29 Brilliant Music Videos

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Music has always been an excellent source of inspiration. Particularly if you are stuck with some problem you can’t find a workaround for, a beautiful song can give you a new perspective, let you see the problem from a different angle. And sometimes it’s just useful to make a break — for instance, watching some music videos.

In this post we present some unusual music videos for your monday’s coffee break. Some of the videos are thought-provoking, some of them are funny and some are bizarre. While many of them are well-known, you’ll probably find some videos you’ve never watched before. The videos all perfectly to the music which is being played in the background. Hopefully, everyone will find something new and inspiring for himself/herself. Please notice that you might need to watch some videos at least twice to get the idea behind them.

You might want to read the descriptions of the videos — they are provided below every link. The screenshots often don’t reveal that much about the videos they stand for.

Music Videos

Unkle – Rabbit in your Headlights1
What is this guy whispering? Who is the guy? And what is he doing in the tunnel? You need to watch this video till the very end. You won’t be disappointed.

Music Video Screenshot2

Jason Forrest – “War Photographer”3 (2005)
These freaking vikings are both cool and strange. But it doesn’t make them less sympathetic. And they can play both on drums and guitars pretty well.

Music Video Screenshot4

Bat for Lashes — What’s A Girl To Do5
00:38 is the best moment in the history of music videos. Well, this one is kind of scary. Hares driving on the bicycles and clapping their hands at the same time? A masterpiece from the year 2007.

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Nick Cave & Kylie Mingoue — Where The Wild Roses Grow7
Probably one of the most beautiful music videos ever made. There is no need for words. Watch it.

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Rob Dougan — Clubbed To Death9
Incredible editing and directing. So symbolic, so powerful.

Music Video Screenshot10

Fujiya & Miyagi – Ankle Injuries11
What about a music video which is made with thousands of 6-sided dice? Exactly. And the music fits perfectly.

Music Video Screenshot12

Radiohead – “Street Spirit (Fade Out)”13 (1995)
The video for this song was shot using different film frequencies, allowing various actions to unfold at different rates within the same frame. The emotional effects of this practice range from silly to unsettling. Try not to watch this video too many times; it begins to feel a little more disturbing each time. [Jeff Shreve]

Music Video Screenshot14

Sia – “Breathe Me” (Quicktime)
The production of this video clip took several thousands Polaroid photos. The result is… at least unusual.

Music Video Screenshot

Citizens Here and Abroad – You Drive and We’ll Listen To Music15
Jason Koxvold’s video pairs crashing cars with crashing guitars. Rock. Very well executed and perfectly edited. Must see.

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Moby – Porcelaine17
Such a beautiful song. One of the videos you are amazed about once, and you never forget again.

Music Video Screenshot18

The Strokes – You Only Live Once19 (Imeem)
With a Hundred ways to do a dozen things, why not try it all? Directed by Warren Fu.

Music Video Screenshot20

Arctic Monkeys – A view from the afternoon21 (Quicktime version)
A song about a passion and unstoppable willingness to do what you love. Simple, yet so effective.

Music Video Screenshot22

“Glosoli” – Sigur Ros23
“Glosoli” depicts a young drummer boy gathering up the other denizens of what appears to be an adult-free utopian land, and leading a revolution to freedom. So beautiful and so touching. Don’t miss the last scene.

Music Video Screenshot24

The Avalanches – “Frontier Psychiatrist”25
This is freaky. Sometimes the most obvious concept for a video also turns out to be the best. The ghost choir is the best. Except for the nightmarish old-man turtle, of course. [via PitchForkMedia26]

Music Video Screenshot27

Royksopp – Remind Me28
We’ve featured this movie already, but it’s worth mentioning it in this post. You can watch it dozens times and still not catch everything. A day in the life of an average working Jill, broken down into its minutest component parts. The unstated joke: mankind has erected immense, resource-devouring systems of almost incomprehensible complexity just so you can sit in your cubicle.

Typography in Motion29

Blur – “Coffee & TV”30 (Quicktime31)
Actually, this song is about a dancing milk carton. However, its adventures are funny, cute, but with a pleasing streak of cruelty. The milk-carton protagonist even has its own fan site32.

Music Video Screenshot33

Boards of Canada: “Dayvan Cowboy”34 (Quicktime35)
It’s pretty easy to get wrapped up in the grainy, existential pulchritude of this thing and completely miss the cheeky self-reference. So, um, where can one surf in Canada? Directed by Melissa Olson.

Music Video Screenshot36

Move Your Feet – Junior Senior37
That’s weird. And that’s what makes it special. A pixel-based video clip.

Music Video Screenshot38

Daft Punk – One More Time39
Probably one of the most colorful animated music videos of all time. Daft Punk, one more time.

Music Video Screenshot40

Xploding Plastix – Joy Comes In The Morning41
A music video about the world we live in and the world we’d like to live in.

Music Video Screenshot42

Unkle – Eye For Eye43
A haunting track with a creepy animation, which won an award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Nasty weirdness drops from the sky and then moves on.

Music Video Screenshot44

Vitalic – Poney45
Flying dogs in light of a laser and in slow-motion. Nobody has ever done something like this before.

Music Video Screenshot46

OK Go – Here It Comes Again47

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Justice “D.A.N.C.E.”49 (Quicktime50)
Sometimes even T-Shirts can speak. For instance, in this music video. “D.A.N.C.E.” was nominated for “Video of the Year at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards. On the first of November Justice received the “Video Star” award at the European Music Awards in Munich.

Music Video Screenshot51

Forss – “City Ports”52
The visualization fits perfectly to the music.

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Radiohead – Just54
What could the man on the street possibly have said?

Music Video Screenshot55

Prodigy – Out Of Space56
Prodigy’s “Out of Space” is probably one of the weirdest videos ever created. Welcome back to the 90s — this is how some videos looked like then. The song which was * for the whole generation.

Music Video Screenshot57

The Verve – Bitter Sweet Symphony58
A video everybody has seen. And everybody would see again.

Music Video Screenshot59

RJD2 – Work It Out60
This guy just want to have some fun with his crooks and his skateboard. A one-shot-video from 2007.

Music Video Screenshot61

Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3ClCwcCvdQ
  2. 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3ClCwcCvdQ
  3. 3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3fa-sjsvno
  4. 4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3fa-sjsvno
  5. 5 http://videos.antville.org/stories/1642555/
  6. 6 http://videos.antville.org/stories/1642555/
  7. 7 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRMe5H9WKpM
  8. 8 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRMe5H9WKpM
  9. 9 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMq4akUZr8c
  10. 10 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMq4akUZr8c
  11. 11 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5XVeENmLMk
  12. 12 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5XVeENmLMk
  13. 13 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPX3u0XJzKM
  14. 14 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPX3u0XJzKM
  15. 15 http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&VideoID=748883
  16. 16 http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&VideoID=748883
  17. 17 http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXhGvcmhqaM
  18. 18 http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXhGvcmhqaM
  19. 19 http://thestrokes.imeem.com/video/YG-iSIQn/the_strokes_the_strokes_you_only_live_once_music_video/
  20. 20 http://thestrokes.imeem.com/video/YG-iSIQn/the_strokes_the_strokes_you_only_live_once_music_video/
  21. 21 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GF978AgLyaY
  22. 22 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GF978AgLyaY
  23. 23 http://www.emichrysalis.co.uk/quicktime/sigur_ros/glosoli/index.php
  24. 24 http://www.emichrysalis.co.uk/quicktime/sigur_ros/glosoli/index.php
  25. 25 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8BWBn26bX0
  26. 26 http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/feature/36588-staff-list-100-awesome-music-videos
  27. 27 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8BWBn26bX0
  28. 28 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBvaHZIrt0o
  29. 29 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBvaHZIrt0o
  30. 30 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWUil383us4
  31. 31 http://www.tongsville.com/cinemahtml/blur.html
  32. 32 http://www.milkyfan.com/
  33. 33 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWUil383us4
  34. 34 http://youtube.com/watch?v=_lEsLcGB7Vo&watch_response
  35. 35 http://www.warprecords.com/dayvancowboy/boc-dayvancowboy.mov
  36. 36 http://youtube.com/watch?v=_lEsLcGB7Vo&watch_response
  37. 37 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKcDa0Kp2K8
  38. 38 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKcDa0Kp2K8
  39. 39 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFaNXsNIXp4
  40. 40 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFaNXsNIXp4
  41. 41 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Dm4y9s9vjA
  42. 42 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Dm4y9s9vjA
  43. 43 http://youtube.com/watch?v=IRbrJHUrIqk
  44. 44 http://youtube.com/watch?v=IRbrJHUrIqk
  45. 45 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugTLYWB3SlY
  46. 46 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugTLYWB3SlY
  47. 47 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pv5zWaTEVkI
  48. 48 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pv5zWaTEVkI
  49. 49 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fo_QVq2lGMs&feature=related
  50. 50 http://project.75.tv/justice_dance_27avril/getmedia/0/dance-finale.mov
  51. 51 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fo_QVq2lGMs&feature=related
  52. 52 http://forss.to/cityports/
  53. 53 http://forss.to/cityports/
  54. 54 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5X7HKxpiQA
  55. 55 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5X7HKxpiQA
  56. 56 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7edztkuz5o&feature=related
  57. 57 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7edztkuz5o&feature=related
  58. 58 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-Po8uJeoUw
  59. 59 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-Po8uJeoUw
  60. 60 http://media.ghostrobot.net/7014_workitout_v2_web.mov
  61. 61 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5X7HKxpiQA

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  1. 1

    Thanks for this! We were searching like idiots for the song writer and title of Nick Cave & Kylie Mingoue — Where The Wild Roses Grow. Finally I can put it on my favourite songs list!

    2
  2. 2

    Brilliant collection.
    Now get Rob Dougan’s ‘Clubbed to Death’ on there ;)

    1
  3. 3

    Just a bunch of EMO trash.

    -6
  4. 4

    Maybe I’m just getting too old ( I barely recognize the names of the artists mentioned ), but personally I’m all for keeping record production costs – and thus album prices – down by forgoing expensive & extravagant video clips. IMHO they rarely contribute anything to the artistic value and more often than not the prohibitive costs have to be repaid by the artist to the record company. Horror stories are all over the web …
    Just release your album privately without signing future earnings away, promote it by vigorous touring and the usual suspects on the web ( YouTube, MySpace etc. ).
    Pay your dues and build a fan base solely on your artistical prowess instead of trying to get rich & famous overnight. Selling a mediocre album based on the false promise of an over-engineered video clip will get you nowhere in the end.
    The crux of the matter is : can you sing & play any good live ?

    Call me old-fashioned if you like, but I’ll take this :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWOIeXzHLrs

    over any example mentioned in the post above anytime …

    -3
  5. 5

    I usually enjoy your “Monday Inspiration”, but this list is pretty random, IMHO. This said, I’d like to add some more:

    Massive Attack – Teardrop
    The Chemical Brothers – Star Guitar
    Fatboy Slim – Right Here, Right Now
    some videos by Tool, especially “Schism”

    1
  6. 6

    We’re missing some Chris Cunningham vids in there…

    Bjork “All is Full of Love”
    Leftfield “Afrika Shox”
    Portishead “Only You”
    Aphex Twin “Windowlicker” & “Come to Daddy”

    to name a few…

    2
  7. 7

    awesome collection!

    0
  8. 9

    Juan Manuel Lemus

    January 21, 2008 8:02 am

    Very cool. Now in Smashing Videos. Good collection.

    0
  9. 10

    good list. it really is.
    but i can’t help but always feel a little bit giped after the monday inspiration.
    aren’t you guys do for a super-duper best of 2007 MEGALIST?!

    0
  10. 11

    Great stuff! Surprised that TOOL videos aren’t included. They are really peculiar.

    0
  11. 13

    The bat for lashes video is so weird, everytime I see it posted somewhere I have to check it out because it is so strange.

    1
  12. 14

    Nice collection. I like especially Royksopp – Remind Me .

    0
  13. 15

    I like Fat Boy Slim – Weapon of choice and Slash dot dash not is really good too!

    0
  14. 16

    Great collection. Though I’m a little surprised, not a single Spike Jones video?

    1
  15. 17

    Another cool collection.
    RJD2 – Work It Out helped me a lot this monday…thanks!

    0
  16. 18

    it’s missing Otherside by RHCP, which is pretty a proper excercise of style

    1
  17. 19

    uh…some of these aren’t amazing at all.

    1
  18. 20

    I know it’s always difficult to pick a shortlist and you’ll always miss something but, I think it is a bit of an oversight not to include anything from Michel Gondry on the list. Something like Hardest Button to Button is genius. Especially since the video from Fujiya & Miyagi seems a little to close to White Stripes’ “Fell in Love with a Girl”.

    1
  19. 21

    Feri Macfričkins

    January 21, 2008 9:40 am

    Great stuff
    and what about Praise You, from Spike Jonze, or this nice video?

    0
  20. 22

    I’m just glad your RSS feed has the categories in it. I will now filter “Monday Inspiration”.

    -1
  21. 23

    wrong link at RJD2 (linked to ‘just’ by radiohead instead)

    0
  22. 24

    One of the best video’s ever is also from the prodigy, but probably not suited for this list due to it’s R-rated content… here in the Netherlands the clip was only shown after 11pm due to its graphic nature, all this aside it’s a very good clip… The song I’m talking about is ‘Smack My B*tch up’…

    0
  23. 25

    Add this
    Bjork – Anything!
    Portishead – Glorybox
    Jamiraquai – dude have style, no?
    Beasty Boys – Any old skool videos with fake moustach and polyester trousers.

    1
  24. 26

    Great collection and a lot of good bands and music.

    Two radiohead videos plus Thom Yorke/Unkle.

    Anyone knows where the quotes in that song come from??? Just a little quiz…

    0
  25. 27

    GREAT COLLECTION!!

    ps. the hi-res link of “Unkle – Rabbit in your Headlights” is broken!

    0
  26. 28

    What about Linkin Park… I really like their music and their videos. A lot f art on both of them.

    -1
  27. 29

    Very surprised Pearl Jam’s “Do the Evolution” wasn’t included.

    0
  28. 30

    What??? Star guitar is not on this list??????????

    2
  29. 31

    Excellent Choice!
    Thanks

    0
    • 32

      true that. u definately have a talent for sifting out excellence.
      time 2 improve the page however & get rid of the lost or unavailable links…

      0
  30. 33

    again, good collection

    0
  31. 34

    Where is Tool?

    0
  32. 35

    some additions:

    Björk | Bachelorette
    Peter Gabriel | Sledgehammer
    Pearl Jam | Do The Evolution
    Johnny Cash | Hurt
    Aphex Twin | Come To Daddy
    Foo Fighters | Everlong
    Metallica | One

    2
  33. 36

    The Sigur Ros video is possibly the most stunning visual I’ve seen online to date. I blogged about it back in 2005.

    GREAT list, guys!

    1
  34. 37

    I agree that “Where The Wild Roses Grow” is a great song with great video clips. I watch it many times when first time I saw.

    0
  35. 38

    What? No Paranoid Android by Radiohead? Brilliant cartoon music video.

    0
  36. 39

    Awesome list guys!

    0
  37. 40

    Sweet selection!

    I did a similar post on my blog a while ago:
    10+1 Nice music video clips

    My selection was:
    1. Pearl Jam: Do the Evolution
    2. Chemical Brothers: Star Guitar
    3. Timo Mass ft. Brian Molko: First day
    4. Gym Class Heroes: Cupids Chokehold / Breakfast in America
    5. Bob Marley feat. Lauryn Hill: Turn your lights down low
    6. Kylie Minogue: Come Into My World
    7. The Prodigy: Smack my bitch up
    8. Missy Elliott: Teary Eyed
    9. Michael Jackson: Thriller
    10. Smashing Pumpkins: 1979
    10+1. Harvey Danger: Lip Dub – Flagpole Sitt

    0
  38. 41

    This is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING collection. Definitely the best post so far!

    0
  39. 42

    It is OK go – here it GOES again ;)

    2
  40. 43

    White Stripes, Fell in Love with a girl (Lego animation) and The hardest button to button (clever duplication of band and equipment)

    0
  41. 44

    This list is very good.

    I was making a video web site for a while but gave up. During testing I packed it with a load of cool videos.

    There are still quite a few there, it’s at http://www.vidplayr.com

    Some of the best ones I found were:

    Alex Gopher – “Child”
    Air – “Sexy Boy”
    Bjork – “Triumph of a Heart”
    Royksopp – “Remind me”

    0
  42. 45

    RadioHead y Street Spirit , gran video, me encanta
    Por otro lado muy buena lista, Saludos.

    Radiohead, Street Spirit . Great video, I love it.
    Nice list!

    0
  43. 46

    Sound is great to :-) nice post!

    0
  44. 47

    Hei.. this is not a comment -> the link in your ‘side blog’ >>Icons Speed Drawing — learn how to design professional

    -2
  45. 48

    Armando (Caracas, Venezuela)

    January 21, 2008 7:39 pm

    I would add Madonna’s “Ray Of Light” and almost anything by Björk

    0
  46. 49

    How can you not post Prodigy – Smack my Bitch Up?!

    Amazing video

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNrhmbc0y_8

    WARNING NOT SAFE FOR WORK

    0
  47. 50

    None from Michel Gondry = not a good list.
    End.

    1
  48. 51

    I also think that at least one music video of Michel Gondry should have been included. The guy’s a genius!

    Hardest button to button (The White Stripes)
    Bachelorette (Bjork)
    Come Into My World (Kylie Minogue)
    Let Forever Be (Chemical Brothers)
    Around The World (Daft Punk)

    Or maybe, you should make a list of all his videos, they’re all awesome.

    1
  49. 52

    You forgot a really great video, based on a really great short story. Very artsy feel to it.

    Man That You Fear – Marilyn Manson
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=soH8LQdsiac

    0
  50. 53

    Hahaha, you like Moby.

    0
  51. 54

    what about muse – knights of cydonia?!

    0
  52. 55

    I agree, Michel Gondry should be in there and Tool as well.

    Radiohead’s Just was a mind blowing video when it came out, and 15 years later, no one still seems to know what the guy says. Well I do! He says “you do it to yourself.” As in, your messed up life is your own damn fault. All your problems are because of things you’ve done. So if everyone lays down and does nothing, they cant mess up their lives anymore. It’s the whole point of the song.

    Its really not that difficult to figure out.

    Great list though, thanks

    0
  53. 56

    OK, but where is SIgur Ros?

    0
  54. 57

    Nice list!

    Chemical Brothers – Star Guitar and Bjork – Joga definitely should be on the list. Both directed by Michel Gondry. Heck, anything directed by Michel Gondry should be on the list.

    0
  55. 58

    I also like the video for ‘Crazy’ by Gnarls Barkley (video by Robert Hales).

    -1
  56. 59

    My #1: Clubbed To Death by Rob Dougan – awesome production :)

    0
  57. 60

    Metallica | One, Metallica | One, Metallica | One, Metallica | One, Metallica | One :)

    0
  58. 61

    I wrote a similar post a while back on my blog.
    So check it out if you want to: http://djl-commercials.dk/blog/dennis/?p=48

    0
  59. 62

    Where’s Pearl Jam’s “Evolution”?

    0
  60. 63

    Bjork “All is Full of Love” still gives me the shivers when I watch it years later. best video ever IMHO.

    1
  61. 64

    What? No Chris Cunningham?

    This is poor. Stick to web design Smashing….

    1
  62. 65

    Nice! I love The Verve’s song!

    Thought I would add Snow Patrol’s “Open Your Eyes” and Coldplay’s “Scientist” ones :)

    0
  63. 66

    I do like the Video of “Blur – Coffee & TV”, the cute milk box and his advanture. It’s awesome!

    0
  64. 67

    So awesome to see Norway represented twice with Röyksopp and Xploding Plastix! Makes me proud to be one. :3

    0
  65. 68

    I like Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal!

    0
  66. 69

    Awesomo!!!

    0
  67. 70

    Ditto. Where’s “Crazy” ?

    0
  68. 71

    Great Collection to test on my New Woofer :-)

    0
  69. 72

    Just a bunch of emo trash

    I don’t think that means what you think it means…

    0
  70. 73

    This list IS pretty poor, especially the 2007 choices. I cannot understand the obsession with Bat For Lashes. The RJD2 video is nice for its one shot thing, but other than that, meh. And the Fujiya & Miyagi? As I’ve noted previously and someone else did above, that’s basically just a ripoff of Gondry’s video for “Fell In Love With A Girl” by White Stripes.

    And ignore the calls for Tool videos, seeing shit pushing through a pipe is not inspiring.

    0
  71. 74

    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    January 24, 2008 3:39 am

    Thank you for your comments.

    To all users who complained about “poor” list: please notice that this wasn’t supposed to be the ultimate list of best videos of all time. The main intention here was to give provide our readers with some inspirational music videos. And this list is probably subjective, as we haven’t asked a panel of the best music experts to take part in compiling this list.

    It should be pretty clear that some videos are missing, and there are definitely some better videos which aren’t in this list – so please let us know about them! Please appreciate our efforts and good intentions.

    Thank you for all videos mentioned in the comments!

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  72. 76

    Forgot to mention before, kudos on including the UNKLE’s vid for Eye for an Eye, Shynola are fantastic, they also did Radiohead – Pyramid Song and Queens of the Stone Age – Go with the Flow.

    0
  73. 77

    M MI MICH MICHELL

    January 24, 2008 11:39 am

    totally, a coool list, that screams “where is gondry?”
    useful link for mv buffs…the IMDB OF VIDEOS:
    http://www.mvdbase.com/index.php
    horrible design, but excellent library

    0
  74. 78

    I’m not such a fan of her music but my wife absolutely loves Bjork
    She’s got a whole lot of insane videos that seriously blow my mind

    I think Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine, Science of Sleep) has done a few of her videos.
    I’d recommend you check em out.

    1
  75. 79

    Daft punk – around the world… revolution! :D

    0
  76. 80

    I’m glad I see two Unkle videos in there – I love Unkle.

    That said, it’s a shame not to mention the video clip for Burn my Shadow from their latest album, War stories.

    The song is so haunting and the video clip is just amazing.

    0
  77. 81

    awesome? but for the lack of North of Ping Pong, What Goes Up Must Come Down. this list is not yet complete.

    0
  78. 82

    Gondry makes the best videos so this list is definitely not complete

    0
  79. 83

    How could ou miss Royksopp – What Else Is There ?!!!

    0
  80. 84

    kox’s video for the citizens is simply stunning

    0
  81. 85

    Some cool Vid’s smash. (y)

    0
  82. 86

    i understand this isn’t supposed to be a definitive list, but these are some really weak videos. you mention the daft punk video but not matthew sweet’s girlfriend? what about the video for “only” by nine inch nails directed by david fincher. it tops all these listed here. where’s the spike jonze directed videos? you want inspirational videos, at least put the directors up that have inspired others.

    0
  83. 87

    The name of the OK Go song is “Here It Goes Again”.

    1
  84. 88

    Sorry to come late to the party but you missed possibly the greatest video made in the past ten years:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDxZ3Ll_k8c

    -1
  85. 89

    You are missing SABOTAGE from Beastie Boys – best video ever =)

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    youtube.com/mcadavieco

    Playlist: videoclips.

    I’m adding the ones on this list right now.

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    Best video “Rabbit in your Headlights”, best song “Porcelain”

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    Amazing Collection!!!

    “Clubbed to death” by Rob Dougan is one of the most stunning, impressive song I’ve ever heard.

    Also, I think you’ve missed a video.

    “Exhibit 13″ by Blue Man Group

    Preety dramatic. The most beautiful way to remember 9/11.

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    You have a great taste in music. Especially UNKLE, Radiohead and Sigur Rós are amazing music clips.
    Great collection.
    Best wishes

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    Where are the White Stripes? Fell in Love with a Girl, Seven Nation Army, The Hardest Button to Button? They are all amazing videos!

    Fatboy Slim, Weapon of Choice? Its Chistopher freakin’ Walken dancing around a hotel lobby! It doesn’t get any more amazing then that.

    Crystal Method, Name of the Game. Where is it? A guy break dancing with a giant nose for a head is pretty amazing.

    And finally, you included a Prodigy video that somehow wasn’t Smack My Bitch Up. Thats almost ridiculous.

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    what, no beck – black tambourine?

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    yeah this is a grat collection but you all forgot Brand new’s sic transit gloria glory fades

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    Nick Cave & Kylie Mingoue — Where The Wild Roses Grow — the words for it are, well it was released very shortly after Isobel by Bjork, it copied the video.

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    Nice list but no Chris Cunningham can’t have ‘em all

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    You Missed out “Fell in Love with a Girl” by the white stripes…

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    I liked a lot of the songs on here. But was hoping to see an incredible video for Kenna’s “Hell Bent”.

    It was an incredible video with a great concept. And i agree that Fell in Love With a Girl and any Tool video should be on there.

    And of course Chris Walken in Weapon of Choice is incredible.

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    interstellar 5555, the movie that “one more time” the daft punk video is from is really really cool. I would recommend it to anyone who likes the ” one more time” video.

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    Good list – one glaring missing video, though, is Unfinished Symphony by Massive Attack:
    http://youtube/watch?v=y1svI-owtWA

    Not only wholesale ripped offed by the Verve for the video, but the actual track as well! One shot brilliance – and the last 10 seconds where the camera lifts off has to make the list….

    ooh, and Bjork “Its oh so quiet” should be their as well:

    http://youtube/watch?v=g8Z1MpcyqQU

    Not a dis, just my 10 cents!

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    You’re missing Knights of Cydonia by Muse. It’s the most hilariously epic music video I’ve ever seen.

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    no michael jackson????
    your list is suxxx!!!

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    Very nice list. The Daft Punk mention makes me want to watch Interstella 5555 again.

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    Strange Days or Weapon by Matthew Good.

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    I just read 103 comments, and nobody mentioned badly drawn boy. I know he’s not really popular, but have you seen his videos? As far as uplifting goes, they are all really funny and upbeat, and if you haven’t seen them, you should check them out.

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    wonderful collection for sure! buuuuut. no gorillaz? just had to ask. ^^

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    This page is dope. I’ven’t watched a music video in years.

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    needless to say that it sucks ass hard that you have the daft punk video in there but
    the superb video to qeens of the stoneages “go with the flow” is missing……
    so lame dude……………………………………….

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    SEARCHING;
    I saw an awesome video the other night and I didn’t get the name. In it there was a man standing alone in a theater. As the video went on his face became the megaphone and he had a crank on his right ear. It was an incredible video with a woman singing. It was kinda hip-hopish.
    ANY HELP
    won23itsme@hotmail.com

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    My favorites include

    The Scientist – Coldplay Similar to the Clubbed to Death video, but better in my opinion. (He had to memorize the whole song in reverse!)

    Something Good 08′ – Utah Saints Funny video, good song, surprise ending. “It was the freshest move I’ve ever seen…”

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    I saw this music video at an airport once… it was in Sweden, so I doubt anyone has heard of it, but I’m really curious as to what it is.
    It had a bunch of men in bear costumes, all of which with the same creepy smiling expression, dancing. That’s all I really remember.
    Does anyone know of it??

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    who can tell me what the guy in Radiohead’s “Just” said … ?

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    Somehow I miss Daft Punk with “Around the world” …

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    rubber johnny aphex twin. go with the flow queens of the stone age.

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    star guitar chemical brothers

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    last attempt grr
    star guitar chemical bros
    closer directors cut NIN

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    i would definetly have to add the nothing song / sigur ros
    a nuclear winter!
    it has to get to you
    sigur ros rocks :F

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    I miss some Vids from Aphex Twin. -> Windowlicker & Come to Daddy

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    veeeeeeeeeeery good

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    Even though a million other people are suggesting videos,
    1:618 by BT is one of the most amazing music videos I’ve seen, ever.

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    hey, nice list, i got very excited because i thought i was about to find a video i’m looking for about 5 years, all i remember it’s made in cartoon style and it tells the story of a boy who landed in a strange planet, this boy was always running around and bursting flames from the feet, so the locals build this wheel machine where he could run to escape their planet. any1 knows the song/artist/album name??

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    suprised noone has mentioned the new bjork minimovie/music video for wanderlust.
    Simply Awe inspiring. Amazing use of production.

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    I don’t know if any1 will read this but you guys or webmasters will.
    How about i suggest this great FAV
    David Guetta – Love Don’t Let Me Go
    Sophie Ellis-Bextor- Me and My Imagination

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    Very cool list, thanks. One of my all-time favourite videos is “Breaking the Habit” by Linkin Park. Then again, i’m really into that kind of style and theme.

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    i forgot to say this THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! useful for MP$/iPods..seriously

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    rammstein’s videos aren’t here!? :/

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    My son loves this video clip I will try to describe it best I can. It has about 3 or 4 guys walking in a grayish rocky looking place with rock like thinks attached to their heads. They sort of multiply then go back to one as they walk along. Does any one know the band?

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    Larissa. maybe it`s the presets -My People?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1ufW2INWmM
    adore the imagination of these guys. guess that they suggest their ideas to the video directors, because all of their clips are kinda interesting

    to add this list: the Knife strange videos)

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    I think Windowlicker by The Aphex Twin, Wicked Game by Chris and Sleep Now In The Fire by RATM need to be added IMHO

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    Queens of the Stone Age – Go with the Flow. Probably the best matched video and song ever produced.
    White Stripes – 2 or 3 of theirs

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    FinkBase did a great independent vid for HighTide:

    http://www.fink-base.com/music_vid/high_tide_big_qt.htm

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    Where is 1234 by feist??!?!?!?!?

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  132. 137

    hmm what about something from Tool? Or for something completely different, Land of confusion from Genesis with the spitting image puppets.

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    I have a small sports bar and restaurant and would like to have a good veriety of popular music

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  134. 139

    i have a small restaurant and bar and would like to buy a nice colection

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    thats all….thanks for stumble :)

    http://www.rikkat.net

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    virtual insanity – jamiroquai
    what else is there – royksopp

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    a band called Wintersleep has some amazing videos as well.. for anyone whos intersted.

    Jaws of Life http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZapSEzUJjg

    Dance macombre http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZ45UNanMhE

    Fog http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yv0J-FbmHTw

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    More fantastic video’s:
    - Liars – Plaster Casts of Everything (Youtube)
    - Radiohead – House Of Cards (Youtube)

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    Great list! I’d also add Feel Good Inc. – Gorillaz and Jesus of Suburbia – Greenday oh and Welcome to the black parade – my chimical romance oh yeah and Narcotics – Liquido and my own worst enemy by kit and I better stop now or I’ll just keep on going….

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    I mean my own worst enemy by lit not kit

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    ROYKSOPP – What else is there ?!!?!?! what, why isn’t it on this list?!!! it’s amazing…

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    re: boards of canada – dayvan cowboy
    Actually, British Columbia has some pumping point breaks.

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    Justice – DVNO
    I oogled at the logo designs for more than a 1000 times!!

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    i love this, great post!

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    the videos on here are all quite excellent, but how on earth do you manage to make a list of awesome, shocking videos without mentioning a single one by three of the genre’s absolute greatest: chris cunningham, spike jonze OR michel gondry?

    BLASPHEMY I SAY!

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    Skazi mix to Out Of Space http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRE1UKJhQD0
    is the better then Prodigy – Out Of Space

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    http://vj-vizuale.blogspot.com/ really good clips here too …

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    not a bad list. I am not a huge video fan, but Anton Corbijn has done some stuff for various bands I like quite a but.

    personal favorites:
    Depeche Mode – Enjoy the Silence (Anton Corbijn)
    Weezer – Buddy Holly (Spike Jonze)
    Covenant – Bullet
    David Bowie & Trent Reznor – I’m Afraid of Americans
    Prozzäk – Sucks to be You
    Nerf Herder – Van Halen
    Bloodhound Gang – Fire Water Burn

    mind you there is nothing ground breaking about the bloodhound gang or nerf herders videos, i just like them.

    Many other already mentioned videos I agree are awesome.

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    it should be Here It Goes Again, not Here it Comes Again.

    p.s. great video. i think it won an award for greatest low budget music video.

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    Mushex Antaranian

    February 15, 2009 4:30 pm

    yea, its nice, thanks
    @IllusiaX I think same, man, Feel Good Inc. or Clint Eastwood must be included.. maybe also Sing or Closer by Travis and Four To The Floor by Starsailor

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    AHA – Take on Me (no-ones mentioned this?!!!)
    Lots by Michael Gondry are awesome and genious!
    Daft Punk – nods at the Interstellar 999 quartet of videos! Beautiful videos…
    November Rain – Guns n Roses (great, epic video)
    Michael Jackson – Smooth Criminal and many others.
    U2 Mysterious Ways.
    REM – Everybody Hurts.
    Moby (either one with the cute aliens!)

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    oh… and Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer / Digging in the Dirt.

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    Must say: Ian Brown – F.E.A.R. Ian Brown – F.E.A.R.

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    Lots of awesome Muse videos: Knights of Cydonia; Supermassive Black Hole; Hysteria; Sing For Absolution are all great.
    Coldplay also have some great ones: The Scientist; Life In Technicolour II; Violet Hill (Dancing Politicians); Talk; Yellow.
    Arctic Monkeys: Leave Before The Lights Come On; Brianstorm
    Radiohead: No Surprises
    Supergrass: Pumpin’ On Your Stereo
    Feeder: Just A Day; Shatter
    Franz Ferdinand: Take Me Out
    Tenacious D: Tribute
    QOTSA: Go With The Flow
    Kings Of Leon: Four Kicks
    Foo Fighters: The Pretender; Learn To Fly; Everlong
    Massive Attack: Unfinished Symphony
    The White Stripes: Fell In Love With A Girl; Seven Nation Army; Hardest Button To Button; The Denial Twist
    Blur: Coffe And TV
    Gorillaz: Feel Good Inc.; Clint Eastwood
    RHCP: By The Way; Dani California; Give It Away; Can’t Stop; Californication

    Well, I think that’ll do for now! Oh, and that Aphex Twin song with the Monkey Drummer. That’s awesome.

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    Joy Division – Atmosphere

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    Where is Micheal Jackson? Thriller is still the best music video of all time.

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    aesop rock-fast cars, danger, fire, and knives. sorry

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    ” the boys wanna be her/tank girl ” by Peaches

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    Seriously…Tool! where?

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    ehm….I might appear stupid right now..but the first video? Unkle? I thought it was Radiohead…?

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    You all wouldnt know good music if it hit you in da face.peace out suckas

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    where is michael jackson!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! he made the best music videos of all time some videos around the world wont even be out because of him he made the movie type music videos then everyone made awsome videos his song thriller should be there i is the best music video of all time !!!!! duh

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    Great stuff! I spent all night watching these videos. I’d like to throw in The Presidents of the United States – Peaches video. So funny with all ninjas jumping in :)

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    Zlatan Halilovic

    June 3, 2010 10:10 am

    Wow. I never knew I could stumble upon something this great on my favorite design magazine. Thanks Vitaly for the great collection. Oh, and thumbs up for including unkle and moby, one of my all time favorites :D

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    this is a pretty good list but michael gondrys video for the chemical brother’s song star guitar is probably one of the coolest concepts anyone could have used for a music video ever.

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    i reckon that evil by interpol could have gone on this list

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    Great videos, however you should check out this stop animation video made for The Orange Strips by Tobias Stretch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_O4C7njAKw

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    Thanks, nice list. Here’s a great vid from a new artist. Love it more for her voice than the vid, but it’s nice: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUCfLJS9IR4

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    HA! you missed the best videos of all time fooooooooIs

    Eric Pyrdz – Call on Me (an all time favortie among dudes, and all around good editing)
    annddddddd
    *drum roll*
    Caribou – SUN(Original Video)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9_A7aoYqGA

    excellent editing and cuts, great song too. most original by far.
    get yur heads out the guterrrr

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    make a new list please.
    i love your taste.
    but so many of these videos,
    are for whatever fucking reason… missing : (
    that makes me a sad panda.
    please help the situation & make a new list.
    u & your awesome taste!
    haha…k…. umm I’ll be w8in’
    don’t make me wait too long.
    buh buy

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    fatboy slim-weapon of choice. gotta dig christopher walken!! :)

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    Too bad the OK GO video is actually called “Here It Goes Again” and not “Here It Comes Again”. idiots.

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    You should also check the official video for Bar9′s remix of Example’s song Kickstarts. It can be an action/romance movie by itself.

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    Land of Talk – It’s Okay

    simply beautiful

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    Christopher Walken

    October 18, 2010 7:15 pm

    I really think that Fatboy Slim’s Weapon of Choice should make the cut. I do a stellar job in that. I bet you guys didn’t know I could dance.

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    what about This to Shall Pass by o.k. go (the rube goldberg edition)

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    The Music Scene should be in here by Blockhead
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhheiPTdZCw

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    New Music Video for Passion Pit!
    http://www.cargocollective.com/hannesjohannes

    Enjoy!

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    How about :
    1. Queen – Innuendo
    2. RHCP – The Otherside
    3. Enya – It’s In The Rain

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    practically every video posted has been taken down due do copyright claims.

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    teardrop by massive attack

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    The Raveonettes – Heart of Stone should be on this list too, I think.

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    Dude The collection is really great. fun watching this.

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    Astrid Riecken

    June 1, 2011 8:40 am

    Great list EXCEPT I can’t watch these videos – most of them are blocked by EMI !!! Start at the bottom and move up – good luck – all blocked – what a bs !!!

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    Here’s a cool, animated, music video, that has been nominated in the Animated Music Videos category at the Supertoon International Animation Festival, in Croatia.

    People In The Box – The Old City
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cAOuWTuFEs

    Here’s another cool video:
    Sakanaction – Aruku Around
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vS6wzjpCvec

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    think noone mentioned:
    A Perfect Circle – Weak And Powerless
    A-ha – Crying In The Rain
    Alice In Chains – No Excuses
    Alice In Chains – Rooster
    Arcade Fire – Neighborhood 2 (Laika)
    Arcade Fire – Neighbourhood 3 (Power Out)
    ASP – Me
    Bjork – Army Of Me
    Black – Wonderful Life
    Bring Me The Horizon – The Comedown
    Buckethead – Spokes for the Wheel of Torment
    HourCast – Freeze
    Kate Bush – Cloudbusting
    Little Dragon – Twice
    Mogwai – Batcat
    Mogwai – Travel Is Dangerous
    Peter Gabriel – Big Time
    Peter Gabriel – Digging in the Dirt
    Peter Gabriel – Steam
    Porcupine Tree – Way Out Of Here
    R.E.M. – Man On The Moon
    R.E.M. – Shiny Happy People
    Slipknot – Vermilion
    Soundgarden – Black Hole Sun
    Sting – Gabriel’s Message
    Talk Talk – Life’s What You Make It
    Tenhi – Kausienranta
    The Herd – 2020
    U2 – All I Want Is You (I really like watching videoclips and this is by far the best one I’ve ever seen)
    A Forest Of Stars – Raven’s Eye View
    Isis – In Fiction
    Gojira – To Sirius
    Gojira – All The Tears
    Antaeus – Blood War III (harsh!)
    Mental Home – Pagan Freedom
    Bethlehem – Tagebuch einer Totgeburt (raw)
    Vinterriket – Verloren in den Tiefen des Waldes

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    The Cardigans- My Favorite Game

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMH5_pyiFg0

    I can’t find the version with the really graphic ending.

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    and what about “Chemical Brothers – Let Forever Be ” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5FyfQDO5g0&ob=av2e
    This is one of the most creative and fun video I have ever seen.

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    I was wondering if you anyone knew a name of a song where there is a guy sitting in a train and all the strangers in the train are acting normal. Then he notices headphones on this seat and once he puts them on the train turn into a whole party scene. Then he takes off again and the train atmosphere is back to normal. He then puts headphones on again to see the train turn into a party again. The song is from the 90′s i really love the song, it was an upbeat one. Someone please tell me the name of this song

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    Good enough by Evanescene i dont know why but i absoulutly love this video i have watched it about 20 times now Amy Lee is just so amazing and beautiful i love everything about her

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    What about Ghostfeeder’s cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire?”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NlNXZZn4ro

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    I’d add “Do the Evolution” by Pearl Jam for its animation oddity! Kids dig it….

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