Originally, a music video is intended to illustrate the better meaning of a song. It is often the case that by dint of vivid video, the song becomes more interesting its essence is amplified hundreds of times.
Why is this happening?
We all love to keep an eye on beautiful things for a long time and just look at them. Moreover, when we talk about music videos, where music also sounds that causes us some emotions and flash of feelings. Do you agree? After all, the music videos can inspire us, teach life lessons, and tell a story that may be very close to ours.
Did you know the first music videos in the format of short films with music appeared at the beginning of the XX century, but genuine development was received in the 1960s on the BBC? With the spread of television, videos have become an important part of the promotion of a singer or group.
The Beatles along with their videos for Strawberry Fields Forever, Rain, Paperback Writer and Penny Lane were fashion moderators in the 1960s. Few people know that among the pioneers of the video was also the mysterious group of Residents, which are remaining in force up to now but hide the personality of its members.
When MTV had just appeared, their videos were often broadcasted, as they were a significant part of a small number of available music videos.
Therefore, we have already realized that music videos have become an important part of our modern life. For this reason, we decided today to talk more about the most successful and most popular examples of all time. Let's go!
Blur - Coffee and TV
On June 28, 1999, the song was released as the second single from album '13'. In 2000, the single version of "Coffee & TV" was included in the compilation Blur: The Best Of. The video was shot by the director duet Hammer & Tongs. In this video for the first time appeared the character of Milky - an anthropomorphic box of milk, which became a symbol of the group. The video tells the story of a live milk package, which is sent to find Blur guitarist Graham Coxon, who escaped from the house.
On the box itself, Coxon's photo is printed. Milky faces many dangers during his search. The video was positively received by critics and received several awards in 1999 and 2000, including a prize from the journal NME and from MTV Europe.
Michael Jackson - Thriller
"Thriller" is the fourth song and the seventh single from the album of Michael Jackson Thriller. The creation of this short film was inspired by John Landis's film An American Werewolf in London. This film inspired Michael Jackson and his own 13-minute music video is eventually considered the most famous and iconic in its genre. The video was mentioned in the Guinness Book of Records as the most successful in history.
Radiohead - Just
"Just" is a single by English alternative rock band Radiohead, released in 1995. Unfortunately, no one knows exactly what the man from music video said on the floor of the British street. Only Jamie Thraves, the director of this video, knows this secret. However, how many times he was asked, he still has not given, and will not give, an answer. There are many theories about this. Many believe that he really said something very profoundly philosophical, as philosophical as it will make you lie down and think.
Wiz Khalifa - See You Again ft. Charlie Puth
As the BBC notes, the popularity of this video is explained by the fact that the composition itself is a tribute to the memory of the outstanding American actor Paul Walker. In the last frames of the video, a scene from the film where the cars of the characters of Vin Diesel and Paul Walker are moving along different roads, and at the end of the video a title with the inscription "For Paul" is given.
Gotye - Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra)
"Somebody That I Used to Know" is a song by an Australian singer and author Gotye with the participation of the New Zealand singer Kimbra. At the end of 2011, the single topped the charts of many countries. The success of the video contributed to creative experiments: camouflage body art, because of which the characters are practically mimicked with the environment.
Johnny Cash - Hurt
Ask someone to call a song that always makes him cry, and the chances are they'll swiftly reply “Johnny Cash. Hurt.” In fact, it's a cover for the Nine Inch Nails song, nevertheless, in the hands of the legendary singer, this song has come to life in a new way. Probably, Johnny Cash could make any song better than it was, so he deserves special attention among other artists.
Depeche Mode - Enjoy the Silence
"Enjoy the Silence" is a song by the electronic band Depeche Mode, taken from their seventh studio album, Violator (1990). The song was recorded in 1989 and released on 16 January 1990 as the album's second single. In 1991, "Enjoy the Silence" won in the category of "Best British Single" during Brit Awards ceremony. The music video for "Enjoy the Silence", directed by Anton Corbijn, is based on the plot of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's book The Little Prince. In the video, Dave Gahan appeared as a stereotypical king, wearing a robe, with a crown on his head, wanders through the hills of Scotland, the coast of Portugal and the Swiss Alps with a chaise longue in his hands.
Madonna - Like A Prayer
"Like a Prayer" is the first single of pop diva Madonna from her fourth studio album Like a Prayer. It was released on February 28, 1989, by Sire Records. The video "Like a Prayer" was awarded the MTV Video Music Awards in the "Choice of viewers" nomination. It was also included in the list of the top 100 music videos by readers of Rolling Stone and the audience of VH1.
Foo Fighters - Learn To Fly
"Learn to Fly" is the single from rock band Foo Fighters from their third studio album There Is Nothing Left to Lose, released on September 18, 1999. The video for the song was directed by director Jesse Peretz. In 2001, the video received a Grammy Award for Best Music Video.
Britney Spears - ...Baby One More Time
... Baby One More Time - the debut studio album of the American singer Britney Spears, released by the record label Jive Records on January 12, 1999. One of the main components of the success of this, in general, the unpretentious song was the famous video clip, which was later quoted and parodied a hundred times. At first the video for "... Baby One More Time" wanted to be made in the style of a children's cartoon. But the singer said that her audience has already grown out of pink panties, and she needs to do something more youthful. As a result, the interior of the clip was the real Los Angeles school.