Top Ten Animated Music Videos

Who remembers MC Scat Kat? From the dawning of MTV, animation and music videos have combined for some of the most creative and colorful visual representations of all-time.  You can even go back to the early 70s when the Jackson Five had a full cartoon series or even The Beatles with their landmark film, Yellow Submarine. When you combine up a team of illustrators  with a established storyline from a hit song, you have the potential for a truly memorable music video.  Why make an animated video?  With current advances in computer technology, this is a cheaper option for new groups.  Others  chose this artistic approach to try something innovative and some artists were probably just a little camera-shy or worried about over-exposure and went the animation route.    Either way, the list of bands who left their mark here include heavyweights like U2, Pearl Jam, Radiohead, Dire Straits, Daft Punk, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.  Let’s chronicle the Top 10 Animated Music Videos by release date:

Note: some great clips like “Fell In Love With A Girl” by The White Stripes used Legos and “Money For Nothing” by Dire Straits used computer AI technology were left off the list for a different slant on classic animation.

BONUS SONG – Pre-MTV:  1979  “ACCIDENTS WILL HAPPEN” – Elvis Costello and the Attractions

1985   “TAKE ON ME” – A-HA

1989  “OPPOSITES ATTRACT” – Paul Abdul


1996  “LOVE ROLLERCOASTER” – Red Hot Chili Peppers

1997  “PARANOID ANDROID” – Radiohead

1999  “DO THE EVOLUTION” – Pearl Jam 

1999 “FREAK ON A LEASH” – Korn

2000 “ONE MORE TIME” – Daft Punk

2004  “FEEL GOOD INC.” – Gorillaz

2007  “OH MY GOD” – Lily Allen and Mark Ronson

2008  “HEARTLESS” – Kanye West