Animated music videos: 29 awesome examples

Welcome to our list of the best animated music videos of all time. Music videos are made to promote an artist or song, and to give them extra air time in order to increase sales and awareness. And due to the current global situation, many artists have chosen to use an animated format to accompany their recent releases. After all, you don't need to social distance in an animation, and production is much less of a headache in the time of a pandemic.

The MTV Generation was audience to the creation of many animated music videos, however as technology became more accessible and platforms for showing media grew, the possibilities for animation in music videos increased even further. Our list includes a diverse range of animation styles. Actually, not all of them are strictly 'animation' (in the cartoon sense) – there's also 3D, lo-fi, hand-drawn, pixel art and so on. Oh, and they are presented in no particular order.

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Jim McCauley

Jim McCauley is a writer, performer and cat-wrangler who started writing professionally way back in 1995 on PC Format magazine, and has been covering technology-related subjects ever since, whether it's hardware, software or videogames. A chance call in 2005 led to Jim taking charge of Computer Arts' website and developing an interest in the world of graphic design, and eventually led to a move over to the freshly-launched Creative Bloq in 2012. Jim now works as a freelance writer for sites including Creative Bloq, T3 and PetsRadar, specialising in design, technology, wellness and cats, while doing the occasional pantomime and street performance in Bath and designing posters for a local drama group on the side.