History of Music Video

Timeline created by TomFromSpain
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  • First appearance of music videos

    First appearance of music videos
    One of the earliest Videos of a Top 40 hit, was Jan & Dean's "Surf City", produced in July 1963.
  • The Beatles first music video

    The Beatles first music video
    The Beatles starred in their first feature film A Hard Day's Night, directed by Richard Lester, which was shot in black-and-white.
  • Bob Dylan's first music video

    Bob Dylan's first music video
    Bob Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues" was filmed by D. A. Pennebaker. It was featured in Pennebaker's Dylan film documentary Dont Look Back.
  • Sparks' music video

    Sparks' music video
    In 1974 the band Sparks filmed a promo video for their single "This Town Ain't Big Enough for Both of Us" from the album Kimono My House.
  • TOTP

    The long-running British TV show Top of the Pops began playing music videos in the late 1970s. Therefore a good video would increase a song's sales as viewers hoped to see it again the following week.
  • Queen on TOTP

    Queen on TOTP
    The band Queen ordered Bruce Gowers to make a promo video for their new single "Bohemian Rhapsody" to show it in Top Of The Pops; this is also notable for being entirely shot and edited on videotape.
  • MTV

    The U.S. video channel MTV launched, airing "Video Killed the Radio Star" and beginning an era of 24-hour-a-day music on television.
  • Michael Jackson's influential music video

    Michael Jackson's influential music video
    The most successful, influential and iconic music video of all time was released — the nearly 14-minute-long video for Michael Jackson's song "Thriller". The video set new standards for production, having cost US$500,000 to film.
  • Mainstream music videos

    Mainstream music videos
    Music video's grew to play a central role in popular music marketing. Many important acts of this period, most notably Adam and the Ants, Duran Duran and Madonna, owed a great deal of their success to the skillful construction and seductive appeal of their videos.
  • Directers credited in music videos

    Directers credited in music videos
    MTV began listing directors with the artist and song credits, reflecting the fact that music videos had increasingly become an auteur's medium. Directors i.e. Michel Gondry, Spike Jonze, and Hype Williams all brought a unique vision and style to the videos they directed.
  • Most expensive music videos

    Most expensive music videos
    Two of the videos directed by Romanek i are notable for being two of the three most expensive music videos of all time: Michael and Janet Jackson's "Scream", which cost $7 million to produce, and Madonna's "Bedtime Story", which cost $5 million.
  • Fall of MTV music videos

    Fall of MTV music videos
    MTV and many of its sister channels had largely abandoned showing music videos in favor of reality television shows, which were more popular with its audiences.
  • Rise of the Internet

    Rise of the Internet
    The launch of the website YouTube made the viewing of online video much faster and easier, just like Google Videos, Yahoo! Video, Facebook, etc. which uses similar technology. Some artists began to see success as a result of videos seen mostly or entirely online, i.e. the band OK Go.