Lyric Video

Lyric videos are videos meant to show the lyrics to a song while it is playing. Traditionally these are fan-made videos, however by the early 2010s many companies had taken notice to how popular these types of videos are on Youtube and began producing professional lyric videos. Official lyric videos can range anywhere from text on a still image, to Typographic Music Videos (also known as "Kinetic Typography" or "Typography Versions" for the official ones) where they're text-based but are meant to look visually appealing, to full-length music videos in their own right.

Another form of unofficial lyric video began to appear in the 2010s. It mixes the MAP (Multi-Animator Project) with the lyric video. The artist(s) create animations specifically around the song. They're common in fandoms such as Gravity Falls, Homestuck, Warrior Cats, and the Furry Fandom.

Examples:

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    Official Lyric Videos 
  • Abney Park's Not Silent (presented here following the Captain's introspection)
  • Alestorm's cover of Hangover.
  • AWOLNATION's lyric video for "Kill All Your Heroes" features a person with an astronaut helmet on doing things.
  • Before Blaqk Audio's single "Faith Healer" had a Calvin Klein-style music video, it had a lyric video which was just words on screen, but very flashy and whooshy and precise.
  • The Ur-Example might be Bob Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues" music video (well, actually a promotional clip taken from the beginning of a Bob Dylan tour documentary film, later treated as a standalone video), which is just Dylan in a alleyway, pulling away title cards to show you the lyrics.
  • The original video "leaked" release of Cee Lo Green's "F*ck You" had an artistic lyric video which went viral. A more traditional video was made after the song became a huge hit.
  • The lyric video to "Closer" by The Chainsmokers is a rare case of an official lyric video having more views than the music video. It has over 1 billion more views and counting. This is in part because the lyric video came out 3 months before the music video.
  • The lyric video to Daughtry's "Waiting For Superman" uses comic book style pop-art.
  • The lyric video to David Guetta's "Shewolf" is just a simple slideshow. It however doesn't actually show any wolves, just wolf-like dogs.
  • Katy Perry:
    • The lyric video "Unconditionally" features a woman singing the lyrics to another woman, who more-or-less just dramatically stares at the camera the entire video. Erika Linder is frequently mistaken for a man in the video, which was probably the director's intent.
    • "Roar" has a lyric video in the shape of Instant Messaging screen, complete with emoticons!
    • The lyric video for "Chained to the Rhythm" features a miniature house with miniature food fit for a hamster.
  • Jars of Clay's "Inland" video features the lyrics over nature footage.
  • The lyric video to "Suit and Tie" by Justin Timberlake is Deliberately Monochrome. It features a lot of scenery shots and focus on Timberlake in formal attire. It also uses the Smoking Is Cool trope.
  • Lady Gaga has one for "Applause" where the lyrics are shown over a night club scene.
  • The official music video for "Heroes" by Måns Zelmerlöw, the winner of Eurovision 2015.
  • The lyric video to "Wolves Without Teeth" by Of Monsters and Men features choreography done by twins Erna Jonasdottir and Hrefna Jonasdottir while they lip-sync to the song.
  • Pet Shop Boys' official video for "The Pop Kids" is the song lyrics (displayed one word at a time) over slow motion footage of dancers at a club.
  • The music video to "Beer" by Psychostick is a lyric video. It predates the rise of official lyric videos by several years. The video uses pictographs and intentionally looks amateur.
  • The video for "Fall on Me" by R.E.M. is an upside-down view of polluted industrial wasteland scenes while each word of the song's lyrics flashes on screen.
  • The lyric video for "Give Me Your Hand" by The Ready Set features a girl performing ASL to the viewer and to the people on the street.
  • Rush: "Headlong Flight" has a lyric video consisting of the lyrics displayed on a strange monitor in front of relevant Stock Footage.
  • Sia:
  • The lyric video to "Not Gonna Die" by Skillet is an animated video where a little girl gets chased by a hydra. It features heavy Christian symbolism (unsurprising considering Skillet is a Christian Rock band), such as the girl being watched over by a lion and her trying to use a slingshot on the hydra.
  • There's nothing particularly noteworthy about the lyric video to Sleeping With Siren's "If I'm James Dean Then You're Audrey Hepburn" besides that it uses the "more romantic", acoustic version of the song, instead of the original rock version full of screaming.
  • Stephanie Mabey's "The Zombie Song" has a lyric video featuring drawings alongside the lyrics.
  • Vampire Weekend has a music video for "Step" which is basically just words popping up on screen in front of nice grey urban backdrops.
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic:
    • Weird Al once made a Lyric Video for his Perform This Way, a parody of Lady Gaga's Born This Way, after her label rejected that song. Once word got out that Lady Gaga herself never made the rejection, Weird Al made a proper music video for it.
    • Another Weird Al example would be his video for "Bob", which consists almost entirely of him holding up pieces of paper with the current song lines on them.
    • Weird Al Yankovic has an artistic lyric video for "Stop Forwarding That Crap to Me".

    Notable Unofficial Lyric Videos 
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