Best EVER Animated Music Videos

16 Apr 2010

What makes an awesome music video?

It's not the song, because we've all seen some bad songs made bearable by great videos, just as we've all seen great songs let down by a terrible video.

There have been a lot of really creative, original music videos made over the last 50 years or so, that have combined with the song to make a truly seminal, memorable experience. The music video should enhance, evolve and explain the track. They are the visual translation of the lyrics, the tone and the meaning of the song.

Animation is the perfect medium for Music Videos, because you have 3 minutes to try something totally new and innovative. Lots of new animation techniques have been pioneered in the Music Video Industry, because artists are given so much freedom to express themselves visually.

This is my list of the top 20 animated Music Videos ever. Some are old, some are new, all are awesome.

20. Jason Forrest - War Photographer

Directed by Joel Trussell
2D animation

19. Keane - Bedshaped

Directed by Corin Hardy
Stop-motion animation

18. Nizlopi - The JCB Song

Directed by Monkeehub
Hand drawn animation

17.Weird Al Yankovich - Jurassic Park

Directed by Mark Osbourne

16. Pearl Jam - Do the Evolution

Directed by Kevin Altieri and Todd McFarlane
Handdrawn animation

15. Oren Lavie - Her Morning Elegance

Directed by Oren Lavie

14. Johnny Reubonic - Word of Mouth

Directed by Chris Oatley
2D animation

13. Santogold, Julian Casablancas, and N.E.R.D - My Drive Thru

Directed by Psyop
Photography and CGI animation

12. Gorillaz - Feel Good Inc.

Directed by Passion Pictures
CGI and 2D animation

11. Royksopp - Remind Me

Directed by H5
Isometric shapes 2D animation

10. Oldelaf and Monsieur D - Le Cafe

Directed by Stephanie Marguerite and Emilie Tarascou
2D animation

9. Team William - You Look Familiar

Directed by Michélé De Feudis and Joris Bergmans
2D animation

8. Junior Senior Move your feet

Directed by Shynola
Pixel Art (using Microsoft Paint)

7. Fujiya and Miyagi - Ankle injuries

Directed by Wade Shotter
Dice stop motion animation

6. White Stripes - Fell in Love with a Girl

Directed by Michel Gondry

5. Streetlight Manifesto - Would you be impressed?

Directed by Jurjen Bosklopper
2D animation

4. Michael Jackson - Leave me Alone

Directed by Jim Blashfield
Mixed Media

3. BBC Children in Need - Children in Need

Directed by Chapman Studios

2. Peter Gabriel - Sledgehammer

Directed by Aardman
Stopmotion animation

1. A ha - Take on me

Directed by Steve Barron

I hope that you enjoyed this list of the best animated music videos. If you want to see other music videos, here's Wikipedia's list of All the Music Videos ever made with Animation. It's a long list,but if you're interested, it's a great way to spend an afternoon!

And here's the shameless plug part: Check out our recent music video for Sam Roman's song 'The Best Day We Ever Had.'


MAPS Video Art said...

Great blog post.
Check out this student made stop motion clip for Power Animal:

Diogo said...

hi i was looking for a video... its a eletronic music, and the video its anime related... its about the late 90's or earlirer 2000... if you remind of it, just let me know!