by James Hurley, MSN Entertainment Editor

The Most Expensive Music Videos Ever Made

Lots of money - © Chris Radburn/PA

With the fortunes of the music industry in seemingly permanent decline, not to mention the more widespread credit crunch, it would appear that the days of the obscenely expensive music video are over.

Some might say that's no bad thing when there are people in the world starving.

Anyway, putting aside such ethical considerations for a moment, here's a look at the 16 costliest videos ever made.

Given that he raised the bar forever with Thriller in 1983 (which just missed this list), it is appropriate that Michael Jackson tops the lot with the video for Scream, a joint effort with sister Janet which cost a whopping $7 million back in 1995.

Michael and Janet Jackson - © Rex
P. Diddy - © EMPICS
Mariah Carey - © EMPICS
Busta Rhymes - © EMPICS
Michael Jackson - © Rex
Backstreet Boys - © EMPICS
Ayumi Hamasaki - © Rex
Will Smith - © EMPICS
Missy Elliot - © PA
George Michael - © Rex
TLC - © Rex
Guns N' Roses - © Rex
Janet Jackson - © Rex
Michael Jackson - © Rex
Michael Jackson - © Rex
Kanye West - © Rex
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