The best music videos help to bring a song to life in ways that we couldn’t imagine from merely listening to it. They can add new meanings to songs and help us understand the lyrics in a greater context. Some music videos are made on tiny budgets, but the ten below cost several million dollars to create.
10. What’s It Gonna Be?! by Busta Rhymes
Busta Rhymes co-directed the music video for “What’s It Gonna Be?!” alongside Hype Williams. The video first aired in March of 1999 and was made on a budget of $2.4 million, which would be about $4.2 million nowadays.
The song and music video featured guest vocals from Janet Jackson, with the video winning no less than four VMA trophies. The video, which features a lot of sexual imagery, shows Jackson in a dominatrix outfit, while Busta Rhymes is dressed up as a knight.