10 One-Shot Music Videos You'll Want to Keep Replaying
How did they even do that?
(SPOT.ph) Music videos have been an indispensable part of marketing songs and records since MTV splashed onto television screens in the 1980s, but artists have gotten more and more innovative through the decades, thanks to technology. Sometimes the videos are so cool, they leave you wondering how they were shot. Case in point: the one uncut take. No cuts, no edits, no magic, just one camera (and maybe several takes to get it right), and everything happening all at once.
We rounded up 10 one-shot music videos that you'll want to watch over and over again:
"Here It Goes Again" by OK GO
Working out never looked this amazing. Although the video is 10 years old, it's still just as fun to watch. Sometimes simple gets the job done, and watching the OK GO members jumping from treadmill to treadmill as they sing along, without tripping on their own feet, is something you might find yourself doing over and over. If only to wonder at how much practice it all might have taken.
"Stay" by Lisa Loeb
You probably sang along to this song whenever it played, but the music video deserves just as many replays. For a song titled "Stay," Loeb doesn't really stay in place. The camera takes us on a tour of several rooms without making us too dizzy nor diverting our attention from the song. Nobody knows exactly what's going on behind the camera as it moves, but we imagine there's a scramble to make sure Loeb is in the right place whenever the camera catches her.
"We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" by Taylor Swift
This song is catchy on its own but its music video is just as quirky. From vibrant sets to crazy costumes, this music video is an uncut visual feast that helps the song's story of break-up recovery unfold. It reportedly took 18 takes before they got it right. Can you imagine the LSS?
"Hideaway" by Kiesza
Taking to the streets, singer Kiesza dances with a bunch of people with unrivalled exuberance and it's hard to not want to join in on the fun. Just the right mix of crazy and bizarre, you'll want to rewatch this again for anything you missed. Featuring bold outfits, colorful street art, and a variety of dance genres, this song is elevated to another plane of fun and cheeky thanks to the video.
"Save Me" by BTS
Getting choreography right can be quite the task, but working with six other people to get it right and move into the proper formations is a feat. Aside from the elaborate dance moves and sleek transitions, this video makes it easy to see why BTS has millions of fans worldwide.
"Yellow" by Coldplay
The song itself is a classic, but the video leaves a mark with its simplicity. Admittedly, not much happens, lending you enough room to truly feel the song and simmer in all the emotions it conveys. The video was reportedly filmed on same day that Coldplay drummer Will Champion's mother was buried, which adds another melancholy dimension to Chris Martin's rain-drenched performance.
"Thumbs" by Sabrina Carpenter
It's difficult to steady yourself during a train ride, but Carpenter seems to have no problem walking around in this video. Shot in moving train cabins, the video follows passengers, Carpenter included, as they go about their daily commute. Carpenter slips in and out of each cabin and the camera catches her as she traverses the station to get to her next train.
"Up We Go" by Lights
Dreary elevator rides can get you down but this video will get you up and jamming along. Shot in an elevator, or what appears to be one, it shows the many different people who get onboard to get to their respective destinations, each floor unique and decorated differently. From wrestlers to live bands, and thieves to college parties, this elevator ride is not quite your usual.
"Sunday Candy" by Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment
Written, performed, and co-directed by Chance the Rapper, this music video features vintage sets to narrate the story. It's reminiscent of a musical with over-the-top costumes and energized dance numbers courtesy of co-director Ian Eastwood. Apart from being a play on movement and motion, the video also uses lights to change the mood as the video progresses.
"Bleed It Out" by Linkin Park
Featuring the band performing in the middle of a brawl, this music video isn't only taken in one continuous shot, it also plays in reverse. There's a lot happening all at once and the chaos is overwhelming, which can probably be explained by what co-vocalist Mike Shinoda thinks of the song: "It’s a fucking bizarre death-party-rap-hoedown!" he told Kerrang!.