9 of the Best Backwards Music Videos Ever Made

It wasn’t quite sliced bread.

Nor was it the invention of the wheel.

But once upon a time, either by accident or intention, somebody queued a film spool in the wrong way - and history was made.

Nowadays reverse motion film is as common as the weather, used in everything from the latest Triple-A blockbuster to your uncle’s weird YouTube experiments. Because who doesn’t like watching common household objects piecing themselves together with the aid of a bullet?

Here at The Moon Unit we appreciate watching shit explode. Bonus points if it’s backwards.

Also, we like a bit of music.

We thought we’d combine the two with a list of the greatest ever reverse music videos.


Goodshirt - Blowing Dirt

Goodshirt put a Mazda 929 back together using hammers in a single (and hilarious) take.

Alt-J - Breezeblocks

A chilling and powerful story of a domestic fight gone horribly wrong. But backwards.

Cibo Matto - Sugar Water

A Gondry classic - two stories, one take and an epic crossover that'll have you rewatching just to figure out exactly how he pulled this off.

The Pharcyde - Drop

Spike Jonze's contribution to the world of reverse motion. A little bit of trivia: they hired a professional linguist to help the group rap backwards convincingly for the shoot.

God Lives Underwater - From Your Mouth

A visual feast, literally. Bonus points for how freaking strange this one is.

Coldplay - The Scientist

We might not all be the biggest Coldplay fans, but the amount of narrative that they've squeezed into this beauty of a video deserves recognition.

Greg Laswell - Take Everything

A house. A party. Shit gets smashed up. In reverse.

Bush - The Only Way Out

An excellent bit of visual magic with cool explosions to boot.

Danny Wilson - The Second Summer of Love

The earliest backwards music video? Maybe. Has it aged well? Definitely.

What's your favorite backwards music video? Have we missed any? Get at us in the comments or at [email protected]

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