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20 Best EVER Animated Music Videos

20 Best EVER Animated Music Videos

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
2005

19. Keane – Bedshaped

Directed by Corin Hardy
Stop-motion animation
2004

18. Nizlopi – The JCB Song

Directed by Monkeehub
Hand drawn animation
2005

17.Weird Al Yankovich – Jurassic Park

Directed by Mark Osbourne
Claymation
1993

16. Pearl Jam – Do the Evolution

Directed by Kevin Altieri and Todd McFarlane
Handdrawn animation
1998

15. Oren Lavie – Her Morning Elegance

Directed by Oren Lavie
Pixelation
2009

14. Johnny Reubonic – Word of Mouth

Directed by Chris Oatley
2D animation
2006

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

Directed by Psyop
Photography and CGI animation
2008

12. Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc.

Directed by Passion Pictures
CGI and 2D animation
2005

11. Royksopp – Remind Me

Directed by H5
Isometric shapes 2D animation
2002

10. Oldelaf and Monsieur D – Le Cafe

Directed by Stephanie Marguerite and Emilie Tarascou
2D animation
2008

9. Team William – You Look Familiar

Directed by Michélé De Feudis and Joris Bergmans
2D animation
2009

8. Junior Senior Move your feet

Directed by Shynola
Pixel Art (using Microsoft Paint)
2002

7. Fujiya and Miyagi – Ankle injuries

Directed by Wade Shotter
Dice stop motion animation
2006

6. White Stripes – Fell in Love with a Girl

Directed by Michel Gondry
Lego
2002

5. Streetlight Manifesto – Would you be impressed?

Directed by Jurjen Bosklopper
2D animation
2007

4. Michael Jackson – Leave me Alone

Directed by Jim Blashfield
Mixed Media
1987

3. BBC Children in Need – Children in Need

Directed by Chapman Studios
Mixed
2009

2. Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer

Directed by Aardman
Stopmotion animation
1986

1. A ha – Take on me

Directed by Steve Barron
Rotoscope
1985
View the video on YouTube

I hope that you enjoyed this list of the best animated music videos.

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


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