Music videos used to be an important facet of album release. They weren’t just promotional tools, they were a way to connect more with the artist.
Queen hired a producer to create a video for “Bohemian Rhapsody” in 1975 to promote the song on the UK show Top pops. Another early music video was The Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star”, which first aired on MTV in 1981.
David Bowie’s 1980 video for “Ashes to Ashes” became the most expensive video of all time, grossing $582,000, according to David Buckley. Strange Fascination – David Bowie: The Definitive Story. Since then, many other artists have exceeded this budget, especially pop artists such as Michael Jackson and Madonna later in the decade and into the 90s.
However, only a few rock artists have managed to create extremely expensive music videos, and we’ve highlighted them below. Check out the most expensive hard rock music videos of all time.