The best animated music videos
10 April 2021, 19:00
From Gorillaz to Radiohead via Sledgehammer, let's get animated.
Radiohead - Paranoid Android
If Radiohead's six-minute single wasn't enough of a risk, its animation was about to push the boundaries even further. Interestingly, Swedish animator Magnus Carlsson, who was commissioned to create an animation based on his Robin character, came up for the video's concept when he'd heard it without any lyrics.
The White Stripes - Fell In Love With A Girl
The second track to come from the duo's White Blood Cells album certainly grabbed your attention with its simple-yet-effective frame-by-frame Lego animation. Fun fact: the kid building lego blocks at the very start of the video is actually the director Michel Gondry's son.
Peter Gabriel - Sledgehammer
No best music videos list (let alone best animated videos list) would be complete without without Peter Gabriel's Sledgehammer. The clip features every technique in the book - stop motion, puppet animation, pixellation and even a bit of treated live-action to add a bit of spice. The visuals were created by Aaardman Animations and the Brothers Quay and went on to provide the benchmark for music videos artistry in the future.
Gorillaz - Feel Good Inc.
Gorillaz weren't the first animated band to come around, but they were probably the best drawn, thanks to the work of Jamie "Tank Girl" Hewlett. Feel Good Inc. was pretty impressive when it came out in 2015, but now it's been re-released with a new and improved HD version, it looks better than ever.
Daft Punk - One More Time
If the Japanese-style superhero animation looks authentic, that's because it is - the clip was produced by the legendary Toei Animation studios, under the direction of Kazuhisa Takenouchi. The footage was part of a feature film called Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem, which served as a visual companion to Daft Punk's second album Discovery.
Arcade Fire - Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)
The third single to come from the Canadian outfit was made even more powerful by its visuals courtesy of Plates Animation, which sees hooded rebels take to the streets.
Dire Straits - Money For Nothing
It might look nowadays like someone's just had a go on MS Paint, but at the time of its release in the mid 80s, Money For Nothing was considered groundbreaking. Unbelievably, the Steve Barron-directed video almost never happened; frontman Mark Knopfler was against the video concept, but MTV insisted they do it.
The Killers - Miss Atomic Bomb
Warren Fu, who had directed the clip for Runaways, helmed the video for this single from Battle Born. Miss Atomic Bomb is designed to continue the story told in the Killers classic Mr Brightside, and features Izabella Miko and Eric Roberts, who appeared in the previous video.
The Wombats - Your Body Is A Weapon
A quirky cartoon accompanies this single from Murph and co's 2013 single, taken from their album Glitterburg,
Bjork - I Miss You
This 1997 single was accompanied by a cartoon video directed by John Kricfalusi, who was then best known for his anarchic series Ren & Stimpy. It's a typically bizarre and edgy combination of animation and live-action.