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25 Creepy and Disturbing Music Videos

Updated September 23, 2021 4k votes 871 voters 56.5k views25 items

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Music videos can make us laugh, rock out, or reveal some cool dance moves we've never seen before. Of course, they can also creep the ever-loving crap out of us.

Creepy music videos can range from a little startling to deeply disturbing, whether they play on atmosphere, music, or gore, and it makes them hard not to watch.

So what makes a music video really, truly creepy? Does it have to depend on blood and violence, or does it just need to express a distressing message? Does it need supernatural elements, or is human nature disturbing enough on its own? Perhaps that depends on the individual viewer, and this list runs the gamut, so there's something to scare everyone.

So take a deep breath, turn off your lights, and check out some distressing subject matters set to music. Maybe then you can decide what aspects truly make a music video the most disturbing. 

  • 1

    Dir en Grey, Obscure

    Video: YouTube

    This Japanese-made concoction pushed the envelope of what is allowed to be seen in music videos internationally. From amputation, gore, sex, mutation, and senseless violence, all spliced with some harsh sounding music, this is a serious stomach-punching thrill ride from beginning to end. Be warned, this is a graphic video and not for the weak of stomach. 

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  • 2

    Aphex Twin, Come to Daddy

    Video: YouTube

    In truth, just about any video by Aphex Twin deserves to be on this list. 

    The recipe for creepiness is perfect here. Take a group of murderous and violent children who all bear the visage of one Richard James, the man behind AT, set it to jarring, arythmic electronic music, and and end with a bizarre, screaming James figure emerging from a television set, and bake for about six minutes.

    The whole thing just feels so deeply disturbing on some primal level that you might have trouble sleeping after watching it.. 

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  • 3

    Aphex Twin, Rubber Johnny

    Video: YouTube

    The intro to this video may well be more distressing than the video itself. The sound of a small, deformed humanoid crying out for mama, then screaming as it is possibly abused is enough to make anyone feel uncomfortable. But the video goes further, the screeching and frantic pace of the music itself mixing with shots of a naked wheelchair-bound humanoid "dancing."

    If the imagery doesn't creep you out, it will at least confound you.

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  • 4

    Tool, Schism

    Video: YouTube

    Some of the makeup and costuming in this video are insanely impressive, but for the most part, it's quite disturbing. Using people as human crayons, feet sticking out of a semi-solid floor, nudity, and possibly death all make appearances in this video. One of the more fascinating parts probably has to do with removing blocks from people, like we're made of Legos, and a little toothed creature running around biting stuff.

    There's a weird vibe of intimacy here that's never fully explained, and maybe it's better that way. 

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