6. 'Money for Nothing'
Despite Mark Knopfler’s concerns that a video would tarnish his band’s reputation, Dire Straits got a major boost for this innovative clip, which combined computer-generated images with partially rotoscoped animation of the band’s clothing. The video, which features a young Sting singing the phrase “I want my MTV,” took home the Video of the Year award at the 1986 VMAs. —Jeff Royer
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