Pop videos are now valued in many cases as a higher art form than the music track they are helping to promote. Digit charts the milestones in music video production, and reveals the increasing role of VFX in their creation.

Bohemian Rhapsody
Artist: Queen Year: 1975 Director: Bruce Gowers
Key scene: Floating heads of Queen members

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Important purely as the first promo to be filmed and created to promote Queen’s record – making it the first true music video ever made. And, while the effects were fairly basic (kaleidoscope-type layered images of the band members), it hooked viewers, which turned them into listeners, and helped the song stay at the top of the UK charts for nine weeks. It was to prove a defining moment, merging audio with visuals in a way not previously done before, and was the birth of the modern pop video.
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<b>Video Killed The Radio Star<BR>
Artist: The Buggles Year: 1979 Director: Russell Mulcahy<BR>
Key scene: B&W posterized effects</b>
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