List of one-shot music videos

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This is a list of one shot music videos filmed in one long take by a single camera, or manufactured to give the impression it was. One of the most famous music video directors for this genre is Michel Gondry, who has done many of his videos in this style.

Examples[edit]

Artist Song Year Note
Bob Dylan Subterranean Homesick Blues 1965
The Europeans The Animal Song 1982 (Band-only version)
Shakatak Down On The Street 1984
Split Enz Message to My Girl 1984
Steve Perry Foolish Heart 1984
Tommy Shaw Girls With Guns 1984
Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush Don't Give Up 1986
The Replacements Bastards Of Young 1986
Mental as Anything He's Just No Good For You 1987
Bruce Springsteen Brilliant Disguise 1987
Paco Amor de mis Amores 1988 (directed by Thibaut Chatel)
The Grapes of Wrath All the Things I Wasn't 1989
Pixies Velouria 1990
Vaya Con Dios Nah Neh Nah 1990
Massive Attack Unfinished Sympathy 1991 (directed by Baillie Walsh)
Guns N' Roses Garden of Eden 1992 (directed by Andy Morahan)
Thalía Love 1992 (2 versions)
Primus Mr. Krinkle 1993
Toni Braxton Another Sad Love Song 1993 (directed by Antoine Fuqua)
Die Krupps To The Hilt 1994
Gin Blossoms Allison Road 1994 (directed by Sean Alquist)
Lisa Loeb Stay (I Missed You) 1994 (directed by Ethan Hawke)
Lucas Lucas with the Lid Off 1994
Massive Attack Protection 1994
Nine Inch Nails March of the Pigs 1994
Tom Petty You Don't Know How It Feels 1994 (directed by Phil Joanou)
Weezer "Undone - The Sweater Song" 1994 (directed by Spike Jonze)
Lords of the Underground Neva Faded 1995
Paulina Rubio Te Daría Mi Vida 1995 (directed by Carlos Marcovich)
Spirit of the West Tell Me What I Think 1995 (directed by Morris Panych)
Wax California 1995 (directed by Spike Jonze)
Alanis Morissette Head Over Feet 1996 (directed by Michele Laurita and Alanis Morissette)
Cibo Matto Sugar Water 1996 two continuous shots playing simultaneously)
Daft Punk Fresh 1996
Garbage Milk 1996
Madonna Love Don't Live Here Anymore 1996 (directed by Jean-Baptiste Mondino)
Spice Girls Wannabe 1996 (directed by Johan Camitz)
Tracy Bonham Mother Mother 1996 (directed by Jake Scott)
Ben Folds Five Kate 1997
Björk Hunter 1997
Erykah Badu Otherside of the Game 1997
Fiona Apple Never Is a Promise 1997
Green Day Redundant 1997
Mashina Vremeni Он был старше её (He was older than she) 1997
Michael Penn Try 1997 (directed by Paul Thomas Anderson)
The Tea Party Babylon 1997
Tic Tac Toe Bitte küss' mich nicht 1997
A Tribe Called Quest Find A Way 1998
Die Ärzte Rebell 1998
Radiohead No Surprises 1998
Shakira 1998
TISM Thunderbirds are Coming Out 1998
Xzibit What U See Is What U Get 1998
Los Tres No Me Falles 1999
Semisonic Closing Time 1999 (two continuous shots playing simultaneously)
Sky Some Kinda Wonderful 1999
Smashing Pumpkins Ava Adore 1999
Coldplay Yellow 2000
D'Angelo Untitled (How Does It Feel) 2000
Destiny's Child Emotion 2001 (three continuous shots playing simultaneously)
Elton John I Want Love 2001
Green Day Macy's Day Parade 2001
Hawksley Workman Jealous of Your Cigarette 2001
R.E.M. Imitation Of Life 2001
Radiohead Knives Out 2001
Kylie Minogue Come into My World 2002
Utada Hikaru Hikari 2002
Will Young with Gareth Gates The Long and Winding Road 2002
Ayumi Hamasaki Daybreak 2003
Ayumi Hamasaki Heaven 2003
Beginner Fäule 2003
Christina Aguilera The Voice Within 2003
Shania Twain When You Kiss Me 2003 (One Take version)
Will Young Leave Right Now 2003
Busted Crashed The Wedding 2004
George Michael Flawless (Go to the City) 2004
Jorge Drexler Milonga del moro judío 2004
Architecture in Helsinki It'5 2005
Jack Johnson Sitting, Waiting, Wishing 2005
OK Go A Million Ways 2005
The White Stripes The Denial Twist 2005
Wir sind Helden Nur ein Wort 2005 (forwards and backwards)
Dendemann 3½ Minuten 2006
Dilated Peoples Back Again 2006
Gary Jules Mad World 2006
Gimma Superschwiizer 2006
OK Go Here It Goes Again 2006
The Rumble Strips Motorcycle 2006
Sandi Thom I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (With Flowers in My Hair) 2006
Sportfreunde Stiller '54, '74, '90, 2006 2006
Feist 1234 2007
Feist My Moon My Man 2007
Jack Peñate Second, Minute or Hour 2007
Kaiser Chiefs Love's Not a Competition (But I'm Winning) 2007
Linkin Park Bleed It Out 2007 [1]
The Matches Salty Eyes 2007
Melanie C The Moment You Believe 2007
Miley Cyrus Start All Over 2007
Panda Los Malaventurados No Lloran 2007
Paul Kelly God Told Me To 2007 (Directed by Natasha Pinkus)
Red Hot Chili Peppers Desecration Smile 2007
Rjd2 Work It Out 2007 (apart from a short edited sequence in the beginning)
Snow Patrol Open Your Eyes 2007
Spoon The Underdog 2007
The Weakerthans Civil Twilight 2007
Basia Bulat In The Night 2008 (directed and produced by Anthony Seck)
Dana Nalbaru Tu 2008
Feist I Feel It All 2008
Goldfrapp Happiness 2008
Janet Jackson Rock with U 2008
The Last Shadow Puppets Standing Next to Me 2008
Lil Wayne A Milli 2008
Sara Bareilles Gravity 2008
Vampire Weekend A-Punk 2008
Vampire Weekend Oxford Comma 2008
The Vines He's a Rocker 2008
Jovanotti Mezzogiorno 2009
Arctic Monkeys Cornerstone 2009
Electric Indian Kids These Days 2009
Make the Girl Dance "Baby Baby Baby" 2009
Mayer Hawthorne Your Easy Lovin' Ain't Pleasin' Nothin' 2009
Metric Gimme Sympathy 2009
Myriam Fares Ayam El Shety 2009
OK Go WTF 2009
Perfume I still love U 2009
Sarah Blasko We Won't Run 2009
Super Junior It's You 2009
Air So Light Is Her Footfall 2010
Cosmo Jarvis Gay Pirates 2010
Die Roten Punkte Burger Store Dinosaur 2010
Die Roten Punkte Bananenhaus (Banana House) 2010
Erykah Badu Window Seat 2010
Francis and the Lights Darling, It's Alright 2010 [2]
Grace Potter Something That I Want 2010 (from the movie Tangled)
I Was a Teenage Anarchist Against Me! 2010
J. Cole Who Dat 2010
Janelle Monáe Cold War 2010
Kelis Brave 2010
Liam Frost Good Things Are Coming Our Way 2010
Lights Second Go 2010
Marina and the Diamonds I Am Not a Robot 2010 (LA Version) (from 00:05 and onwards)
OK Go White Knuckles 2010 [3][4]
Pablo Alborán Solamente Tú 2010
Säkert Dansa fastän 2010 [5]
Utada Hikaru Goodbye Happiness 2010
A Banda Mais Bonita da Cidade Oração 2011
AKB48 Dakishimecha Ikenai 2011
Anneke van Giersbergen Feel Alive 2011
Big Bang Love Song 2011
Birdy Skinny Love 2011 (One Take version)
The Black Keys Lonely Boy 2011
Bruno Mars The Lazy Song 2011 (Official version)
Childish Gambino Freaks and Geeks 2011
Enrique Iglesias Ayer 2011
Knifeworld In A Foreign Way 2011
Nerina Pallot Put Your Hands Up 2011
Robyn Call Your Girlfriend 2011
Air Dubai feat. Patricia Lynn Warning" 2012
Dappy Good Intentions 2012
Jessie Ware Wildest Moments 2012
McFly Love Is Easy 2012
The Mowgli's San Francisco 2012
Nogizaka46 Gūzen o Iiwake ni Shite 2012
The Pierces I Put Your Records On 2012
Scissor Sisters Let's Have a Kiki 2012 [6]
Taylor Swift We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together 2012
Brendan Maclean Stupid 2013
Brendan Maclean Winner 2013
Chris Brown Fine China 2013 (One Take version)
EXO Growl 2013 [7]
G-Eazy Been On 2013
IU Friday 2013
LiLi Roquelin The Only One 2013
Lorde Tennis Court 2013
Miley Cyrus Wrecking Ball 2013 (Director's Cut version)
Panic! at the Disco Girls/Girls/Boys 2013
Pharrell Williams Happy 2013 (all versions except official edit)[8]
Pusha T Nosetalgia 2013
Sam Tsui Make It Up" 2013
Violent Soho Covered in Chrome 2013
Skating Polly Blue Obvious 2013
Phosphorescent Song for Zula 2013
Bush The Only Way Out 2014
clipping. Work Work 2014
FKA twigs Two Weeks 2014
Jane Zhang 我是我的 (I Am Mine) 2014
Kaiser Chiefs Coming Home (Kaiser Chiefs song) 2014
Kiesza Hideaway 2014
Klangkarussell All Eyes On You 2014
Lights Up We Go 2014
Metronomy Love Letters 2014
OK Go I Won't Let You Down 2014
OK Go The Writing's on the Wall 2014 [9]
Sia Chandelier 2014 (Alternative version)[10]
TVXQ Spellbound 2014
Violent Soho Saramona Said 2014
Wankelmut feat. John Lamonica Wasted So Much Time 2014
"Weird Al" Yankovic Tacky 2014
Wiz Khalifa We Dem Boyz 2014
5'nizza I Believe in You 2015
AURORA Murder Song (5, 4, 3, 2, 1) 2015
Avicii Waiting for Love 2015 (360 version)
Between the Buried and Me The Coma Machine 2015
Dil Dhadakne Do Gallan Goodiyaan 2015 [11]
The Dodos Competition 2015
Gwen Stefani Used to Love You 2015
Highly Suspect Lydia 2015
Marian Hill One Time 2015
Skepta Nasty 2015
The Social Experiment Sunday Candy 2015
Julien Baker Sprained Ankle 2015
Adele Send My Love (To Your New Lover) 2016 (Multiple long

takes superimposed over one another)

Avatar (band) The Eagle Has Landed 2016

[12]

BTS Save Me 2016
The Chemical Brothers Wide Open ft. Beck 2016
Mike Posner I Took a Pill in Ibiza 2016 (Original version)
Mischief Brew Squatter Envy 2016
NAVI Historyja majho žyccia 2016
FEMM (duo) Whiplash 2016
OneRepublic Kids 2016 (Starting at 0:35 and onwards)[13]
Samra Miracle 2016
Tove Lo True Disaster 2016
Arcade Fire Creature Comfort 2017
Bruno Mars That's What I Like 2017
Danielle Bregoli These Heaux 2017
Cavetown Lemon Boy 2017
Eamon I Got Soul 2017
Fozzy Judas 2017 (based upon Guns N' Roses' Garden of Eden)
Fozzy Painless 2017
Haim Want You Back 2017
LANY Super Far 2017
Lauv Paris in the Rain 2017
Liam Payne feat. Quavo Strip That Down (Dance Video) 2017
Lorie Pester La vie est belle 2017
Gotch Taxi Driver 2017
Mondo Grosso feat. Hikari Mitsushima Labyrinth 2017
Orelsan Basique 2017
Sabrina Carpenter Thumbs 2017 [14]
Selena Gomez feat. Gucci Mane Fetish (Audio Video) 2017
Snakehips feat. Don't Leave (Lyric Video) 2017
SOPHIE It's Okay To Cry 2017
Superfruit How Ya Feeling 2017
Bleachers I Miss Those Days 2017
Benny Blanco & Calvin Harris I Found You 2018
Betty Who Ignore Me 2018
Billie Eilish when the party's over 2018
Gesu no Kiwami Otome Onna wa Kawaru 2018
Halsey Sorry 2018
Justin Timberlake Say Something ft Chris Stapleton 2018
Mojo Juju Native Tongue 2018
STU48 Kaze wo Matsu 2018
Death Valley Girls Disaster (Is What We're After) 2018 Starring Iggy Pop
Benny blanco, Tainy, Selena Gomez, J Balvin I Can't Get Enough 2019
Bleached Shitty Ballet 2019
Gesu no Kiwami Otome Dakedo Boku wa 2019
Karen O & Danger Mouse Woman 2019 (directed by Spike Jonze, Live on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”)
Everyone You Know The Drive 2019
Steam Powered Giraffe Hot on the Trail 2019 [15]
Maroon 5 Memories 2019
The Weeknd Heartless 2019 (Live on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”)
Jackson Wang Dway! 2019
Scarlxrd GXLD 2019
LANY Thick and Thin 2019
Daisy the Great I'm Fine 2019
Dance Gavin Dance Prisoner 2020
Pay Pandora Catch Me If You Can 2020
Cher Lloyd Lost 2020
Scarlxrd CXLD BLXXDED 2020
The Chicks Sleep at Night 2020
Haim Don't Wanna 2020
Against The Current that won't save us 2020
Madysin Hatter Nobody's Fault 2020
GR OMEGA Mélancolie Autotunée 5 2020
Shawn Mendes & Justin Bieber Monster 2020
MiyaGi & Andy Panda Там ревели горы 2020 Shot entirely on GoPro camera [1]
MiyaGi & Andy Panda Минор 2020
MiyaGi & Andy Panda Мало нам 2020 Shot entirely on GoPro camera [2]

Videos seemingly shot in one take[edit]

Contains several edits disguised by dissolves, particularly when the camera is pointing down at the ground and the dissolves are less noticeable due to motion blur.
The video was spliced together from two separate takes. The cut between the two happens when the camera turns away from the face of guitarist, and singer on this track, The Edge and the cut was hidden by having smoke blowing in from the side of the frame.
The video contains several cuts when the camera tilts down, transitioning into another shot when it tilts up again.
Although often cited as an example of a one shot video, it actually contains several cuts to reverse angles and close ups and is not one long take. There are in fact about 50 cuts in the video.
In a Channel 4, documentary discussing the Greatest Pop Videos of all time, the director Kevin Godley revealed that it was filmed in 3 shots, each shot transition hidden by a lens flare.[16]
The video editing process is the same as Virtual Insanity by Jamiroquai.
The music video, directed by Michel Gondry, features a continuous shot filmed.
Beyoncé wanted the video to feel as if it were shot in one take, so she, and the background dancers in the video, continuously did the choreography to the song for twelve hours.[17]
Hidden cuts during camera moves.
Hidden cuts from swift camera movement.
In interviews, band member Damian Kulash and visual designer Hector Alvarez both admit to a cut at 2:27 when the curtain opens.[18]
The video is a long take until near the end, when a few cuts are introduced.
There are several cuts at the end of this video, starting at 3 minutes.
The video is made of multiple long takes superimposed over one another
The video was actually stitched from multiple takes to create the illusion of a single, continuous shot.
The video contains multiple cuts, while the screen fades to black.
Co-director Travis Schneider stated in an interview that although the video was planned to be one shot, there is one cut in the video.
There are several cuts in the video, starting from 2:25 to the end.
Though the video, involving the band using parabolic flight from reduced gravity aircraft to simulate micro-gravity, is from one long 40-45 minute shot, periods when the band is not in micro-gravity were trimmed from the final product.
The video drastically slows down playback of about 4.2 seconds of actions that take place in real-time. However, to capture the amount of action, the band had to use multiple high-speed cameras on the same mounted system, their respective footage stitched together to compose the final video.
The video contains cut at 1:35, also several cuts near the end of the video.
The video editing process is the same as Virtual Insanity by Jamiroquai and Love at First Sight by Kylie Minogue.
One Cut at 2:28.
One cut for each "loop" around the wedding reception.
The video contains a black cut at 2:01.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "18 impressive one-shot music videos". Alternative Press. 26 April 2017. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Francis And The Lights - Video: Darling It's Alright". Metrogum Music. 3 June 2010.
  3. ^ Lynch, Joseph Brannigan (20 September 2010). "How OK Go Went to the Dogs in Their New Video". New York Magazine. Retrieved 20 September 2010.
  4. ^ Diaz, Jesus (20 September 2010). "New OK Go Video Is Awesome, Full Of Awesome Dogs". Gizmodo. Retrieved 20 September 2010.
  5. ^ Brannigan, Joseph (16 April 2014). "How OK Go Went to the Dogs in Their New Video - Vulture". Nymag.com. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  6. ^ "Dive, Turn, Work: Scissor Sisters // 'Let's Have A Kiki' Video". real nobody. 27 July 2012. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  7. ^ "Exo's "Growl" MV: Less is More? - seoulbeats | seoulbeats". Seoulbeats.com. 4 August 2013. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  8. ^ Iconoclast Interactive. "Pharrell Williams - Happy". 24hoursofhappy.com. Archived from the original on 23 March 2014. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  9. ^ Codianni, Ashley (18 June 2014). "Behind the Scenes of OK Go's New Single, 'Writing's On The Wall'". Mashable. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
  10. ^ "Watch an exclusive one-take version of Sia's Chandelier Video". The Guardian. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 7 June 2014.
  11. ^ "'Galla Goodiyaan' from 'Dil Dhadakne Do' shot in one take: Zoya Akhtar". DNA India. 4 May 2015. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  12. ^ https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4p6GWewmTYQ
  13. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y56lpXvXbs0
  14. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeRFWeUTUKI
  15. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20191224210405/https://twitter.com/Bunny_Bennett/status/1209577822198493185
  16. ^ "Explore". Channel 4. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  17. ^ http://www.cosmopolitan.com/entertainment/a57744/behind-the-scenes-beyonces-single-ladies-video/
  18. ^ "OK Go Rube Goldberg video: meet the makers! | MAKE". Blog.makezine.com. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  19. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utCjuKDXQsE