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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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 »


Christoph Lemmen, Ruth Wiesenfeld | Germany | 2015 | 9 m 20 s SPYR originated from a composition by Ruth Wiesenfeld, based on the experience of witnessing a musician absorbed in sound and movement. The film creates an immediacy that lets the viewer participate in this physical act of playing an instrument.


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 »

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 »

Don’t Try to Change My Mind

Donna Greenberg, David Rawlings | Canada | 2017 | 3:34 Facebook | Twitter Sassy, sexy, flirtatious & fun – an upbeat swing song great to dance to! A music video to an original song composed & sung by Donna Greenberg, from her newest jazz CD STUCK ON YOU (2017). Kudos to Mark Kieswetter (arrangement/piano), Jordan O’Connor (bass),… Read more »


Antonio La Camera | Italy | 2017 | 6:25 A girl decides to face her father, determined to put an end to the abuses that she is forced to suffer from him. Cast Lisa Granuzza Di Vita Toni Pandolfo Writer Antonio La Camera Producer Matteo Gagliardi

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 »

Bon Appetit

Sebastian Harrer | Germany | 00:05:43 | 2021 English Raver Horse runs a Bar & Restaurant, an open stable for everybody. A curious greedy guest wants to check it out. After a short irritation about the fact that all other guests are animals his behavior gets nasty. The result is a mash up mix of… Read more »

Keep Shining

Lisa Sniderman | United States | 00:05:21 | 2020 English Keep Shining Music Video Writer Lisa Sniderman Producer Lisa Sniderman Animation Sisara Sanal Music Producer Scrote

Love Will Triumph

David Miller | United States | 2016 | 5:46 Activist Poets Climbing Poetree & singer sisters from Rising Appalachia muse their spit rhymes to weave a story of love & triumph Writer David Miller Trey Scott Naima Penniman Alixa Garcia Producer Trey Scott Naima Penniman Alixa Garcia Director of Photography Keresey Pearl