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29 Brilliant Music Videos

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. [Content Care Nov/09/2016]

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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.

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Unkle – Rabbit in your Headlights5
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 Screenshot6

Jason Forrest – “War Photographer”7 (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.

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Bat for Lashes — What’s A Girl To Do9
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.

Music Video Screenshot10

Nick Cave & Kylie Mingoue — Where The Wild Roses Grow11
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 Death13
Incredible editing and directing. So symbolic, so powerful.

Music Video Screenshot14

Fujiya & Miyagi – Ankle Injuries15
What about a music video which is made with thousands of 6-sided dice? Exactly. And the music fits perfectly.

Music Video Screenshot16

Radiohead – “Street Spirit (Fade Out)”17 (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 Screenshot18

Sia – “Breathe Me”19
The production of this video clip took several thousands Polaroid photos. The result is… at least unusual.

Music Video Screenshot20

Citizens Here and Abroad – You Drive and We’ll Listen To Music21
Jason Koxvold’s video pairs crashing cars with crashing guitars. Rock. Very well executed and perfectly edited. Must see.

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Moby – Porcelaine23
Such a beautiful song. One of the videos you are amazed about once, and you never forget again.

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The Strokes – You Only Live Once25
With a Hundred ways to do a dozen things, why not try it all? Directed by Warren Fu.

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Arctic Monkeys – A view from the afternoon27
A song about a passion and unstoppable willingness to do what you love. Simple, yet so effective.

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“Glosoli” – Sigur Ros29
“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 Screenshot30

The Avalanches – “Frontier Psychiatrist”31
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.

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Royksopp – Remind Me33
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 Motion34

Blur – “Coffee & TV”35 (Quicktime)
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 site36.

Music Video Screenshot37

Boards of Canada: “Dayvan Cowboy”38
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 Screenshot39

Move Your Feet – Junior Senior40
That’s weird. And that’s what makes it special. A pixel-based video clip.

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Daft Punk – One More Time42
Probably one of the most colorful animated music videos of all time. Daft Punk, one more time.

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Xploding Plastix – Joy Comes In The Morning44
A music video about the world we live in and the world we’d like to live in.

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Unkle – Eye For Eye46
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.

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Vitalic – Poney48
Flying dogs in light of a laser and in slow-motion. Nobody has ever done something like this before.

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OK Go – Here It Comes Again50

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Justice “D.A.N.C.E.”52
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 Screenshot53

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

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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.

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

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

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Footnotes Link

  1. 1 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/08/35-beautiful-music-album-covers/
  2. 2 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/05/drawing-inspiration-from-music/
  3. 3 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/07/add-music-to-your-workflow-to-improve-results/
  4. 4 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/05/100-obscure-and-remarkable-cd-covers/
  5. 5 https://vimeo.com/9572603
  6. 6 https://vimeo.com/9572603
  7. 7 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3fa-sjsvno
  8. 8 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3fa-sjsvno
  9. 9 http://videos.antville.org/stories/1642555/
  10. 10 http://videos.antville.org/stories/1642555/
  11. 11 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDpnjE1LUvE
  12. 12 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDpnjE1LUvE
  13. 13 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YCGtT_FRYg
  14. 14 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YCGtT_FRYg
  15. 15 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5XVeENmLMk
  16. 16 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5XVeENmLMk
  17. 17 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCJblaUkkfc
  18. 18 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCJblaUkkfc
  19. 19 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghPcYqn0p4Y
  20. 20 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghPcYqn0p4Y
  21. 21 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96vqCCMNH5w
  22. 22 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96vqCCMNH5w
  23. 23 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAYHTES4whs
  24. 24 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAYHTES4whs
  25. 25 https://vimeo.com/2523140
  26. 26 https://vimeo.com/2523140
  27. 27 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLKWwSHpUr4
  28. 28 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLKWwSHpUr4
  29. 29 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bz8iEJeh26E
  30. 30 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bz8iEJeh26E
  31. 31 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8BWBn26bX0
  32. 32 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8BWBn26bX0
  33. 33 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBvaHZIrt0o
  34. 34 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBvaHZIrt0o
  35. 35 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWUil383us4
  36. 36 http://www.milkyfan.com/
  37. 37 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWUil383us4
  38. 38 http://youtube.com/watch?v=_lEsLcGB7Vo&watch_response
  39. 39 http://youtube.com/watch?v=_lEsLcGB7Vo&watch_response
  40. 40 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPlQpGeTbIE
  41. 41 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPlQpGeTbIE
  42. 42 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGBhQbmPwH8
  43. 43 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGBhQbmPwH8
  44. 44 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Dm4y9s9vjA
  45. 45 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Dm4y9s9vjA
  46. 46 https://vimeo.com/11533781
  47. 47 https://vimeo.com/11533781
  48. 48 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F52dx9Z0L5k
  49. 49 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F52dx9Z0L5k
  50. 50 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTAAsCNK7RA
  51. 51 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTAAsCNK7RA
  52. 52 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sy1dYFGkPUE
  53. 53 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sy1dYFGkPUE
  54. 54 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_qMagfZtv8
  55. 55 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_qMagfZtv8
  56. 56 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qriH-8yeqcE
  57. 57 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qriH-8yeqcE
  58. 58 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lyu1KKwC74
  59. 59 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lyu1KKwC74
  60. 60 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2In4l23xkrk
  61. 61 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2In4l23xkrk

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Vitaly Friedman loves beautiful content and doesn’t like to give in easily. Vitaly is writer, speaker, author and editor-in-chief of Smashing Magazine. He runs responsive Web design workshops, online workshops and loves solving complex UX, front-end and performance problems in large companies. Get in touch.

  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!

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  2. 2

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

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  3. 3

    Nice collection. I like especially Royksopp – Remind Me .

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    David Hildreth

    January 21, 2008 9:01 am

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

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  5. 5

    Just a bunch of EMO trash.

    -7
  6. 6

    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 ?

    -3
  7. 7

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

    2
  8. 8

    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
  9. 9

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

    -1
  10. 10

    Daniel Holter

    January 21, 2008 2:08 pm

    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
  11. 11

    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

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  12. 12

    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…

    3
  13. 13

    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

    Some of the best ones I found were:

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

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  14. 14

    awesome collection!

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    Juan Manuel Lemus

    January 21, 2008 8:02 am

    Very cool. Now in Smashing Videos. Good collection.

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  16. 16

    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?!

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  17. 17

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

    0
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    Dustin Brewer

    January 21, 2008 8:37 am

    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
  19. 20

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

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  20. 21

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

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