60 Beautiful Music Videos

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Imagine if three minutes of video could save your career. That’s what happened to OK Go when the group produced its own film clip after its label threatened to let them go. Gone are the days of multi-million dollar music videos; today they are all produced with love on small budgets by a committed group of creative people.

Below are 60+ original music videos to inspire you and get you excited about the medium again. Some old, some new, but I guarantee you haven’t seen all of them before. Note: these are presented in random order. Just something to relax on a rainy sunday. Please be patient: the page may need some time to load.

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The Music Videos

1: TISM: Everyone Else Has Had More Sex Than Me

2: Mansun: Taxloss

3: Queens of the Stone Age: Go With the Flow

4: Aphex Twin: Windowlicker (NSFW)

5: Aphex Twin: Come to Daddy

6: Lenny Kravitz: Are You Gonna Go My Way

7: Prodigy: Smack My Bitch Up (NSFW)

Watch in high quality on YouTube
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8: A-ha: Take On Me

9: Beck: Girl

Get Quicktimes here3

10: Pharcycle: Drop

11: Blur: Coffee & TV

12: Junior Senior: Move Your Feet

13: Royksopp: Remind Me

14: Peter Gabriel: Sledgehammer

15: White Strips: Fell In Love With a Girl

Watch in high quality on YouTube4

16: Daft Punk: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger (fan made)

17: Daft Punk: Around the World

18: Daft Punk: Interstellar 555 Clips5

19: Tenacious D: Fuck Her Gently (NSFW)


Watch original Flash animation here6
More info here 7

20: Michael Jackson: Thriller

21: Lemon Jelly: The Shouty Track

22: Justice: D.A.N.C.E.

23: Justice: Stress

24: Justice vs. Simian: We Are Your Friends

25: Justice: DVNO

26: Beastie Boys: Sabotage

27: Radiohead: House of Cards

Get The Code and more info on Google Code 8

28: Coldcut: Timber

29: Eels: Novocain for the Soul

30: Gorillaz: Clint Eastwood, and Dirty Harry

31: Chemical Brothers: Star Guitar

32: Chemical Brothers, featuring K-OS: Get Yourself High

33: Weezer: Buddy Holly

Full version here.9

34: Weezer: Pork and Beans

Pork and Beans – Weezer10

35: Coldplay: The Hardest Part

36: Bjork: Wanderlust


Official website for the video here11

37: Gotye: Hearts a Mess

38: Funstorung: Sleeping Beauty

39: OK Go: Here It Goes Again

40: Metallica: One

41: Verve: Bittersweet Symphony

42: Supergrass: Pumping on Your Stereo

43: Santogold, Julian Casablancas, N.E.R.D: My Drive Thru for Converse12

44: Bjork: All is Full of Love

45: Alex Gopher: The Child

46: Paula Abdul: Opposites Attract

C’mon, this was a classic when it came out! Don’t judge me.

47: Unkle: Rabbit in your Headlights

48: DJ Format: We Know Something You Don’t Know

49: Telemetry Orchestra: Suburban Harmony

50: The Bumblebeez: Dr. Love

Directed by my favorite director, Tom Kuntz.13 A true genius.

51: Jamiroquai: Virtual Insanity

52: Tool: Stinkfist

53: Red Hot Chili Peppers: Give It Away

54: Weird Al Yankovic: Bedrock Anthem

55: The Avalanches: Frontier Psychiatrist

Also directed by Tom Kuntz

56: Basement Jaxx: Where’s Your Head At

57: Wu-Tang Clan: Triumph

Directed by Brett Ratner!14

58: Battles: Tonto

59: Sia: Buttons

60: Fatboy Slim: Praise You, and Weapon of Choice

61: Architecture in Helsinki: Do the Whirlwind

62: Softlightes: Heart Made Of Sound

63: Fujiya & Miyagi: Ankle Injuries

64: Yuki: Sentimental Journey

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Here are three music videos that will get stuck in your head.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/01/21/monday-inspiration-brilliant-music-videos/
  2. 2 http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=csHxaPrdkyc
  3. 3 http://dekku.blogspot.com/2007/04/beck-girl.html
  4. 4 http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=XRDi67G0Siw
  5. 5 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0368667/
  6. 6 http://www.starterupsteve.com/flash/html/fuck_her_gently.shtml
  7. 7 http://coldhardflash.com/2006/01/cold-hard-flashback-04.html
  8. 8 http://code.google.com/creative/radiohead/
  9. 9 http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=FiIC5qcXeNU
  10. 10 http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=34892437
  11. 11 http://www.bjork.com/special/wanderlust/
  12. 12 http://www.converse.com/connectivity/
  13. 13 http://www.kuntzmanor.com/
  14. 14 http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0711840/
  15. 15 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/01/21/monday-inspiration-brilliant-music-videos/

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Ashley Ringrose is better known as Mr Truffle and editor of Sleevage a music design blog. He occasionally plays with Mr Potatoheads and dresses up in costumes. He is also a founding member of Soap Creative an Australian based digital agency.

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  1. 1

    Bjork – Bachelorette – http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=x5nNfbTS6N4

    Or any Michel Gondry music video really. He also did the “Daft Punk – Around The World” video in this post.

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  2. 52

    How could you not include Sigur Ros?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doc1eqstMQQ

    That has some of the best cinematography out of any music video ever done.

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  3. 103

    Long before the Lego videos got tiresome – Ether Real produced this in 1991

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4oloLHqjd8

    It was a little known (but I think rather excellent) tune from the ravey/chillout era of the early 90s and I will do whatever I can in my power to have people around the planet finally give this video it’s due respect.

    ajd

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    Nice videos – good to see some aussie bands are up there in the mix!

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  6. 256

    You guys need to check out “If You Keep Losing Sleep”, by Silverchair, as well as “Straight Lines.”

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  7. 307

    Tool has only one video on the list??! come on, every tool’s video is piece of art, I think they deserve more

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  8. 358

    Wow guys – great list…

    But i’ve missed something… I would suggest NIN – Only. Nine Inch Nails always impressed me with his videos.

    rock on!

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  9. 409

    I really, really like the clips that are made for Tool.
    They also have great music.

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  10. 460

    Blue man group have some inspiring videos, like this one:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czWqL96yWuo – Sing Along

    Oh, and btw, the page with nearly 100 embedded videos consumes hell of a resources, you’d really better use image placeholders next time.

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  11. 511

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8qYz20N_yg

    Cool MV. from Thai electronic band.

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  12. 562

    Nice eclectic list there. Thanks.

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  13. 613

    Acho que faltou “Tonight, Tonight” do Smashing Pumpkins, porém todos os citados acima também são obras de arte.

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  14. 664

    A beautiful music videos list without Sigur Ros = totally useless.

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  15. 715

    Where are the FEIST videos?

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  16. 766

    It misses “Sign o’ Times” by Prince… it rocks!

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  17. 817

    WTF no madonna!

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  18. 868

    Well i missed Foo Fighters “Pretender” and Garbage “Queer”,
    talking about excellent music videos…
    but hey…there are about a million ones missing…
    collection’s still pretty decent!

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    The Faint: Aganda Suicide
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-NbXGjXT4Q

    thunderheist – jerk it
    http://www.vimeo.com/1124192

    natalie portman’s shaved head – sophisticated side ponytail
    http://www.vimeo.com/1507417

    :-)

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  20. 970

    Some pretty cool videos on there, although I definitely could have gone without being reminded of “What What (In the Butt)” I think that video scarred me for life.

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    Good Vids! Another great video from the Chemical Brothers is “Let Forver Be”.

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    When I saw the title of the post, I thought to myself “this list has no credibility if One (by Metallica) is not on it”. Alas, there is was (#40). Good stuff.

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    IMO a-ha’s Take on me is one of the best videos ever.

    “Brothers in Arms” by Dire Straits is also made similar to “take on me” with pencils. Great video and amazing music :D

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  24. 1174

    LMFAO @ What What in The Butt! A lot of these vids brought back memories though. Nice list!

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  25. 1225

    Where is Michael Jackson???????

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  26. 1276

    great, thanks for those. I searched nr. 13 for a long time

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  27. 1327

    This one is not only a good song but also a fantastic video
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Ml-jUdIbcI

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  28. 1378

    Fergie’s “Clumsy” is an amazing video too.

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  29. 1429

    Great list! I love SmashingMagazine! But I would like in the end WATCH these videos!!! My computer hangs when I try to load this (using Firefox in Ubuntu on 3Ghz CPU and 2GB of RAM). I am writing from Vista on a laptop, and it doesn’t hangs, but there’s no sound!!! Could you create a playlist with 60 tags? I’d be thankful.

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    Sorry about the embedded 60 videos. It’s a little crazy on the browser.

    Pretty much all these tracks I enjoy. It was hard not to choose the Michael Jacksons and Madonnas but I wanted to go beyond the obvious ones or famous ones.

    Whoever picked me as an Aussie watching Rage is right :)

    A youtube playlist would be a good idea too. This list took me about 2 days to compile as everytime I thought I was done (started at 30) i thought of more.

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    A fantastic post…. I think that Fatboy Slim – Right here, Right now is also a superb clip

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  32. 1582

    Great compile
    Nothing about kid koala or amon tobin?

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  33. 1633

    Where is FEIST: 1, 2, 3, 4 ?

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  34. 1684

    oh bother, I must be hopelessly out of it. I’ve looked at about 20 on the list and I’m still waiting for one that is simply good let alone beautiful.

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  35. 1735

    Very good list…love every one of Daft Punk’s videos (amazing stuff there)….but one band you didn’t include is Sigur Ros. They have some very beautiful videos, glosoli, and untitled 1 (vaka). Great list nontheless!

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  36. 1786

    How can this list leave out Chris Cunningham and Mark Romanek?

    Madonna: Frozen
    Nine Inch Nails: Closer
    Nine Inch Nails: The Perfect Drug

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  37. 1888

    Damn, you really listed a lot of my favorite stuff! A pretty thorough job…

    The Avalanches love is deserved; they also have “Since I Left You”, which is damn good, and not just
    Sledgehammer, but anything and everything by Peter Gabriel is awesome – the man knows how to do videos

    Still, you’re only human, and some great stuff got left out. Others already mentioned some of it, like

    Feist’s “1 2 3 4″ and
    “Squeeze Me” by Kraak & Smaak

    but somehow forgot

    “Knights of Cydonia” by Muse and
    The Go! Team’s “Ladyflash”,

    which is odd, since they’re brilliant. I also crawl YouTube for music videos, so let’s see some of my other favorites…

    The “Fan Version” of Barenaked Ladies’ “Wind It Up” totally rocks,
    “You Can Call Me Al” by Paul Simon is totally cute and funny, and
    Futureshock’s “Late At Night” is… odd. Oh, let’s not forget
    “she loves the CREAM” by m-flo and DOPING PANDA,

    for when you want some anime lovin’. I really don’t know why we don’t see more anime videos, this one shows how good it could be done. Honorary mentions go to:

    Hell Yes by Beck
    Cold Hands, Warm Heart by Brendan Benson
    16 Military Wives by The Decemberists, and last but not least
    Let Me Know by Róisín Murphy

    Also, Madonna’s videos for the most part aren’t really that good, but Vogue totally is (David Fincher made it, after all)

    Most of this stuff is available on YouTube, by the way. I’d put direct links, but how do you hotlink in comments anyway?

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  38. 1939

    Dammit! Forgot Frozen. Okay, Madonna’s “Frozen” is also totally that good.

    Can’t believe I forgot Frozen.

    Incidentally, Cunningham wasn’t really all that happy with it:
    http://www.director-file.com/cunningham/madonna.html

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  39. 1990

    Oh, so THAT’s how you hotlink!

    Now, how do you edit posts, so I can link the videos in my list? :-)

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  40. 2041

    Thanks for the interesting list always fun to watch videos and there are some I haven’t seen for ages! I would have included: We Share our Mother’s Health by the Knife, What Else is There by Royksopp and Evil Bee by Menomena though. Also I think that Blue Lines by Massive Attack is a notable omission as is anything by NIN (and yes I know I am not the first person to say that!)… Tonto by Battles is a killer track beautifully matched by a killer clip.

    cheers for the list and the distraction!

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  41. 2092

    Glad you included the exceptional vids by Aphex Twin in there!

    Be sure to see this sad but beautiful video about loneliness, old age and more at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gz_TK8HEne4 … not a high-budget job like some of the bands above but very good nonetheless.

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  42. 2143

    You have a WAY different definition of the word “beautiful” from the one with which I am familiar. LOL.

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  43. 2194

    Hello,

    does anybody knows the name of the music video where a “boy” is running and running and the camera is “following” him? It is rock music, and I watched it only one time eight years ago maybe.
    It is a cartoon music video.

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  44. 2245

    hai kak pa kabar? kak q adalah penggemar kakak semua.q suka deh dgn peran yg kalian semua mainkan.i love you…………..

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  45. 2296

    Thanks for this great collection! One of the best ;)

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    Amazing! Happy to see some favorites of mine! But I miss Madonna’s “Frozen,” Kwoon’s “I lived on the moon” (which is the video that by random clicks led me to Gotye’s “Heart’s a mess.” Both amazing animations, but “I lived on the moon” is magical) and also OK Go’s “White Knuckles, which, like “Here it goes again” is just one shot.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XS088Opj9o0
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTysF1E4Ft0
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHlJODYBLKs

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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

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  48. 2449

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

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  49. 2500

    This is a really good Music video about bullying and suicide in High School and over coming it. I was in the video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PlKCvA9kZ6s&feature=feedlik

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