With the fortunes of the music industry in seemingly permanent decline, not to mention the more widespread credit crunch, it would appear that the days of the obscenely expensive music video are over.
Some might say that's no bad thing when there are people in the world starving.
Anyway, putting aside such ethical considerations for a moment, here's a look at the 16 costliest videos ever made.
Given that he raised the bar forever with Thriller in 1983 (which just missed this list), it is appropriate that Michael Jackson tops the lot with the video for Scream, a joint effort with sister Janet which cost a whopping $7 million back in 1995.
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