From Raunchy Minimalistic to Vindictively Gothic Music Videos

By: Amanda Greer - Published: Jul 29, 2013
Music videos are the perfect way for musical artists to reveal the true intentions behind their music to their fans; these visually stimulating music videos combine this honesty with photography prowess, serving as both visual accompaniment to music, and short, striking films.

Some of these videos are, in fact, parodies of other music videos, such as a sci-fi pop song remix, wherein YouTube celebrities satirized Gotye's famous "Somebody That I Used to Know" video, adding in their own lyrics criticizing George Lucas's sale of the Star Wars franchise to Disney. The visuals remain the same, showing a George Lucas look-a-like covered in body paint, standing against a wall into which he camouflages.

More commonly, these visually stunning music videos are original creations by brilliant and business-minded artists. For instance, one video, created by British pop sensation Jessie J, uses black and white photography and a stark, minimalist set to give the video an unfinished, yet sleek tone.

Each of these music videos brings something new to the music industry, whether it's comedy, sensuality, or just straight-up story telling. Their fantastic emotional value and artistic qualities make it clear that music videos are not dying out and becoming a thing of the past -- they're simply evolving.