Key moments in Music Video History

  • Fantasia

    The first ever music video was created and it featured Mickey Mouse, this set the scene for future music video creations.
  • The Beatles

    The Beatles
    They worked with film directors to make a music video, which showed music videos to be more off an art form.
  • Top of the Pops

    Top of the Pops
    People watched to find out who was number one tha week; in turn this 'forced' people to watch he music videos in the process, making the videos become more popular and well known.
  • The Monkees

    The Monkees
    They spent more money on the music video they created as they had higher production values, starting the main evolution of music videos.
  • David Bowie

    David Bowie
    He changed into an alter-ego 'Ziggy Stardust' showing that music videos are just as important as the music itself.
  • The birth of MTV

    The birth of MTV
    This meant that music videos were shown on TV more often, attracting a wider audience and promoting the videos; making them more important.
  • Michael Jackson- Thriller

    Michael Jackson- Thriller
    Thriller was film making within music videos emerged; promoting them to be such an important art form.
  • Madonna- Like a Prayer

    Madonna- Like a Prayer
    This showed that huge messages an be sent from music videos; hers being a plitcal message. This attracted a huge audience for good and bad reason but it is a key moment in the music videos history because it showed that they can be extremely powerful.
  • The birth of YouTube

    The birth of YouTube
    The artists were now able to put there own oficial music viedos on the internet for everyone to see for free. This meant the music videos were now even more important as they were so widely accessible that had to attract viewers.
  • Beyonce 5th Album

    Beyonce 5th Album
    She released this album fully through the release of msuic videos; showing how important they have become and how much power they have over the artist.