1. Chris Isaak – “Wicked Game”, 1989
MODEL: Helena Christensen
INFO: Fashion photographer Herb Ritts shot this masterpiece, until today it’s considered the blueprint of sexy music videos. In a recent interview Isaak revisited the beach video, commenting on the chemistry between him and Helena during the shoot: “She wasn’t having sex with me, she wasn’t my girlfriend, but she put that energy out so much so that people always come up to me, to this day, guys will come up to me and they go: ‘Hey! You’re the guy… who’s the girl in the video?’ – I know where they’re going before they start – ‘Helena Christensen. I was in it, too, but that’s who you want to know.’
CLIMAX: 0:33, when Helena is covering her chest with only her arms, giving the camera a sultry look.
2. Jon Bon Jovi – “Please Come Home for Christmas”, 1991
MODEL: Cindy Crawford
INFO: Some might argue that Jon’s huge pirate earrings might be a slight turn off, but no top model meets music video list would be complete without our dads’ favorite poster girl Cindy Crawford who shows her 1990s fashion sense with those fringed denim shorts.
CLIMAX: 1:08, right after Cindy takes off that weird Santa hat and Jon starts the butt grabbing.
3. Michael Jackson – “In The Closet”, 1992
MODEL: Naomi Campbell
INFO: Legend has it that initially Madonna was supposed to be MJ’s counterpart in the video. But apparently Michael felt that Madge’s vision for the track was too provocative. Sill, even the final cut of the clip, shot in Salton Sea, California with Naomi assuming the role of Michael’s love interest, is crazy hot. The video was even banned in South Africa because of its imagery.
CLIMAX: 0:30, when Naomi whispers “touch me” and runs her hands all over her body.
4. George Michael – “Too Funky”, 1992
MODELS: Linda Evangelista, Tyra Banks, Nadja Auermann, Emma Sjoberg, Estelle Lefébure
INFO: This is the only video on this list where the musician doesn’t capitalize on the female protagonist in the most obvious way. George Michael doesn’t go for the cheap thrills here, instead he sneaks a peak behind fashion’s catwalk curtains in the sequel to his Freedom! video which also features an all-star supermodel cast. FYI, the only model that is in both clips is Linda Evangelista.
CLIMAX: 2:23, the close-up shot of Emma Sjöberg’s booty shake in her sexy robot outfit.
5. Lenny Kravitz “If You Can’t Say No”, 1998
MODEL: Milla Jovovich
INFO: Only Lenny Kravitz would feature a top model in his music video and show more skin than her. But let’s be honest, that’s one of the reasons why we love rock music’s number 1 narcissist so much. In the clip, directed by music video legend Mark Romanek, Milla shines in new splendor. She appears as an eybrowless alien in a futuristic blue room, being observed by some kind of floating drone. Stylistically the video didn’t age very well, but that doesn’t derogate from Milla’s timeless sex appeal.
CLIMAX: 3:54, when alien Milla is on top of Lenny, caressing his six-pack.