Slipknot’s 20 Best Music Videos – Ranked
Known for their behemoth style, the visual element to Slipknot is easily just as important as the musical side. Creating a world of audible brutality is one thing, but offering equally captivating and horrifying imagery is another. From the gritty, home movie-esque clips of the early days to the more cinematic, complex, Clown-directed clips of recent, Slipknot videos are a beast of their own — so we thought we’d rank them.
"Vermillion, Pt. II"
Part II sees the woman from the first “Vermilion” music video in the middle of a golden field, appearing this time as a corpse. She is carried and tossed by the wind until she is finally laid gently back to rest. It’s an eerily calm video that, again, displays the tension between the disturbed and the beautiful. — Taylor Markarian
A cinematic flight of fancy, "XIX" holds some thrilling shots but doesn’t really deliver much else. There’s a level of intensity that entices you to watch the oscillating imagery, though nothing quite stops it from falling short. —Steven Loftin
"Wait and Bleed" (live)
Another live video from 2000, “Wait and Bleed” encapsulates the riotous effect that Slipknot have on their fans. Zero inhibitions. Zero limitations. 100 percent chaos. The video effects make the scene look simultaneously like a nightmare and a dream. — TM
Sure, this is a Slipknot song that doesn’t abide by the laws of Maggot-dom, but it’s heavy on a whole different scale. For a song so weighted, it deserves a cinematic home that sees Corey Taylor as a stalker, bereft of his love's attention. — SL
The music video for “Vermilion” is beautifully gothic as it follows a stunning yet tortured woman. She is captivating and grotesque at the same time; an image of death and purity all at once. This video also mimics a stop animation format, which enhances the sense of disjointedness in the story. — TM
“Killpop” is a world that finds its strength in the cut shots of each individual member doing his thing, while the cinematic scenes don’t really play anything forward. Still, worth it for the shots of Clown looking like a kindergartener in a flowery garden. — SL
Welcome to the church of Slipknot! Where prayers go unanswered and falling from grace is a daily occurrence. “Unsainted” explores the concept of martyrdom as something to be despised instead of revered (“I’ll never kill myself to save my soul).” — TM
"The Negative One"
Ultimately just a series of intense vignettes that accumulate to a twisted, grotesque video that feels unsettling at all times but serves no real direct fan-purpose. Sure, if you watched and dissected you could pull it apart for artistic interpretation, but in the grand scheme, it doesn’t quite deliver as the rest do. — SL
"Wait and Bleed"
Slipknot in animated form? We are here for it. This video features the original Nine in claymation form as they escape a mad scientist and ultimately see his demise. They explore the darkest, most obtuse versions of their world they can conjure, but it’s okay because it’s not real — right? — SL
"All Out Life"
Never been to a Slipknot show before? This music video will show you all you need to know: a bloodbath and a playground for the dangerously insane. Now, if that doesn’t look like fun then some serious priority shuffling needs to take place. — TM
Aside from showcasing the band’s incredibly dominating live performance from their recent headline festival run in Europe, the video includes exclusive footage from the new Amazon Original series, The Boys. It’s probably pretty accurate to assume that they went into this music video asking the question, “How many different ways can we make a person bleed?” By the looks of it, they found a satisfactory answer. — TM
One can’t help but feel as though this is probably exactly what a Slipknot mansion would look like. It’s dark, disturbing and freaky, but it also boasts a sense of humor. Most people would simply describe Slipknot as scary, but this music video shows the many other sides of these masked men. — TM
It may just be live footage of the ‘knot playing in London entwined with scenes from the first ‘Resident Evil’ movie but the similarities between the zombie apocalypse and a Maggot-infested live show are just too damn close. From the moment Sid launches himself from a speaker stack to the various in-action close-ups, nothing feels safe. Just the way we like it. — SL
The Iowa boys are right at home in the middle of a ring of fire in a country field for this music video. No matter how simple the concept, it’s clear that Slipknot always go big. It’s that very M.O. that cemented the song “Psychosocial” as one of the most defining of the band’s career. — TM
The water photography in this music video is well done, but “Sulfur” is really about shining a spotlight on the percussion. The majority of the drumming is relentless and technically impressive, but the true spirit of the instrument comes out when the video nears its end and they whip out an oil drum and a baseball bat. Pure savagery. — TM
"Before I Forget"
Up until the point of this video, Slipknot were still mostly unmasked, holding that mystery behind the band close. The fact that this was our first glimpse, albeit cleverly covered, was a big deal. Plus, there’s something fascinating about seeing the Nine playing music in a no thrills setting. — SL
"Spit It Out"
Slipknot put their own twisted spin on the horror classic The Shining in between live footage of the band rocking out in matching red jumpsuits. Ah, the year 2000. For many fans, this video is a favorite simply because of the energy and personality it captures. Personally, I think the most impressive part is that Corey Taylor was thoughtful enough to paint his nails to match the color of his ensemble. — TM
"The Devil in I"
Fiending for a horror flick? After this nearly six-minute music video, a full-length film won’t be necessary. Slipknot pack as much gore and psychological terror into “The Devil In I” as (in)humanly possible. It’s legitimately terrifying from every angle as the characters haunt mental hospital halls, gnaw their limbs and tear their faces off, blow themselves to pieces and get eaten by animals. — TM
Amid the dark reds and blacks lies the creepy world of Slipknot. No video has encapsulated the overbearing morbidity they perpetuate quite like “Left Behind.” It’s got Clown drooling, Chris, well, being Chris and just a whole lot of madness that feels like you’re watching a horror movie you’re glad to be a part of. The quintessential Slipknot video to remind you of their darkness. — SL
Slipknot have always recognized their avid fanbase, so when they invited a ton of local Maggots to an abandoned house in their hometown to film “Duality,” they documented not only the unharnessed madness that they allow us to channel but also properly cemented the sheer power the nine hold. Every droplet of sweat on every face in every room, legs falling through ceilings, smashed walls, pure chaos — it’s us. — SL