Over time, the art of the music video has moved closer to the
realms of short movies. Music videos of the past were constrained by TV
standards, dictating length and topic most strictly. It appeared for a while
that the music video would die out as the digital age forced former music
channels into the realms of reality TV and retro-themed hours. However, YouTube
and its platform of millions has ensured that the music video is as relevant an
art form as any.
The original short-film music video was Michael Jackson’s
Thriller. Though it seems campy now, it set a precedent for Horror themed music
videos. Horror as a movie genre is popular, attention grabbing, and full of internationally
recognised tropes and imagery. It is easy to see why musicians gravitate
towards the macabre for their visuals.
The horror genre itself is a challenge to push artistry to
the limits. Many musicians have created musical masterpieces which through expansion could comfortably find a place in the horror canon.
Note: Certain bands, such as Marilyn Manson, Aphex Twin, and
Nine Inch Nails, could each have their own competitive top ten. However, this
list comprises of acts who aren’t notably horror related.