Not all music videos have to be insanely sexy all the time. In fact, they don’t even have to have real people! Some of our very favorite clips feature the work of extremely talented designers and illustrators, who craft a colorful world that dazzle our eyes while the music seduces our ears. From A-ha to Yeezy, read on for 15 of the greatest animated music videos of all time!
“Wanderlust” by Bjork (2008)
Oh man, to be honest we don’t know WHAT the hell is happening in this kaleidoscopic vision! Produced by NYC-based Encyclopedia Pictura, the shoot required a mix of animation, puppets, CGI, live acrobatics and minatures.
“Accidents Will Happen” by Elvis Costello and the Attractions (1979)
Released in the pre-MTV days, this gorgeous clip by Annabel Jankel and Rocky Morton was selected for an exhibition at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in 2003.
“Kandi” by One Eskimo (2009)
Have the hanky ready for this one. This group of English indie musicians and sound designers take the form of an unnamed set of animated characters, including a penguin, monkey, giraffe, and -you guessed it- an Eskimo. The poignant child-like story packs an unexpected emotional punch.