I have an unabashed love for music videos shot in one take. I don’t know why. I guess I’m just so impressed by the fact that there was probably a lot of pressure involved and possibly a ton of retakes and it’s like, OKAY LET’S NOT GET 90% OF THE WAY THROUGH AND THEN FUCK IT UP THIS TIME, YOU GUYS. (This is 100% what I would be yelling if I were involved in a project like this. I’m very patient.)
I’m always excited to randomly stumble upon a new one-take music video, which doesn’t happen super often because I barely see music videos as it is. But here are a few that I love and have watched…many times.
1. OK Go – Here It Goes Again
OK Go are the masters of the one-take video. Otherwise known as “the treadmill video,” this one is so fun and great and would still be impressive in two or three or a million takes.
2. Kiesza – Hideaway
Super fun choreography and I love that it’s shot in Williamsburg. You see all sorts of Brooklyn-y people.
3. Too Many Zooz – Bedford
This one seems simple but the fact that they get on and off the subway during this video is insane. Also shot in Brooklyn (at least initially). When watching it I thought to myself, “They must be shooting super late at night, otherwise this train would never be empty enough for this.” (This version of the video has the timestamp in the beginning – the original version I saw had it at the end).
4. Linkin Park – Bleed It Out
The cool thing about this video is less how it’s shot and more the concept, with the band singing and the audience going in reverse. (RIP Chester Bennington, I miss Linkin Park a lot).
5. The Black Keys – Lonely Boy
THIS GOOFY GUY DANCING. That is all.
6. Weezer – Undone (The Sweater Song)
Not super flashy but sort of an interesting, low key take. And what a great song.
7. Vampire Weekend – Oxford Comma
Ezra Koenig walks through a farm while a random movie films behind him.