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When did a music video start?

Written by on 26 August 2022

When did a music video start?

The history of music videos began long before MTV made them a staple of our everyday lives. The first known instance of a music video dates back to 1894! However, it wasn’t until the late 1970s that music videos started becoming more popular and resemble the ones we know today.

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The first music video

The first music video believes to have been created in 1878 by British inventor William Friese-Greene. Friese-Greene was a pioneering filmmaker who developed several early film processes. One of his inventions was the ‘photo film,’ a system for recording sound on film created the photo film in Britain in 1887, and Friese-Greene used it to shoot a short film featuring a violinist and singer performing the famous song ‘The British Grenadiers.

While it is not sure whether this was the first ever music video, it is undoubtedly the earliest known example of a recorded sound used in conjunction with moving images. Friese-Greene’s invention paved the way for developing the music video as we know it today.

Music video today

The modern music video started in the early 1980s with the advent of MTV. Music videos as a promotional tool for songs quickly became an art form in their own right. Today, music videos are a vital part of the music industry and are used to promote new and established artists.

There is no definitive answer to the question of when the first music video was created. However, many experts believe that produced the very first music videos in 1981 for the song “Video Killed the Radio Star” by The Buggles. This groundbreaking video set the stage for the next few decades of music videos, which would become increasingly creative and innovative.

Since then, music videos have been greatly appreciated by both fans and critics alike. They are now an essential part of popular culture, and there is no shortage of debate about which ones are the best. But, whether you love them or hate them, there’s no denying that music videos are here to stay.

How music videos have changed over time

A music video is a short film that accompanies a song and promotes the artist or band. Music videos have been around since the early days of television; they came in the 1980s with the advent of MTV. Today, music videos are an essential part of the music industry, and they show no signs of going away anytime soon.

Music videos have changed a lot over the years in terms of production values and how they are used to promote artists and sell records. In the early days of MTV, music videos were often little more than promotional tools to get people interested in a particular song or artist. Today, music videos are often big-budget affairs, with prominent name directors and celebrities appearing in them. They have also used more and more as marketing tools to sell products and services other than just records.

With the advent of YouTube and other online video platforms, the reach of music videos has increased exponentially. Nowadays, anyone can make and distribute a music video, and many artists use this to their advantage, regularly releasing new videos to keep their fans engaged. Therefore, it will be interesting to see how music videos continue to evolve in the years to come.

The future of music videos

With the popularity of streaming services like YouTube and Spotify, music videos have become an essential part of the music industry. But when did they start?

Music videos have been around since the early days of television. One of the earliest examples is Elvis Presley’s “Jailhouse Rock” from 1957. But it wasn’t until the early 1980s that music videos took off.

The rise of MTV in the 1980s made music videos a must-see experience. Artists like Michael Jackson and Madonna became household names thanks to their iconic music videos.

Today, music videos are still a vital part of the music industry. They help artists promote their latest singles and albums and are a great way to connect with fans. However, with so much competition, making a successful music video takes more than just a good song. It has to be creative, exciting, and memorable.


The history of music video is long and rich, dating back to the early days of film. While the format has changed over the years, the power of music videos to connect with audiences remains strong. With new technologies and platforms, there are endless possibilities for creativity and expression in this art form. We can’t wait to see what the future of music videos holds.

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