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List of one shot music videos

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This is a list of one shot music videos filmed in one long take by a single camera, or manufactured to give the impression it was. One of the most famous music video directors for this genre is Michel Gondry, who has done many of his videos in this style.


Artist Song Year Note
Massive Attack Protection 1994
Lucas Lucas with the Lid Off 1994
Cibo Matto Sugar Water 1996
Radiohead Knives Out 2001
Kylie Minogue Come into My World 2002
The White Stripes The Denial Twist 2005
Gary Jules Mad World 2006
Metronomy Love Letters 2014
Bob Dylan Subterranean Homesick Blues 1965
The Europeans The Animal Song 1982 (Band-only version)
Split Enz Message to My Girl 1984
Shakatak Down On The Street 1984
Steve Perry Foolish Heart 1984
Tommy Shaw Girls With Guns 1984
Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush Don't Give Up 1986
The Replacements Bastards Of Young 1986
Betty Who Ignore Me 2018
Bruce Springsteen Brilliant Disguise 1987
Paco de Lucía Amor de mis Amores 1988
The Grapes of Wrath All the Things I Wasn't 1989
Pixies Velouria 1990
Vaya Con Dios Nah Neh Nah 1990
Massive Attack Unfinished Sympathy 1991 (directed by Baillie Walsh)
Guns N' Roses Garden of Eden 1992 (directed by Andy Morahan)
Toni Braxton Another Sad Love Song 1993 (directed by Antoine Fuqua)
Primus Mr. Krinkle 1993
Die Krupps To The Hilt 1994
Gin Blossoms Allison Road 1994 (directed by Sean Alquist)
Nine Inch Nails March of the Pigs 1994
Tom Petty You Don't Know How It Feels 1994 (directed by Phil Joanou)
Lisa Loeb "Stay (I Missed You) 1994 (directed by Ethan Hawke)
Weezer "Undone - The Sweater Song 1994 (directed by Spike Jonze)
Lords of the Underground Neva Faded 1995
Wax California 1995 (directed by Spike Jonze)
Madonna Love Don't Live Here Anymore 1996 (directed by Jean-Baptiste Mondino)
Alanis Morissette Head Over Feet 1996 (directed by Michele Laurita and Alanis Morissette)
Daft Punk Fresh 1996
Spice Girls Wannabe 1996 (directed by Johan Camitz)
Garbage Milk 1996
Tracy Bonham Mother Mother 1996 (directed by Jake Scott)
Ben Folds Five Kate 1997
Green Day Redundant 1997
Erykah Badu Otherside of the Game 1997
Björk Hunter 1997
The Tea Party Babylon 1997
Tic Tac Toe Bitte küss' mich nicht 1997
Fiona Apple Never Is a Promise 1997
Michael Penn Try 1997
Mashina Vremeni Он был старше её (He was older than she) 1997
Die Ärzte Rebell 1998
Radiohead No Surprises 1998
TISM Thunderbirds are Coming Out 1998
Xzibit What U See Is What U Get 1998
Los Tres No Me Falles 1999
Semisonic Closing Time 1999 (two continuous shots playing simultaneously)
Sky Some Kinda Wonderful 1999
Smashing Pumpkins Ava Adore 1999
D'Angelo Untitled (How Does It Feel) 2000
Coldplay Yellow 2000
Green Day Macy's Day Parade 2001
Hawksley Workman Jealous of Your Cigarette 2001
R.E.M. Imitation Of Life 2001
Elton John I Want Love 2001
Destiny's Child Emotion 2001 (three continuous shots playing simultaneously)
Utada Hikaru Hikari 2002
Will Young with Gareth Gates The Long and Winding Road 2002
Ayumi Hamasaki Daybreak 2003
Ayumi Hamasaki Heaven 2003
Christina Aguilera The Voice Within 2003
Will Young Leave Right Now 2003
Shania Twain When You Kiss Me 2003 (One Take version)
George Michael Flawless (Go to the city) 2004
Jack Johnson Sitting, Waiting, Wishing 2005
Architecture in Helsinki It'5 2005
Wir sind Helden Nur ein Wort 2005 (forwards and backwards)
OK Go A Million Ways 2005
Dilated Peoples Back Again 2006
Gimma Superschwiizer 2006
OK Go Here It Goes Again 2006
Sportfreunde Stiller '54, '74, '90, 2006 2006
The Rumble Strips Motorcycle 2006
Feist My Moon My Man 2007
Feist 1234 2007
Kaiser Chiefs Love's Not a Competition (But I'm Winning) 2007
Jack Peñate Second, Minute or Hour 2007
Linkin Park Bleed It Out 2007 [1]
The Matches Salty Eyes 2007
Paul Kelly God Told Me To 2007 (Directed by Natasha Pinkus)
Melanie C The Moment You Believe 2007
Miley Cyrus Start All Over 2007
Panda Los Malaventurados No Lloran 2007
Red Hot Chili Peppers Desecration Smile 2007
Rjd2 Work It Out 2007 (apart from a short edited sequence in the beginning)
Spoon The Underdog 2007
The Weakerthans Civil Twilight 2007
Snow Patrol Open Your Eyes 2007
Dana Nalbaru Tu 2008
Feist I Feel It All 2008
Sara Bareilles Gravity 2008
Janet Jackson Rock with U 2008
Goldfrapp Happiness 2008
The Last Shadow Puppets Standing Next to Me 2008
Lil Wayne A Milli 2008
Vampire Weekend A-Punk 2008
Vampire Weekend Oxford Comma 2008
The Vines He's a Rocker 2008
Perfume I still love U 2009
Super Junior It's You 2009
Make the Girl Dance Baby Baby Baby" 2009
Metric Gimme Sympathy 2009
Myriam Fares Ayam El Shety 2009
Electric Indian Kids These Days 2009
Sarah Blasko We Won't Run 2009
OK Go WTF 2009
Arctic Monkeys Cornerstone 2009
I Was a Teenage Anarchist Against Me! 2010
Die Roten Punkte Burger Store Dinosaur 2010
Die Roten Punkte Bananenhaus (Banana House) 2010
Cosmo Jarvis Gay Pirates 2010
Air So Light Is Her Footfall 2010
Marina and the Diamonds I Am Not a Robot 2010 (LA Version) (from 00:05 and onwards)
Erykah Badu Window Seat 2010
Lights Second Go 2010
Grace Potter Something That I Want 2010 (from the movie Tangled)
Liam Frost Good Things Are Coming Our Way 2010
J. Cole Who Dat 2010
Janelle Monáe Cold War 2010
Utada Hikaru Goodbye Happiness 2010
Kelis Brave 2010
OK Go White Knuckles 2010 [2][3]
Säkert Dansa fastän 2010 [4]
Francis and the Lights Darling, It's Alright 2010 [5]
Knifeworld In A Foreign Way 2011
Big Bang Love Song 2011
Birdy Skinny Love 2011 (One Take version)
Bruno Mars The Lazy Song 2011 (Official version)
AKB48 Dakishimecha Ikenai 2011
Childish Gambino Freaks and Geeks 2011
Enrique Iglesias Ayer 2011
A Banda Mais Bonita da Cidade Oração 2011
Anneke van Giersbergen Feel Alive 2011
The Black Keys Lonely Boy 2011
Robyn Call Your Girlfriend 2011
Nogizaka46 Gūzen ni Iiwake ni Shite 2012
The Pierces I Put Your Records On 2012
Dappy Good Intentions 2012
McFly Love Is Easy 2012
Jessie Ware Wildest Moments 2012
Taylor Swift We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together 2012
Air Dubai feat. Patricia Lynn Warning" 2012
The Mowgli's San Francisco 2012
Brendan Maclean Stupid 2013
Chris Brown Fine China 2013 (One Take version)
Sam Tsui Make It Up" 2013
EXO Growl 2013 [6]
Lorde Tennis Court 2013
Brendan Maclean Winner 2013
Panic! at the Disco Girls/Girls/Boys 2013
Violent Soho Covered in Chrome 2013
Pusha T Nosetalgia 2013
G-Eazy Been On 2013
Miley Cyrus Wrecking Ball 2013 (Director's Cut version)
LiLi Roquelin The Only One 2013
Pharrell Williams Happy 2013 (all versions except official edit)[7]
IU Friday 2013
Kaiser Chiefs Coming Home (Kaiser Chiefs song) 2014
Violent Soho Saramona Said 2014
Jane Zhang 我是我的 (I Am Mine) 2014
Wankelmut feat. John Lamonica Wasted So Much Time 2014
Kiesza Hideaway 2014
Wiz Khalifa We Dem Boyz 2014
OK Go The Writing's on the Wall 2014 [8]
"Weird Al" Yankovic Tacky 2014
Sia Chandelier 2014 (Alternative version)[9]
FKA twigs Two Weeks 2014
Lights Up We Go 2014
clipping. Work Work 2014
Klangkarussell All Eyes On You 2014
TVXQ Spellbound 2014
Bush The Only Way Out 2014
OK Go I Won't Let You Down 2014
Highly Suspect Lydia 2015
The Dodos Competition 2015
Avicii Waiting for Love 2015 (360 version)
Gwen Stefani Used to Love You 2015
Between the Buried and Me The Coma Machine 2015
The Social Experiment Sunday Candy 2015
Skepta Nasty 2015
5'nizza I Believe in You 2015
Marian Hill One Time 2015
AURORA Murder Song (5, 4, 3, 2, 1) 2015
Dil Dhadakne Do Gallan Goodiyaan 2015 [10]
Mischief Brew Squatter Envy 2016
Adele Send My Love (To Your New Lover) 2016 (Multiple long takes superimposed over one another)
BTS Save Me 2016
The Chemical Brothers Wide Open ft. Beck 2016
Mike Posner I Took a Pill in Ibiza 2016 (Original version)
OneRepublic Kids 2016 (Starting at 0:35 and onwards)[11]
Samra Miracle 2016
Tove Lo True Disaster 2016
NAVI Historyja majho žyccia 2016
Snakehips feat. Don't Leave (Lyric Video) 2017
Sabrina Carpenter Thumbs 2017 [12]
Gotch Taxi Driver 2017
Haim Want You Back 2017
Arcade Fire Creature Comfort 2017
Liam Payne feat. Quavo Strip That Down (Dance Video) 2017
Selena Gomez feat. Gucci Mane Fetish (Audio Video) 2017
Eamon I Got Soul 2017
Danielle Bregoli These Heaux 2017
LANY Super Far 2017
Fozzy Judas 2017 (based upon Guns N' Roses' Garden of Eden)
Fozzy Painless 2017
Superfruit How Ya Feeling 2017
Lauv Paris in the Rain 2017
Justin Timberlake Say Something ft Chris Stapleton 2018
Halsey Sorry 2018
Gesu no Kiwami Otome Onna wa Kawaru 2018
Billie Eilish when the party’s over 2018
STU48 Kaze wo Matsu 2018
Benny Blanco & Calvin Harris I Found You 2018
Gesu no Kiwami Otome Dakedo Boku wa 2019
Benny blanco, Tainy, Selena Gomez, J Balvin I Can't Get Enough 2019
Karen O & Danger Mouse Woman 2019 Live on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”
Bleached Shitty Ballet 2019
Tish Try to C 2019 Almost all (from the begin to 02:28) apart from the final sequence, which is in itself another 25 seconds shot -from 02:29 to the end- and keeps a scenic and narrative consistency with the previous part.

Videos mistaken for one shotEdit

Contains several edits disguised by dissolves, particularly when the camera is pointing down at the ground and the dissolves are less noticeable due to motion blur.
The video was spliced together from two separate takes. The cut between the two happens when the camera turns away from the face of guitarist, and singer on this track, The Edge and the cut was hidden by having smoke blowing in from the side of the frame.
The video contains several cuts when the camera tilts down, transitioning into another shot when it tilts up again.
Although often cited as an example of a one shot video, it actually contains several cuts to reverse angles and close ups and is not one long take. There are in fact about 50 cuts in the video.
In a Channel 4, documentary discussing the Greatest Pop Videos of all time, the director Kevin Godley revealed that it was filmed in 3 shots, each shot transition hidden by a lens flare.[13]
The video editing process is the same as Virtual Insanity by Jamiroquai.
Beyoncé wanted the video to feel as if it were shot in one take, so she, and the background dancers in the video, continuously did the choreography to the song for twelve hours.[14]
Hidden cuts during camera moves.
Hidden cuts from swift camera movement.
In interviews, band member Damian Kulash and visual designer Hector Alvarez both admit to a cut at 2:27 when the curtain opens.[15]
The video is a long take until near the end, when a few cuts are introduced.
There are several cuts at the end of this video, starting at 3 minutes.
The video is made of multiple long takes superimposed over one another
The video was actually stitched from multiple takes to create the illusion of a single, continuous shot.
The video contains multiple cuts, while the screen fades to black.
Co-director Travis Schneider stated in an interview that although the video was planned to be one shot, there is one cut in the video.
There are several cuts in the video, starting from 2:25 to the end.
Though the video, involving the band using parabolic flight from reduced gravity aircraft to simulate micro-gravity, is from one long 40-45 minute shot, periods when the band is not in micro-gravity were trimmed from the final product.
The video drastically slows down playback of about 4.2 seconds of actions that take place in real-time. However, to capture the amount of action, the band had to use multiple high-speed cameras on the same mounted system, their respective footage stitched together to compose the final video.
The video contains cut at 1:35, also several cuts near the end of the video.
The video editing process is the same as Virtual Insanity by Jamiroquai and Love at First Sight by Kylie Minogue.


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  2. ^ Lynch, Joseph Brannigan (20 September 2010). "How OK Go Went to the Dogs in Their New Video". New York Magazine. Retrieved 20 September 2010.
  3. ^ Diaz, Jesus (20 September 2010). "New OK Go Video Is Awesome, Full Of Awesome Dogs". Gizmodo. Retrieved 20 September 2010.
  4. ^ Brannigan, Joseph (16 April 2014). "How OK Go Went to the Dogs in Their New Video - Vulture". Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  5. ^ "Francis And The Lights - Video: Darling It's Alright". Metrogum Music. 3 June 2010.
  6. ^ "Exo's "Growl" MV: Less is More? - seoulbeats | seoulbeats". 4 August 2013. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  7. ^ Iconoclast Interactive. "Pharrell Williams - Happy". Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  8. ^ Codianni, Ashley (18 June 2014). "Behind the Scenes of OK Go's New Single, 'Writing's On The Wall'". Mashable. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
  9. ^ "Watch an exclusive one-take version of Sia's Chandelier Video". The Guardian. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 7 June 2014.
  10. ^ "'Galla Goodiyaan' from 'Dil Dhadakne Do' shot in one take: Zoya Akhtar". DNA India. 4 May 2015. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
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  13. ^ "Explore". Channel 4. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
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