This playlist of story-based music videos was inspired by our love and appreciation for the hard work that goes into the creation of an making an engaging plot that can only last a short amount of time. We hope you can find inspiration in these music videos!
You can find the entire playlist of videos here.
- Blue Neighbourhood Trilogy - Troye Sivan (TW: ABUSE)
This emotion-evoking trilogy follows the story of a young man and his infatuation with his childhood friend named Matt from adolescence until his teenage years. Each video takes us through a stage of Troye’s life, and shows the bittersweet evolution of their friendship blossoming to love. Troye uses these music videos to highlight the hardships of same sex relationships when the people closest to you are not supportive. - Joy
- WILD - The first video focuses on Troye’s childhood, and all of the good memories that him and Matt experienced together. The two children ride their bikes together, go exploring, and play, without feeling like their feelings for each other were wrong or unhealthy. Troye’s parents and Matt’s parents meet up for games at the beach, and you can see that Matt’s dad is a drunk with a high temper, getting rowdy after a couple beers and yelling at Troye’s parents.
- FOOLS - The second video is about the peak of their relationship, when they came to terms about the way they felt about each other. Despite Matt’s abusive, homophobic father, Troye and Matt still find a way to see each other in secret. Eventually, Matt’s dad finds out about them, beats Matt, and makes him promise to break it off with Troye. Even though his dad is a horrible person, Matt still is close with him and loves him, so he complies. Troye finds out later that Matt has new girlfriend.
- TALK ME DOWN - In the final video of the trilogy, we see Matt at his dad’s funeral. Troye finds Matt alone, and comforts him in his time of grief. Later they are discovered by Matt’s girlfriend, who drags him off. In the last shot, we see Matt standing over a rocky cliff overlooking the sea, about to jump. Then the video ends. These music videos bring awareness to the choice some LGBT+ people have to make - a decision between appeasing their homophobic family/ friends or following their heart.
- G.O.M.D. - J. Cole
The music video for J. Cole’s song G.O.M.D depicts the story of house slaves and field slaves uniting to revolt against their white masters. As the slaves begin to commence in killing the white people, Cole stops them from killing all but two because they assisted in helping him get the head masters guns. While it begins with the field slaves ignoring J. Cole because he’s one of the head house slaves, it ends with a joyful celebration of success as the camera pans to the tied up white people and the slaves dancing around a fire of the burning property belonging to the white people. This powerful music video resembles many movies depicting the story of slavery because of its amazing acting and ability to “get to the point”. - Tyler
- You're A Germ - Wolf Alice (GORE TW)
This music video left me in shock. I love Wolf Alice but have never seen the music video to this song until now. After watching the music video, I've come to appreciate it more: it’s a very artistically presented story that left me feeling spooked and curious. The girl who plays the lead role in the story constantly tries to find new ways to escape her problems but ends up in the same situation again and again.What this video presents is that things don't always work out, no matter how hard you try. - Sham
- Brains - Cannons
This comedic, yet still aesthetically-pleasing, music video follows the points of view of four different wallflowers as they jealously observe a boy and girl dancing together at a party and daydream about where they’d rather be, such as relaxing by a poolside, or winning a drag race–and finishes with a heartwrenching yet comedic plot twist that’s almost impossible to see coming. - Daj
- Robbers - The 1975
This music video characterizes singer Matty Healy and his partner-in-crime/ lover as a modern Bonnie and Clyde. Their relationship involves a lot of alcohol and drugs, such as marijuana and cocaine. Living a life full of recklessness, the couple and their friends soon begin to run out of money after they’ve invested in buying a gun. Throughout the video, the music pauses and we hear the sound of a gunshot after seeing Healy and his lover kiss and run into a convenience store with the intention of robbing it. The music starts up again and the camera flashes different scenes, some depicting Healy and his partner kissing, them caring for his bullet wound and smoking pot at the same in the getaway car, and being back in their trailer home bathroom. This fast paced and climatic video portrays a misunderstood couple with an undeniable love. - Tyler
- Breezeblocks - Alt-J (ABUSE TW)
Alt-J portrays abuse, through a baffling, but beautiful perception of the viewer. We are taken through this story of trauma, backwards. The opening scene segways into a woman submerged in a tub with a cinderblock over her chest. An assumption in most of our brains’ is quickly made; she is a victim to this man’s abuse. We watch the fight between them both grow. Through each clip of them in a heated argument, the camera is focused clearly on their left hands. The man we watch to be a predator, has a ring, and the woman does not. This video depicts at our knowings and assumptions, when we see a different woman (with a ring), mouth taped and shoved in a closet. Many theories can be construed, but the assumption most of us surmise, was that the married man was having an affair. There are many different ways the video can be taken, and how we take it can show something about our ideations and emotions towards subjects like these. - Stella
- Dots and Dashes (Enough Already) - Silversun Pickups
Dots and Dashes explores a queer girl’s fantasy with dreamy visuals and a modern pop sound. The main character imagines that her crush picks her up from gym on a motorcycle, and adventure ensues. She contentedly dreams that they jump a fence to go swimming, dance around in her room, and skip rocks by the lake. At the end of the music video, she comes back to reality where the beginning scene is repeated. Her crush gets in the car with another boy, portraying the emotional investment that comes with falling in love with a non-queer girl. - Joy
- Time - Chase and Status (ABUSE TW)
Chase and Status left me in shock with this emotional rollercoaster of a video. As a child of divorce and a witness to the effects of alcoholism, this video hit close to home. Time creates a simple yet well-thought out storyline in which an adolescent girl ultimately discovers her inner courage and overcomes her dilemma of making the right choice. A story of family that has far more issues than it seems is relatable enough to many children and adolescents that may feel powerless under the circumstances of their family situations. While all is seemingly well, the father, an alcoholic, increasingly becomes more abusive towards the mother. The oldest daughter is situated in the middle of it all, as she is aware of her parents' deteriorating relationship, yet only sees their attempts to portray themselves as a happy couple in front of their children. The girl watches as her mother's treatment worsens and is presented with the difficult decision of reporting her father's actions and effectively destroying the facade of a perfect family that they had. The actress's portrayal of the teenage girl was phenomenal; her conflicted stares towards her father reflected the tainted image she later had of him. Alcoholism's devastating effects are also portrayed in a light that catches the viewer's attention while also taking it to a level of relativity to the teenage demographic. Overall the video conveys a firm, powerful message to those youths who may feel that they can't control or help in a situation of domestic violence; there is always something we can do. No matter how difficult or painful the actions needed may seem, courage and resilience will find them just as they found the adolescent girl in this video. - Daniela
By Dajiana Huang, Joy Young, Stella Nico, Tyler Taylor, Daniela Ramirez, and Shamya Zindani