History of Music Videos

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  • The Moody Blues - Go Now

    The Moody Blues - Go Now
    This music video was one of the first ever made. This video was was mostly a performance based film, that used low key lighting, and at various points only had faces being shown. This style inspired many music artists to use the same technique.
  • Rolling Stones – It’s Only Rock n’ Roll

    Rolling Stones – It’s Only Rock n’ Roll
    In order to promote the album, music videos were filmed for several of the songs. The most watched video of the album was the song 'Its only Rock n' Roll' that featured the band, in sailor suits, playing in a tent, that gradually fills with soap bubbles.
  • Cyndi Lauper - Girls Just Want to Have Fun

    Cyndi Lauper - Girls Just Want to Have Fun
    The release of the single was accompanied by a quirky music video. It cost less than $35,000, largely due to a volunteer cast and the free loan of the most sophisticated video equipment available at the time. The Music video currently has 384 million views on YouTube.
  • Micheal Jackson - Thriller

    Micheal Jackson - Thriller
    Michael Jackson was one of the first performers to base a music video completely on a narrative. The Album Thriller is the most sold album to date with over 48 million sales. The music video cost $500,000 to produce and was aired in the style of a short film including dialogue, and dance scenes.
  • Missy Elliot – The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)

    Missy Elliot – The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)
    The breakout music video was the first of Missy's career. The video was nominated for Best Rap Video at the 1997 VMAs.
  • Youtube

    The new home of music videos emerged in 2005. This website was a way for artists to promote a song for free. Many music videos have had extreme success on the website with over 1 million hits.
  • Spotify

    Spotify is a music, podcast, and video streaming service. It is available for most modern devices, including Windows, macOS, and Linux computers, as well as iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. Music can be browsed or searched for via various parameters, such as artist, album, genre, playlist, or record label. Users can create, edit and share playlists, share tracks on social media, and make playlists with other users. Spotify provides access to over 30 million songs.
  • Adele - Rolling in the Deep

    Adele - Rolling in the Deep
    The music video for 'Rolling in the Deep' was praised for its dark tones and simplicity. The video was nominated for seven MTV Video Music Awards nominations, making it the most nominated music video of the year. The video won three awards: Best Editing, Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction. On 12 February 2012, "Rolling in the Deep" received three Grammy Awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Short Form Music Video
  • Sia - Chandelier

    Sia - Chandelier
    Chandelier was Sia's first single as a lead artist to appear on the Hot 100, and has sold over 2 million copies in the country. The song received 4 nominations at the 57th Grammy Awards for Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance, with its video receiving a nomination for Best Music Video. The music video features dancer Maddie Ziegler and has been viewed on YouTube more than 1.5 billion times, becoming one of the most viewed YouTube videos ever posted.
  • Beyonce - Formation

    Beyonce - Formation
    Beyoncé's song "Formation" became the most googled song of 2016. "Formation" was also nominated for the Grammy Awards: Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and won in the category Best Music Video.
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