10 Music Videos From The 80’s That You Need To See

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Today we travel back in time, exploring our favourite decade: the 80's. We'll do it by gathering for you 10 of the best music videos ever made, and that we still consider evergreen masterpieces.

The 80s were wild, filled with big hair, even bigger tunes, and some of the most iconic music videos ever made. This was the decade when music videos became a major deal, when MTV was born turning songs into visuals that were talked about as much as the tunes themselves.

Here are top 10 music videos from the 80s, the ones that set the bar high and left a lasting impression. From groundbreaking effects to unforgettable fashion, these videos are a trip back in time, showcasing the creativity and flair that defined the era.

Best Music Videos of the 80s

Whether you’re into Peter Gabriel or rocking out with DEVO, if you’re all about the 1980s like we are, then you’re going to love this lineup of amazing videos. It doesn’t matter if you’re into the groundbreaking storytelling in Sledgehammer or the quirky energy of Once in a Life Time, there’s something in this mix for everyone who’s got a soft spot for the 80s (and if you do, why don’t you check out our Best Album Covers od the 80s). So, get ready for a dose of nostalgia and some seriously good music.

 

Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer

Peter Gabriel’s Sledgehammer video is a stop-motion masterpiece, packed with playful visuals that match the song’s funky beat. It’s like a whirlwind tour through a quirky, animated world, blending claymation with real-life Gabriel in a way that’s both weird and wonderful, making it unforgettable.

 

Talking Heads – Once in a Lifetime

In Once in a Lifetime by Talking Heads, David Byrne takes center stage with his jerky, hypnotic dance moves in an oversized suit. The video’s simple backdrop and Byrne’s compelling presence create an engaging, almost surreal experience, capturing the song’s existential vibes in a visually captivating way.

 

Echo & The Bunnymen – The Killing Moon

Echo & The Bunnymen’s The Killing Moon video feels like a dreamy, dark journey under a night sky. It’s moody and atmospheric, with shadowy visuals that match the song’s haunting melody. The band performs with an intensity that pulls you in, set against eerie, mysterious backdrops that stick with you.

 

Herbie Hancock – Rockit

Herbie Hancock’s Rockit video is a trip into a funky, robotic world. It’s filled with twitching mannequins and a catchy beat that makes it impossible not to tap your feet. The video’s cutting-edge effects and odd, mechanical dancers were way ahead of their time, making it a standout piece.

 

The Alan Parsons Project – Don’t Answer Me

The Alan Parsons Project’s Don’t Answer Me video brings a comic book to life. With its vintage, animated style, it tells a love story with a twist, full of intrigue and emotion. The blend of classic comic visuals with the song’s melancholy tune creates a unique, engaging narrative that’s both nostalgic and fresh.

 

Billy Ocean – Loverboy

Billy Ocean’s “Loverboy” video takes you on a cosmic adventure, filled with bizarre alien creatures and intergalactic landscapes. It’s a fun, sci-fi infused ride that matches the catchy, upbeat track. The special effects and imaginative scenes make it a memorable visual experience that complements the song’s playful vibe.

 

The Cars – You Might Think

The Cars’ You Might Think video stands out as one of the best music videos of the 80s, thanks to its innovative use of early computer graphics and quirky humor. The band takes you on a wild, surreal journey, blending animation with live-action in a way that was groundbreaking at the time. It’s a fun, upbeat video that captures the creative spirit of the 80s music scene.

 

Siouxsie & The Banshees – Cities in Dust

Siouxsie & The Banshees’ Cities in Dust video is a haunting, post-apocalyptic journey through desolate landscapes and ancient ruins. Its dark, gothic visuals perfectly complement the song’s themes of decay and destruction, creating an atmospheric experience that’s both captivating and eerie. This video remains a standout for its striking imagery and the band’s powerful performance.

 

DEVO – Time Out For Fun

DEVO’s Time Out For Fun is among the best music videos of the 80s, showcasing their signature, avant-garde style. With its quirky visuals and catchy tune, the video captures DEVO’s unique blend of humor and social commentary. The band’s energy and the video’s playful, robotic theme make it a memorable piece from the 80s music video revolution, especially thanks to the use of the 80s retro grid.

 

Eurythmics – It’s Alright (Baby’s Coming Back)

Eurythmics’ It’s Alright (Baby’s Coming Back video is a visually stunning piece, blending surreal imagery with the duo’s emotive performance. Its dreamlike sequences and innovative use of visual effects create a captivating narrative that complements the song’s hopeful message. This video stands out for its artistic creativity, making it a memorable entry in the 80s music scene.

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We are a team of designers, developers & photographers from Italy and we love to create striking graphic resources! Have a look around our website to discover more about what we do and the services we offer!

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