Mr. Cheese (Nick Ortman) is a Graduate of Columbia University's MFA program. He's a drummer and frequently writes about the music industry.
Cheesy Music Videos
What's the difference between a bad music video and a cheesy music video? There's "bad bad," and there's "good bad." These music videos are the kind of bad that makes them good. They have a cheesy factor of at least 11.
Hyper-emotive and campy as possible, these are truly a mess. Whether it's too many ideas jam-packed into videos for songs that simply don't have that deep of a message, awkward dancing, or misplaced metaphors, these music videos are truly the epitome of cheese. See if your favorite cheesy video made the list!
The Cheesiest Music Videos
- "Safety Dance"—Men Without Hats
- "Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad?"—Def Leppard
- "Total Eclipse of the Heart" —Bonnie Tyler
- "Private Eyes"—Hall & Oates
- "The Bad Touch"—Bloodhound Gang
- "Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car"—Billy Ocean
1. "Safety Dance"—Men Without Hats
Album: Rhythm of Youth
- The song was written by lead singer Ivan Doroschuk after he had been kicked out of a club for pogo dancing.
- The song entered the Canadian top 50 in February 1983.
- It peaked at number 11 on May 14.
"We can go when we want to
Night is young and so am I
And we can dress real neat
From our hats to our feet
And surprise 'em with the victory cry"
Album: Toto IV
- The song was written by band members David Paich and Jeff Porcaro and produced by the band.
- It was mixed by Grammy-winning engineer Elliot Scheiner.
- Critics praised its composition and the band's performances.
- The song reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, the band's only Billboard number one.
"I know that I must do what's right
As sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti"
3. "Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad?"—Def Leppard
- In the United States, the song reached #7 on the Mainstream Rock charts.
- It reached #12 on the Billboard Hot 100.
"You must be some kind of drug
And if my time don't' ever come
For me you're still the one
Damned if I don't, damned if I do
I gotta get a fix on you"
4. "Total Eclipse of the Heart"—Bonnie Tyler
Album: Faster Than the Speed of Night
- It was written and produced by Jim Steinman.
- The song was released as a single by Columbia Records on February 11th, 1983 in the United Kingdom and on May 31st, 1983 in the United States.
- The song became Tyler's biggest career hit, topping the U.K. Singles Chart.
- It was the fifth-best-selling single in 1983 in the United Kingdom.
- In the United States, the single spent four weeks at the top of the charts.
- It was Billboard's number six song of the year for 1983.
"Cause we'll never be wrong
Together we can take it to the end of the line
Your love is like a shadow on me all of the time (all of the time)
I don't know what to do, I'm always in the dark
We're living in a powder keg and giving off sparks
I really need you tonight"
5. "Private Eyes"—Hall & Oates
Album: Private Eyes
- The album was released on September 1st, 1981, by RCA Records.
- The album includes two #1 hits—the title track, "Private Eyes" and "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)," as well as the top ten hit "Did It in a Minute."
"Why you try to put up a front for me
I'm a spy but on your side you see
Slip on, into any disguise
I'll still know you
Look into my
6. "The Bad Touch"—Bloodhound Gang
Album: Hooray for Boobies
- The song was released in 1999 as the lead single from their album Hooray for Boobies, which was released the following year in the United States and United Kingdom.
- "The Bad Touch" became a major hit in Europe throughout late 1999 and early 2000.
- It reached number one in Flanders, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Scotland, Spain and Sweden and peaked within the top 10 in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Switzerland and the U.K.
- Outside Europe, it peaked at number five in Australia, number four in New Zealand, number nine in Canada, and number 52 in the U.S.
- The song was remixed by many artists, including God Lives Underwater, KMFDM, and Eiffel 65.
- It was also referenced by Eminem in his song "The Real Slim Shady."
"Nuts, yes, I'm Siskel, yes I'm Ebert
And you're getting two thumbs up"
7. "Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car"—Billy Ocean
Album: Now That's What I Call Music 11
- Trinidadian-British singer Billy Ocean, based the song on a line in the Sherman Brothers' song (famously covered by Johnny Burnette as well as Ringo Starr) "You're Sixteen."
- Amazingly, the animation sequences in this music video actually made it revolutionary for its time.
- The song went to number one on both the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and Hot Black Singles charts.
- It also peaked at number one in Canada, where it was the country's most successful single of 1988.
- On the U.K. Singles Chart, it reached number three.
"I'll be the sun shining on you
Hey Cinderella step in your shoe
I'll be your non-stop lover
Get it while you can
Your non-stop miracle, I'm your man
Get outta my dreams
Get in to my car"