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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Wagner Cinelli | Brazil | 00:02:54 | 2020 Portuguese Music video that exalts the beauty of Brazil. Homage to culture, and also to the Brazilian composer Ary Barroso, author of the song Aquarela do Brasil, which is considered a masterpiece of the “samba exaltação” (exalting samba) style. Co-director Marcio Oliveira Producer Wagner Cinelli Assistants to… Read more »

Nena & Dave Stewart: “Be My Rebel”

Virgil Widrich | Germany | 2018 | 3:45 Website | Facebook | Twitter Children dream of what they will be as adults and adults dream about their childhood. But sometimes, when orderly life becomes paralyzed in routine, adults need the inner child to bring about change: “Be my rebel”, the first collaboration of the two… Read more »

Suite: Judy Blue Eyes (Director’s Cut)

Jim Hendricks | United States | 00:08:24 | 2022 English This version of Suite: Judy Blue Eyes explores the inner turmoil and emotional progression of a young woman as she clings to the last strands of a failed relationship. Co-Director Katie Theriault Cast Kaitlin Jacobson Writers Wayne Blouzdis Jim Hendricks Producer Jim Hendricks Cinematography Katie… Read more »

Mirror (Spiegel)

Alfred Adam | Austria | 2016 | 3 m German with English Subtitles The band “Limbus” from Graz (Austria) tells the story about modells in the modell business, where it is hard, inmoral and where young girls loose their dreams and where the young people are exploited. Mirror shows the world between dream and reality.

#Taplife – Eyes

Anthony Lo Cascio | United States | 2017 | 4:56 Facebook | Twitter In today’s world of untruths, half-truths and fake news one thing is for sure, Big Brother is watching and thanks to whistleblowers like Ed Snowden we now know just how much information is actually being collected. Hero or traitor Edward Snowden has become the… Read more »

Star in the East

Katie Garibaldi | United States | 00:02:33 | 2020 English Folky songwriter Katie Garibaldi’s sweet and majestically produced original song “Star in the East” from her new album Home Sweet Christmas is the perfect match for such a creatively inspired music video. The claymation and stop motion video was made by artist Marc Morgan, which… Read more »

Here We Are

Aaron Webb | United States | 2017 | 6:20 While we follow each member to practice, we will learn a bit about who they are. Five individuals joined together as a group of musicians and friends, isolated from the rest of the world’s troubles, if only for a moment. Cast Michael Perks Birdie Perks Joe… Read more »


Donna Greenberg, Edmund Fairfax | Canada | 2017 | 4:25   Website | Facebook | Twitter “Stranger,” a song, a tango—sultry passion! And now a music video (from the CD _Song in the Wind_). Donna Greenberg (lyrics, music, vocals), Jordan Klapman (arrangement, piano), Kevin Laliberté (guitar), Tony Quarrington (guitar), Ross MacIntyre (bass), Glenn Anderson (drums), Tom… Read more »


James Paul | Canada | 00:03:34 | 2021 English A brief meditation on the nature of longing for an imagined adolescence. Cast Jack Breakfast Writers James Paul Jack Breakfast Producer James Paul

It’s all about swing

Wagner Cinelli | Brazil | 00:02:31 | 2022 Portuguese This song is representative of the style called sambalanco, which is very close to samba and aimed at ballroom dancing. Joao Roberto Kelly, who is the songwriter, is a special guest and one of the singers. Kelly is a renowned musician and known in Brazil as… Read more »