Musicians have been especially crafty during the quarantine to produce music that will appeal to the senses. They’ve had their fair share of creative ways to perform and share music–whether it be in their bedrooms, closets…Basically anywhere that doesn’t make them leave their homes.
Music is what brings communities together during these trying times. And because all of us are forced to stay at home, there’s been a trend for musicians to bring music videos to life through animation. However, this isn’t the first time animated music videos were done, so we listed down some that we can’t get enough of through the years.
So sit back, relax, and enjoy these creative music videos we handpicked for you:
Hallucinate – Dua Lipa
Dua Lipa created her own fantasy world in her music video for Hallucinate, a song from her latest album, Future Nostalgia. The animated music video takes you down a trippy ride full of rainbows, dancing flowers, unicorns, all reminiscent of old cartoons we came to know and love in our childhood.
Viva Forever – Spice Girls
Speaking of childhood, remember Spice Girls’ haunting music video for Viva Forever? The five girls were animated to look like creepy fairies for the song about losing a loved one, or in the music video’s case; the loss of youth. “I came up with this idea for the girls to be tin toy fairies that were like lost toys, which was a little bit of a comment on that modern pop: you buy it, you put your money in, you get your music and then shortly afterwards, it will disappear.” said the director of the video, Steve Box in his interview with Crack Magazine.
Bloom – Troye Sivan
Created by 3D Artist Jason Ebeyer, Troye Sivan’s Bloom lyric video was a luminous escape from reality and a peek into Troye’s dream world. Bathed in neon animation and electro-pop aesthetics, something that sis intrinsic to the artist, this was truly a moment for pop music in the contemporary context.
Break The Ice – Britney Spears
The world wasn’t ready for Britney Spears’ Break The Ice music video. This was Britney’s reinvention of her image, battling the ‘bad guys,’ and becoming the heroine of her own story. Having had her fair share of ups, downs, and the in-betweens, this was her reclamation of a narrative that was unexpected, but solely hers.
One More Time – Daft Punk
Nothing will get your feet dancing more than Daft Punk’s One More Time. The animated music video for One More Time is a testament to the duo’s lifeblood of their enduring 2001 album, Discovery.
Clint Eastwood – Gorillaz
Gorillaz, a cartoon band formed by the pop musician Damon Albarn and the cartoonist Jamie Hewlett, created the hit song, Clint Eastwood. Named after the famous Western movie actor, the theme from Clint Eastwood’s movie The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly can be heard throughout the song.
The Birthday Party – The 1975
The Birthday Party by The 1975 brilliantly depicted the Millennial struggle with the Internet; like finding solace on the internet while simultaneously being consumed by it. The song is from their brilliant fourth studio album, Notes On A Conditional Form.
my future – Billie Eilish
From the creations of Australian artist Andrew Onorato, Billie Eilish’s animated music video was the product of her quarantine journey. “We wrote this at the very beginning of quarantine. it’s a song that’s really really personal and special to me. when we wrote this song, it was exactly where my head was at—hopeful, excited and a craaaazy amount of self-reflection and self-growth. but recently it has also taken on a lot of new meaning in the context of what’s happening in the world now. i hope you can all find meaning in it for yourselves,” wrote Billie in an email to her fans. The accompanying visuals couldn’t have been a more fitting realization, which succinctly encapsulates our mood for the past few months and foreseeable future.