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Top 10 Music Videos with Cringe-Worthy CGI

VO: Matt Campbell
Script written by Q.V. Hough We get that they all can't be Avatar, but no one could have expected these atrocities. Join as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Music Videos with Cringe-Worthy CGI. For this list, we're focusing on musical artists that either had grand visions of CGI or made half-ass attempts to blow our collective minds in post-production. Special thanks to our users Emmanuel Dunk for submitting the idea using our interactive suggestion tool at WatchMojo.comsuggest

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Script written by Q.V. Hough

Top 10 Music Videos with Cringe-Worthy CGI

We get that they all can’t be Avatar, but no one could have expected these atrocities. Welcome to, and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Music Videos with Cringe-Worthy CGI.

For this list, we’re focusing on musical artists that either had grand visions of CGI or made half-ass attempts to blow our collective minds in post-production.

#10: “Unleash the Dragon” (2000)

As the largely forgotten fourth single from Sisqo’s thong-y debut album, the Dru Hill front man gave us a variety of interesting visuals, including that dragon microphone, but most notably, the CGI monster that probably didn’t come from the mind of J.J. Abrams. Just the appearance alone wasn’t all too bad, hey, you gotta give Sisqo props for the effort. The video truly starts going downhill when that thing starts waggin’ his tail around while our favorite thong expert sings in the streets. Not quite what we were hopin’ for.

#9:“Take On Me”
A1 (2000)

In 1984, the Norwegians from A-ha produced a synth classic with “Take On Me,” and 16 years later, a group of British-Norwegians calling themselves “A1” demonstrated the dark side of ill-advised boy band music videos. If you’re wondering what’s going on here, well, the gang plopped on a set of virtual reality glasses, allowing them to explore a poorly constructed CGI world that may just draw you in due to the pure lunacy of it all. Think about the worst Nintendo game that you’ve ever played, and you’ve got A1’s virus-infected world of “Take On Me.”

#8: “Go West” (1993)
Pet Shop Boys

First of all, it’s important to know that this music video actually received a Grammy nomination, but from the looks of the CGI train wreck, the Grammy voters must’ve been a pack of militant toddlers or recently unblinded cavemen enthralled by primary colours. Overall, “Go West” feels a bit creepy and even a bit hypnotic, but it all goes to hell once the floating beach balls appear. Then you get one of the soldiers just walkin’ around in the CGI sky, almost as if the director said “Yeah, that’s good enough.” And apparently it was for 1993.

#7: “Sweet Like Chocolate” (2000)
Shanks & Bigfoot

For this video from UK garage duo Shanks & Bigfoot, there’s a cute premise at work, at least on paper, but as you can see, the CGI is just a little bit too childish and well, slow - which only reminds viewers of more CGI savvy bands. Furthermore, nothing really happens as our pig-tailed character ultimately trances out on a bench amid her chocolately landscape. Under the right circumstances – think herbal self-medicating - the CGI may seem impressive, but one shouldn’t have to put in such an effort just to follow a music video.

#6: “Calypso” (1996)

You may remember the song from the 1999 film “10 Things I Hate About You”, but it’s an unlikely that Spiderbait’s complementary music video left a mark on your psyche. Essentially, the CGI looks like a compilation of stock footage images or perhaps someone using Google Search for the first time. There’s simply nothing to grasp onto - no mind-boner moments whatsoever - and then boom – it’s just over, and you’re like “well, that happened.” Next!

#5: “Tunak Tunak Tun” (1998)
Daler Mehndi

Known for the style over substance nature of his music videos, Daler Mhendi opted to embrace the art of blue screen CGI, creating some questionable landscape visuals to go alongside his smiley façade. When you combine the campy performance with CGI images that resemble a young adult novel cover – oh, and also include a giant fan - well, you just have to wonder how the initial creative meeting went. Quickly. It went quickly.

#4: “Let’s Get Rocked” (1992)
Def Leppard

Everything goes wrong fast with “Let’s Get Rocked,” as a creepy CGI kid emerges along with deeply offensive images of a computer-generated throat and dangling uvula. Nothings says “let’s rock” quite like gag-inducing imagery and somehow the entire production manages to become even more cumbersome, as Def Leppard performs on a low-grade CGI stage as their creepy subject continues to scour around town doing god knows what. Let’s say this: if there was a CGI Dateline NBC, this guy would make the show.

#3: “Polyester Girl” (1998)

Nominated for a 1998 ARIA Music Award, this video spawned from an album entitled Unit, and given the “mentally active” subject of the production, the crew from Regurgitator seemed to have been looking for a cute way to further explore themes of sexuality. On a fundamental level, there’s plenty to process, but one certainly can’t ignore the disproportionate CGI figure of “Polyester Girl,” and one might even be inclined to believe it’s a polyester boy, considering the massive CGI bulge.

#2: “Best Friend” (1998)

Ah, Danish Bubblegum music. Such a genre probably won’t be found on your latest Spotify playlist, and that’s because this music video destroyed the genre back in 1999. We’re kidding, of course, but maybe not, as not only does the song sound like – we don’t know, “Barbie Girl?” – but, it’s evident that someone was REALLY trying hard with the effects. Sadly, however, they don’t exactly pop off the screen, especially when you throw in the lame-ass light saber sequence.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

“I’m So Happy I Can’t Stop Crying” (1996)

“Landslide” (2002)
Dixie Chicks

“Strawberry Kisses” (2001)
Nikki Webster

“Liquid Dreams” (2000)

#1: “Blue (Da Ba Dee)” (1999)
Eiffel 65

Well, here we are, another Europop CGI affair, but that in itself is not the problem. The problem, here is the penis-shaped heads of the CGIaliens that are duking’ it out with the blue-ballin’ gang of Eiffel 65. How do you actually pick the worst moment here? Is it, in fact, the phallic alien characters or is it the performance sequence? Well, we think we pinpointed the low point of “Blue,” as the CGI of the fight sequence doesn’t come across as funny, innovative, unique or anything that might be considered not just completely terrible.

So, do you agree with our selections? What music video do you think has the most visually offensive CGI? For more mind-blowing Top 10s published daily, be sure to subscribe to

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