Music Videos

A music video or song video is a short film integrating a song and imagery, produced for promotional or artistic purposes. Modern music videos are primarily made and used as a marketing device intended to promote the sale of music recordings. There are also cases where songs are used in tie in marketing campaigns that allow them to become more than just a song. Tie ins and merchandising could be used in toys or marketing campaigns for food and other products. Although the origins of music videos date back to musical short films that first appeared in the 1920s, they came into prominence in the 1980s when MTV based their format around the medium. Prior to the 1980s, these works were described by various terms including “illustrated song”, “filmed insert”, “promotional (promo) film”, “promotional clip”, “promotional video”, “song video”, “song clip” or “film clip”. Since the creation and increased popularity of YouTube, mainstream artists now promote new music videos by releasing trailers of short promos on the site for their upcoming song and music video. Consequently, YouTube has been converted into a social media platform for celebrities and artists to market themselves to their fans and audiences.

Music videos use a wide range of styles of contemporary video making techniques, including animation, live action filming, documentaries, and non-narrative approaches such as abstract film. Some music videos blend different styles, such as animation, music, and live action. Combining these styles and techniques has become more popular because of the variation it resent to the audience. Many music videos interpret images and scenes from the song’s lyrics, while others take a more thematic approach. Other music videos may be without a set concept, being merely a filmed version of the song’s live performance.[2] Music videos have also become a place where product placement is evident in almost every mainstream video. They are always parent and it usually takes place because the artist is sponsoring a product or brand. An example of product placement is the Beats Pill being featured in numerous hip hop videos. The strong emphasis on product placement is something that has evolved because of the global scale music videos can reach because of websites such as YouTube.

U.S. and foreign films

The English film title, original title, country of origin and production year are listed. Foreign-language films are subtitled in English.

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Robert Glenn | United States | 00:03:00 | 2021 English Music Video of the Band “Her Wicked Jones” entitled #9 Cast Candy Graham Christopher Mcbride Robbie Glenn Writer Candy Graham Producer Robbie Glenn

Desert Moonlight

Brad Tobler | United States | 00:04:33 | 2022 English Desert Moonlight is a pulpy noir-rock thriller about a bagman going about his craft and the hard life that comes with it. Desert Moonlight, starring Max Sarmento and Directed by Brad Tobler (Stranger Things, Free Guy) was shot over 3 days just outside Los Angeles,… Read more »

Pale Ember

Brad Tobler | United States | 00:04:48 | 2022 English Pale Ember is an emotionally charged story expressed from the perspectives of two people passionately in love. On one side is someone who feels he must choose between the love of his life and the dream he’s always worked for. On the other is a… Read more »

The Big Balloon To The Moon

Anders Sundstedt | New Caledonia | 00:04:05 | 2022 English A dreamy bassist singer embarks on a trip to the moon in a hot air balloon. Writer Karl Baudoin Producer Karl Baudoin

The Banteay Srei Temple

Grayhawk David Gibney | United States | 00:04:57 | 2023 In the Summer of 2015, I traveled with my family to The Banteay Srei Temple that is part of the Angkor Wat World Heritage site in Cambodia. The temple’s soft red sandstone and feminine “devatas” iconography inspired this piece which features a virtuoso performance by… Read more »

That’s what I’m gonna do

Michaël Theus, Nicolaï TCHETCHELACHVILI | Switzerland | 00:03:53 | 2023 English Music Video of the first single of Dr Savage (filmed in Geneva and Manchester) Cast Areg SULTANYAN Michael Perrot Benjamin Kraatz David Merle Nina ROMANOV Jonas Graf Olivier Uldry Nicolaï TCHETCHELACHVILI Writers Nicolaï TCHETCHELACHVILI Jérémy LINDEMANN Producers Michaël Theus Michaël Perrot Jérémy LINDEMANN WATCH… Read more »

Minor Setback

Jake Armstrong | Australia | 00:03:50 | 2023 English Take a trip into this music video for 2 time Grammy nominee Jay Watson (of Tame Impala) and Ambrose Kenny-Smiths (of King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard) song “Minor Setback” through a world of hand painted 35mm film and 3D animation. Animator Jake Armstrong Songwriters Jay… Read more »

On the Road

Joi Olympia | United States | 2016 | 4 m Movement 5 from the Hotel Chelsea Song Cycle, inspired by the traveling stories of historic artists who passed through the Chelsea Hotel, including Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, and Jack Kerouac. Joi plays guitar, bass, percussion, and violin on her album to weave together their beloved tales… Read more »


David Chontos | United States | 2016 | 4 m Part exercise of passion, and part love letter, ‘Sisters’ is a fragment of some lost, tragic opera. Trapped in the ruins of their former glory, a pair of performers bound together and abandoned by time rise up to sing once more. Conjured up by the… Read more »

Cookie Cartel – Fiftyonefifty

Galactic Sons | Canada | 2016 | 3 m An animated music video for the song Fiftyonefifty by Cookie Cartel. A conflict between two humans, both dealing with their own dark obsessions. Viewing Instructions