Long Music Videos: How Does Lady Gaga’s “Telephone” Rank With Michael Jackson, Metallica

Lady Gaga upped the ante for supersized music videos last night with her Tarantino homage “Telephone,” which co-stars Beyoncé in a homoerotic rampage of capitalistic ultra-violence. Gaga’s been down this road before — “Paparazzi” was an eight-minute cinematic epic — but Michael Jackson truly pioneered the long music video with “Thriller,” “Bad,” “Ghosts,” “Black or White” and “Smooth Criminal.” Rolling Stone’s readers and editors compiled a list of the 50 Best Songs Over Seven Minutes Long a few years ago, but haven’t tracked down the best lengthy music videos yet. The Grammys honor Best Long Form Music Video, but the category really is meant for filmed shorts. So let’s start the nominating right here — check out clips by Metallica, Guns n’ Roses, MC Hammer (yes, really) and the Black Eyed Peas’ recent entry to the field after the jump.

Metallica – “One” (length: 7:42)

Guns n’ Roses – “November Rain” (length: 9:08)

MC Hammer – “Here Comes The Hammer” (length: 8:40)

Black Eyed Peas – “Imma Be Rocking That Body” (length: 10:21)

Michael Jackson – “Bad” (length: 8:55)

Michael Jackson – “Black or White” (length: 11)

Michael Jackson – “Smooth Criminal” (length: 9:35)

Michael Jackson – “Ghosts” (length: 9:53)