Many music video ideas are recycled and repeated, some more than others. This is a list of some less common but still recyclable concepts, motifs, visual flourishes, sight gags and camera tricks.

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[[folder: Backstage Pass ]]
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Showing what goes on behind the scenes at a concert or similar live performance. Particularly popular among hard rock acts.
* DefLeppard, "Pour Some Sugar On Me"
* BonJovi, "Livin' On A Prayer"
* PhilCollins and Philip Bailey, "Easy Lover": shows the two preparing for an appearance on an Ed Sullivan-type television show.
* Music/FooFighters, "Big Me"
* Danger Mouse, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zJqihkLcGc The Grey Video]]": a video for the song Encore off of Danger Mouse's Grey Album.
* Morningwood, "Best of Me"
* Music/{{Disturbed}}, "Down with the Sickness", at least partially.
* J. Cole featuring {{Drake}}, "In the Morning", also partially a PerformanceVideo.
* The Veronicas Revolution

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[[folder: [[Back To Front Backwards Action ]]
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All or portions of the video are done in reverse. Usually, although not always, makes use of how strange setting things on fire, getting really dirty, or smashing your guitar look when played backwards. Sometimes the singer will [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFQvBMvqI28 lip synch backwards]], still others try to mime playing their instruments backwards as well, which looks totally wrong more often than not.
* Mute Math, "Typical"
* Jack Johnson, "Sitting, Waiting, Wishing"
* The Matches, "Chain Me Free"
* Remy Zero, "Save Me" (yes, the ''{{Smallville}}'' theme song)
* {{Coldplay}}, "The Scientist"
* The ending of "Music/WeirdAlYankovic's "Amish Paradise"
* NineInchNails, "Deep"
* Theory of a Deadman, "Not Meant To Be"
* Alt-J, "Breezeblocks"
* Enigma, "Return to Innocence"
* LinkinPark, "Bleed It Out"
* Embrace, "Ashes"
* Elio e le Storie Tese, "[[http://it.youtube.com/watch?v=AFW81wHXcbE Mio cuggino]]". They even acknowledge this in the beginning of the video, by saying it was filmed in "[=IndietroScope=]" (''indietro'' means "backwards" in Italian). It is also lip-synched backwards.
* Epik High, "One Minute, One Second".
* God Lives Underwater, "From Your Mouth": The entire video consists of reversed footage of one man eating.
* The Pharcyde, "Drop". The group performs the entire song backwards, and shows what getting 100 gallons of water dumped on you looks like in reverse.
* David Cook, "Come Back To Me"
* Cibo Matto, "Sugar Water" runs backwards AND forwards on opposite sides of the screen and briefly joins up in the middle. One side is flipped so it take a while to work out what's happening.
* Hammerfall, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkmlujV-TvU Any Means Neccesary]] is a clever variant.
* Self, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXy_wxgIe7A Could You Love Me Now]]
* The Music/DavidBowie videos "Let's Dance" and "China Girl" both have brief but significant segments involving this.
* DefLeppard, "Two Steps Behind"
* Nelson, "(Can't Live Without Your) Love and Affection"
* Peter Bjorn and John, "Second Chance"
* KeithUrban, "Days Go By" (bridge only)
* Music/{{Grouplove}}, "Tongue Tied"

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[[folder: Band From Mundania ]]
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The artist is inserted into a facsimile of mundane life, usually domestic. HilarityEnsues. A common form of LyricsVideoMismatch, and usually an {{homage}}.
* DefLeppard, "Me And My Wine"
* {{Queen}}, "I Want To Break Free" (specifically an homage to ''CoronationStreet'')
* TwistedSister, "We're Not Gonna Take It"
* Cyndi Lauper, "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun"
* Music/DavidBowie
** Both videos from 1999's ''hours...'' use this. In "Thursday's Child", he and his current lover are getting ready for bed when in the bathroom mirror he sees a reflection of his younger self and an old lover. In "Survive", he broods alone in a cluttered kitchen, presumably over the breakup described in the song -- and then gravity goes askew.
** In "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)" (''The Next Day''), Bowie and TildaSwinton play a happy oldish married couple whose lives are jumbled when a troubled young celebrity couple moves in next door.

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[[folder: Dance Hall Daze ]]
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Filmed in a dance studio, ball room, etc., with an appropriate corps of dancers snapping to the beat.
* Fittingly, Wang Chung, "Dance Hall Days"
* Paula Abdul, "Cold Hearted Snake"
* Peter Cetera/Amy Grant, "Next Time I Fall"
* KateBush, "Rubberband Girl"
* Music/DavidBowie, "Never Let Me Down"
* Music/OneRepublic, "All The Right Moves"
* DefLeppard (again), "Hysteria" -- although it's in a train station, people are dancing cheek-to-cheek
* Nicola Roberts, "Beat of My Drum"
* {{Beyonce}}, "Love on Top"
* {{Beyonce}}, "Countdown"
* Music/{{Versailles}}, "MASQUERADE", for what should be [[MasqueradeBall obvious reasons]].
* SophieEllisBextor: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Murder On The Dancefloor"]]

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[[folder: [[Dancing Is Serious Business Dancing In The Street ]]
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The MusicVideo equivalent to CrowdSong features crowds of random people "spontaneously" stepping into a full dance routine with the artist (usually a solo female R&B singer) in such unlikely locations as an inner city street, a high school hallway, a car park, or even the middle of a gang war. Sometimes uses a Carnivale-style free-for-all approach; but more often than not, full and complex choreography is employed.
* Many, many videos by Janet Jackson.
* Her brother [[MichaelJackson Michael]] tweaked it a bit; his version featured dancing zombies. Not to mention that one with the gang war.
* The end of Donna Summer's "She Works Hard For The Money" features this as a DreamSequence.
* Ironically, Music/DavidBowie and [[Music/TheRollingStones Mick Jagger's]] video for "Dancing In The Street" featured only the two of them.
* Billy Joel's "A Matter Of Trust" uses the Carnivale approach.
* Parodied in Marianas Trench's "Shaketramp" where the first half is the typical form of this in old musical style but after getting hit in the head the lead singer is transported to a modern times version of the same street where the locals aren't as willing to join in.
* {{Bjork}}'s "It's Oh So Quiet".
* "Dr Love" by Bumblebeez, where the dancers are largely shirtless older men with elaborate magic marker tattoos. Reportedly the band recruited homeless people, who got money and a free meal for their efforts.
* Lionel Richie's "All Night Long." Okay, the "street" was a stage set, but still.
* PatBenatar's "Love Is A Battlefield". What a great way to fight off a pimp!
* Subverted in "Lucky Day" by Nicola Roberts. For most of the video, Nicola is prancing around [[BigApplesauce New York]] with no real choreography to it, and then for a few inexplicable moments, two dancers pop out of nowhere and begin dancing with her. And then they leave again.
* {{Feist}}'s "Mushaboom" starts with Leslie Feist waking up in her apartment and singing along to the song itself playing on the radio as she prepares for her day (which may or may not raise the CelebrityParadox question). Then her toast pops out of the toaster and flies out of the window, she flies out after it, and a parade of people start dancing along behind her as she sings and plays guitar.
* Rod Stewart's "Young Turks".
* LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem" combines this with a ZombieApocalypse.
* Most of Pharrell Williams' 24 hour music video of Happy involves dancing outside. [[note]]The rest involves dancing inside.[[/note]]


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[[folder: Garage Rock ]]
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This video shows the band using a "classic" rehearsal space such as a garage, warehouse, maybe even a spare bedroom. Real big with young or just-starting-out hard rock bands, or with older bands looking to reconnect to such times.
* Music/{{Metallica}}'s "One", between [[VideoFullOfFilmClips clips from the movie]] ''Literature/JohnnyGotHisGun'', showed the band in a warehouse. An alternate version removed the film clips.
* Trixter, "Give It To Me Good"
* Music/TheOffspring, "Can't Repeat"
* Orange, "No Rest For The Weekend"
* BowlingForSoup's ''1985'' video is this with [[ShoutOut references]] to famous video tropes and bands.
* BillyTalent, "River Below"
* The Smithereens, "Blood & Roses"
* Music/NoDoubt's "Don't Speak" alters between this, the PerformanceVideo and photo-session scenes.
* Music/{{Weezer}}, "Say It Ain't So"
* Music/MyChemicalRomance did this in "I'm Not Okay" in between clips of high school shenanigans.
* Music/{{D}}, "Day by Day", also notable for being the band's only video where the members aren't [[VisualKei in costume]].

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[[folder: In The Studio ]]
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Footage of the artist actually recording the song in a studio. Can be actual documentary-style footage, a reinactment or a completely fictitious turn.
* Music/{{Aerosmith}}, "What It Takes"
* Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons "Who Loves You".
* Music/TheWho for "Who Are You".
* Music/DefLeppard used a fantasy-like, stylized interpretation of this for "Love Bites".
* After years of decrying trite video concepts, and after exactly three original videos of their own, Music/{{Metallica}} quickly fell into this cliche with "Nothing Else Matters".
* Music/KyleMinogue's video for "Locomotion" included a brief scene In The Studio.
* Music/BonJovi's "Born To Be My Baby", accentuated by manipulating the soundtrack to actually sound like a mixer changing and testing the various instruments' levels.
* Music/{{Audioslave}}'s "Like a Stone" and "Revelations"
* Music/{{Nickelback}}'s "If Everyone Cared"
* Music/LosCampesinos!' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpUViv00u5Y "Death to Los Campesinos"]]-- though with the absolutely awesome twist of the band being ''attacked'' by kittens, unicorns, rainbows and confetti during the recording session. Yes, I'm serious.
* Music/{{Rush}}'s studio videos for "Limelight", "Vital Signs" and "Tom Sawyer".
* Julian Lennon's "Valotte" and "Too Late For Goodbyes." Not only were they essentially the same video with minor variations, they were released one after the other, and they were both directed by Creator/SamPeckinpah.
* Music/BlindGuardian's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7nlms46_s8 "Mirror Mirror"]] does this, combined with clips of the band members playing video games, getting into snowball fights, etc.
* An early example: the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vf26cRtG_w&eurl promo film for "Lady Madonna"]] shows Music/TheBeatles in the studio, but we don't actually see them performing the song. That's because it was filmed while they were recording "Hey Bulldog." Several decades later Apple used the same footage and put together [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGrEZH7j1bQ a video for "Hey Bulldog."]]
* NewOrder, "The Perfect Kiss". Interesting because the band prefers their videos to be [[SurrealMusicVideo extremely strange and surreal]].
* Arctic Monkeys, "Teddy Picker"
* Parodied in a scene in Ben Folds Five's "Rockin The Suburbs", in which director Music/WeirdAlYankovic adjusts the settings in post-production so that the song doesn't suck. (Literally. There's two sets of faders labeled "Suck" and "Rock".)
* Music/APerfectCircle, "Judith"
* Music/{{Queen}}'s "One Vision"
* Hall & Oates, "Go Solo"
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Cem1ME-OvQ The Hold Steady's "Stuck Between Stations"]], though it seems to be set in a home recording studio. With bookends showing that apparently they've been re-recording the song over and over again for every cassette copy of it ("I don't understand why we can't just get these dubbed!").
* ''USA (United Support of Artists) for Africa'' in "Music/WeAreTheWorld", showing the soloists assembling around microphones, and then on the chorus, together with the choir of other big names, all in the studio. Written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, it included such names as Diana Ross, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick, Bruce Springsteen and Paul Simon. The choir itself also featured the other Jacksons, the Pointer Sisters, and even Dan Aykroyd.
** In the same vein, Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas."
*** And later Band Aid 20's version.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcTP7YWPayU Sex Crime (1984)]]" by Music/{{Eurythmics}}
* The videos for Music/ThePolice's "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" and "Spirits Of The Material World" feature this. "Magic" does cut between "studio" shots and random shots of the band cavorting around Martinique, but everyone who's seen the video chuckles at the sequence in the studio with Andy Sumner mugging for the camera while Sting sings "Must I alllll-waaaaaaays beeeeee aaaaaaaa-LOOOOOOOOOONE...."
* Creator/EddieMurphy's "Party All The Time"
* The basic plot of MatthewSweet's [[http://youtu.be/gIEUxASauuA "We're the Same"]]
* Music/FlorenceAndTheMachine's "What The Water Gave Me."
* Music/{{ABBA}}'s "Gimme Gimme Gimme".
* Music/{{Shaggy}} in the video for "Gebt das Hanf frei!", the song he recorded with Creator/StefanRaab. Justified as he had spontaneously agreed to contribute to the song and presumably didn't have much time.

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Another one popular with the HardRock crowd, this setting seems dependent on the theme of disorganization or destruction (yes, even the construction sites). Often with [[GreatBallsOfFire random fires]] scattered about, usually at night.
* Tesla, "No Way Out"
* Britny Fox, "Long Way To Love"
* The British-only video for DefLeppard's "Pour Some Sugar On Me" featured a house being demolished -- with the band inside.
* Music/GreenDay, "Brainstew".
* Testament, "Trial by Fire"
* "Teutonic Terror" by Music/{{Accept}}
* Music/{{Slipknot}}'s "Psychosocial"
* Music/{{Versailles}}, "Philia"
* Huey Lewis & The News, "Perfect World"
* Joe Walsh, "Life Of Illusion"
* Corrosion of Conformity, "Albatross"
* Music/{{Ciara}}, "Work"

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[[folder: L.A. Rooftop ]]
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Yet ''another'' popular one for hard rockers in the late 1980s was to film on top of a skyscraper overlooking a cityscape. And yes, it's usually night.
* Music/GunsNRoses, "Don't Cry"
* Great White, "The Angel Song"
* HilaryDuff "Why Not?"
* Music/XJapan, "Jade" LIVE PV, is an example from TheNewTens. There is a movie PV for the same song, but only small segments of it were released - most YouTube uploads of "Jade PV" are either the Hollywood and Highland center shoot (this trope) or that interspersed with the released movie segments.
* Jonas Brothers, "L.A. Baby"
* Most of the 2nd video for Hall & Oates' "Say It Isn't So", filmed in New York.
* Hurricane, "Over The Edge"
* [[Music/TaijiSawada D.T.R.]] provided an example of how NOT to do this early in TheNineties, around 1994, in their PV for "Cybernetic Crime," as the video was so poorly shot (including excessive camera spin, little member focus, etcetera) that it is arguably one of the worst Japanese rock videos ever made.
* Music/{{U2}}, "Where The Streets Have No Name"
** Which they infamously filmed without permits. The LAPD were not amused.
* Music/LimpBizkit, "Rollin'", though it was actually from atop one of the twin towers. Disturbingly, the band was sent a thank-you letter from the tower on September 10, 2001.
* Toto, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8u1u3Q-G5xI I'll Be Over You]]. Subverted at the end, [[spoiler:when it starts raining]].
** Parodied in Simple Plan's "Perfect," which takes place on a rooftop...of a suburban home.
* {{Icehouse}}'s "Crazy" did this on a high-rise in UsefulNotes/{{Sydney}}.

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[[folder: The Making Of The Video ]]
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Similar to In The Studio, this one is behind the scenes of the video itself. Most videos will tastefully limit this to a few scenes.
* Music/{{Genesis}}, "I Can't Dance"
* Debbie Gibson, "Electric Youth"
* The Music/FlamingLips, "Sponge Bob & Patrick Confront The Psychic Wall Of Energy"
* Parodied in Music/MichaelJackson's "Liberian Girl": we are on the set of a video, but instead of Jackson in action a bunch of famous visiting folks (even Weird Al!) are trying to figure out where Michael actually is as the song plays. Turns out he's the one filming them.
* Also parodied in Phil Collins's [[http://it.youtube.com/watch?v=LTClsWzUHBo "Don't Lose My Number"]], where various possible concepts (and subsequent behind the scenes) for the song video clip are shown; some of them are [[ShoutOut parodies]] of well-known music videos and films.
* Phil Collins had another one of these with Philip Bailey, "Easy Lover".
* Another parody is Christine [=McVie's=] "Love Will Show Us How", where the director's hackneyed ideas go seriously awry.
* Steve Perry's "Oh Sherrie" is supposedly filmed during a break from the filming of a different music video.
* Parodied in Wall of Voodoo's surreal video for "Mexican Radio". A brief long shot of the soundstage, just over two-thirds of the way through, shows the band continuing to play as the dissatisfied director calls 'cut' and orders the crew to break for lunch.
* Music/CobraStarship's video for "Guilty Pleasure."
* Aqua's ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Z4nVYt3yjs Bumble Bees]]'' is another parody. The director with a thick French accent proposes three concepts: an AnimatedMusicVideo with Aqua as CG bugs (obviously inspired by ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife''), a weird HotForTeacher clip (with the faces of Aqua's male members creepily superimposed on kids' bodies), and Aqua in silly and extremely cheap bug costumes.
* Parodied in Music/AlanJackson's "That'd Be Alright", where a crew decides to accept Alan's sarcastic suggestion to film a music video without him. Eventually, this leads to them trying to find look-a-likes, [[SynchroVox Syncro-Voxing]] previous Alan Jackson videos, and even secretly filming his personal life!

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[[folder: [[Walking In Rhythm Marching Band ]]
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A hard rock take on Dancing In The Street, this is a simple and intuitive choreography wherein the band members stalk across the stage together, in time to the beat and in step with one another.
* Music/VanHalen, "Best Of Both Worlds"
* Hurricane, "I'm Onto You"
* The chorus of Genesis' "I Can't Dance".
* Non-MusicVideo example: in ''Film/TheBreakfastClub'', Judd Nelson, Anthony Michael Hall and Emilio Estevez do this during the "rock out in the library" scene.
* Music/OKGo's "This Too Shall Pass" has a marching band music video, with a literal marching band. Even the music is replaced with marching band instruments.

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[[folder: Monochrome Backdrop ]]
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The artist (usually a solo singer) filmed against a featureless, [[WhiteVoidRoom all-white]] or all-black backdrop. If black, expect a spotlight to travel back and forth across the singer, illuminating her for a second and then plunging her back into darkness. Bonus points if the video is itself DeliberatelyMonochrome.
* Paula Abdul uses both versions for "Straight Up".
* Many of Jody Watley's videos.
* An unreleased version of Music/{{Queensryche}}'s "Another Rainy Night (Without You)".
* Music/ThePolice's "Every Breath You Take", spiced up with multiple layers of photography.
** Their video for "Roxanne" is arguably a variant -- it's an all-RED backdrop.
* James Blunt's "You're Beautiful", to some degree: the all-white backdrop is actually a cloudy sky, and James is sitting along a tall boardwalk with white floor.
* Music/TalkingHeads, "Once In A Lifetime" (a GreenScreen cornucopia)
** Also, the Picture In Picture in "Road To Nowhere"
* One version of the video for REO Speedwagon's "Can't Fight This Feeling" combines this with the "In The Studio" variant.
* Two of the videos Music/MyBloodyValentine made in support of ''Loveless'' use this trope [[note]]by the way, the third one, for "Only Shallow", is just a PerformanceVideo run through cheap processing, but without the featureless backdrop[[/note]]:
** "To Here Knows When" is largely random blurry and heavily psychedelicized footage (including a person dancing, mirrored on both sides of the screen, lots of pink filters, and close-up shots of Kevin Shields' guitar), but does take place against a WhiteVoidRoom backdrop.
** "Soon" is a simple PerformanceVideo, but once again thrown through a ton of blurry filters and taking place in a completely white setting. Also, random shot of Bilinda Butcher dancing.
** And they later re-used this trope for the video for "Swallow", which is, once again, a white background with random blurry footage and lots of pink and other colours bleeding through the filters.
* The official music video for {{Restart}}'s SignatureSong "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8C5NTA7Y6tg Recomešar]]" has mostly footage of the band performing in front of a white background. Their clothes are white as well, at least until the first chorus begins and the colors kick in. It also gets some Backwards Action (see above) near the end.
** The music video for "Levo Comigo" uses this too, only there the background is black.
* Music/DavidBowie did this twice in TheSeventies, using all-white voids in "Life on Mars?" and "Be My Wife".
* Music/RickJames' "Superfreak" uses this, with minimal set dressing.
* Arctic Monkeys' "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIQz6zZi7R0 Cornerstone]]" features just the singer against a white background.
* Music/{{Beyonce}}'s "Single Ladies"
* For most of both versions of Hall & Oates' "Say It Is't So" videos. Also shortly seen in their video for "Your Imagination" and possibly used in "I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)" and "You Make My Dreams" if you don't count instruments as props.
* Music/{{Extreme}}'s "Rest in Peace" (the background also strobes between black and white)
* Tyler, The Creator's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSbZidsgMfw Yonkers]]
* "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell is pretty much just them standing around with scantily clad women dancing around them in front of a solid off-white background. This fact has made the video incredibly easy to parody.
* Music/{{Lorde}}'s "Tennis Court".

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[[folder: Movie Tie-In Music Video ]]
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Prevalent in the [[TheEighties 80's]] and [[TheNineties 90's]], movie tie-in music videos were songs from film soundtracks performed by an artist or band -- plus members of a film's cast. This was different (but not mutually exclusive) than a VideoFullOfFilmClips in that most (or the entirety) of the video had a unique plot (that takes place before, during or after the film), and is intended to be part of the same movie universe or continuity. Although these types of videos were frequent in past years, they are a rarity in the 21st century.
* Creator/RobertEnglund has appeared in character as [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Freddy Krueger]] in several tie-in music videos, including Music/{{Dokken}}'s "Dream Warriors" from ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet3DreamWarriors'' (where he appears at the end explaining he just had a nightmare) and The Fat Boys' "Are You Ready For Freddy" (from ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet4TheDreamMaster''), where the band inherits a house owned by one of the member's deceased uncles, but it was originally Freddy Krueger's house. Robert Englund appears in character and stalks them around the house. He even raps at one point!
* Music/MichaelJackson's "Childhood" from ''FreeWilly 2'' features the child actors from the film singing the chorus to the song while Jackson sings in a forest.
* Music/{{Queen}}'s "Princes of the Universe" from ''Film/{{Highlander}}'' includes a swordfight between Freddie Mercury and Christopher Lambert.
** And their video for 'Flash' has scenes from ''Film/FlashGordon''.
* "The Power Of Love" from ''Film/BackToTheFuture'', performed by Huey Lewis and The News. Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) makes a pit stop at a club to see the band, but someone takes the [=DeLorean=] on a joyride while he's watching the performance.
** ''Back to the Future Part III'' has ZZ Top's "Doubleback," which features the hirsute trio "interacting" with scenes from the movie. Like Huey Lewis before, they have a musical cameo in the movie--they play an acoustic, Western-influenced version of their track.
* "The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead" from ''Film/DumbAndDumber'', performed by the Crash Test Dummies. Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels) foils a robbery while on a trip in [[CanadaEh Toronto, Canada]], and gets a pumpkin stuck on his head in the process.
* Will Smith is a major proponent of this - almost every film he's starred in has an accompanying music video, in which he appears in-character (often with other members of the cast) and directly interacts with the singer (along with clips from the film).
** In Diana King's "Shy Guy" video from 1995's ''BadBoys'', Smith and Martin Lawrence appear as the two titular cops of the film, reacting to the singer's presence and trying (miserably) to dance to the music.
** ''Film/WildWildWest'' from the 1997 remake of the same name. In the video, Jim West (Smith) pursues a BackFromTheDead Dr. Loveless, who has once again kidnapped Rita Escobar (Salma Hayek). Although the music video premiered months before the film came out, it is a semi-sequel to the film, and ignores most of the movie's ending (namely, Rita has apparently left her doctor husband, and Loveless has appeared alive and well without explanation).
** Speaking of Will Smith, his videos for the ''Film/MenInBlack'' franchise (the self-titled track from the original film and "Nod Ya Head (Black Suits Comin')" from the sequel) features him as J, doing a stage performance together with aliens.
* Due to Mike Myers' role as the film's lead character, many of his appearances in the tie-in videos from the ''AustinPowers'' Trilogy fall under this:
** Madonna's "Beautiful Stranger" (from ''The Spy Who Shagged Me'') involves Austin going to a British club to see her perform, and driving her back to his place afterwards.
** The music video for Dr. Evil's "Hard Knock Life" (from ''Goldmember'') shows more of the duo's escape from prison.
** Britney Spears' "Boys" involves Austin trying to dance with the pop singer at an exclusive party.
* Another Britney Spears one is ''Crazy'', in wich the main couple from the movie ''Drive Me Crazy'' -Melissa Joan Hart and Adrian Grenier- have many cameos.
* Music/MCHammer's "Addams Family Groove" from ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'', where the singer is tormented by Wednesday and Pugsley. Most of the cast of the film (including Raul Julia, Angelica Huston and Christina Ricci) appear.
** Had child molestation accusations not derailed it, Music/MichaelJackson would have done a similar video for the sequel ''Addams Family Values'' ("Is It Scary") in which he would be aided by Wednesday and Pugsley in confronting a mob accusing him of being a freak. He later revived the project as ''[[Film/MichaelJacksonsGhosts Ghosts]]'' in 1997, but dropped the Addams trappings.
* In El Debarge's "Who's Johnny?" from ''Film/ShortCircuit'', Stephanie Speck (played by Ally Sheedy) attends a courtroom trial for Johnny 5, who is busy wreaking havoc with his antics while a reel of footage from the film plays in the background. Steve Guttenberg evidently didn't want to take part in the video, because is represented (as a witness on the stand) by a ''cardboard cut-out''.
* Both of the ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' films include music videos where members of the cast ham it up for the cameras. Ray Parker Jr.'s title theme song had a music video where the titular team dance in Times Square, while Bobby Brown's "On Our Own" (used in the sequel) had various actors (including Rick Moranis as Louis Tully) reacting to ghosts appearing in New York.
* The end credits for ''Film/DownPeriscope'' include a music video for "In the Navy", with the Village People interacting with the movie's cast, interspersed with some footage from the movie. At various points, star KelseyGrammer appears in most if not all of the Village People costumes.
* Korn's video for the second Tomb Raider film, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjuJGyTyIIg&feature=related ''Did my time'']], has AngelinaJolie all dress up in a Lara Croft style having a sort of mental battle with the members of the band.
* A variant of this appears when a musician (or an actor who sings) who has a starring role in a film performs in a music video "in-character", which makes the video an extension of the film's backstory or plot:
** Beyonce performing as Foxxy Cleopatra in "Work It Out" from ''AustinPowers In Goldmember''.
** Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks in the song "City of Crime" from 1987's ''Dragnet'', as they reprise their roles as Joe Friday and Pep Streebeck. The duo interrogate criminals, explain the plot of the film through verse and perform ridiculous choreographed dance numbers!
** The entire cast of ''TheresSomethingAboutMary'' starred in a music video for The Foundations' "Build Me Up, Buttercup". Various cast members lipsync the song in character and perform a grand medley together at the end of the video.
** While he played the movie's villain and had top billing, Music/DavidBowie appears as himself in the two videos derived from ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'' and the interaction with characters seems to be the result of travel between the "real" world and movie world. In "Underground", his trip into a mysterious alley results in an encounter with Hoggle, the Junk Lady, and company. In "As the World Falls Down", Hoggle is witness to Bowie singing to a portrait of a woman who, elsewhere, [[LoveBeforeFirstSight falls for a photograph]] of him.
* In a variant of this, the video for RascalFlatts' "Life Is a Highway" (from the ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' soundtrack) features ''Cars'' footage mixed in with shots of the band singing.
* Non-film example: the video for the Rembrandts' "I'll Be There For You" is a performance video that is crashed by the ''Series/{{Friends}}'' cast.
* Similarly, the video for the Music/TheyMightBeGiants song "Boss Of Me" casts the band as dolls that undergo the tortures of being owned by [[Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle Malcolm's family]].
* The Twilight movies have a bunch of examples - Muse's 'Neutron Star Collision' and Paramore's 'Decode' come to mind.

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[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Self-explanatory.]] Someone (not necessarily the artist) covertly sends messages to random people. Likely recipients are: Couples, someone who CannotSpitItOut, a pensive/lonely person, and--if they're not the ones sending the messages--the artist themselves. Can be {{Anvilicious}} if laid on too thick, but otherwise a perfectly good concept.
* Rob Thomas' "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wh86uSsux1M Ever the Same]]." The first video to use this concept--and very well. The messenger is a guy and his pigeons, and the recipients include a group of children, an old man, a suicide jumper played by Rob's wife, and Rob himself. Interestingly, the actual ''messages'' are never known; we just see the reactions to them.
* Music/{{Nickelback}}'s "If Today Was Your Last Day." The title alone makes this one of the... ''[[{{Glurge}} less]]'' [[{{Anvilicious}} subtle]] [[TastesLikeDiabetes versions]].
* Music/BillyJoel's video for "You're Only Human (Second Wind)" is basically a mid-80's ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'', with Billy trying to talk (or sing) a guy out of jumping off a bridge.

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Most common in heavy metal videos, this involves someone literally breaking through the wall of the set, usually the guitarist using his "axe" appropriately.
* Music/{{Accept}}'s, "Balls to the Wall" fits this trope perfectly
* Music/{{Aerosmith}}, "Angel"
* In Run DMC's remake of "Walk This Way", Steven Tyler pushed ''himself'' through a wall.
* Rick Springfield's "Jessie's Girl" included a scene where he put his guitar through a bathroom vanity. The reason? He wanted the video to include "an action sequence".
* Switchfoot's "Meant To Live" involved the band using power tools to destroy a room. Depending on how you see it, ThePowerOfRock may have caused a minor earthquake near the middle of the song to help them out.
* In Music/{{Motorhead}}'s "Killed By Death," Lemmy drives a motorcycle through a wall. They then replay it... in slow motion. He leaves by breaking through the opposite wall.
* In Music/{{Dokken}}'s "Dream Warriors", the guitarist breaks through a wall playing a blazing solo on a skeleton guitar.
* At the end of "Into the Void" by Music/NineInchNails
* A slight variant appears in the (sadly defunct) hardcore band Snapcase's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXCmFu6JHtE Typecast Modulator]]" video.
* ScarSymmetry has this happen quite a bit in their video for "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mebSi4PDC34 Morphogenesis]]."
* The beginning of Music/QuietRiot's "Cum On Feel The Noize", with the bedroom walls giving way to the band performing on stage.

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Shows the artist travelling the world, using exotic locations as backdrops. Sometimes filmed on location (a potentially expensive proposition), sometimes utilizes rear-projected stock footage. A more budget-friendly option is to tour a specific city or similar region, taking in only local monuments.
* Phil Collins, "Take Me Home"
* HueyLewisAndTheNews, "Heart Of Rock And Roll" (various U.S. locations as called out in the lyrics)
* Randy Newman, "I Love L.A."
* The Killers, "Read My Mind" (various places in Japan, mostly Tokyo)
* Part of Music/MichaelJackson's "Black or White" is a variation where he's clearly on sets but gets down with various dancers of different ethnicities in an "It's a Small World" kind of way.
* The Kooks, "She Moves in Her Own Way"
* Echo & the Bunnymen, "Nothing Lasts Forever" (in and around Marrakech, Morocco)
* Manic Street Preachers, "Motorcycle Emptiness"
* Arctic Monkeys, "Fake Tales of San Francisco"
* Music/DuranDuran's "Hungry Like the Wolf" was filmed on location in Sri Lanka by Russell Mulcahy.
* Music/FlorenceAndTheMachine's video for "Breaking Down" are Instagram-like footage of their tour in the United States.

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