History of Music Videos

  • The Little Lost Child

    The Little Lost Child
    Sheet music publishers Edward B Marks and Joe Stern hired an electrician (George Thomas) and a load of performers to help promote their song 'The Little Lost Child'. Thomas used a 'magic lantern', which projected a series of stilll images on a screen alongside the live performances. This type of entertainment became known as the 'illustrated song'.
  • Vitaphone

    Vitaphone
    In the arrival of 'talkies' (sound film), there were many musical short films were created. Sound film system Vitaphone (created by Warner Brothers), featured many bands, volicalists and dancers in their sound films.
  • Screen songs

    Screen songs
    American artist Max Fleischer made a series of sing-a-long short cartoons, known a screen songs. The audience was encouraged to sing-along by following the bouncy ball. Mariutch (1930)
  • Musical Films

    Musical Films
    Musical films were first created around 1930s -1950s. They are a big influence for music video, and have inspired artists like Madonna and Micheal Jackson
  • The Beatles short film: A Hard Day's Night

    The Beatles short film: A Hard Day's Night
    Was shot in black and white as a mock documentary, including comedic and dialogue sequences with musical ones. The music sequences included basic templates in which typical music videos are modelled on.
  • Top of the Pops (TOTP)

    Top of the Pops (TOTP)
    British music chart television programme by the BBC.
  • Video Killed the Radio Star - The Buggles

    Video Killed the Radio Star - The Buggles
    The song celebrates the golden days of radio, and how television had cut a singer's career short. Video Killed The Radio Star
  • MTV

    MTV
    American cable television channel, cretaed for Music Television. It's orginal goal was to play music videos on the television, with a target audience of young adults (which have now changed to teenagers).
  • Michael Jackson - Thriller

    Michael Jackson - Thriller
    Michael Jackson was a huge inspiration in 20th Century music.
    Thriller is a very iconic music video which tells a short horror story. It also involves a dance routine which is very distinguished. Thriller
  • YouTube

    YouTube
    YouTube was created. YouTube is now one of the main sources to watch music videos on.
  • Gangnam Style

    Gangnam Style
    Has become the most liked music video on youtube and most watched. The song and music video went viral in August 2012. Gangnam Style
  • Chris Hadfield

    Chris Hadfield
    Canadian astronaut Chris Hadflield created a music video of David Bowie's 'Space Oddity' before returning home at the ISS. The video has had over 16,100,000 views on YouTube. Space Oddity