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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She’s on The Prowl

Michael McCallum | United States | 2018 | 3:17 Website | Facebook | Twitter An experimental music video for Michigan-based band, Mighty Medicine, by award-winning filmmaker, Michael McCallum and his company, Rebel Pictures. Writer Michael McCallum Producer Michael McCallum This Movie is No Longer Available

Unhappy Holiday

Anna Haas | United States | 4:18 Facebook | Twitter Though we generally associate the holidays with merry and bright feelings, let’s face it, a Christmas of blue is certainly familiar to us all, and singer/songwriter Katie Garibaldi does a masterful job conveying a tears-in-your-beer holiday scenario with her new song and music video “Unhappy… 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 »


Sascha Krüger | Germany | 2018 | 6:35 English, German with English Subtitles Website | Facebook This music video was produced for the viking metal band “Obscurity”. The video deals with the vikings’ raid of the island of Lindisfarne in the year 793. Historically proven, the vikings entered the island and killed all monks living… Read more »

Powersolo – Lonely Gal

A Horror Music Video with a Social Comment

Requiem for Individuality

Jon M. Ausman | United States | 2019 | 4:03 A want to be conformist is rejected by the guardians of conformity. She rises as the World Goth Queen aided by the Vessel (Music). The film features the current World Gothe Queen Barbie Gothe and Genius of Nefarious songwriter Ray Grieco. The video premiered on… 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 »

Kiss Me Malibu

Mikel Arraiz | Spain | 2019 | 4:18 Horror-comedy film about the insecurities and overthinking that TV shows, religion, culture and belief systems create in us during male-female relationships and in courtship. It makes fun of us and the roles we take in that process, without making any moral judgments. The story is narrated through… Read more »


AnayaMusic | Brazil | 00:05:46 | 2021 Infinite love with song “Once in Time”, a sweepingly cinematic composition led by a full orchestra of string and brass instruments that eventually swell to a close. The video Translates the infinite love over the Earth and Skies , expressed in Nature and meaningful expression of day to… Read more »

So Beautiful

Brandon Nicoletti | Canada | 00:05:26 | 2020 English A narrative music video created for Nathan Carroll’s ‘So Beautiful’. It tells the story of a teenage boy who experiences passion, heartache, and self discovery when he falls in love with one of his male classmates. Cast Nathan Carroll Producer Jansen Otten