10 music videos with the energy of the film
In late 2021, Taylor Swift took the internet by storm when she released a ten-minute video for her fan-favorite song “All Too Well,” featuring Dylan O’Brien and stranger things‘Sadie Sink. Traditionally, music videos are meant to be short and to the point, translating lyrics into visually appealing stories or compelling musical numbers. However, some music videos go above and beyond and commit to telling engaging stories, character development, and a beginning, middle, and end in less than ten minutes.
From catchy pop tunes to classic rock bangers, these music videos have a very cinematic appeal, providing an unforgettable experience and having fans instantly associate the song with the video every time they hear it.
10/10 A-ha – “Take me”
A-ha’s captivating music video for “Take On Me” is so original and full of passion that fans can easily relate to the main character of the video as she gets lost in the fiction. With over a billion views, the video combines pencil animation and live action to tell the story of a young woman who finds herself inside a comic book. in one second, she’s with the love of her life, and in the next, she’s running for her life.
The clip plays with the boundaries between fantasy and reality to convey a love story on the same level as Hollywood. Packing romance, action and suspense into a 4-minute production, “Take On Me” is a prime example of creative storytelling.
9/10 Michael Jackson – “Thriller”
The music video for Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” looks like the perfect horror musical to watch on Halloween. Winner of a Grammy Award for Best Music Video, the video blends traditional 20th century horror tropes with engaging choreography directed by Michael Jackson and his fellow undead.
Lasting over ten minutes, the video takes its time to effectively develop the characters and build an unforgettable musical number. Finally, the plot twist at the end is also a great bonus.
8/10 Coldplay – “The Scientist”
Viewers could never guess at first how Chris Martin’s open eyes would foreshadow such a heartbreaking music video. While the lyrics tell the tragic tale of a “scientist” eager to step back in time, the music video tells the story of Martin’s character inside out, starting with him casually lying on a blue mattress and walking to his painful past.
The puzzle pieces fall into place as the video begins to deconstruct the aftermath of a tragic incident, where it is implied that Martin’s character lost the love of his life in a car accident. As things continue to unravel, he drives safely with his lover, concluding a time travel story about the fragility of life.
7/10 Lady Gaga – “Telephone” ft. Beyonce
Lady Gaga has a handful of cinematic-energy music videos, from the conspiratorial plot of “Paparazzi” to the surreal narrative of the recent “911.” “Telephone” stands out as the most vibrant, and it even counts with the presence of another pop legend: Beyoncé.
Carrying out a kind of Bonnie-and-Clyde tale of crime, lust and revenge with exuberant costumes and an eerie yet eye-catching edit, it’s amazing how the music video quickly turns into a colorful visual feast for drive the engaging trajectory the characters Gaga and Beyoncé play, walking down different paths filled with the same sins.
6/10 Radiohead – “Just”
Considered one of the greatest rock bands of all time, Radiohead are famous for their creepy music videos, and “Just” could easily be the weirdest. Featuring anxiety-inducing dialogue as the song plays, the music video for “Just” could be interpreted as clever social satire as well as setting up a disturbing apocalyptic event.
The main conflict in the video is a man who suddenly lies on the ground and refuses to explain why or let anyone touch him. As an intrigued crowd gathers around him, he reveals the reason he’s lying there, though viewers can’t quite make out what he’s saying. In the shocking aftermath, the members of Radiohead look out the window to find the entire crowd lying on the ground.
5/10 Blur – “Coffee and TV”
While the idea of a milk carton movie that goes to heaven might not sound like the most exciting thing on paper, the music video for “Coffee and TV” definitely makes it feel like a story that is worth telling.
The music video balances 3D animation with live action, following an adorable milk carton in search of Blur lead guitarist Graham Coxon, whose face appears as a missing person on the side of the carton. Cute on the surface, the clip, as well as the lyrics, are actually a scathing satire of alcoholism.
4/10 Kendrick Lamar – We Cry Together
Maybe Kendrick’s decision to shoot a music video with a live performance makes “We Cry Together” even more powerful. Arguably the most controversial song from his latest album Mr. Morales and the Big Stepsthe song realistically describes what it feels like to be part of an abusive relationship.
In the music video, Kendrick Lamar and Taylour Page engage in a serious argument to the sound of gripping rhythm and piano. Filmed in a continuous shot, the viewer can easily immerse themselves in the life of the couple, and the end leaves room for many discussions.
3/10 Death Cab For Cutie – A Movie Script Ending
Compiling a bunch of photos of a couple with precise editing, the music video for “A Movie Script Ending” captures beautiful moments of intimacy and the fear of losing someone we love. Returning to the term “transatlanticism” used by singer Ben Gibbard to describe “the incomprehensible emotional gap between two lovers separated by understandable distances”, by Forkthe images form a mosaic of moments of two lovers doomed to drift apart.
Driving a narrative with a beginning, middle, and end, the music video works almost like an experimental film, as static images display a moving relationship.
2/10 Childish Gambino – This is America
This Is America” will undeniably be remembered as one of the most impactful music videos of the 2010s as it spares no visual resources in exposing the decaying reality of America and a society haunted by institutional racism. .
The clip centers around the unreliable and multifaceted character of Childish Gambino as he witnesses love and mayhem all around him. Inserting significant symbolism and taking viewers by the hand down the rabbit hole, the video has a desperate and agonizing tone throughout its four minutes, and it makes viewers think and research what they just saw. to pick up all the pieces.
1/10 Taylor Swift – Too Good
Unanimous praise for the heartfelt storytelling of “All Too Well” came not only from Taylor Swift fans, but also from the film community; the 10-minute music video for the new version of the song has even been added to Letterboxd and currently has a 4.3 out of 5 rating.
Directed by Taylor Swift herself, the video pays incredible attention to detail capturing gestures and expressions that gradually show the ups and downs of a toxic relationship. Featuring popular actors such as Dylan O’Brien and Sadie Sink, the stunning performances add up brilliantly to the song’s strong emotional appeal and powerful closing punch.
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