History of Music Videos

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  • The First Music Video

    Although many would argue the first music video was created the The Buggles' Video Killed the Radio Star, the first music video was actually Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody. Although many bands in the 60s and early 70s had created promotional clips for their music, Queen was the first to do a full-length video of their song (which was actually created to broadcast of Top of the Pops, as the band itself would be on tour and unable to perform).
  • MTV

    MTV is an American television channel that primarily featured music videos and musical acts. The first video featured in its debut broadcast was The Buggle's 'Video Killed the Radio Star'.
  • Most Influential Music Video

    Michael Jackson's 14 minute music video for "Thriller" was arguably one of the most influential music videos in history, as it was one of the first to have such a large budget ($500,000)
  • VH1

    VH1 or 'Video Hits One' is an American cable television network that broadcasts music videos
  • Influential Music Video

    Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer" video was incredibly influential on its audiences other artists alike. It was one of the first video to be created with intent to emulate a stop-motion style of videography.
  • VEVO

    VEVO (or Video EVOlution) is a multinational video hosting service owned by three separate record companies: Universal Music Group (UMG), Song Music Entertainment (SME) and Warner Music Group (WMG).
  • Most Watched Dance Music Video.

    Major Lazer & DJ Snake's video for Lean On has become the most watched dance music video in history. As of 2018 it has 2,282,419,834 views on YouTube.