Last month, the Music video of Childish Gambino’s This is America created quite a stir with its cryptic yet shocking imagery. The Internet just couldn’t have enough of this song, and there were tons of interpretations being made by almost everyone who watched and loved it. The beauty of all this is that the music video provoked everyone to think about its deep leanings. Very rarely do music videos end up being so powerful. This is why today we’ve decided to give you a list of 7 of the most influential music videos that we know of.
Subterranean Homesick Blues – Bob Dylan
Back when this song was released, even the term ‘music video’ was unheard of, as this one was called a ‘modern promotional film clip.’ It has Bob Dylan holding out cards bearing some important words from the lyrics, even as he stares at the camera, expressionless. There are a number of intentional misspellings and puns throughout the clip.
Thriller – Michael Jackson
The iconic choreography of Michael Jackson’s Thriller is hard to forget for anyone who has watched this video before. Plus there’s the whole creepy storyline that has been conveyed so beautifully through the music video. Thriller is an epic 14-minute long video that you should definitely watch if you haven’t done that yet.
Sledgehammer – Peter Gabriel
Peter Gabriel’s Sledgehammer music video was shot in the peculiar stop-motion style, but what’s incredible is that this has been done with lip-syncing, which would have been an extremely difficult job. Peter apparently had to lay under a sheet of glass for 16 hours straight during the shooting of this song.
This Is America – Childish Gambino
This one came out only last month, and got everyone talking with its vivid and thought-provoking imagery. The peculiar dance, the two shooting incidents, the final shot, the background activity and a lot more will captivate your attention in This is America. See what you can decipher from the statements this music video is trying to make.
Here It Goes Again – OK Go
Back in the day, when this music video started appearing on TV and YouTube, it was almost unbelievable that such choreography was even thought of by someone, let alone successfully achieved. And if you like this one, make sure to check out all of this band’s music videos, as they go for similar grandness with all of their videos.
Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
Bohemian Rhapsody is no doubt one of the greatest songs ever made, but same goes for its music video as well. The four faces of the band members singing the a cappella part, the dramatic lighting, the kaleidoscope effects and much more make this an unforgettable experience that you’d want to keep coming back to.
Sweetest Thing – U2
U2’s Sweetest Thing took cameos to a whole new level. The video features Bono taking his wife on a carriage ride, when on the way, he meets familiar faces. These include the likes of Riverdance, Boyzone, Steve Collins, the Artane Boys Band and many more.
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