Getting your music video played on MTV was the goal of almost every musical act in the 1980s and 1990s. (Yes, kids: MTV actually used to play music videos instead of a 24/7 loop of Real World/Road Rules Challenge). And there was nothing to make your music video stand out like have a celebrity – or multiple celebrities – show up for a cameo.
I mean, who could deny the celebrity firepower of Rodney Dangerfield, Milton Berle or Ally Sheedy. One of them appearing in your music video = instant hit!
We break down the best – and strangest – celebrity music video cameos ever. Jeff’s had enough of Michael and Richard’s shenanigans, so he’s brought in some help – his brother Sam! It’s double the Hopkins, double the judgments.
- Eddie Murphy (and others) in “Remember the Time” by Michael Jackson
- Kim Basinger in “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
- Christopher Walken in “Weapon of Choice” by Fatboy Slim
- Every Supermodel Ever in Freedom! 90 by George Michael
- Paul McCartney in “They Don’t Know” by Tracey Ullman
- Milton Berle in “Round and Round” by Ratt
- Keanu Reeves in “Rush, Rush” by Paula Abdul
- Ally Sheedy and Johnny 5 in “Who’s Johnny” by El DeBarge