8 Great Rock Music Videos Before Mtv


In no particular order of rank (I think it’s stupid to try and rate things by number, every video has different elements), but people seem to like numbered lists, so….




Strawberry Fields Forever by The Beatles (1967)


The Beatles were the original music video band. I love this video, it has all the classic 60’s Psychedelic elements; backwards effects, weird lighting, and the band doing strange, unidentifiable activities with a mysterious space organ.

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Father and Son by Cats Stevens (1970)


Not a lot to this video, Cat Stevens, an old man and a kid. But it’s a good song and it’s always fun to watch Cat Stevens do his weird soulful convulsions as he sings.

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Too Old To Rock And Roll, Too Young To Die by Jethro Tull (1976)


If you know me, you know I love Jethro Tull, this is one of my favorite songs ever. This video is ridiculous and makes little sense, but it seems like nothing made much sense in those days. Don’t think too much about it, just sit back relax and watch the Minstrel do his thing.  I plan on making a separate Jethro Tull video post to showcase the rest of their strange stuff. (Note, this video was actually released in 1981 as part of the Slipstream Promo, but the song itself is still a 70’s classic!)

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This Song by George Harrison (1976)


In my opinion George Harrison was the most talented and the funniest Beatle, his lyrics ranged from deep and meaningful to ironic and beautifully tongue in cheek. “This Song” is a good example of that and has an interesting background. He wrote this song and based it’s music video on the court case where was sued by “The Chiffons” for ripping off the tune to their song “He’s So Fine”, in the end he lost the case. “This Song” …has nothing tricky about it, this song ain’t black or white and as far as I know don’t infringe on anyone’s copyright, so . . .

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I’m Free by The Who from Tommy (1975)



Tommy is a fantastic album and honestly the 1969 album version of this song is tons better, but this is still a pretty good adaption from the Tommy film. One of the best parts is toward the end when he’s running in front of blue-screened lava and geysers.

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Legend of a Mind by The Moody Blues (1968)



This is probably the most conservative music video about dropping acid that you could make. I’m not one for dropping acid but this is one of my all time favorite Moody Blues’ songs.

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London Calling by The Clash (1979)


The Clash was a such a great band. They were controversial but not in an over the top, annoying, ultra extremist kind of way. And to this day a lot of their music remains relevant.

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Flash by Queen


Queen was a fantastic band, Flash is a great song, and Flash Gordon was one of the stupidest movies I have ever seen (in a good way).

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