, we found them all, and have searched every corner of the internet to find the sexiest film clips of all time for your viewing pleasure.
Some of the hottest music videos ever have been edited over time so as to appease the MTV overlords, or were reshot completely in some instances to make it past the censorship board. What you’ll find below are the original clips, as the director and artist originally intended them, with the raunchy consequences of their artistic flair on full display. Presented to you with no official ranking (that would be impossible), here is Man of Many’s definitive guide to the sexiest music videos of all time.
1. Cardi B feat. Megan Thee Stallion – WAP
It’s rare that you get new music topping the list of ‘sexiest music videos of all time’, but this one takes the cake on so many levels. More than just a sexy music video this is the hottest music video you’ll ever find for many reasons. We’ll try and put it simply, two of the sexiest women in music, add a Kylie Jenner cameo and boom. Wet Ass Pu$$y or WAP for short. We’ll let you decide if this is the most inappropriate video ever, but we think it’s bloody brilliant! Get a load (pause) of these lyrics:
“Extra large and extra hard
Put this pu$$y right in your face
Swipe your nose like a credit card
Hop on top, I wanna ride
I do a kegel while it’s …”
Artist: Cardi B
Release date: August 7, 2020
2. Benny Benassi – Who’s Your Daddy
Starting out strong, this lascivious offering from Benny Benassi has it all. And by all, we mean hot lashings of full-frontal nudity.
Song: Who’s Your Daddy
Artist: Benny Benassi
Release date: December 9, 2005
3. Benny Benassi – Satisfaction
Okay, so two Benny Benassi songs one after the other may seem excessive, but we figured we’d get them out of the way early. As for what can be said about this film clip exactly? We don’t have any constructive (heh, get it?) criticisms other than to note that old Benny boy clearly has a type.
Artist: Benny Benassi
Release date: June 12, 2002
4. Ciara feat. Ludacris – Ride
Whether you love or hate the song, you can’t deny that soulful songstress Ciara is damn sexy, and her choice of outfits in this sexy music video is only heightened by the fact that there’s a mechanical bull #winning.
Artist: Ciara feat. Ludacris
Album: Basic Instinct
Release date: April 23, 2010
5. Duran Duran – Girls on Film
This video caused such a stir when it was released in the early ’80s that the BBC banned it, a then-nascent MTV heavily edited it, and it won the Grammy for Best Short Form Music Video. All up, this meant a lot of PR for the band, who enjoyed their growing fame, though lead singer Simon Le Bon (French for ‘Simon The Good’) commented that the scandalous nature of the clip overshadowed the songs central message about exploitation in the fashion industry.
Song: Girls on Film
Artist: Duran Duran
Album: Duran Duran
Release date: July 13, 1981
6. Tim Deluxe – It Just Won’t Do
This song came out in an era when DJs were releasing Ibiza-worthy club bangers at a very high rate, and the competition for who could get away with the horniest video clip was on. This offering from Tim Deluxe comes pretty close, we’re especially partial to the clever inclusion of Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species, so watching this is like learning, right?
Song: It Just Won’t Do
Artist: Tim Deluxe feat. Sam Obernik
Release date: 2002
7. Madonna – Justify My Love
This list would not be complete without something from this salacious singer, and this clip, which handles themes of BDSM and sado-masochism is one of her finest hours.
Song: Justify My Love
Album: The Immaculate Collection
Release date: November 6, 1990
8. Mariah Carey – Touch My Body
It’s Mariah Carey in lingerie singing a song called ‘Touch My Body’, so it was always going to be a contender for this list. The addition of 30 Rock’s Jack McBrayer for comic relief is better than it sounds, and all up, Mariah’s choice of outfits is sublime.
That said, we’re more grateful that this hit gave us 2008’s viral YouTube clip ‘Tuts My Barreh’.
Song: Touch My Body
Artist: Mariah Carey
Release date: February 12, 2008
9. Eric Prydz – Call on Me
“The first time it came on, I nearly fell off my rowing machine”, is what then-UK Prime Minister Tony Blair said of this little ditty’s charming film clip. Now hailed as one of the most sexually-charged pieces of short-form videography ever produced that could still be shown before midday, Swedish DJ Eric Prydz certainly made an impression.
Song: Call on Me
Artist: Eric Prydz
Release date: September 13, 2004
10. N.E.R.D. – Lapdance
It’s called Lapdance, duh.
Writers: Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo, No Malice
Release date: May 21, 2001
11. Alex Gaudino feat. Crystal Waters – Destination Calabria
Another prime example of what happened in the ’00s. A lot. Attractive, somewhat faceless women being generically sexy with musical instruments and some synchronised dancing yah, yah, yah roll the tape.
Song: Destination Calabria (feat. Crystal Waters)
Artist: Alex Gaudino
Album: Destination Calabria (feat. Crystal Waters)
Writers: Sharon May Linn, Stefano Scarpellini, Rune Reilly Kølsch, Alessandro Alfonso Fortunato Gaudino
Release date: December 4, 2006 (Italy), March 19, 2007 (Worldwide)
12. Robin Thicke feat. T.I. & Pharrell – Blurred Lines
Though it quickly became one of the more grating songs of its time, whichever genius knew that anything with a naked Emily Ratajkowski would go gangbusters overnight was a bloody genius. Or just good at achieving the obvious. Either way, here’s a video of Emily Ratajkowski naked, with some singers singing; the mute button is on the bottom left of the player, FYI.
Song: Blurred Lines (Instrumental)
Artist: Robin Thicke
Album: Blurred Lines
Release date: March 20, 2013
13. The Prodigy – Smack My Bitch Up (NFSW)
Where others just showed a little thigh and left a generation of teenage boys thinking they’d just gotten away with something, The Prodigy not only gave us one of the hottest film clips of all time, it even provided us with a zany plot twist at the end, all told entirely through the video’s clever visuals. It’s so clever, in fact, that you can watch it under the guise of artistic appreciation.
Song: Smack My Bitch Up
Artist: The Prodigy
Album: The Fat of the Land
Release date: November 17, 1997
14. Robyn – Indestructible
This film clip from Swedish songstress Robyn is straight-up just people having sex.
Album: Body Talk Pt. 2
Release date: November 1, 2010
15. Cher – If I Could Turn Back Time
If she really could turn back time, she might rethink wearing a strip of gaffer tape over her pubis for this raunchy clip.
But we doubt it.
Song: If I Could Turn Back Time (Edit)
Album: Heart of Stone
Release date: July 1, 1989
16. Nicki Minaj – Anaconda
Ah, Nicki. This song somehow branded the words: “Boy toy named Troy used to live in Detroit” into our collective minds for no apparent reason other than she can twerk like a maniac. The young Miss Minaj might not be everybody’s cup of tea–her laugh alone is enough to make eardrums bleed, but you gotta give it to her personal trainer: she sure is little in the middle, but she got much back.
Artist: Nicki Minaj
Album: The Pinkprint
Release date: August 4, 2014
17. Robert Palmer – Simply Irresistible
After the huge success of 1985’s “Addicted to Love”, which featured five girls standing behind the performing Palmer miming as his “band”, the singer needed to move onto bigger visual pursuits in his film clips. Namely, twelve girls standing behind him.
They also added some boob-jiggling at the start of this one, just in case you weren’t getting enough from this sexy music video.
Song: Simply Irresistible
Artist: Robert Palmer
Album: Heavy Nova
Release date: June 22, 1988 (US), 1989 (UK)
18. Shania Twain – Man! I Feel Like a Woman
If Robert Palmer could have a swathe of sexy, sultry sirens with expressionless faces sway behind him as he sang, why couldn’t Shania have a few blokes? And then why not go one better than old Rob ever did and have a few outfits underneath a trenchcoat ready to be revealed with each verse? Why not indeed. Objectively speaking, this is one of the hottest music videos of all time.
Song: Man! I Feel Like a Woman
Artist: Shania Twain
Album: Come On Over
Release date: March 1999
19. Mötley Crüe – Girls, Girls, Girls
This film clip is literally just a video of the band riding motorcycles between strip clubs, played over a song about visiting a bunch of different strip clubs. Still good though, and a damn sexy music video.
Song: Girls, Girls, Girls
Artist: Mötley Crüe
Album: The Dirt Soundtrack
Release date: May 15, 1987
20. Fountains of Wayne – Stacy’s Mom
This film clip handles a delicate subject, and probably wouldn’t be made today if we’re honest. But luckily, it was made ages ago, and hence somehow passes the pub test as not too suggestive, even though it completely is. New Zealand’s own Rachel Hunter plays Stacy’s Mom, and frankly, we can see why the dude just wasn’t that into Stacy.
Song: Stacy’s Mom
Artist: Fountains of Wayne
Album: Welcome Interstate Managers
Release date: May 2003
21. The White Stripes – I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself
When you have an obscure cover song with no obvious connection to the band singing it or anything really, you might find yourself stuck for film clip ideas. When in doubt, just get Kate Moss to pole dance.
Song: I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself
Artist: The White Stripes
Release date: September 1, 2003
22. Aerosmith – Crazy
This one is weird. Like really weird. It’s one thing to let your teenage daughter to act/be filmed in such a way, but it’s another to use it in your own damn film clip. Lead singer Steven Tyler employed his daughter Liv in this film clip, which is undeniably sexy, in a probably-shouldn’t-be kind of way, and the whole thing is just … weird.
Album: Get a Grip
Release date: May 3, 1994
23. Britney Spears – Womanizer
Artist: Britney Spears
Release date: October 3, 2008
24. Kanye West – Fade
Kanye West is either a crazed egomaniac or an artistic genius. Or both. Thing is: sometimes he comes across as an absolute nutjob through his many creative outlets, but sometimes he absolutely nails it. Here is an example of the latter. Featuring Teyana Taylor, the clip draws inspiration from many sexy sources and even went on to win Best Choreography at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards, as well as Best Dance Performance at the 2016 Soul Train Music Awards.
Artist: Kanye West
Album: The Life of Pablo
Release date: September 20, 2016
25. Lady Gaga feat. Beyoncé – Telephone
Pre-empting Orange is The New Black by almost half a decade, Lady Gaga, who is no stranger to producing work with a sexual bent, can be thanked for this clip. Set in a women’s prison, Gaga is rescued by none other than Queen Bey, who picks her up in none other than Buck’s famous Pussy Wagon from Kill Bill: Volume I.
Artist: Lady Gaga
Album: The Fame Monster
Release date: January 26, 2010
26. Christina Aguilera feat. Redman – Dirrty
There was a time when every girl from the age of 16 to 21 had black streaks through long peroxide hair. It was all because of this film clip.
Artist: Christina Aguilera feat. Redman
Release date: September 14, 2002
27. Nelly Furtado feat. Timbaland – Promiscuous
Look, it’s not the sexi-EST on this here list, but it is still pretty bloody sexy. Nelly Furtado needed a banger to get her name back into the charts six years after 2000’s ‘I’m Like a Bird’, and this clip helped her do it.
Song title: Promiscuous
Artist: Nelly Furtado feat. Timbaland
Release date: April 25, 2006
28. Miley Cyrus – Wrecking Ball
If your entire career has been built on a foundation of teeny-bopping fans and good ole all-American-cotton-candy-praise-be-to-Jesus-daddy’s-cookin’-some-BBQ-praise-the-troops-God-bless-the-USA stylings, then you need to shift that image quicksmart after a certain age lest you be tossed on the same heap as Hilary Duff, LeAnn Rimes and the Olsen twins.
How, you may ask? Why, buy taking off all of your clothes and swinging on a wrecking ball and licking a hammer, duh. Say what you will, but Miley Cyrus killed Hannah Montana with this clip, and her career has thrived ever since.
Song: Wrecking Ball
Artist: Miley Cyrus
Album: Wrecking Ball
Release date: August 25, 2013
29. Shakira – Whenever, Wherever
This song was the love song of an entire generation, with lyrics that reminded us just how hard it can be to meet a girl with giant norks if you didn’t have Sherpa Tenzing Norgay to help you navigate the treacherous crevasses, caverns and peaks of her fulsome bosom. The clip is less nuanced and basically features Shakira crawling through the mud, and hence find itself on this list.
Song: Whenever, Wherever
Album: Laundry Service
Release date: August 27, 2001
30. Chris Isaak – Wicked Game
Fun fact: The Hawaiian beach on which this famous sexy film clip was shot is no longer there, as it was covered by lava from a nearby active volcano shortly after the film clip was produced, making Chris Isaak and Helena Christensen’s nude frolicking only the second hottest thing to happen on the now-buried black sands of Kamoamoa.
Song: Wicked Game
Artist: Chris Isaak
Album: 1991 Vamp Internacional
Release date: November 8, 1990
31. Britney Spears – Toxic
Britney gets on this list twice for a few reasons, but mostly that she deserves to. Her career has spanned over 20 years, with many a sexy film clip during that time, and plucking two from the list only seemed fair. ‘Toxic’ is one of her finest hours in terms of catchiness, thematics and visual exuberance, and her portrayal of a secret agent in search of a vial of green liquid features clever references to Blade Runner and Marilyn Monroe’s 1955 classic The Seven Year Itch.
Artist: Britney Spears
Album: In the Zone
Release date: January 13, 2004
32. Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg – California Gurls
Whipped cream has never tasted the same since.
Song: California Gurls
Artist: Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg
Album: Teenage Dream
Release date: May 7, 2010
33. Jessica Simpson – These Boots Are Made For Walkin’
Though drawing the ire of many traditionalists who like their ’60s hits unfettered with hip-hop beats, rap sections and bridges where there were no bridges before, Jessica Simpson rewrote the lyrics to this chart-topper, donned her Daisy Dukes and shot this clip in timing with the release of 2005’s The Dukes of Hazzard, in which she also starred.
Song: These Boots Are Made For Walkin’
Artist: Jessica Simpson
Album: A Public Affair
Release date: May 26, 2005 (US), August 29, 2005 (UK)
34. Britney Spears – I’m a Slave 4 U
Okay so we lied, Britney made it on this list three times. Sue us. It’s Britney, bitch, and the clip for 2001’s ‘I’m a Slave 4 U’ did not disappoint.
Song: I’m a Slave 4 U
Artist: Britney Spears
Writers: Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo
Release date: September 24, 2001
35. Beyoncé – Drunk in Love
You could quite literally fill this list with Beyoncé videos. In this one, Jay-z’s wife is dancing on a beach in lingerie. Need we say more?
Song: Drunk in Love
Artist: Beyoncé feat. Jay-Z
Release date: December 17th, 2013
36. Selena Gomez – Hands to Myself
Selena Gomez wearing lingerie from the Emporio Armani throughout the length of a sexy music video. What’s not to appreciate? She also can’t keep her hands to herself, which is mildly provocative.
Song: Hands To Myself
Artist: Selena Gomez
Release date: January 26, 2016
37. Enrique Iglesias – Escape
This sexy music video features Iglesias and tennis-player Anna Kournikova and has a heartfelt message behind it. We’re not quite sure what it is about the sets of music videos but people who film together stay together. This pair is still happily married some years after they met on the scene, Jay-z Beyonce vibes much? The video closes with a scene of the theatre being emptied, but Kournikova stands and waits in her seat until Iglesias comes over to her after the crowd has left. Guess what happens next?
Artist: Enrique Iglesias
Release date: 23 January 2002
38. Rihanna – S&M
The lyrics of This song read like a fan fiction alternative to 50 shades of grey. Let us peruse the lyrics (pause):
“Cause I may be bad but I’m perfectly good at it
Sex in the air, I don’t care, I love the smell of it
Sticks and stones may break my bones
But chains and whips excite me”
That right their ladies and gentlemen is why this is one of the sexiest music videos of all time.
Song: S AND M
Release date: January 21, 2011
39. Beyoncé – Partition
Nothing to see here, just Queen B doing her thing channelling her alter ego Yoncé, who spends her time in Brooklyn wearing a grill, and “being the hottest girl in the club“. This is one of the sexiest music videos of all time, if only because it depicts the sexual fantasies of a rich and bored housewife played by Beyoncé. Just please hold it together, that’s HOV’s wife after all.
Release date: February 25, 2014
40. Jennifer Lopez ft Iggy Azalea – Booty
Booty is defined as the final stage in the evolution of a butt, and this sexy music video is testament to that. Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azelia have unequivocally exceeded the evolutionary stages and moved into the good god stratosphere. FYI, this is NOT about the treasure that a pirate finds, but I guess that depends on who you ask…
Artist: Jennifer Lopez
Release date: September 23, 2014
41. Fergie – M.I.L.F.$
What’s better than lingerie-clad 1950s housewives? This sexy music video has the answer… 1950’s lingerie-clad housewives played by Fergie, Ciara, Chrissy Teigen, Alessandra Ambrosio, Kim Kardashian West, and Gemma Ward! Set in a candy-coloured town called “Milfville”, it’s this is an action-packed flick that is definitely NOT for the whole family.
Song: M.I.L.F. $
Album: Double Dutchess
Release date: July 1, 2016
42. Juicy J – Bandz A Make Her Dance ft. Lil’ Wayne & 2 Chainz (Explicit)
Adult film star, Alexis Texas appears in this sexy music video sporting a t-shirt for adult film website Brazzers. in an interview with Youtuber Adam22 she said: “it was an enjoyable filming experience on the Bandz a Make Her Dance music video”. This music video found a great deal of success in strip clubs across the nation, and we’re not that surprised about it either.
Song: Bandz A Make Her Dance
Artist: Juicy J
Album: Stay Trippy
Release date: September 11, 2012
43. Doja Cat – Juicy
There’s a lot of… you guessed it, featured in this sexy music video. In fact, Doja herself reminds us that “She keep that booty booty, she keep that plump”, throughout the song. Originally released as a solo version on the deluxe edition of her album Amala, this remix features American rapper Tyga and acted as the lead single off her second album Hot Pink.
Artist: Doja Cat Tyga
Album: Hot Pink
Release date: August 15, 2019
What is the most provocative music video?
Madonna was once the queen of provocative music videos, namely thanks to Justify My Love and Like a Prayer. Modern-day examples might include music videos from Italian DJ Benny Benassi, Die Antwoord, or Miley Cyrus, to name just a few artists.
What are the most inappropriate music videos?
Some videos to feature inappropriate content in the classical sense are Who’s Your Daddy by Benny Benassi, Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus, Justify My Love by Madonna, Lapdance by N.E.R.D., Dirrty by Christina Aguilera, and Indestructible by Robyn.
What is the sexiest song of all time?
Putting videos aside, the music industry has delivered no shortage of sexy songs. That would include Let's Get It On by Marvin Gaye, Love to Love You Baby by Donna Summer, I'm a Slave 4 U by Britney Spears, and countless others.