Most memorable music videos filmed in Australia

By Derek Dunlop / AG Staff January 25, 2016
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Australia’s cities and landscapes have provided the backdrop for many iconic music videos. Here’s our pick of the best.

1. A Sky Full of Stars

Coldplay (2014), Atlantic Records

Released in May 2014, the band took over Newtown in Sydney’s inner west to film the music video for the song from their hugely successful album Ghost Stories. Dressed up in colourful one-man-band outfits, the band invited 250 fans to appear in the video that involved lead singer Chris Martin casually walking down King Street, stopping to sing in front of the famous Martin Luther King “I have a dream” mural where he was joined by the rest of the band before they finished the video outside the Hub theater opposite Newtown trainstation.

Watch the full video here.

2. No Angel 

Beyoncé (2014), Sony Music Entertainment

Although most of the video is filmed in Beyoncé’s hometown of Houston, Texas, the segments of the video featuring Beyoncé herself were actually filmed in Melbourne’s suburb of Brunswick. The megastar was thought to be shooting some promotional material for a tour she was completing, but then it surfaced that she was actually filming part of a new music video.

Watch the full video here.

3. On Trees and Birds and Fire 

I Am Oak (2010), Snowstar Records

A remix of the Dutch band’s 2010 song, the video showcases a number of famous landmarks from around the trendy bayside suburb of St Kilda in Melbourne, Victoria. 

Watch the full video here.

4. Let’s Dance

David Bowie (1983), EMU

This iconic song by late rock legend David Bowie put the Carinda Hotel in outback NSW on the map. The clip also includes segments from Warrumbungle National Park as well as footage of the Sydney skyline. In the video, Bowie plays with his band inside the Carinda Hotel as locals dance and drink around the bar. Bowie wanted the video to address the racial intolerance in Australia at the time and saw the video as an opportunity to act as a platform for social observation.

Watch the full video here.

5. Let’s Get Ridiculous

Redfoo (2015), Interscope Records

Redfoo unleashed the ridiculousness during the filming of his music video in Manly, on Sydney’s northern beaches.  The front man for LMFAO spent two days in Manly filming the video which was number one on iTunes following its initial release.

Watch the full video here.

6. Love Is Only A Feeling

The Darkness (2003), Must Destroy

British rock band The Darkness might not have topped the record charts with this song, but they did choose one of the most picturesque places to film their music video. Recorded on top of Flat Rock in the NSW Blue Mountains, the video features breathtaking panoramas of the surrounding landscape. 

Watch the full video here