5. "When Doves Cry"

Prince (1984)

Dig, if you will, this picture, of Prince famously immersed in a bathtub and slithering on his hands and knees as the visual backdrop to his 1984 classic. But that wasn't all: check out the purple one (and The Revolution) doing synchronized dance moves in lace and silk at the end. Hot!

4. "Take On Me"

a-ha (1985)

The Norwegian trio is arguably more famous for this comics-inspired, rotoscoped video, directed by Steve Barron, than for the 1985 hit itself. The clip earned it a nomination for MTV's Video of the Year in 1986.

3. "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun"

Cyndi Lauper (1983)

Cyndi herself wasn't the only colorful thing in her 1983 video. The clip is an '80s gem for its sitcom-y vibe, with wrestler Captain Lou Albano in a white wife-beater undershirt playing Cyndi's dad.

2. "Like A Prayer"

Madonna (1989)

The religious imagery in the 1989 hit quickly got Madge into hot water with Pepsi, whom she was doing commercials with at the time. But nevermind the fact that the Vatican condemned it, the scenes of crosses and Madonna getting cozy with a saintly character in a church have remained memorable for 20+ years.

1. "Thriller"

Michael Jackson (1983)

If the Video Music Awards had existed in 1983, MTV would have had to practically create a category just for the culture-dominating ingeniousness of "Thriller." It's little wonder that the video was up for several VMAs even a year later when the awards show kicked off. And almost 30 years after the MJ's epic horror-movie-style ghouls and zombies grooved and paraded into the hearts of music lovers, it's still tops with Billboard.com's voters, capturing a whopping 65% of the vote in our poll. He's not just the King of Pop, he's the king of music videos, too.

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