Music videos without the music have been making their way around the internet for a minute, but coming across Mario Wienerroither’s YouTube channel mostly dedicated to that very thing renewed our love of the creepy, funny, unsettling little clips.
Wienerroither isolates about a minute of a video and removes the music but includes some sound design for additional effect, and it works—especially when paired with really recognizably or incongruous visuals (see: The Prodigy).
From those ones to some of the classic originators, here are 8 of our favourite musicless music videos.
OK GO, “Here It Goes Again”
OK GO, still clearly not really about the music.
White Stripes, “The Hardest Button to Button”
Chirping birds, v. cool with the indie rock crowd.
The Prodigy, “Firestarter”
Guys, Keith Flint sneezing and whistling is pretty funny, especially when paired with these visuals that were pretty intense—if not, in hindsight, also prettttty goofy—in this video’s day.
Jamiroquai, “Virtual Insanity”
Those bugs sound gross. No thank you, bugs.
Nirvana, “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
Psy, “Gangnam Style”
Moto2h‘s “Gangnam Style” without music was one of the first to get noticed, and spawned the meme over the next couple of years. And you know what? Horsey clomping noises ftw, still.
Macklemore, “Thrift Shop”
The “Gangnam Style” phenomenon spawned this College Humour collab on “Thrift Shop.” Not to tell College Humour about jokes or anything but all of the added vocals/dialogue on this one was a little much. They did a Miley one, too.
Michael Jackson, “Beat It”
Comedy duo Fatawesome took the music out of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” and added commentary back in 2010, which is ancient in internet times now. It’s pretty simple and still pretty good.