MTV Top 100 Videos of 1985

by shatterdaymorn | created - 11 Jun 2017 | updated - 29 Jul 2017 | Public

This is a list of all videos from MTV's Year-End Top 100 Countdown of music videos from 1985.

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1. Dire Straits: Money for Nothing (1985 Video)

5 min | Animation, Short, Music

Dire Straits classic video clip for 'Money for Nothing', smash 1985 hit from the album "Brothers in Arms". The iconic video mixtures advanced animation technology and footage from the band ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Barron | Stars: Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler

Votes: 1,011

2. Starship: We Built This City (1985 Video)

G | 5 min | Short, Music

Starship performs in the music video "We Built This City" from the album "Knee Deep in the Hoopla" recorded for Grunt Records. Mickey Thomas opens the video sing before a darkened landscape... See full summary »

Director: Francis Delia | Stars: Jefferson Starship, Donny Baldwin, Craig Chaquico, Pete Sears

Votes: 53

3. Mr. Mister: Broken Wings (1985 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

Mr. Mister: performs in the music video "Broken Wings" from the album "Welcome to the Real World" recorded for RCA Records. Richard Page sings as he drives through the desert in a Ford ... See full summary »

Director: Oley Sassone | Stars: Steve Farris, Steve George, Mr. Mister, Richard Page

Votes: 136

4. John Cougar Mellencamp: Lonely Ol' Night (1985 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

John Cougar Mellencamp performs in the music video "Lonely Ol' Night" from the album "Scarecrow" recorded for Riva Records. The black and white video features John Cougar Mellencamp singing... See full summary »

Stars: Kathryn Green, John Mellencamp

Votes: 9

5. Simple Minds: Don't You (Forget About Me) (1985 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

Simple Minds performs in the music video for "Don't You (Forget About Me)" from the original motion picture soundtrack of The Breakfast Club (1985) recorded for Virgin Records. Lead singer ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Kleinman | Stars: Simple Minds, Charlie Burchill, Derek Forbes, Mel Gaynor

Votes: 51

6. John Parr: St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion) (1985 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

John Parr performs in the music video "St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion)" from the original motion picture soundtrack to the film St. Elmo's Fire (1985) recorded for Atlantic Records. John ... See full summary »

Stars: Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore

Votes: 49

7. Tears for Fears: Everybody Wants to Rule the World (1985 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

It features Curt Smith driving an antique Austin-Healey 3000 sports car around numerous Southern California locales, including Salton Sea and Cabazon. Interspersed with these clips are ... See full summary »

Director: Nigel Dick | Stars: Manny Elias, Roland Orzabal, Curt Smith, Ian Stanley

Votes: 266

8. Sting: If You Love Somebody Set Them Free (1985 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

Sting and his band perform in the music video "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free" from the album "The Dream of the Blue Turtles" recorded for A&M Records. Sting and the band we each filmed... See full summary »

Directors: Lol Creme, Godley & Creme, Kevin Godley | Stars: Omar Hakim, Darryl Jones, Kenny Kirkland, Branford Marsalis

Votes: 27

9. Sting: Fortress Around Your Heart (1985 Video)

6 min | Short, Music

Sting performs in the music video "Fortress Around Your Heart" from the album "The Dream of the Blue Turtles" recorded for A&M Records. A mysterious man approaches Sting on behalf of an ... See full summary »

Director: Mick Haggerty | Star: Sting

Votes: 17

10. REO Speedwagon: Can't Fight This Feeling, Version 2 (1985 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

REO Speedwagon performs in the second version of the music video "Can't Fight This Feeling" from the album "Wheels Are Turnin'" recorded for Epic Records. REO Speedwagon perform the song ... See full summary »

Directors: Kevin Dole, Sherry Revord | Stars: Kevin Cronin, REO Speedwagon

Votes: 15

11. Tears for Fears: Shout (1984 Video)

6 min | Short, Music

It features footage of Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith at Durdle Door in Dorset, England, and at a studio performance with full band (with Ian Stanley, Manny Elias) performing the song amidst a crowd of family and friends.

Director: Nigel Dick | Stars: Manny Elias, Roland Orzabal, Curt Smith, Ian Stanley

Votes: 252

12. Mick Jagger: Just Another Night (1985 Video)

6 min | Short, Music

Mick Jagger performs in the music video "Just Another Night" from the album "She's the Boss" recorded for Columbia Records. Mick Jagger talks to a woman who talks him into performing. He ... See full summary »

Director: Julien Temple | Stars: Rae Dawn Chong, Mick Jagger

Votes: 20

13. Eurythmics: Would I Lie to You? (1985 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

The song features Lennox confronting a cheating lover as she leaves him for good. This was conveyed in the music video for the single, in which actor Steven Bauer played the part of the ... See full summary »

Director: Mary Lambert | Stars: Steven Bauer, Eurythmics, Annie Lennox, David A. Stewart

Votes: 77

14. Phil Collins: One More Night (1985 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

Phil Collins performs in the music video "One More Night" from the album "No Jacket Required" recorded for Virgin Records. Phil Collins sits at the piano at and sings the song at a club ... See full summary »

Director: James Yukich | Star: Phil Collins

Votes: 86

15. Phil Collins: Sussudio (1985 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

Phil Collins performs in the music video "Sussudio" from the album "No Jacket Required" recorded for Virgin Records. Phil Collins sings the song on the stage of a pub. At the beginning the ... See full summary »

Director: James Yukich | Stars: Phil Collins, Daryl Stuermer, Chester Thompson

Votes: 178

16. Simple Minds: Alive and Kicking (1985 Video)

6 min | Short, Music

Simple Minds performs in the music video "Alive and Kicking" from the album "Once Upon a Time" recorded for Virgin Records. Jim Kerr sings the song while the band plays in the pastoral ... See full summary »

Director: Zbigniew Rybczynski | Stars: Robin Clark, Jim Kerr, Simple Minds

Votes: 25

17. Glenn Frey: You Belong to the City (1985 Video)

6 min | Short, Music

Glenn Frey performs in the music video "You Belong to the City" from the original soundtrack for the television series Miami Vice (1984) recorded for MCA Records. Frey leave his apartment ... See full summary »

Star: Glenn Frey

Votes: 17

18. Heart: Never (1985 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

Heart performs in the music video "Never" from the album "Heart" recorded for Capitol Records. Ann Wilson sings while Nancy Wilson plays guitar with the band on set decorated with nets and ... See full summary »

Director: Marty Callner | Stars: Heart, Mark Andes, Denny Carmassi, Howard Leese

Votes: 27

19. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Don't Come Around Here No More (1985 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

Tom Petty plays the Mad Hatter in this Alice in Wonderland inspired video for his song "Don't Come Around Here No More"

Director: Jeff Stein | Stars: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Louise Foley, Tom Petty, David A. Stewart

Votes: 340

20. Huey Lewis and the News: The Power of Love (1985 Video)

7 min | Short, Music

Huey Lewis and the News perform in the music video "The Power of Love" from the original motion picture soundtrack for Back to the Future (1985). Huey Lewis and his band perform the song at... See full summary »

Director: Tim Newman | Stars: Huey Lewis, Christopher Lloyd, Huey Lewis & The News

Votes: 112

21. John Cougar Mellencamp: Small Town (1985 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

John Cougar Mellencamp performs in the music video "Small Town" from the album "Scarecrow" recorded for Riva Records. The video begins with black and white still photographs of small town ... See full summary »

Star: John Mellencamp

Votes: 7

22. David Lee Roth: California Girls (1985 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

David Lee Roth performs in the music video "California Girls" from the album "Crazy from the Heat" recorded for Warner Brothers Records. The music video opens with shots of a busload of ... See full summary »

Directors: Pete Angelus, David Lee Roth | Stars: Ally Downs, Becky LeBeau, Jane Leeves, David Lee Roth

Votes: 75

23. Don Henley: All She Wants to Do Is Dance (1985 Video)

PG-13 | 5 min | Short, Music

Don Henley performs in the music video "All She Wants to Do Is Dance" from the album "Building the Perfect Beast" recorded for Geffen Records. Don Henley and his band perform the song in a ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Barron | Star: Don Henley

Votes: 11

24. Night Ranger: Sentimental Street (1985 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

Night Ranger performs in the music video "Sentimental Street" from the album "7 Wishes" recorded for MCA Records. The video begins with a news commentator reporting that Night Ranger is ... See full summary »

Stars: Jack Blades, Night Ranger

25. Glenn Frey: The Heat Is On (1984 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

Glenn Frey performs in the music video "The Heat Is On" from the original motion picture soundtrack for Beverly Hills Cop (1984) recorded for MCA Records. Glenn Frey sings the song with his... See full summary »

Star: Glenn Frey

Votes: 18

26. ZZ Top: Sleeping Bag (1985 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

A music video was made to promote the song. The video revolves around a couple being chased by two wheel loaders and the Bear Foot monster truck.The video shows the destruction of the "... See full summary »

Director: Steve Barron | Stars: Heather Langenkamp, John Dye, Frank Beard, Billy Gibbons

Votes: 44

27. Madonna: Crazy for You (1985 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

Madonna croons for the lovers of 'Vision Quest' in this music video using footage from the film.

Director: Harold Becker | Stars: Linda Fiorentino, Madonna, Matthew Modine

Votes: 432

28. Robert Plant: Little by Little (1985 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

Robert Plant performs in the music video "Little by Little" from the album "Shaken 'n' Stirred" recorded for Es Paranza. The video begins with aerial shots of the countryside and two men ... See full summary »

Star: Robert Plant

Votes: 7

29. George Michael: Careless Whisper (1984 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

The video for the UK and US number-one single which launched the solo career of Wham! star George Michael and became one of the biggest songs of 1984.

Directors: Duncan Gibbins, Andrew Morahan | Stars: Madeline Andrews-Hodge, George Michael, Lisa Stahl

Votes: 325

30. Eric Clapton: Forever Man (1985 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

Eric Clapton performs in the music video "Forever Man" from the album "Behind the Sun" recorded for Warner Brothers Records. The video opens with cameras and a production crew as they ... See full summary »

Directors: Lol Creme, Godley & Creme, Kevin Godley | Stars: Eric Clapton, Marcella Detroit, Donald Dunn, Yvonne Elliman

Votes: 8

31. Foreigner: I Want to Know What Love Is (1984 Video)

G | 5 min | Short, Music

Foreigner performs in the music video "I Want to Know What Love Is" from the album "Agent Provocateur" recorded for Atlantic Records. The video opens with Lou Gramm singing intently into a ... See full summary »

Director: Brian Gibson | Stars: Foreigner, Dennis Elliott, Lou Gramm, Mick Jones

Votes: 222

32. The Firm: Radioactive (1985 Video)

3 min | Short, Music

The Firm performs in the music video "Radioactive" from the album "The Firm" recorded for Atlantic Records. Paul Rodgers plays guitar and sings while the rest of the band play behind him on... See full summary »

Stars: The Firm, Tony Franklin, Jimmy Page, Paul Rodgers

Votes: 7

33. John Fogerty: The Old Man Down the Road (1984 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

John Fogerty performs in the music video "The Old Man Down the Road" from the album "Centerfield" recorded for Warner Brothers Records. The video begins in a swamp where a man sits on a ... See full summary »

Director: Mick Haggerty | Star: John Fogerty

Votes: 8

34. Tears for Fears: Head Over Heels (1985 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

Tears for Fears performs in the music video "Head Over Heels" from their album "Songs from the Big Chair" recorded for Phonogram Records and Mercury Records. Roland Orzabal sings as he ... See full summary »

Director: Nigel Dick | Stars: Tears for Fears, Joan Densmore, Manny Elias, Roland Orzabal

Votes: 95

35. Corey Hart: Never Surrender (1985 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

Corey Hart performs in the music video "Never Surrender" from the album "Boy in the Box" recorded for Aquarius Records and EMI America Records. The video starts as Corey Hart holds his head... See full summary »

Director: Rob Quartly | Star: Corey Hart

Votes: 7

36. Phil Collins: Don't Lose My Number (1985 Video)

6 min | Short, Comedy, Music

Phil Collins gets pitched ideas for his latest music video.

Director: James Yukich | Star: Phil Collins

Votes: 64

37. USA for Africa: We Are the World (1985 Video)

7 min | Short, Music

The music video showed the recording of "We Are the World".

Director: Tom Trbovich | Stars: Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Kenny Rogers

Votes: 470

38. Bryan Adams: Summer of '69 (1984 Video)

G | 4 min | Short, Music

The music video, released in 1985, was directed by Irish director Steve Barron. In 1985 the music video was nominated for an MTV Video Music Award in the category for Best Male Video. While... See full summary »

Director: Steve Barron | Stars: Bryan Adams, Lysette Anthony, Adrian Formosa, Garwin Sanford

Votes: 481

39. Bryan Adams: Somebody (1984 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

Video promo for "Somebody" by Bryan Adams from the album Reckless.

Director: Steve Barron | Stars: Bryan Adams, Lysette Anthony

Votes: 54

40. A-Ha: Take on Me (1985 Video)

4 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

Official music video for "Take on Me" by A-Ha.

Director: Steve Barron | Stars: A-Ha, Bunty Bailey, Alfie Curtis, Magne Furuholmen

Votes: 1,573

42. Paul Young: Everytime You Go Away (1985 Video)

G | 4 min | Short, Music

The music video for the cover song "Everytime You Go Away" by an English singer Paul Young from the 1985 album "The Secret of Association".

Director: Nick Morris | Star: Paul Young

Votes: 57

43. Bruce Springsteen: Glory Days (1985 Video)

Not Rated | 6 min | Short, Music

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performs in the music video "Glory Days" from the album "Born in the U.S.A." recorded for Columbia Records. Springsteen and the band perform in a bar... See full summary »

Director: John Sayles | Stars: Clarence Clemons, Nils Lofgren, Howard March, Julianne Phillips

Votes: 114

44. Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin: Separate Lives (1985 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin performs in the music video "Separate Lives" from the original motion picture soundtrack for White Nights (1985) recorded for Atlantic Records and Virgin ... See full summary »

Director: James Yukich | Stars: Phil Collins, Marilyn Martin

Votes: 10

45. Thompson Twins: Lay Your Hands on Me (1984 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

Thompson Twins performs in the music video "Lay Your Hands on Me" from the album "Here's to Future Days" recorded for Arista Records. The video opens as the band enters through three doors ... See full summary »

Director: Dieter Trattmann | Stars: Thompson Twins, Tom Bailey, Alannah Currie, Joe Leeway

Votes: 9