Ode to the Music Video, Pt. 2

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One of the pieces I find quite enthralling about the filmmaking process is how enriching and influential incorporating music into the storytelling process is. Whether it’s a vivid score or a vocal tune, these can complement a scene, a character, even a color. When filmmakers get to spend time working entirely on pieces devoted to music, they find a story to tell around what that music already is, and do their best to enhance what it already is. What I am leading to next is this: the following filmmakers — some more famous than others — started in this field and may have gone on to become world-class feature-length directors, with Academy recognition to boot. I’ll let you decide who made it to the top — click away!

“The End of the Innocence” by Don Henley with Bruce Hornsby on Piano
Directed by David Fincher

“1979” by The Smashing Pumpkins
Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris

“Ironic” by Alanis Morisette
Directed by St├ęphane Sednaoui

“Express Yourself” by Madonna
Directed by David Fincher

“Sweet Surrender” by Sarah McLachlan
Directed by Floria Sigismondi

“Ordinary World” by Duran Duran
Directed by Nick Egan

“Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” by Eurythmics
Directed by Chris Ashbrook

“Only” by Nine Inch Nails
Directed by David Fincher

“Touched by the Hand of God” by New Order
Directed by Kathryn Bigelow

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“Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?” by Paula Cole
Directed by Caitlin Felton

“Under the Bridge” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers
Directed by Gus Van Sant

“What You Got” by Paul Sanchez and The Backbeats
Directed by Steven Soderbergh

“Bad” by Michael Jackson
Directed by Martin Scorcece

Update: 12/26! Addition:

“Daydreaming” by Radiohead
Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson

Read our previous “Ode to the Music Video” blog entry here:

More music video directorial sources can be found at such links as these: