Ne Plus Ultra (Music Short Films Pre-1980)

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Favorite Films, Music Short Films Pre-1980,

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1. The Beatles: Rain (1966 Video)

3 min | Short, Music

The Beatles created three promotional films for "Rain" which are considered among the early precursors of music videos.The films were directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg. One features the ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Lindsay-Hogg | Stars: The Beatles, George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney

Votes: 104

2. David Bowie: Ziggy Stardust (1973 Video)

3 min | Short, Music

A promotional video for David Bowie's 1973 single "Ziggy Stardust."

Director: D.A. Pennebaker | Star: David Bowie

Votes: 241

3. John Lennon: Imagine (1971 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

John and Yoko are shown walking in the countryside, in bleak weather. They arrive in an empty house and while Yoko opens the windows, John sits at the piano, plays and sings.

Directors: John Lennon, Yoko Ono | Stars: John Lennon, Yoko Ono

Votes: 310

4. Pink Floyd: Welcome to the Machine (1977)

8 min | Animation, Short, Music

Initially created as a backdrop film for when Pink Floyd played the track on their 1977 In The Flesh tour.

Director: Gerald Scarfe | Stars: David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Pink Floyd, Roger Waters

Votes: 54

5. Queen: We Are the Champions (1977 Video)

3 min | Short, Music

The video for the song was filmed at a special video shoot with fan club members at the New London Theatre Centre on 6 October 1977 and was directed by Derek Burbridge.

Director: Derek Burbidge | Stars: John Deacon, Brian May, Freddie Mercury, Queen

Votes: 581

6. The Buggles: Video Killed the Radio Star (1979 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

The video for the Buggles' classic one-shot, about how the rise of television (and, by extension, music videos) hurt the careers of those performers whose looks would not translate well to the new medium.

Director: Russell Mulcahy | Stars: The Buggles, Debi Doss, Geoff Downes, Trevor Horn

Votes: 667

7. The Beatles: Yellow Submarine (1968 Video)

PG-13 | 3 min | Animation, Short, Music

The Beatles agree to accompany Captain Fred in his Yellow Submarine and go to Pepperland to free it from the music hating Blue Meanies.

Stars: The Beatles, George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney

Votes: 38

8. Devo: Mongoloid (1978 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

A documentary film exploring the manner in which a determined young man overcame a basic mental defect and became a useful member of society. Insightful editing techniques reveal the dreams... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Conner

Votes: 463

9. Elvis Costello & the Attractions: Accidents Will Happen (1979 Video)

2 min | Animation, Short, Music

The music video for Elvis Costello's "Accidents Will Happen."

Directors: Annabel Jankel, Rocky Morton

Votes: 8

10. Queen: Don't Stop Me Now (1979 Video)

3 min | Short, Music

Video promo for Queen: Don't Stop Me Now.

Director: Jorgan Kliebenst | Stars: John Deacon, Brian May, Freddie Mercury, Queen

Votes: 358

11. The Beatles: Strawberry Fields Forever (1967 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

The Beatles produced a promotional film clip for "Strawberry Fields Forever", which served as an early example of what became known as a music video. The film features reverse film effects,... See full summary »

Director: Peter Goldmann | Stars: The Beatles, George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney

Votes: 237

12. Sid Vicious: My Way (1978 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

In the film The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle the original footage for the track shows Sid Vicious at the end taking out a hand gun and opening fire on the audience, hitting two of the ... See full summary »

Director: Julien Temple | Star: Sid Vicious

Votes: 26

13. Pink Floyd: Money (1973 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

The music video for Pink Floyd's 1973 hit song "Money," which contrasts fabulous wealth and luxury with poverty and homelessness.

Director: Wayne Isham

Votes: 143

14. Queen: Crazy Little Thing Called Love (1979 Video)

3 min | Short, Music, Musical

Music video for Queen: Crazy Little Thing Called Love.

Director: Denis deVallance | Stars: John Deacon, Brian May, Freddie Mercury, Queen

Votes: 175

16. ABBA: Money, Money, Money (1976 Video)

3 min | Short, Music

The video for "Money, Money, Money" was inspired by the film Cabaret, showing Frida wearing a hat typical of the 1920s. The video varies from her determined presence in reality during the ... See full summary »

Director: Lasse Hallström | Stars: ABBA, Benny Andersson, Agnetha Fältskog, Anni-Frid Lyngstad

Votes: 83

17. David Bowie: Heroes (1977 Video)

3 min | Short, Music

A promotional video for David Bowie's 1977 hit single "Heroes."

Director: Stanley Dorfman | Star: David Bowie

Votes: 358

18. Billy Joel: Piano Man (1973 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

The first music video for this song was released in 1973. It features Joel portraying a bar act Bill Martin performing the song, and shows a typical American bar as a setting. A new version... See full summary »

Director: Jon Small | Stars: Billy Joel, Tommy Lee Jones

Votes: 241

19. The Beatles: I Am the Walrus (1967 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

Video promo for The Beatles: I Am the Walrus.

Directors: The Beatles, George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr | Stars: The Beatles, George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney

Votes: 102

21. David Bowie: DJ (1979 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

"DJ" is a song by David Bowie, released on the 1979 album Lodger, and then as a single on 29 June 1979. David Mallet filmed a music video for the song, featuring Bowie destroying a DJ ... See full summary »

Director: David Mallet | Star: David Bowie

Votes: 46

22. Queen: We Will Rock You (1978 Video)

2 min | Short, Music

"We Will Rock You" is a song written by Brian May and recorded by Queen for their 1977 album News of the World. Other than the last 30 seconds containing a guitar solo by May, the song is ... See full summary »

Director: Rock Flicks | Stars: John Deacon, Brian May, Freddie Mercury, Queen

Votes: 511

23. The Beatles: A Day in the Life (1967 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

Music video for The Beatles: A Day in the Life.

Director: The Beatles | Stars: The Beatles, Donovan, Mal Evans, George Harrison

Votes: 171

25. Bob Dylan: Subterranean Homesick Blues (1967)

3 min | Short, Music

Outtake of the famous opening of Dont Look Back.

Director: D.A. Pennebaker | Stars: Bob Dylan, Allen Ginsberg, Bob Neuwirth, Tom Wilson

Votes: 77

26. John Lennon: Jealous Guy - Version 1 (1971 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

A promotional video was made for the song in 1971. It showed, mostly in a continuous overhead shot by helicopter, John and Yoko travelling in a hearse from their Tittenhurst Park mansion to... See full summary »

Director: John Lennon | Stars: John Lennon, Yoko Ono

Votes: 7

28. David Bowie: Space Oddity (1972 Video)

6 min | Short, Music

A promotional video for David Bowie's hit single "Space Oddity."

Director: Mick Rock | Star: David Bowie

Votes: 361

29. The Beatles: Twist and Shout (1963 Video)

3 min | Short, Music

Recorded at Studio Four, Granada TV Centre, Manchester, England, 14 August 1963.

Stars: The Beatles, George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney

Votes: 18



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