Duran Duran’s 1981 hit spurred instant controversy with its music video, featuring partially nude models strutting down a runway. This video was later edited for MTV, yet still featured seductively dressed models in compromising poses.
Motley Crue “Girls Girls Girls”
Banned from MTV in 1987, the original music video for the metal band's classic "Girls Girls Girls" featured fully naked dancers. The video was later re-shot, swapping full nudity for scantily clad strippers.
R.E.M. “Pop Song 89”
When told that he would have to edit out the topless women in the video for "Pop Song 89," R.E.M. lead singer -- and the clip's director -- Michael Stipe responded by boldly declaring, “A nipple is a nipple.” He then inserted a large black bar across all the chests in the video, including his own. Eventually, the nudity was allowed and the explicit bars were removed.
Lenny Kravitz “Black Velveteen”
This classically Kravitz clip features a model barely covered by a metal thong. Although the song is called "Black Velveteen," the video's star is blue for half the time.
Madonna “Justify My Love”
Featuring androgynous couples, a leather-and-chains-clad pair, group sex and Madonna midintercourse, this video has long been remembered among the most risque of videos. Debuting in 1990, this video is still deemed artistic for it's portrayal of sexual diversity.
Red Hot Chili Peppers “Catholic School Girls Rule”
In this 1985 clip, a Catholic schoolgirl strips as Red Hot Chili Peppers lead singer Anthony Kiedis carries a cross on his back through a crowd of screaming teenage girls.
NWA "Appetite for Destruction"
In NWA's 1991 video, the group is seen robbing a bank in a 1920s setting. The clip's nudity is brief, with a naked Eve depicted in the Garden of Eden.
Prodigy “Smack My Bitch Up”
An uber-explicit video that includes drugs, vandalism, drunk driving, a graphic sex scene, and, of course, a plethora of topless women, the clip for Prodigy's breakout hit was directed by Jonas Akerlund.
Flaming Lips “Watching the Planets"
This video will make your head spin when what appears to be a large female organ births a crowd of naked adults, who then start to run and dance through a forest. The group follows Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne while he is encased in a large plastic ball.
German rockers Rammstein enlisted Swedish director Jonas Akerlund for their 2009 video, which features body doubles of the band members engaging in hardcore sex with various women.
50 Cent “Disco Inferno”
Naked girls in Brazilian thongs shaking “what their mamas gave them” is the order of the day for this 50 Cent video. Between the cheeks, you can occasionally see the hip-hop star rapping.
Fully exposed women in provocative positions create the highly sexualized backdrop for one of hip-hop's "nastiest" songs. Surprisingly, Tyga's clip lives on the Internet sans blurs, pixelation or block-out bars.
Robin Thicke “Blurred Lines”
In this controversial video, nude female models strut around the fully clothed Robin Thicke as he sings to them “I know you want it.” This video may have helped Thicke achieve the first No. 1 single of his career, but it's also caught flack from equality groups that deem the video sexist.
Justin Timberlake “Tunnel Vision”
In this video, nude female models dance to the song while images are projected on their bodies. This video has been called “artistic” by many, presumably because the models are not being sexually demeaned. Once banned from YouTube, the video has been allowed back on the site with an age restriction.
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