A total of 44 music videos have logged 10 or more weeks at #1 since 1985. New Kids on the Block has three of these, which is more than any other artist. Backstreet Boys, Garth Brooks and Michael Jackson have each had two. So have Linkin Park (counting a collabo with Jay-Z), George Michael (counting a video with Wham!) and Snoop Dogg (counting The Up In Smoke Tour video, on which he was featured).
Here’s a complete list of the music videos that have logged 10 or more weeks at #1 since 1985. Ties are listed in alphabetical order by artist. I also show what records various videos hold and other points of interest.
One Direction, Up All Night—The Live Tour, 29 weeks from June 2012 to January 2013.
Ray Stevens, Comedy Video Classics, 29 weeks from May 1993 to February 1994. This is the longest run at #1 for a comedy performer and for a male solo artist.
Carreras/Domingo/Pavarotti, Carreras Domingo Pavarotti In Concert, 26 weeks from May 1991 to February 1992. This is the longest run at #1 for classical crossover artists. It’s also the longest run at #1 for a collaboration.
Pink Floyd, Pulse, 25 weeks from June 1995 to October 2006.
Yanni, Live At The Acropolis, 23 weeks from March 1994 to December 1995. This is the longest run at #1 for a new age artist.
Whitney Houston, The #1 Video Hits, 22 weeks from July to November 1986. This is tied as the longest run at #1 by a pop/R&B crossover star.
Various Artists, Les Miserables: 10th Anniversary Concert, 22 weeks from October 1996 to March 1997. This is the longest run at #1 for a Broadway title. Colm Wilkinson, Judy Kuhn and Lea Salonga were among the performers for this anniversary presentation at the Royal Albert Hall.
Backstreet Boys, Homecoming—Live In Orlando, 20 weeks from May to September 1999.
New Kids On The Block, Hangin’ Tough, 20 weeks from September 1989 to January 1990.
*NSYNC, ‘N The Mix With *NSYNC, 18 weeks from November 1998 to March 1999.
Jay-Z/Linkin Park, MTV Ultimate Mash-Ups Presents: Collision Course, 17 weeks from December 2004 to March 2005. This is the longest run at #1 for a collaboration by artists from different genres.
Metallica, A Year And A Half In The Life Of Metallica, 16 weeks from December 1992 to April 1993. This is the longest run at #1 for a heavy metal or hard rock act.
Barbra Streisand, Barbra—The Concert, 16 weeks from October 1994 to April 1996.
New Kids On The Block, Step By Step, 16 weeks from July 1990 to January 1991.
Backstreet Boys, All Access, 15 weeks from June 1998 to October 1999.
Creed, Greatest Hits, 14 weeks from April 2006 to August 2007.
Grateful Dead, Grateful Dead So Far, 14 weeks from December 1987 to March 1988.
Michael Jackson, Number Ones, 14 weeks from January 2004 to September 2009.
Linkin Park, Live In Texas, 14 weeks from November 2003 to March 2004.
Garth Brooks, The Ultimate Hits, 13 weeks from November 2007 to February 2008. This is the longest run at #1 for a country artist.
Hanson, Tulsa, Tokyo & Middle Of Nowhere, 12 weeks from November 1997 to April 1998.
John Lennon, John Lennon Live In New York, 12 weeks from March to June 1986.
New Kids On the Block, Hangin’ Tough Live, 12 weeks from February to May 1990.
Vanilla Ice, Play That Funky Music White Boy, 12 weeks from February to May 1991.
Fleetwood Mac, The Dance, 11 weeks from August to November 1997.
Garth Brooks, Garth Brooks, 10 weeks from September 1991 to March 1992.
Def Leppard, Historia, 10 weeks from September 1988 to January 1989. The title is a play on the title of the band’s 1987 blockbuster Hysteria.
Green Day, Bullet In A Bible, 10 weeks from November 2005 to January 2006.
Snoop Doggy Dogg, Murder Was The Case—The Movie, 10 weeks from February to April 1995. Dr. Dre and Fab Five Freddy directed this 18-minute film.
George Michael, Faith, 10 weeks from November 1988 to January 1989.
Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen, Our First Video, 10 weeks from October 1993 to April 1994. This is tied for the longest run at #1 by a duo. The Olsens were co-stars of the TV sitcom Full House from 1987 to 1995.
Rush, Beyond The Lighted Stage, 10 weeks from July to September 2010.
Britney Spears, Time Out With Britney Spears, 10 weeks from December 1999 to June 2000.
Wham!, Wham! The Video, 10 weeks from June to August 1985. This is tied for the longest run at #1 by a duo.
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