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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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 »


Ryan Tian | United States | 00:03:52 | 2021 English It’s a touching music story about a New York street musician, Atom Dove, who gets awakened, wants to catch up and cherish all the little beauties in life. Cast Atom Dove Cinematographer Ryan Tian Editor Ryan Tian

Our Untold Story – Calm Seas Don’t Make Good Sailors

Johannes S Karpe | United Kingdom | 2017 | 3:12 Facebook | Twitter Song: Calm Seas Don’t Make Good Sailors (African Proverb) Band: Our Untold Story Calm Seas… is available on iTunes, Spotify and all other major online retailers around the globe. Written by – Xander J Turian Performed by – Our Untold Story Recorded at MISSING… Read more »

The Twilight

Donna Greenberg, Edmund Fairfax | Canada | 2018 | 3:16 Website | Facebook | Twitter James Joyce Lovers! Here’s a classical song with a jazz touch! “The Twilight” is the second song from the album Love Songs of James Joyce, a “song cycle” set to poems from Chamber Music (1907), an early poetry collection by… Read more »


Christopher R. Owens |United States | 00:06:59 | 2021 English When will the “last” time be the LAST time? Chris Oledude’s single “George Floyd” has now been re-presented in the powerful video, “George Floyd: Say Their Names.” America’s struggle for equality and fairness throughout law enforcement parallels those struggles faced by minority groups in every… Read more »


Donna Greenberg, Duygu Basmaci | Canada | 2017 | 4:30 Facebook | Twitter A present haunted by the spectres of the past, reflections that cast back another’s image — this is the fleeting illusory reality of “Reflections,” a music video to an original song by Donna Greenberg, from her newest jazz CD STUCK ON YOU (2017). This… Read more »

The Camera’s On

Andrew Aidman | United States | 2018 | 3:59 Website | Facebook | Twitter Short film and music video for the song “The Camera’s On” from the album Gleams by Robbie Gennet. It is an intense and surprising commentary on the state of surveillance we all live in with a thread of the death of… Read more »

Mïus – Strobe and Noise

Peter Varsics |Hungary | 2016 | 5 m 26 s Facebook This music video verifies the concept of the song with a dark, time-wrapped, paradox abstraction. Strobe and Noise is a kind of revenge story about the cycle of violence placed in a never-ending loop of dream, where characters, time doesn’t exist in a normal way… Read more »

Anti-Social Butterfly

Sami Chohfi, Asher Vast, Kevin Preston | United States | 2018 | 4:34 Website | Facebook | Twitter What pairs better with immense and passionate rock than an immense and passionate video? If you’re watching the clip for Blue Helix’s “Anti-Social Butterfly”, you’ll probably agree that you’d be hard-pressed to find anything more suited. The… Read more »

How About You?

Music Video by the Eric Ekstrand Ensemble shot in NELA