26 Confusing Music Videos You Never Understood  

Jacob Shelton
534 votes 253 voters 22.1k views 26 items

List Rules Vote up the music videos that are the most confusing and have the weirdest stuff going on.

Since the '80s, music videos have been one of the best ways for musicians to send their music across the world without having to actually tour. For struggling artists, this means their music can be heard in England or Japan without having to actually go overseas. Obviously, thanks to the Internet that’s not such a big deal now, but music videos are still a big deal to musicians, even if they might be some of the weirdest things you've ever seen.

For a lot of musicians, videos are a way to show their artsier side, sometimes for better, and sometimes for worse. Initially, weird music videos were an easy way to stand out among other artists who stood and sang like mannequins, but as the years went on it began to feel like artists were trying to out-weird each other. For proof, check out these bizarre music videos in which, goodness gracious, what is even happening?

From The Eurythmics's Orwellian cow dancing to Lady Gaga’s beer can hair curlers, the strange music videos on this list run the gamut from downright bizarre to really funny music videos that stand on their own with or without the song they’re attached to.

On this list you’ll see familiar artists back to back with bands that you may have never heard of, but that’s okay because they’ve all made some of the weirdest music videos you’ll ever see. Try watching some of the stranger videos without any audio, maybe they’ll make more sense that way.

After you’ve recovered from the weirdness, be sure to vote up the music videos that are the most incredibly confusing and full of all kinds of strange visuals, effects, and imagery.
1 46 VOTES
Total Eclipse of the Heart
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Video: YouTube

Things That Really Happen in This Video: 

- Bonnie Tyler explores a Victorian mansion.
- There are ghost choir boys.
- And also a sexy men's swim team.
- And also sword fighting ballet dancers.
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2 28 VOTES
Mottai Nightland
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Video: YouTube
Things That Really Happen in This Video:
- There are dancing nightmare skeletons and a singing hat.
- The moon wears a tuxedo and ballroom dances with Kyary.
- There is a very unsettling, yet brightly colored crucifixion reference.
- Kyary eats the head off one of her dancers.
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3 42 VOTES
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Video: YouTube

Things That Really Happen in This Video:

- Morphing faces.
- An old lady watches a hunk do push ups.
- There are weird vintage work out machines.
- There is a nightmare girl eating ice cream.

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Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)
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Video: YouTube

Things That Really Happen in This Video: 

- Mid-video meditation.
- Orwellian speech.
- Someone assassinates Annie Lennox (maybe?).
- A guy dances around in a field with a cello and a cow.

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