10 of the Coolest Fan Made Music Videos


Typography geek Greg Solenström recently paired black and white photos of Brooklyn with Akzidenz Grotesk font and Jay-Z and Lil Wayne’s “Hello Brooklyn 2.0” for a fan made tribute that we think could work as an official video. Check it out after the jump, plus nine more of our favorite fan videos for artists like Radiohead, MGMT, and Grizzly Bear.

1. Jay-Z and Lil Wayne, “Hello Brooklyn 2.0”

2. Local Natives, “Airplanes” Using found footage from old films and lots of jump cuts, student director William Robinette puts together a tale of love and transportation.

3. Lady Gaga feat. Beyoncé, “Telephone” YouTube user Sleepybum682 spent more than two months recreating Lady Gaga’s epic video with characters from The Sims 2. (You can view a teaser for “Alejandro,” which is currently in the works, here.)

4. Grizzly Bear, “Two Weeks” Gabe Askew’s fan video takes us on a journey through stark animated and cardboard cut-out landscapes; Grizzly Bear liked it so much that they reposted it on their website.

5. Death Cab For Cutie, “Little Bribes” Using “every time lapse, stop motion and live action camera trick” that he could think of, Ross Ching, a graduate of San Diego State University’s film program, gives us a visually stimulating sing-along.

6. MGMT- “Kids” This clip by Jon Salmon is so big on YouTube that we thought it was the official music video. In fact, it was so popular that the band later invited the actors to appear in the official video for “Electric Feel.”

7. Girl Talk- “Bounce That” As part of the Open Source Cinema Project Professor Matthew Soar at Concordia University in Montréal teamed with his students and spent what he describes as “three very intensive weeks rotoscoping” a concert video of Girl Talk.

8. Radiohead- “All I Need” Designer J Tyler Helms paired Radiohead with footage from the 1996 French film Microcosmos; the images of an insect’s struggle work in tandem with the song’s pensive melody and fit Yorke’s lyric, “I’m just an insect tryin’ to get out of the light.”

9. Phoenix, “Lisztomania” Ian Parker’s tribute to another YouTube user’s Brat Pack mashup makes us want to dance on a roof forever while listening to this song on repeat.

10. The Decemberists- “Rake Song” This video was created by Alex Dashino and Varvara Volodina, second year students at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design in London. Rough Trade Records and the Decemberists liked the animated clip so much that they adopted it as their unofficial video, and lead singer Colin Meloy commented that it’s “A+ in my book.”