5 Unique Music Video Ideas That Really Stood Out

YouTube is overrun by music videos of every sort. After a while, many of the videos start to look the same. Here are five unique music video ideas that really stood out.

1. Ballroom Dance

Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” music video is a dance video. However, unlike the hip hop style that many other artist videos have taken on, this one features Sheeran ballroom dancing. The routine is as beautiful as the ballad.

If you want to try Sheeran’s idea for yourself, contact a local dance company. Ask if the company would like to feature a few of its dancers in a local musician’s video, or see if you can get dance lessons yourself.

2. Supervillain Showdown

Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” was one of the biggest music videos of 2015. The cinematic storyline follows the supervillain Catastrophe as she trains herself to prepare for a revenge battle against her former partner-in-crime Arsyn.

To emulate this music video’s style, create an idea for a movie based on your song. Gather a lot of friends to star in your video. Then, use costumes and characters to tell the story.

3. Lost In The Desert

Heffron Drive’s “Rain Don’t Come” music video takes a literal interpretation of the lyrics. The band members are lost in the desert, waiting for the rain to come. Their problem is resolved when they are rescued by a Native American woman who teaches them a rain dance.

Ask yourself how can you interpret the lyrics of your song in a literal sense that illustrates the underlying meaning. Like Heffron Drive, try to film on location.

4. Retro Montage

Vance Joy’s “Riptide” is a montage of retro-style videos clips that tell the story. Each line of the song describes the clip that it accompanies perfectly.

To try your hand at the style of this music video, break your song down line-by-line and curate a video clip for each one. Decide what kind of story to tell through them.

5. Community Effort

Nick Jonas and the Administration involved a large group of people in “Who I Am.” Each person in the black and white montage holds a sign declaring who they are.

Involve the members of your community in a music video. Try to get as many people as possible to work with you.

Not every music video has to be a concert or a love story. Look to your favorite artists for unique ideas that you can reinterpret for your own music videos.

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Kristen Harris enjoys listening to a wide range of music, from Taylor Swift to, on occasion, Celtic instrumental. She also spends her time writing, reading, and baking.

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