36 Amazing MTV Video Music Awards Performances

Madonna in a wedding dress, Britney and her snake, a thousand Eminems, and the bassist Nirvana gets bonked on the head. In other words, the best of the best.

36. Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora “Livin’ On A Prayer” and “Wanted Dead Or Alive” [1989]

35. Christina Aguilera featuring Fred Durst “Come On Over” [2000]

34. Pet Shop Boys “West End Girls” [1986]

33. Outkast “Prototype”/”The Way You Move”/”GhettoMusick”/”Hey Ya!” [2004]

32. Robert Palmer “Addicted to Love” [1986]

31. t.A.T.u. “All the Things She Said” and “Not Gonna Get Us” [2003]

30. Lady Gaga “Yoü and I” [2011]

29. Bone Thugs N Harmony “Crossroads” [1996]

28. Beyoncé “Baby Boy” and “Crazy In Love” [2003]

27. Taylor Swift “You Belong With Me” [2009]

26. R.E.M. “The Wake Up Bomb” [1995]

25. Guns N’ Roses with Elton John “November Rain” [1992]

24. Nine Inch Nails “The Fragile” [1999]

23. LL Cool J “Mama Said Knock You Out” [1991]

22. Justin Timberlake “My Love” and “SexyBack” [2006]

21. R. Kelly “Trapped in the Closet” [2005]

20. Beck “The New Pollution” [1997]

19. Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Madonna and Missy Elliott “Like A Virgin”/”Hollywood” [2003]

18. Whitney Houston “How Will I Know?” [1986]

17. Marilyn Manson “The Dope Show” [1998]

16. Salt-N-Pepa “Push It/None of Your Business/Whatta Man/Shoop” [1994]

15. Run-D.M.C. featuring Steven Tyler and Joe Perry “Walk This Way” [1987]

14. Jay-Z “Izzo (H.O.V.A.)” [2001]

13. Hole “Violet” [1995]

12. Beyoncé “Love On Top” [2011]

11. Lady Gaga “Paparazzi” [2009]

10. Guns N’ Roses “Welcome to the Jungle” [1988]

9. Kelly Clarkson “Since U Been Gone” [2005]

8. Lauryn Hill “Lost Ones” and “Everything Is Everything” [1999]

7. Beastie Boys “Sabotage” [1994]

6. Eminem “The Real Slim Shady” and “The Way I Am” [2000]

5. Madonna “Vogue” [1990]

4. Nirvana “Lithium” [1992]

3. Pearl Jam and Neil Young “Rockin’ in the Free World” [1993]

2. Britney Spears “I’m A Slave 4 U” [2001]

1. Madonna “Like A Virgin” [1984]

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