Drawn To It: The 15 Greatest Animated Music Videos Of All Time

by (@JordanRuntagh)

“Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me” by U2 (1995)

It was included on the Batman Forever soundtrack, so it makes sense that U2 would want their vid to have a distinctly Gotham City-like vibe. Bono battles between his two “alter egos” “The Fly” and “MacPhisto” while the rest of the band hunt down the Batwing plane using their guitars as flame throwers.

 

“Money For Nothing” by Dire Straits (1985)

It might not look like much now, but the computer animation in this ’80s classic was seen as extremely ground breaking at the time. It’s widely accepted as the first depiction of CGI humans characters in pop culture history. Amazingly, lead guitarist Mark Knopfler was unimpressed with the concept and originally refused to make it. According to legend it was girlfriend who finally convinced him, and MTV history was made.

 

“Juxtaposed With U” by Super Furry Animals (2001)

The song features the robotic singing of a vocoder, so the band decided to push the futuristic angle even further in their music video by using computer animated images of New York City at night. Human beings are depicted as thermal images, going about their evening out on the town. It’s pretty amazing when juxtaposed with the graphics in the “Money For Nothing” video from just fifteen years before!