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A music video or song video is a short film integrating a song and imagery, produced for promotional or artistic purposes.<ref name="Music Video essay from danmoller.com">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> Modern music videos are primarily made and used as a marketing device intended to promote the sale of music recordings. Although the origins of music videos date back to musical short films that first appeared in the 1920's, they came into prominence in the 1980s when MTV based their format around the medium. Prior to the 1980s, these works were described by various terms including "illustrated song", "filmed insert", "promotional (promo) film", "promotional clip", "promotional video", "song video", "song clip" or "film clip".

Music videos use a wide range of styles of contemporary video making techniques, including animation, live action filming, documentaries, and non-narrative approaches such as abstract film. Some music videos blend different styles, such as animation, music, and live action. Many music videos interpret images and scenes from the song's lyrics, while others take a more thematic approach. Other music videos may be without a set concept, being merely a filmed version of the song's live performance.<ref>{{#invoke:Citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=journal }}</ref>


Music video sections
Intro  History and development  Censorship  Unofficial music videos  Music video stations  Music video shows  See also  References  Further reading  External links  

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