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 film clips has it all.
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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 supermodels, 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.
Who’s Your Daddy – Benny Benassi (NSFW)
Starting out strong, this lascivious offering from Benny Benassi has it all. And by all, we mean hot lashings of full-frontal nudity, and a whole mess of perky tits. I mean, what else can we say other than, enjoy?
Satisfaction – Also Benny Benassi
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.
Ride – Ciara feat. Ludacris
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 racy visualisation is only heightened by the fact that there’s a mechanical bull #winning.
Girls on Film – Duran Duran
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.
It Just Won’t Do – Tim Deluxe
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?
Justify My Love – Madonna
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.
Touch My Body – Mariah Carey
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’.
Call on Me – Eric Prydz
“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.
Leo – Holiday Sidewinder
Holiday Sidewinder first found fame with Sydney band Bridezilla when she was still in high school, but has since branched out to create her own brand of fun, sexy and upbeat bangers with film clips to match. Leo takes traditional sexual objectification and flips it on its head, and in vintage Versace, to boot.
Let’s Stick Together – Bryan Ferry
Look, we get that 90 per cent of this film clip is just the moustachioed Bryan Ferry singing with a band, and that’s not necessarily everybody’s tube of KY, but there’s a magical ten per cent which is Jerry Hall whelping like a chihuahua in a very racy leopard-print number, which is made all the more dirtier when you think she also dated Mick Jagger once she was done with Bryan. It’s just such a pity that she’s now married to Rupert.
Lapdance – N.E.R.D.
It’s called Lapdance, duh.
Destination Calabria – Alex Gaudino feat. Crystal Waters
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.
Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke feat. T.I. & Pharrell
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.
The Prodigy – Smack My Bitch Up
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.
Indestructible – Robyn
This film clip from Swedish songstress Robyn is straight-up just people having sex.
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.
Anaconda – Nicki Minaj
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.
Simply Irresistible – Robert Palmer
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 the sexy vibes.
Man! I Feel Like a Woman – Shania Twain
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.
Girls, Girls, Girls – Mötley Crüe
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.
Stacy’s Mom – Fountains of Wayne
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.
I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself – The White Stripes
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.
Crazy – Aerosmith
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.
Womanizer – Britney Spears
Fade – Kanye West
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.
Telephone – Lady Gaga feat. Beyoncé
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. It’s lit, fam.
Dirrty – Christina Aguilera feat. Redman
There was a time when every girl from the age of 16 to 21 had black streaks through long peroxide hair, and not showering for a few days was pretty acceptable. It was all because of this film clip.
Promiscuous – Nelly Furtado feat. Timbaland
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.
Wrecking Ball – Miley Cyrus
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.
Whenever, Wherever – Shakira
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.
Wicked Game – Chris Isaak
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.
Toxic – Britney Spears
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.
California Gurls – Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg
Whipped cream has never tasted the same since.
These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ – Jessica Simpson
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.
I’m a Slave 4 U – Britney Spears
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.
And The Subjectively Sexy…
So we’re the first to admit here at Man of Many that one man’s sexy is another man’s crass, and vice-versa. While the above may tick all the traditional boxes of what might be considered the sexiest music videos of all time, there are plenty of clever, artistic and subversive film clips that manage to be sexy whilst thinking outside the constraints of normalcy. Here are but a few.
Faith – George Michael
This was a new era, almost a second-coming for the sexual revolution, and George Michael was a proud flag-flying ambassador for making tight jeans on men acceptable, no matter your style. At a time when masculinity in music meant big hair, eyeshadow and tight stonewashed jeans, this was actually pretty tame, and the gentle allusion to a mostly naked woman leaning against a jukebox gets a thumbs up from us.
Baby’s On Fire – Die Antwoord
If you’re not already familiar with the visual stylings of Die Antwoord, you should definitely Google them. Or don’t, it really depends how much you can handle on the weird-o-meter. This film clip is one of their less confronting, but features the incredibly sexy Yolandi Visser in a selection of skimpy outfits trying to get off with her boyfriend in various compromising situations. Pretty normal.
Famous – Kanye West
As previously stated, ‘sexy’ is subjective, and this offering from Ye is no exception. Though controversial for its lyrics suggesting that a) he made Taylor Swift famous and b) the two might one day engage in coitus, the clip just features a bunch of naked people of varying shapes, sizes, colours and ages in bed together, and is actually kind of a nice comment on humanity as a whole, if you can get past wife Kim’s surgically enhanced butt, that is.
What’s My Age Again – Blink 182
Is a bunch of skinny ’90s rockers running through the streets of LA naked sexy? We’ll let you decide. Porn star Janine Lindemulder, however, who also featured on the album cover for 1999’s Enema of State, from which this track was pulled, is definitely not a bad sort.
Love Online – Donny Benet
In the same very weird, intangible way that Ron ‘The Hedgehog’ Jeremy is sexy, Donny Benet has carved a name out for himself as this generation’s crooning Casanova. While a receding hairline, beer-influenced gut and hairy chest may not be on the top of everybody’s list of dealbreakers, Donny somehow pulls it all together, tucks it behind a smoking jacket and makes the crowds go wild. We don’t understand it, but we’re all about it.
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