I know what you’re thinking … “Another list? Jeez!” But, whatever. It’s combining two of the things I like most … music and movies. Growing up in the 80s and on MTV, the channel was always on when I was home. There was something alluring about waiting for your favorite song/video to come on and just watch it in awe. Some you watched because you loved the song, others you watched the video on mute just for the cinematic experience. I don’t even know what MTV airs anymore, since giving up on it in the mid to late 90s. Yes, there are a ton more than this to choose from (hell, David Fincher and Spike Jonze have done more than 100 combined). Here are some of the best/my favorite/random music videos directed by some of the greatest filmmakers out there. Some you might not even have known about.
These are the 100 Greatest Music Videos Directed by Famous Filmmakers.
50. Megadeth – Insomnia | (1999)
Directed by Len Wiseman (Underworld, Live Free of Die Hard)
Never been a fan of Megadeth to be honest.
Other videos he’s directed: Megadeth – Crush Em; Static-X – Black and White
49. The Goops – Build Me Up, Buttercup | (1995)
Directed by Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy)
Filmed for a track off of the soundtrack for his film Mallrats, it is so very 90’s and I kinda love it.
Other videos he’s directed: Soul Asylum – Can’t Even Tell; Drake – I’m Upset
48. Björk – It’s Oh So Quiet | (1995)
Directed by Spike Jonze (Being John Malkvich, Adaptation)
One of her more subdued music videos.
Other videos he’s directed: The Pharcyde – Drop; X – Country at War
47. Soul Asylum – Black Gold | (1992)
Directed by Zack Snyder (Dawn of the Dead, Watchmen)
Hey look, Zack uses slow motion in this video!
Other videos he’s directed: Peter Murphy – You’re So Close; Morrissey – Tomorrow
46. Alice In Chains – Rooster | (1993)
Directed by Mark Pellington (The Mothman Prophecies, Henry Poole Is Here)
Featuring a real Vietnam War documentary/news footage as well as some very realistic, graphically re-enacted combat scenes.
Other videos he’s directed: Silverchair -Tomorrow; Lush – Ladykillers
45. R.E.M. – Drive | (1992)
Directed by Mark Pellington (The Last Word, Nostalgia)
Another one from Mark Pellington and the early 90s featuring slo-mo crowd-surfing.
Other videos he’s directed: Anthrax – Black Lodge; Foo Fighters – Best of You
44. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – We No Who U R | (2012)
Directed by Gaspar Noé (I Stand Alone, Enter the Void)
Noé’s highly over the top style is a perfect fit for Nick Cave.
Other videos he’s directed: Animal Collective – Applesauce; Placebo – Protège-Moi
43. Battles – My Machines | (2012)
Directed by Daniels (Swiss Army Man, The Death of Dick Long)
Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, collectively known as Daniels are due to direct an unnamed sci-fi film, produced by the Russo Brothers‘ company.
Other videos they’ve directed: Foster the People – Houdini; DJ Snake & Lil Jon – Turn Down For What
42. The Shins – It’s Only Life | (2012)
Directed by Hiro Murai (Guava Island)
Singer James Mercer has been trapped by monsters in an apocalyptic suburbia.
Other videos he’s directed: St. Vincent – Cheerleader; Bloc Party – Signs
41. Incubus – Warning | (2001)
Directed by Francis Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2)
The message of this song and video encourages people to live life to the fullest, because at any moment it could be over.
Other videos he’s directed: Life of Agony – This Time; Avril Lavigne – Sk8er Boi
What did you think of the selection so far? What are some of your favorite music videos directed by filmmakers?