Cradle of Love features footage of Idol singing in large frames throughout an apartment. It also features model Betsy Lynn George as a teenager who tries to seduce a modest and mild mannered businessman. Idol and George recreated the opening of the video for the 1991 American Music Awards.
At the 1990 MTV Video Music Award, the video was nominated for Best Male Video and Best Special Effects and won the award for Best Video from a Film. It was voted #33 on VH1's 50 Sexiest Video Moments.