Sex sells — and nothing sells music better than sexy videos. Granted, some of the music backing the bump ‘n’ grind is very listenable, but others are no more than softcore porn set to 130 B.P.M. dance beats. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)
Most of the top 10 videos on the list are a Freudian’s delight, and as such, feature more ladies than gentlemen in various states of undress. Still, this list seeks to please all, and everyone gets their fair share of eye candy.
#10 Aerosmith, “Crazy” (1994)
Sexy road trip! Alicia Silverstone and Liv Tyler (OMG! Steven Tyler’s daughter!) go on a naughty schoolgirl jaunt that involves dirty pictures, shoplifting and, naturally, a striptease.
#9 Duran Duran, “Girls on Film” (1981)
While a bit dated, there’s something timeless about slo-mo, lascivious girl-on-girl pillow fights and nude wrestling. Unfortunately, these not-yet Olympic events are intercut with footage of Duran Duran.
#8 D’Angelo, “Untitled (How Does it Feel?)” (1999)
One continuous, lingering, four-and-a-half minute shot of D’Angelo above the waist. The mystery? What is going on down below? Or should we say who is going down…
#7 Britney Spears, “I’m A Slave 4 U” (2001)
It was a tough call between this, Britney’s sweaty-city-dwellers-in-heat opus and “Toxic,” Britney’s flight-attendants-in-heat masterpiece. The slight advantage goes to “Slave” for the panting around the 2:50 mark.
#6 Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, “Good Vibrations” (1991)
Follow the pre-Oscar-nominated Mark Walhberg as he works out shirtless in the world’s most dilapidated gym. Lest that come across as too gay, between reps, he’s periodically shown bedding a hot woman.
#5 Maroon 5, “This Love” (2004)
Lead singer Adam Levine works hard to “keep her coming every night,” and you get to see how he does it in a vivid reenactment with then-girlfriend, model Kelly McKee.
#4 Madonna, “Justify My Love” (1990)
Madonna spends a night at the world’s kinkiest hotel, artily engaging in S&M-tinged group sex with men and women who cross-dress. You know, a typical Saturday night.
#3 Benny Benassi, “Who’s Your Daddy?” (2006)
If you’ve seen Benny’s more famous video for “Satisfaction” (that one involves scantily-clad women subtly drilling holes in walls and hammering in nails from low angles), you might be surprised to find out this video is superior. It’s concept? Present women in costumes, lingerie and bikinis and have them eat bananas and lick ice cream cones together.
#2 Eric Prydz, “Call on Me” (2006)
Of course, this video was a #1 hit in the UK because of its catchy chorus — not because of its lurid video featuring models in a pelvic-thrust-filled aerobics session, complete with zoom-in crotch shots.
#1 Chris Isaak, “Wicked Game” (1991)
Chris Isaak and model Helena Christensen roll around mostly topless on the beach, stylishly shot in black-and-white. A sexy, steamy classic that also manages to be — here’s a first for this list — tasteful, too.