The 20 Greatest Music-Video Cameos of All Time

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5. Chevy Chase in Paul Simon’s “Call Me Al”

Chevy Chase  was one of the first celebs to lip synch a song, and he looks like he’s having much more fun here than Simon until Simon pulls out the penny whistle. Plus, they make a great fake-horn section.

4. Celeb Cluster in Michael Jackson’s “Liberian Girl”

Having dozens of stars all waiting on MJ, including “director” Spielberg just added to his “King of Pop” aura. I’ll just list half of the celebs involved in this one: Sherman Hemsley, Paula Abdul, Carl Weathers, Whoopi Goldberg, Quincy Jones, Jasmine Guy, Rosanna Arquette, Billy Dee Williams, Lou Diamond Phillips, Olivia Newton-John, John Travolta, Corey Feldman, Debbie Gibson, Rick Schroder, Weird Al Yankovic, Bubbles, Suzanne Somers, Lou Ferrigno, Don King, Virginia Madsen, David Copperfield, Richard Dreyfuss, Danny Glover, Dan Aykroyd and Steve Guttenberg. In retrospect, it’s nice to see Jackson get a little silly.

3. Harvey Keitel and LeBron James in Jay-Z’s “D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)”

If Jay-Z is going to war with Z-100, T-Pain and Auto-Tune, it’s good to have Harvey Keitel in your corner. You don’t lose with Keitel in your corner.

2. Celeb Cluster in Johnny Cash’s “God’s Gonna Cut You Down”

In order of appearance the celebrities that lined up to be in this video are as follows: Iggy Pop, Kanye West, Chris Martin, Kris Kristofferson, Patti Smith, Terrence Howard, Flea, Q-Tip, Adam Levine, Chris Rock, Justin Timberlake, Kate Moss, Sir Peter Blake, Sheryl Crow, Dennis Hopper, Woody Harrelson, Amy Lee, Tommy Lee, the Dixie Chicks, Mick Jones, Sharon Stone, Bono, Shelby Lynne, Anthony Kiedis, Travis Barker, Lisa Marie Presley, Kid Rock, Jay-Z, Keith Richards, Billy Gibbons, Corinne Bailey Rae, Johnny Depp, Graham Nash, Brian Wilson, Rick Rubin Owen Wilson, and Jerry Lee Lewis. There, that should be all of them. The song’s message is that no matter who you are, at some point in your life you will fall on hard times of sorts, and these celebrities are no exception.—Sean Doyle

1. Christopher Walken in Fatboy Slim’s “Weapon of Choice”

It’s a shame we have to send you to YouTube for the best movie-star appearance in a music video, but we don’t have words for how awesome Christopher Walken dancing for Fatboy Slim.

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