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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Throne of the Crow

Holly Siders | United States | 2016 | 4 m Music Video for the song “Throne of the Crow” by Cognition. A self-centered, cold-hearted woman attends a surreal high-class party and realizes in her seemingly last moments that the denizens of her own mind are what are destroying her. Cast Ina Pesheva

Broken Lullaby

Bill McGarvey, Stella Rosen | United States | 2018 | 2:55 Facebook | Twitter Writer Bill McGarvey Stella Rosen Producer Bill McGarvey This Movie is No Longer Available

Aging Rockers V2.0

The inspiration for Aging Rockers, an art-music video, occurred in the mid-1980s after a friend raved about a new dance club that I later visited. It was instantly clear that the average patron’s age was about 18 and that I as a 30-something was the onvious outsider, not unwelcome, just invisible, irrelevant. That evening provided… Read more »


Anita Egenbauer | Austria | 2017 | 2:55 Music video for the song “Devine” from Swedish-Austrian singer-songwriter band Anna Katt Cast Kristina Lindberg This Movie is No Longer Available


Yared Gebrekidan | Canada | 00:03:45 | 2020 Music Video about being denied in life by people and society and denying the world to stay true to yourself. Cast Nathan Witte Jesse Miller Producer Nathan Witte

We Live in the Lake

Mark Pedelty | United States | 2016 | 2:39 A song and music video created for the Lake Pepin Legacy Alliance in order to help them raise awareness around sedimentation issues and direct community members to their restoration projects Cast Natalie Warren

Jessica Meuse – Love Her Better

Jim Ervin | United States | 2017 | 3:33 Website | Facebook | Twitter New music video from American Idol Top 4 Finalist Jessica Meuse’s forthcoming album release. The video debuted as part of Children Cancer Association’s Bedstock Festival. Cast Jessica Meuse Writer Jessica Meuse Producer Jim Ervin

On the Ground

Frank Guastella | United States | 00:09:40 | 2022 English On the Ground is a sonic meditation and a spiritual journey captured through a visual experience. By way of meditation, a young woman begins working through the self from the inside out using the seven chakras as a grounding foundation. Starting at the root and… Read more »

Don’t Feed the Party Animal

Evan Younger | United States | 2016 | 2 m Facebook | Twitter In a 1950s nightclub, a wallflower longs to be the life of the party and win over the cutie across the dance floor – but how can he compete with the suave crooners onstage and her beefcake boyfriend? (A music video for the band… Read more »

Only Wanna Party

Brian Kohne | United States | 2016 | 3:01 Facebook ONLY WANNA PARTY is the transmedia comedic short that features an award-winning soundtrack. It stars Willie K and Eric Gilliom as the Barefoot Natives. The compilation was produced and directed by Brian Kohne in Hawaii with post-production by Raymond Rolak. There are plenty of pratfalls… Read more »