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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The Last Laugh

Ivar Aase | Norway | 2017 | 4:30 Norwegian with English Subtitles At a 20 year anniversary, the boys from school reunite with the class bully, and the party quickly turns as sour as their liquor. Bitterness, blues, and drunkenness are all ingredients in this rural music video from Norwegian artist General Forsamling, directed by… 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 »


Roman Hill | France | 2016 | 2 m 57 s From chaos, matter flows and creates a structure.

To The Boss, Immediately

Music vid in allusion to Bruce Springsteen’s song: Streets of Fire ___________________________________________________________________ When you walk down Meet your eye-lids on the floor Staring at a clown Who says: “It’s you I am looking for!” And you are watching The signs at the bowl (to) Dip red And the wall cracks And the pieces of your… Read more »

One Night

Elise Tandé | Spain | 2018 | 3:46 Through music, a girl tries to disconnect from the technology which most of us depend on daily, her smartphone.

Swimming Upstream

Caren Messing | United States | 00:05:16 | 2021 English This short musical film is for M. West’s track “Swimming Upstream” from his new CD “Still Life’s Allusions” (available on all platforms). This short was created, filmed and edited on an iPhone 7 plus. The singer/songwriter portrays the dreamer in this metaphorical and musical dreamscape…. Read more »

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 »

My Love is a Light Attire

Donna Greenberg, Duygu Basmaci | Canada | 2017 | 3:36 Facebook | Twitter “My Love is in a Light Attire” is the fifth song from the album Love Songs of James Joyce, a “song cycle” set to poems from Chamber Music (1907), an early poetry collection by the famous Irish writer James Joyce (1882-1941). This is an… Read more »

No Going Back

Matias Vellutini | Brazil | 2018 | 2:21 Website | Facebook “No Going Back” is a cinematic rescue mission for a black rooster from a Satanic cult in Brazil. Cast Cleber Galo Juliana Calderón Producer Matias Vellutini Tatiana Helmer Waiting for Film From Filmmaker