This weekend marks 40 years since MTV first graced our screens. So, to celebrate this impressive feat, House Beautiful is taking a look at the best music video homes throughout history, including dwellings seen in videos from Britney Spears, Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, the Jonas Brothers, and other music icons. Below, explore our list of abodes—some of which are open to the public for tours (like the castle from “Blank Space”!).
“Cradle of Love” by Billy Idol
All throughout Billy Idol’s “Cradle of Love” music video, we see the rock singer’s face appear on animated paintings hanging on the walls of a minimalist home. He even recreated the opening of the video for the 1991 Grammy Awards—and it won Best Video from a Film at the 1990 MTV Video Music Awards. Watch the video here.
“Lucky” by Britney Spears
The music video for “Lucky” by Britney Spears follows a Hollywood actress named Lucky in an ornately decorated mansion. It was directed by Dave Meyers, who is also the creative vision behind music videos for Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez, Harry Styles, Ariana Grande, and Ed Sheeran. Watch “Lucky” here.
“Blank Space” by Taylor Swift
Fans of Taylor Swift know all too well that “Blank Space” features stunning interiors and architecture, thanks to its two filming locations: Oheka Castle and Winfield Hall, both of which are located in Long Island, New York. The latter recently went up for auction, while the former is a wedding venue and hotel that you can tour. This iconic video won Best Pop Video and Best Female Video at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards. Watch it here.
“Sucker” by the Jonas Brothers
“It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” by Celine Dion
The Ploskovice Chateau in Czechia served as both the interior and the exterior of the mansion seen in Celine Dion’s music video for “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now,” while additional interior shots were filmed at Barrandov Studios in Prague. Watch the scenic video here.
“Halo” by Beyoncé
Beyoncé’s “Halo” music video—which has more than one billion views—shows the Grammy Award-winning singer in a minimalist yet cozy home, with exposed brick walls and a sizable fireplace mantel. Watch it here.
“Wannabe” by the Spice Girls
The music video for the Spice Girls’ biggest hit, “Wannabe,” includes a grand staircase on which the group dances along to the song. It was filmed on location in London, and it won Best Dance Video at the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards. Watch the spicy video here.
“Don’t” by Ed Sheeran
Although most musicians are typically the stars of their own music videos, Ed Sheeran only makes a brief appearance in the music video for his hit song, “Don’t.” Directed by Emil Nava, the video showcases a dancer going from rags to riches, ending up at a lavish mansion with our dream pool. See it for yourself here.
“The Boy Is Mine” by Brandy & Monica
In the music video for Brandy & Monica’s “The Boy Is Mine,” the two singers can be seen in vibrantly painted rooms—think turquoise and fuschia—throughout. This video received two nominations at the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards: Best R&B Video and Video of the Year. Watch it here.
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