Hey there music video lovers! I know I've been keeping you all waiting for this article, but better late than never, right? As you may know, I'm a massive fan of synth pop music and the music videos that accompany it. And, let me tell you, 2022 was a great year for synth pop! I've been scouring the internet, watching and re-watching music videos, and I'm pleased to announce that we've finally come up with a list of the best synth pop music videos of 2022.
From the 273 music videos we watched, we awarded a total of 29 as the best of the best. This year's list includes some of the biggest names in the synth pop scene, as well as some exciting new discoveries and debuts. There are plenty of fresh and innovative music videos that deserve recognition, and I'm thrilled to share them with you.
This article is one of my highlights of the year, and I hope you'll enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed putting it together. I've been a fan of synth pop for as long as I can remember, and it's always a thrill to see new music videos in the genre. Whether you're a seasoned fan or a newcomer to the scene, I'm confident you'll find something here to love. So, without further ado, let's dive into the best synth pop music videos of 2022!
The best synth pop music videos 2022 in no ranking order
Night Club – Die in the Disco
The animated music video for 'Die in the Disco' by 'Night Club' is a visually stunning masterpiece. The animation is top-notch and fluid movement that bring the character of 'Emily Kavanaugh' and their world to life. The overall aesthetic is both unique and captivating. The video is a perfect complement to the song's upbeat tempo and catchy lyrics, making for an entertaining and memorable viewing experience. Overall, the animation in "Night Club – Die in the Disco" is definitely something to be praised.
Gore Gloss – Famous
The music video for 'Famous' by the talented band 'Gore Gloss' is a nostalgic trip to the golden era of music videos. With its dreamy sepia tint, the video transports us back to a time where music videos were more like short films. The seamless integration of green screen technology adds to the allure of this vintage-inspired masterpiece.
The 'Famous' music video is a testament to the band's commitment to their craft and their understanding of the art form. If you're a fan of the 80s aesthetic, then this is a must-watch for you. All respect to "Gore Gloss" for keeping the spirit of classic music videos alive!
Priest – Techno Girl
'Techno Girl' by Swedish band 'Priest' is a mesmerizing tribute to the world of 'Cyberpunk 2077'. With its vivid neon lights, moody gothic overtones, and electric energy, the video takes us on a journey through a bustling futuristic cityscape.
The combination of these elements results in a music video that is not only visually stunning but also highly atmospheric. Hats off to "Priest" for delivering a visionary masterpiece!
Another great music video in 2022 from Priest is: Nightcrawler
Blackbook – My Darkest Memory
The band 'Blackbook' is a recent discovery that has made a lasting impact with their music video for 'My Darkest Memory'. Despite its minimalistic setup, the video showcases the incredible impact that neon lights can have in an empty warehouse setting. The creative use of perspectives only adds to the visual appeal of this fantastic music video.
It's no wonder why 'My Darkest Memory' has been touted as one of the best music videos of 2022. If you're a fan of clean aesthetic visuals and powerful music, then 'Blackbook' is a must-listen/watch. Keep an eye out for this talented band, they're definitely ones to watch!
BTW: The album 'Confessions Of The Innocent' by 'Blackbook' also made a high rank in our list 'Best synth pop and genre-related albums 2022'. Check it out!
Another great music video in 2022 from Blackbook is: My Beautiful Witch
Seadrake – The Fever (Feat. Dorian E)
'The Fever (feat. Dorian E)' by 'Seadrake' is a visual feast directed by Chris Ruiz. With its bold use of stroboscopic effects, striking black/white and red imagery, and a plentiful of typographical elements, the video is a true work of art. But the real standout of the video are the electrifying dance routines by 'Michael Fernandez' and stylish poses from the members of 'Seadrake', particularly the mesmerizing presence of Dorian E. with her erotic Goth charm.
L’âme Immortelle – Der Fluch
The music video for 'Der Fluch' by the gothic band 'L'âme Immortelle' is a hauntingly beautiful piece of cinematography. The use of desaturated colors serves to enhance the dark and melancholic tone of the song, while the gorgeous theatrical staging by the band elevates the overall experience. This music video is a prime example of how a still life can be brought to life with the right touch of artistry. If you like gothic music and visual storytelling, then 'Der Fluch' by 'L'âme Immortelle' is a must-see.
Soft Cell & Pet Shop Boys – Purple Zone
The music video for "Purple Zone", the collaboration between British bands "Pet Shop Boys" and "Soft Cell", is a true nostalgic dream come true for fans of classic 80s synth pop. With its charming cast of characters, including Marc Almond as an ice cream seller, the boys meeting in a British pub, and other iconic Brits making appearances, this music video is a visual treat. The celebration of all things 80s synth pop is sure to make the hearts of fans beat faster.
Condition One – Stand By Me
'Stand By Me' by 'Condition One' is sure to please fans of British band Depeche Mode. The video is reminiscent of Depeche Mode's 1993 video 'Condemnation', with its sepia tones and strong use of religious symbolism. Whether you're a die-hard fan of Depeche Mode or simply appreciate music videos with a touch of spiritual undertones, 'Stand By Me' is definitely worth a watch.
Desire – Telling Me Lies
The music video for 'Telling Me Lies' by the talented young band 'Desire' is a visually stunning work of art. With its fluid blend of dream-like imagery and powerful visual storytelling without context, this music video is sure to leave a lasting impression.
The erotic costumes add an extra layer of sensuality to the overall experience, while the slow shots, soft tracking shots, and crossfades create a mesmerizing, dream-like atmosphere. The young band has done an amazing job of creating a music video that is both visually stunning and emotionally impactful.
Other great music videos in 2022 from Desire are: Love Is A Crime (Feat. Mirage) and Days & Nights
RROYCE – Paranoiac SL
'Rroyce' have gone above and beyond with their music video 'Paranoiac SL', and it's easy to see why it's been a smash hit with their fans. The Muppets-inspired parody of a sabotaged gig, complete with puppet alteregos, is executed with a level of artistry that is truly remarkable.
The comedic storyline is full of tongue-in-cheek humor and visuals that will make viewers laugh out loud, yet still manages to end on a uplifting note with a celebration of both puppets and humans. The sheer talent and dedication that has gone into producing this music video is unparalleled, and it shows in the final result.
Welle: Erdball – Das Atomboot (C=64)
The German electro pop band 'Welle: Erdball' brings us a true blast from the past with their music video for 'Das Atomboot (C=64)'. This classic stop-motion animation film, rendered in black and white, transports us back to the days of yesteryear with its authentic vintage vibe. The level of detail in the film, showcasing a wooden figure carrying out various activities in a beautifully furnished doll's room, is a testament to the love and care put into this piece. It's a truly captivating and charming watch, a real standout in the music video world!
Synapsyche – Silvertongue (Feat. Aesthetic Perfection)
The music video for 'Silvertongue (Feat. Aesthetic Perfection)' by 'Synapsyche' is a bold and edgy visual experience that hits hard. It's a dark and unsettling journey that takes you into a world of violence and psycho terror.
The video features graphic imagery, intense psycho games, and gruesome murder scenes that are not for the faint of heart. The two guys from Synapsyche deserve a round of applause for their fearless acting and the gritty atmosphere they bring to the video.
Junksista – Oxytocin High
'Junsista' deserves recognition for their daring depiction of the unpleasant side of the 80s (in my opinion) in their music video for 'Oxytocin High'. The video showcases some truly questionable fashion choices from the era. Diana and Boog, the two members of Junsista, have done a great job in exploring the weird corners of the 80s and bringing them to life in this music video.
The double roles of Diana and Boog are not only hilarious but also incredibly well executed (mean in a trashy way, of course), adding to the overall appeal of the video. The music video concludes with a fantastic trash factor, featuring cinematic end credits that complete the overall trashy feel of the video. If you're a fan of trash films and good music, 'Oxytocin High' is definitely a must-watch. So, gather your friends, grab some popcorn, and prepare to be entertained by Junsista's bold and daring take on the 80s.
Lights Of Euphoria – Access Denied
As an individual with discerning taste, I must admit that the music video 'Access Denied' by the band 'Lights Of Euphoria' left a deeply disturbing impression on me. I must caution others with a more limited perspective to proceed with caution.
The video tackles the topic of love for sale and love dolls/androids in a dystopian future, and I have to commend the band on their impressive film-making skills. Although the extended walk through the city with the love doll/android felt a bit prolonged.
Despite its unsatisfactory ending and a twist that I failed to fully grasp, the video left a lasting impression on me. It's a great example of unconventional art that pushes boundaries, and I highly recommend it to those who appreciate such daring works.
Seelennacht – Cursed
The German band 'Seelennacht' presents their music video 'Cursed' which takes place in a classic goth disco. I must say, I was impressed by the creative use of colorful lighting in a dark setting. It creates a unique ambiance that perfectly complements the dancing goths in their gothic attire. The overall visual experience is captivating and I thoroughly enjoyed watching it.
Lizette Lizette – Miss Gendered (almost NSFW)
As we move on to the next standout in the list, we have the music video for 'Miss Gendered' by 'Lizette Lizette'. It is without a doubt one of the weirdest and partially most disturbing music videos I've come across last year. With costumes that push the boundaries, this video has to be declared as almost NSFW (not safe for work). The concept revolves around a "Miss Election" competition, but instead of conventional contestants, it features unique and quirky characters. The bizarre nature of the video is what makes it so entertaining to watch.
Juno Francis – Labyrinth
'Juno Francis' continues to be a rising talent in the synth pop genre, and their music video for 'Labyrinth' showcases their unique style and creativity. The band's strong costumes and cool filming locations complement the already fantastic song. The singer's mirror boots are especially noteworthy and add an extra touch of eye-catching style to the music video.
BTW: The still young band 'Juno Francis' were already represented in the article 'Best synth pop music videos 2021' with their song 'Hey You Goodbye Me'.
Emmon – Purebloods (Feat. Emanuel Åström)
This music video by 'Emmon' for their song 'Purebloods (Feat. Emanuel Åström)' is a true visual delight. The use of black and white adds a rich contrast that makes the visuals stand out even more. The video features Rorschach inkblots and some amazing painting effects that are sure to leave a lasting impression. The endless loops of the main characters only serve to enhance the overall experience, perfectly complementing the music.
Twins In Fear – Disappearance
The music video for 'Disappearance' by 'Twins In Fear' showcases their signature creepy and eerie style. The video features themes of possession and scenes reminiscent of the classic horror movie 'The Shining'. The aloofness that the duo exudes in their videos is incredibly convincing, making it hard to tell whether it is an act or not.
Sexy Suicide – Klatka
I was absolutely captivated by the music video for 'Klatka' by the band 'Sexy Suicide'. Although I regret not understanding the lyrics, the sound and visual aspect of the video completely resonates with my tastes. The video boasts a classic 80s gothic aesthetic, featuring a female goth in the present day and portrayed in black and white. The contrast of the monochromatic tones creates a depressing and haunting atmosphere, which I found incredibly alluring.
I have a deep appreciation for black and white music videos as they allow the focus to be solely on the aesthetic and mood without any distracting colours. The 80s goth look has stood the test of time, and it's still relevant and fashionable today. The music video for 'Klatka' perfectly encapsulates this timeless style, making it a standout piece in my opinion.
BOO – Nightclub Mishap
As a fan of both retro aesthetics and modern electro pop music, I was thrilled to discover the music video for 'Nightclub Mishap' by 'Battery Operated Orchestra' (BOO). The video perfectly blends the nostalgic vibe of the 80s and 90s MTV logo reveals with the playful energy of contemporary pop. The singer, sporting bright and bold makeup, are the cherry on top, driving home the hyperpoppiness feel. Is "hyperpoppiness" even a word?
Anyway, I was also impressed by the clever choice to shoot part of the video in a tiny toilet, which adds to the video's quirky charm. Overall, BOO's 'Nightclub Mishap' is a fun and funky celebration of pop culture past and present.
System Syn – Knives
As someone who closely follows the work of special effects pro Clint Carney from 'System Syn', I had high expectations for the music video for the song 'Knives' from the album 'Once Upon A Second Act' (2020). I was not disappointed.
The video features cool, organically animated organisms that vibrate to the beat, and the slow cuts offer ample time to fully immerse yourself in the visuals. Clint Carney himself wears a mask that represents an extraterrestrial or perhaps a demon, or perhaps both. The video is a stunning display of Clint's talent and imagination.
Omnimar – The Matrix
With an observing eye for visuals and details, I was thoroughly impressed by Omnimar's latest music video, 'The Matrix'. The amount of effort and creativity that has gone into the making of this video is simply remarkable.
From the intricately produced to the neon-drenched scenes, every aspect of this video has been executed with precision and finesse. And with a title like 'The Matrix', you already know that the thematic content we're talking about doesn't need any further explanation. This is a true testament to Omnimar's continued success in the synth pop music video space.
Mae M – Destructive Behaviour
'Destructive Behaviour' by 'Mae M' is a true work of art in the form of a music video. From the opening scene, you're immediately drawn into the haunting, flickering imagery that sets the tone for the rest of the piece. The protagonist's descent into madness is depicted in a way that's both haunting and captivating. You find yourself sitting in the padded cell right alongside them, feeling their desperation and fear.
The visual representation of "madness" in the video is nothing short of phenomenal. The attention to detail, combined with the use of flickering lights and creepy imagery, creates an atmosphere that's both disturbing and alluring. You can't help but feel completely immersed in the world that 'Mae M' has created.
For a debut video, 'Destructive Behaviour' holds its own against even the biggest productions in the industry. The visuals are truly top-notch and the message behind the song is delivered with raw emotion and power. This video is a testament to Mae M's talent and vision as an artist. 'Mae M' has created a work of art that's both haunting and beautiful, and I'm honored to be able to review it. Congratulations, Mae M, on a truly incredible debut video!
Diorama – Iisland (Faderhead Remix)
In 'Iisland (Faderhead Remix)', the music video by 'Diorama,' the band showcases their mastery of creating a dark and tense atmosphere with simplicity. The video takes place in a dimly lit hallway and a corridor and features the energetic acting performance of Torben Wendt and Felix Marc, who hammers the keyboard keys.
The visual simplicity of the video allows for the performers to take center stage and their acting only adds to the already intense atmosphere. Torben and Felix put their hearts into their performance, making it easy for the viewer to be captivated by their energy and emotion. 'Diorama' have once again proven their abilities to make powerful and memorable music with 'Iisland (Faderhead Remix)'. The passion and talent displayed in this video showcases why they're one of the best in the game.
Corlyx – The Taste
This music video is a true masterpiece and it showcases the amazing talent of Corlyx. The band is known for their electrifying beats and their unique sound, and the music video for 'The Taste' is the perfect representation of that. The cool outfits and 80s/90s vibes in the video are just the cherry on top. The color saturation was turned up to the max, giving the video a gaudy and visually stunning look.
But the real highlight of this video has to be Caitlin Stokes in the Candy Instagram spot. She steals the show with her incredible energy and personality, and she truly makes the video come to life. Her performance is one that will stay with you long after you've watched the video. For the highly erotic scene from 3:24min onwards, the video would almost have to be classified as NSFW (wink smiley).
Veil Of Light – Apricot Kiss
The music video 'Apricot Kiss' by 'Veil Of Light' from their album 'Sundancing' is a pure feast for the eyes and ears. It showcases a delightful recreation of the classic 80s music videos and transports us to a nostalgic world where everything seemed so simple yet so beautiful. The locations selected for the video add an extra layer of depth to the overall experience, creating an ambiance that is truly one-of-a-kind.
One thing I couldn't help but notice was the use of Polaroids, which seemed quite out of place in today's world. However, this quaint touch adds to the vintage feel of the video, making it a nostalgic treat for fans of classic music videos. The sound quality of the video is spot on and I can't help but feel that the Pet Shop Boys were a big influence on Veil Of Light's style. It even brings back memories of the Pet Shop Boys classic hit 'Domino Dancing'.
Kat Von D – Lovesong (The Cure Cover)
'Kat Von D' has an undeniable charisma and her latest music video, a Spanish cover of 'Lovesong' by The Cure, is no exception. The music video is a true visual feast that oozes 80s vibes, and the gothic aesthetic is spot-on. The vibrant colours and the intricate details, such as the image distortions inspired by The Cure's 1982 album 'Pornography', are a testament to the artist's passion for the British legends.
The music video is a love letter to the 80s and a fitting tribute to Robert Smith and The Cure. The Spanish vocals add a new dimension to the classic song, and the bright, bold visuals are a perfect match for the melancholic melody. The video is a celebration of love, life, and music, and I can't help but feel uplifted every time I watch it.
Kat Von D's 'Lovesong' music video is a masterclass in 80s style, gothic aesthetics and music video production. The artist's love for The Cure shines through in every frame, and I am in awe of her vision and creativity.
Grausame Töchter – Alles kaputt! (NSFW)
Grausame Töchter's music video for 'Alles kaputt!' is a NSFW visual masterpiece that explores the theme of environmental degradation. The video features nudity and sexual symbolism to explicitly depict how we're fucking our planet til it's broken. While the explicit depiction might offend some, I personally think it's an appropriate and impactful representation of the current state of our planet.
'Grausame Töchter' has once again pushed boundaries and shown their innovative approach to music with this video. It's a visual tour-de-force that will leave a lasting impression on those who watch it and the message is one that can't be ignored.
The raw depiction of our ecological crisis is sure to evoke strong emotions, and it's a testament to the band's commitment to addressing important issues. If you appreciate thought-provoking and socially conscious art, then this video is a must-watch. Congratulations 'Grausame Töchter', you've done it again!
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