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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We Should Do This Again

Glen Dunzweiler | United States | 00:03:51 | 2022 English The subject of this video is homelessness. But the POINT of the video is that people trying to survive on the streets are human beings, deserving of compassion, understanding, or at the very least, of simply being SEEN. The song is an invitation to engage,… Read more »

5476 Miles

Terry Thomas | United Kingdom | 2016 | 4 m A handmade paper stop motion music video that tells the story of a lonely starling waiting for love. Viewing Instructions


Alex Barni | United States | 2018 | 2:44 Accompanied by an instrumental guitar piece, we see a condensed story of a relationship as two people meet, struggle to compromise and ultimately part ways. Cast Steve Wright Genevieve Jencson Writer Steve Wright Producer Alex Barni


A man spent years seeking redemption after abandoning his mother when he was a child.


Susan Maughlin Wood | United States | 2016 | 5 m Spectratta Brief Synopsis We are all on the spectrum, if only by our tiptoes. The more we recognize this, the more compassion, empathy and indeed celebration we can experience for the whole spectrum of neurodiversity. In “Spectratta,” the video companion to Sonatina for Violin and… Read more »

Living on the Outside

Donna Greenberg, Edmund Fairfax | Canada | 2018 | 4:48           Website | Facebook | Twitter “Not me, I’m lost, almost invisible….” Alienation, loneliness, angst – “Living on the Outside”, a music video that gives voice to existential despair. This song is from the CD “Song in the Wind” (2012, Toronto). Videographer David Rawlings This Movie… Read more »

Across The River And Into The Trees

Across the River and Under the Trees is part of a collection of original compositions by Enzo De Rosa inspired by stories and characters from literature of all time. Across The River And Into The Trees – A Review If you question what is the quality of a good music video, the most probable answer… Read more »


Martin Gerigk | Germany | 2017 | 8:47 Essayistic study of energy for 12 cellos, nature sounds and rhythmicized video sequences. Contemporary music.


Daniel Wyland | United States | 5:15 Website | Facebook A music video created by Daniel Wyland (director/cinematogrpher) for the music band CHESHI / Sentimental. Writer Ashli Cheshire Producer Daniel Wyland

Bud Light Sippin’

J. Gordon Reynolds | United States | 2018 | 5:28 In small town Georgia, a tight group of friends have gone their own way in life. One young man returns to town and sets up a reunion set in a good ol’ hardcore Georgia party style. Cast J Kyle Reynolds Writer J. Kyle Reynolds Producer… Read more »