The Marriage of Music and Motion Pictures

The music video hasn’t always had the influence it has today.

In the November issue, “Songs on Screen: The History of Music Videos” walks us through the history of the medium, from before the existence of film and television to the present-day age of YouTube. Below we’ve included links to videos mentioned in the article—unfortunately, the first “modern” precursor to the music video, Tony Bennett’s “Stranger in Paradise” is not available online.

The Buggles – “Video Killed the Radio Star”

Michael Jackson – “Thriller”

Dire Straits – “Money for Nothing”

a-ha – “Take on Me”

Queen – “Bohemian Rhapsody”

David Bowie – “Ashes to Ashes”

OK Go – “Here It Goes Again”

Weezer – “Pork and Beans”

Pharrell Williams – “Happy”