Released: 1994

Director: Mark Romanek

Trent Reznor bought an early 20th century roll of unexposed film to record this twisted music video on. One of the most controversial on our list, it features s&m, animal cruelty and religion - and sees Reznor shackled in a creepy basement.

Best bit: When a seemingly severed head opens his eyes.


Released: 2003

Director: Johan Renck

Featuring female impersonator Rickard Engfors lip-sinking to the track as the entertainment at the annual meeting of a local Swedish football club, this mesmerizing video is tense, beautiful and haunting.

Best bit: Band member Olof Dreijer’s dance moves.


Released: 1985

Director: Julian Doyle

The idea for this promo was conceived by Kate herself and Monty Python’s Terry Gilliam. It was based on the tale of Wilhelm Reich, the Austrian scientist who tried to alter the weather with his cloudbuster.

Best bit: When Kate gets the cloudbuster going and it starts raining.


Released: 1998

Director: Doug Nichol

Having directed promos for Sting and Aerosmith, Doug Nichol is known as being one of the best directors in the business. This melodramatic, Hollywood-esque video should be top of his CV.

Best bit: When Jarvis emerges from a circle of burlesque performers waving feather fans.


Released: 1990

Director: Anton Corbjin

Based on the kid’s book ‘The Little Prince’, the video sees lead singer Dave Gahan searching for a quiet place to sit and listen to Depeche Mode presumably.

Best bit: The satisfying moment he gets to finally sit down in that deckchair.


Released: 1986

Director: David Byrne

With clips from the film True Stories, ‘Wild Wild Life’ makes you want to don your best '80s attire and leap onstage to join the karaoke wannabes.

Best bit: The yellow jumpsuit at the start — the most retro piece of clothing you’ll ever see.


Released: 1980

Director: Julien Temple

The band rob a bank to pinch a gold record of their 1980 album ‘British Steel’. This video is worth it just to see lead singer Rob Halford pulling apart the iron bars of a safe with his bare hands.

Best bit: 0.48 in when the band make a hostage’s glasses smash with their dark sounds.


Released: 2003

Director: Bryan Barber

Based on The Beatles’ appearance at the Ed Sullivan Show – screaming, fainting fans and all – it sees the singer play every member of ‘The Love Below’.

Best bit: Who honestly doesn’t “shake it like a Polaroid” when Andre 3000 tells them to?


Released: 1995

Director: Maria Machnacz

With guys and girls alike instantly falling in love with the red-lipped siren that is PJ Harvey in this video, it’s mesmerizing. The simplicity of the promo, just Polly Jean dancing and swimming, proves what a gripping performer the NME Award winner is.

Best bit: The whispered end.


Released: 2009

Director: Eric Wareheim

Where to begin? The tutus, the cartoon house, the ridiculous "dancing"... it's guaranteed to either offend you or make you laugh. Or a bit of both.

Best bit: Is he meant to look like a chicken with that fluffy yellow jacket and hair?

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