3.2k voters

The Best Rock Music Videos

Updated June 21, 2018 33.0k votes 3.2k voters 174.6k views73 items

List RulesVote up the best rock music videos.

Though now a rarity, once upon a time music television stations like MTV and VH1 actually played music videos including these picks for the best rock music videos of all time. Don't see your favorite rock music video listed? Show it some love by adding it below.

The best rock videos include what is now considered classic rock, with the likes of Aerosmith's collaboration with Run DMC for "Walk This Way," and several songs from Guns N' Roses with their videos for "Sweet Child of Mine" and "November Rain."

Moving into the 1990s, the grunge rock phase brought us some of the most iconic rock videos of all time such as "Heart Shaped Box" and "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana and "Jeremy" by Pearl Jam. That time period wasn't all flannel shirts and distorted guitar riffs as it also brought the memorable music videos like REM's "Losing My Religion" and Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun."

So what are the best rock music videos of all time? That's up to you to decide.

As rock music styles progressed in the years since, so did the videos. More recently, bands have used both impressive digital graphics to create music videos, like the Arcade Fire video for "We Used To Wait/The Wilderness Downtown," as well as good old fashioned one-tale choreography, like in the OK Go video for "Here It Goes Again."

Music videos may not get the airtime they used to on television but thanks to online video sites like YouTube and Vimeo, bands can continue to create and share great rock music videos like these for years to come.
  • Thriller
    Video: YouTube
    • Artist: Michael Jackson
    • Albums: Thriller, HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book 1
    Is this one of the best?

    More Thriller 

    #170 of 193 The Worst Freakin' Songs of the '80s, Ranked#41 of 95 History's Greatest Disco Songs, Ranked#1 of 104 The Best Halloween Songs

  • Bohemian Rhapsody
    Video: YouTube
    • Artist: Queen
    • Albums: A Night at the Opera
    Is this one of the best?

    More Bohemian Rhapsody 

    Behind The Scenes Of The Movie 'Bohemian Rhapsody'#1783 of 3,867 The Best Songs Of All Time, Ranked#3 of 97 The Best Ballads of the 70s

  • Sabotage
    Video: YouTube
    • Artist: Beastie Boys
    • Albums: Ill Communication
    Is this one of the best?

    More Sabotage 

    #6 of 161 The Best 90s Music Videos#6 of 42 You Quit Your Job: What Song Do You Play as You Leave?#1 of 50 The Best Beastie Boys Songs

  • Sledgehammer
    Video: YouTube
    • Artist: Peter Gabriel
    • Albums: So
    Is this one of the best?

    More Sledgehammer 

    #4 of 52 The Best 1980s Music Videos#90 of 284 The Best Rock Songs Of The '80s, Ranked#10 of 93 The Best Peter Gabriel Songs of All Time