Music videos, for me, are a huge reason for why I do what I do. After spending countless hours planted in front of the tele on the weekend as a kid swapping between Rage and Video Hits as I churned through some the biggest clips of the time, I developed a long running and strong love affair with music, and there are certain dance music videos that really cemented that and continue to do so.
I’ve dived into the seemingly bottomless pit of electronic music videos from over the years and plucked out 12 clips that – in my opinion – took the music to a whole new level. In some cases, they brought the song new life, and in others they may have made the song.
These music videos might not be in your top ten, in fact they aren’t all in my own. However, they helped elevate the music in a way that made them unforgettable. From Jamie xx’s large-scale visual masterpiece on ‘Gosh’, to Fatboy Slim’s cameo to end all cameo’s on ‘Weapon of Choice’, to M.I.A’s gravity defying vehicle stunts on ‘Bad Girls’, these music videos are in every way timeless works of art.
Enjoy our ten selections below, in no particular order. What other dance music videos have left your jaw on the floor over the years?
Fatboy Slim – Weapon of Choice
There’s something about a flying Christopher Walken that is both haunting and beautiful all at once.
Gesaffelstein – Pursuit
The French techno lord really hit the mark with this masterpiece of a film clip. I wonder what the budget was for this?
Boogie Pimps – Somebody To Love
The early 2000s were a very different time, weren’t they? It’d be interesting to see how this video would go if it was released today…
Massive Attack, Young Fathers – Voodoo In My Blood
This video will have the hairs on your arm on rise in the best way possible. A very solid cast as well.
Aphex Twin – Windowlicker
Aphex Twin at his weird and wonderful best. Nuff said.
M.I.A – Bad Girls
Arguably the greatest music video ever made. Just look at that thumbnail!?
Jamie xx – Gosh
The amount of work that must have gone into this video gives me a headache. Utter brilliance.
PNAU – Chameleon
There are no other visuals that could bring this song to life and then some like this does.
Kaytranada – Lite Spots
Kaytranada dancing with a robot. What more do you need?
Daft Punk – Da Funk
One of the most heartbreaking and wholesome videos in music history. I still feel for this dog-man.
Mylo vs Miami Sound Machine – Doctor Pressure
As creepy as old mate Dr. pressure looks in this video, it’s genius.
Benny Benassi – Satisfaction
Not your average work site. Another prime example of how unapologetically horny the 00s were.
There you have it. 12 unforgettable videos that took the songs to new levels. Are their any videos you love we missed? Let us know!
While we have you, check out our list of the most influential dance tracks ever right here.