10 Most Expensive Music Videos Ever Made

I remember when I was a kid in the 90s and could hardly wait to see the latest videos of my favorite bands. This was long before YouTube and other social media websites. Back then the only way to see a video was by watching good old TV. There was something magical about music channels back then. They used to play quality music and the videos could stand as a work of art on its own. We want to share with you our list comprised of the most expensive music videos ever made.

10. Mariah Carey – Heartbreaker (1999) – $2.5 Million

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Back in 1999 there were a lot videos being played on MTV and other music channels. The Heartbreaker video was directed by Brett Ratner and it shows Mariah Carey following her cheating boyfriend into a movie theater. This apparently simple video cost $2.5 million dollars, $100,000 only for renting the movie theater.

9. Mc Hammer – 2 Legit 2 Quit (1991) – $2.5 Million

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Oh, the 90s. Remember when Mc Hammer was played in every dance club? He is also famous for making one of the most expensive videos ever. James Brown appeared in it (while serving time in jail). It was directed by Rupert Wainwright who said about the video, “It was an 18-day shoot, but we didn’t shoot it in 18 days. We shot [it] in 30 days. We would shoot an 18-hour day and take two days off. It was insane. It was the hardest shoot I ever did in my life.”

8. Puff Daddy – Victory (1998) – $2.7 million

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This video was directed by Marcus Nispel and it supposed to pay homage to The Running Man. Dennis Hopper and Danny De Vito starred in it, and it also featured images of Notorious B.IG. All this raised the video’s budget to $2.7 million, making it one of the most expensive videos ever produced.

7. Guns N’ Roses – Estranged (1993) – $4 Million

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When you saw Guns N’ Roses on our list of most expensive videos your first thought must have been “November Rain” or “Don’t Cry”, right? The video for their heartbreaking ballad “Estranged” cost $4 million to make. It cost so much because it features US Coast Guard helicopters, rescue squads, oil tankers and a very expensive Antonov An-124 Ruslan aircraft.

6. Michael Jackson – Black or White (1991) – $4 Million

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One of the most iconic music videos of the 1990s is, without a doubt, Michael Jackson’s Black or White video. And it’s not only the most iconic but also one of the most expensive videos ever made. It features the unforgettable scene where Macaulay Culkin plays the electric guitar and sends his father in the middle of the safari. It also featured a revolutionary special effect called “morphing”.

5. Madonna – Bedtime Story (1995) – $5 Million

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Directed by Mark Romanek, Madonna’s Bedtime Story video cost her no less than $5 million. The theme of the video was the line from the song “Let’s get unconscious”, so Romanek used all kind of weird imagery, from surreal paintings to Egyptian images.

4. Madonna – Express Yourself (1989) – $5 Million

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When it was first released Madonna’s Express Yourself music video was the most expensive video ever made. It was directed by the same guy who gave us super movies like Fight Club and Se7ven.

3. Madonna – Die Another Day (2002) – $6.1 Million

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Another super expensive video from Madonna, Die Another Day is actually her most expensive video to date. It was inspired by scenes from the James Bond movie.

2. Britney Spears – Work Bitch (2013) – $6.5 Million

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One of the most expensive videos ever made comes from the princess of Pop music, Britney Spears. Her video has it all: epic choreography, lots of location changes and super special effects.

1. Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson –Scream (1995) – $7 Million

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The king of pop is number one in our list of the most expensive videos ever made. The video of Scream still manages to look cool after almost 20 years.



Top 10 Most Expensive Guitars

Here at ThisBlogRules we all love music. Be it rock, pop, hip hop or any other style of music, they all have something in common. In order to be created, music needs instruments, and one of the most common instruments used to make contemporary music is, of course, the guitar. There are thousands of models of guitars out there: some of them are very affordable and everyone can buy one, others are more expensive than a house. We want to share with you our list of some of the most expensive guitars ever sold.

10. 1949 Fender Broadcaster – $375,000

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One of the most popular Fender guitar models is the Telecaster. The granddaddy of Telecasters was this 1949 prototype guitar called Fender Broadcaster. It was made by the guy who gave the Fender guitar its name, Leo Fender.

9. Fender Gold Leaf Stratocaster – $455,000

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This one of a kind Fender guitar was made especially for Eric Clapton in 1996, when Fender celebrated its 50th anniversary. Rumors say that Eric Clapton wanted a special guitar, one that could be a museum piece, so Fender designed for him a 23 carat gold Fender guitar. Talk about eccentric artists…

8. 1964 Gibson SG – $570,000

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One of the most expensive guitars ever sold belonged to the Beatles stars John Lennon and George Harrison. This 1964 Gibson SG was used by both between 1966 and 1969, during the Revolver and the White album.

7. 1965 Fender Composite Stratocaster $623,500

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When talking about the most expensive guitars ever sold we need to mention the 1965 Fender Composite Stratocaster that belonged to Stevie Ray Vaughan. The guitar, named Lenny, was given as a present by Stevie Ray Vaughan for his 26th birthday in 1980.

6. CF Martin & Co – $791,500

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Another expensive guitar that was owned by Eric Clapton, this time a CF Martin & Co model. This one was sold for a noble cause: to raise money for Eric Clapton rehabilitation center called Crossroads.

5. 1964 Gibson ES0335 TDC – $847,500

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Eric Clapton owned some of the most expensive guitars in history. This 1964 Gibson SG was used by the musician around 1964.

4. Fender Stratocaster hybrid – $959,500

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Another guitar from Eric Clapton’s collection was this Fender Stratocaster hybrid. It was used in the 1970s when Clapton switched from playing Gibson guitars to Fender Stratocaster ones. This $959,500 guitar was named Blackie.

3. Custom Made Washburn 22 Series Hawk Guitar – 1,2 million – $2 million

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This is one of the most expensive guitars in the world and it belonged to the king of reggae music, Bob Marley. It is actually classified as a national treasure by the Jamaican government.

2. 1968 Fender Stratocaster – $2 million

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The king of guitar playing, Jimi Hendrix played this expensive guitar model at Woodstock in 1969. Some say that it was bought by Microsoft guru Paul Allen in 1998 for $2 million. We wonder if Paul Allen can play guitar.

1. Fender Stratocaster – $2.7 million

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This is the most expensive guitar ever sold, so far. It was actually sold at an auction in 2005 to raise funds for the Reach Out to Asia charity campaign, to help the victims of the tsunami. This $2 million Fender Stratocaster is signed by some of the most iconic rock stars ever: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian May, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Paul McCartney, Sting, David Gilmour, Liam Gallagher, Bryan Adams and others.

If any of you want to start a band and need to buy a guitar, our top most expensive guitars ever sold can inspire you…to look for cheaper guitars.



7 Karaoke Songs that Make the Crowd Sing Along


Who doesn’t love singing, no matter how bad s/he may be at it? No matter how horrible your voice sounds like, there are a few hidden places where you go and just let it out, because it just feels incredible to sing. The bravest ones of all take their singing skills to karaoke nights.

But karaoke isn’t just about singing, it’s about choosing the right songs, so that you don’t put everyone to sleep while you are mumbling some obscure romantic song. Here are 7 karaoke songs that make the crowd sing along.

1. Michael Jackson – Billie Jean

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This is among the songs with a lot of lyrics, and in case you are not his biggest fan there’s a huge probability to actually mess them up. But if you attempt to present your own Moonwalk in front of the crowd, you’ll mesmerize them forever. Not to mention the fact that they can’t help not to sing along. The King of Pop still rules!

2. Natalie Imbruglia – Torn


This is for all the women who used to sing Gloria Gayner’s I will Survive in the past. The latter is really out-dated nowadays, that’s why this alternative is meant to be a success among all the women in the public. They will sing along, and a feminist outrage will miraculously come to life in front of you. Success guaranteed!

3. Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody

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Were you born in the 90s? Is your public just as young? In this case I don’t think Queen is the best choice. You might have been the only teenage freak who secretly listened to his parent’s CDs. Nevertheless this song is a classic, and chances are that you won’t sing it alone. At least the DJ or the doorman will secretly join you. So if you feel like it, go for it. As far as the older readers are concerned, if they chose this one, they’ll instantly hit jackpot.

4. Proclaimers – I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)

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This is really easy, so in case you’re not very much of a singer, this is a promising start, no matter how bad you are. Everybody knows this catchy song, and it instantly propels the audience in the humming mood. You’ll get all the support you need.

5. Kings of Leon – Sex on Fire

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Everybody goes crazy when hearing this song. It has this magical property of making people go wild whenever they hear this song in larger groups. It’s a modern symbol of liberation and good mood. So hit them hard with this one. Forget your non-existent singing abilities and go with the flow.

6. Madonna – Like a Prayer

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Madonna’s Like a Prayer is one of the most requested songs by karaoke enthusiasts. Despite the fact that the music video was controversial due to its use of Catholic imagery, the song’s gospel-like structure makes it really easy to sing along to. Plus, the lyrics are carved in our subconscious, whether we like it or not.

7. Cranberries – Zombie

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This is a typical example of a song with less relevant lyrics. I’m not undermining their message, but it’s got that really catchy and crazy chorus, where it doesn’t matter what you shout, as long as you do it loud enough. It’s not easy to sing, but like I’ve told you, it’s not about accuracy, it’s more about the riot.

Your 15 minutes of fame are more forthcoming than ever. See you there!

8 Famous Songs Inspired by Classical Music

Whether you like it or not classical music is the real deal. Thousands of modern 20th and 21st century songs are inspired by it. But because of our lack of music knowledge, we consider these brilliant songs to have just come out of the minds of our favorite contemporary artists. I’m not accusing them of doing anything wrong here, don’t get me wrong, but it’s just that finding out their actual source of inspiration makes us admire their theoretical background on one hand, but decreases the magic revolving around them on the other. Here are 8 famous songs inspired by classical music pieces.

1. RadioheadExit Music for a Film and ChopinPrelude No. 4 in E Minor

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These are basically identical. Radiohead’s piece has got some modern vibes added on the way, but the theme is identical. Both are very beautiful and emotional songs. You can listen to Radiohead’s version here and to Chopin’s here. I must admit the fact that I prefer Radiohead’s. It’s just perfect.

2. Lady GagaBad Romance and BachThe Well Tempered Clavier

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This association in more difficult to make than the previous one, that’s for sure. But nevertheless once you find the resemblance it’s fascinating. And this is definitely not the kind of thing you’d consider to be a simple coincidence. It’s impossible. Here you are: Lady Gaga and Bach.

3. JemThey and BachPrelude in F minor

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Jem’s debut single, They, remains her best selling single worldwide and is basically Johann Sebastian Bach‘s Prelude in F minor, spiced up with a jazzy feel and a jazzy interpretation. It’s nice to know Bach is still hitting it big nowadays, as he definitely seems a common and safe recipe for success. You can listen to Jem here, and to Bach again, here. The resemblance is incredible.

4. David ShireNight on Disco Mountain and Mussorgsky Night on Bald Mountain

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Trust me the thing with the night present in both titles is the least obvious resemblance. Nevertheless, taking a classical piece and turning it into disco music is quite an accomplishment. The night should have been turned into something else I think, just to clear out the tracks. Here they are, the disco version and the classical one.

5. StingRussians and ProkofievRomance from Lieutenant Kije

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We all know Sting is a real artist, that’s why we can’t blame him for this. In his case it sounds more like a tribute, but still, I wouldn’t have bothered me to know this before falling in love with his song. Here’s the original classical version.

6. Janelle MonaeSay You’ll Go and Debussy Clair de Lune

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I don’t particularly consider Janell Monae the artist of the century, but it’s Debussy I want you to listen to. He is considered to be the first modern composer. And his music bursts emotion. Here are both versions: Janelle’s and Debussy’s.

7. Elvis Presley - It’s Now Or Never and Eduardo di Capua - O Sole Mio

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Also known as the Cornetto song, O Sole Mio, meaning oh, my Sunshine, is probably the most famous opera piece in the world. Giovanni Capurro wrote the song’s lyrics and the melody was composed by Eduardo di Capua. While stationed in Germany, Elvis Presley heard Tony Martin’s version and recorded his version upon discharge.

8. NasI can and BeethovenFür Elise

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Nas and Beethoven might seem like a strange marriage, but somehow, it worked. NAS samples the theme from Ludwig van Beethoven’s Für Elise. For a NAS song that promotes the message of “I know I can / Be what I wanna be / If I work hard at it / I’ll be where I wanna be,” Beethoven seems a match made in Heaven.

The Real Names That Famous People Didn’t Want You to Know About

If you were incredibly famous the last thing you would want is for the whole world to know that you had a real name you didn’t like or didn’t want to use. In fact, you would do what these smart people did and change the blooming thing as soon as you could.

John Wayne –Marion Robert Morrison

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The strangest thing about John Wayne’s parents isn’t the fact that that called their son Marion. Oh no, it was the fact that they decided to change his name after he was born but left in the stupid Marion bit. He went from Marion Robert Morrison to Marion Mitchell Morrison in the blink of an eye. You can just imagine his parents sitting up at night looking at the little cowboy sleeping like an angel. “There’s something about that name that ain’t right but I just can’t put my darned finger on it. Hell, let’s lose the Robert. That ought to make it better”.

Elton John – Reginald Kenneth Dwight

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I need to start off by apologizing to anyone out there who has a name anything like Elton’s real name. Come on though; it just sucks, doesn’t it? To be fair, his bizarre use of wigs and hats has ensured that you couldn’t take him too seriously even if he was called Big Daddy or John Wayne.

MC Hammer – Stanley Kirk Burrell

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For about 2 days in 1990 I wanted to be MC Hammer and wear pants that had enough room to fit a couple of dozen live chickens in them. Stop! Hammer Time I would have said to everyone while looking astonishingly cool and not at all like a guy who ripping off some other dude’s funky song.

Vanilla Ice – Robert Matthew Van Winkle

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You can’t have Hammer without Ice. Mr Van Winkle sang about ice and he sang about turtles. I liked him.

Big Daddy – Shirley Crabtree

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Unless you led a sad life watching Saturday daytime TV in the UK in the 1970s and 80s you might not have ever heard of Big Daddy. That’s a shame because…actually, I can’t think of any good reason why that would be a shame. He started his life as Shirley Crabtree, which is a name even Johnny Cash would have struggled to sing about. The good news for young Shirley is that he turned into a hulking young man and become a wrestler known to the world as (drum roll please) Blond Adonis Shirley Crabtree. Hang on; wouldn’t changing his name to Big Daddy be a better move?

Stevie Wonder – Steveland Judkins

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I know absolutely no one who is called Steveland. The surname Judkins is also a new one to me, although I have to admit that I have never come across any other members of the Wonder clan over the years either. What does all of this prove? Sweet Fanny Adams, to be honest.

Dido – Florian Cloud de Bounevialle O’Malley Armstrong

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I always thought that Dido was her real name. Now it turns out that she’s got a name that sounds like a gothic church in Ireland that was founded by French monks on acid.

Martin Sheen – Ramon Antonio Gerard Estevez

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I genuinely had no idea that Martin’s parents were Spanish and Irish. I also didn’t know that his left arm was 3 inches shorter than his right due to being crushed by the forceps when he was born. That’s the power of Wikipedia, people.

Fred Astaire – Frederick Austerlitz

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Having a surname that sounds like a famous battle won by Napoleon in 1805 that changed the world obviously didn’t appeal to Fred (jeez, this Wikipedia stuff is addictive).