Every now and then when a Music Video
is made for a song, the song will either undergo a noticeable change, or a different version than that
on the album will be used. Sometimes a live version or a new recording is used, and sometimes certain parts are re-done for artistic or
This does not cover using censored versions of songs, such as is usually done for rap videos.
Related to Rewritten Pop Version
Alternative Rock and related
- Stone Temple Pilots' video version of "Creep" has the verses completely re-sung by Weiland while apparently keeping the original versions of the choruses.
- Switchfoot made two different music videos for "Dare You to Move". The video with the surfer being resuscitated after nearly drowning was identical to the version from The Beautiful Letdown (other than omitting the really quiet part of the intro), but the video with the guy running through city streets added a loud electric guitar hook to the intro.
- Calexico's "Minas de Cobre" was used for a Cartoon Network Groovies short, "El Kabong Rides Again". Unlike the original version (from the album The Black Light), this version had an extended intro with more acoustic guitars, and omitted the song's bridge entirely.
- OKGo's music video for "Needing/Getting" is them driving around in a car, making something that sounds kinda like the song. It's cool, but entirely different.
- The video for Gorillaz' "Clint Eastwood" has a short musical intro that isn't on other versions.
- The video for "Everlong" by Foo Fighters features a repetition of the final chorus which isn't present in the studio version.
- The video version of "What Would You Say?" from Dave Matthews Band has two additional repetitions of the pre-sax solo titular refrain, with the sax solo itself undergoing a special extension.
- "My Immortal" by Evanescence is much more guitar-centered in the music video version, while the regular album version is more orchestral and doesn't feature multiple Amy Lees in the chorus.
- The iconic video for "Remind Me" by Röyksopp sounds like a remix of the album version.
- Whitesnake's "Here I go Again" was a number one hit song in 1987 with two distinct versions. The album version has a long keyboard and vocal intro, and the guitar solo between the second and third verses are quite different in each version. The lyrics remain mostly unchanged, but there are differences in timing and intensity between the album and radio edit/video version.
- The LP version of the Blue Oyster Cult's "The Marshall Plan" (about a hopeless dreamer with minimal musical talent trying to make it big) uses the heavy rock cliche of the opening bars of Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water." It also homages an American TV rock show and its presenter Don Kirschner. Strangely enough, the video version omits both these items; it has been suggested so as to avoid paying royalties. The story told in the video still just about makes sense, but is disjointed without the jokes implicit in a hopeless loser who can only think to rehash "SOTW" and who dreams of appearing on what is assumed to be a very cheesy, corny, mainstream TV show.
- Quasi-ZigZagged with Guns N' Roses' hit ballad "Don't Cry" which featured two completely different sets of lyrics, one version released on each disc of their infamous Use Your Illusion double disc set. MTV used to run the same video and both versions with the text "alternate version" for the version included on Use Your Illusion II.
- Aerosmith's "Cryin'" had a few repetitions of the chorus line leading into the end of the song to accommodate the video's running time.
- For "It's A Shame" by Monie Love, there were two videos made. One was more straightforward, and used the album version of the song (based on a sample of "It's A Shame" by the Spinners); the other made heavy use of Day-Glo effects and early-1990s hip-hop art, and a remix of the song based on a different sampled riff (from "He's The Greatest Dancer" by Sister Sledge). The second version was what got MTV airplay.
- The version of Ice Cube's "Check Yourself" on the album The Predator uses a different beat (the same one Salt N Pepa used for "Shoop"), while the video and radio versions used the remix sampling Grandmaster Flash's "The Message".
- Jaga Jazzist's "All I Know Is Tonight" music video edits all the Subdued Sections from the middle of the track. The album version of the song runs 7:51, while the video version is just 3:35.
- New Order were infamous for releasing remixed, extended, radio edit, and updated versions of their songs and songs from their previous band incarnation Joy Division. The video for "The Perfect Kiss" featured what sounds like an alternate studio version of the "Substance" album version.
- The award-winning video for "Take on Me" by a-ha has a different ending than the one on the Hunting High and Low album. While the album version does a repeat-and-fade at the end, the video has a quick, 3-note cold finish using unique instrumentation.
- The video version of DragonForce's "Through the Fire and Flame" is only 5 minutes long while the original version is 7 minutes long.