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.’