What Makes a Good Lyric Video?

Lyric videos are growing in popularity on YouTube, especially among small indie artists who don’t have the budget to make their own music videos. But what makes a good lyric video? Why do some videos get hundreds of thousands of views while others get just dozens? How do you go about making your own lyric video? How does it compare to making regular music videos? If you’re thinking about making your own lyric video, read on for answers to these questions and more!

Why Would You Need a Lyric Video

So you’ve decided to create a lyric video, but what makes it any different from just uploading an image with some type over it? Well, for starters, lyric videos are unique in that they don’t just support your music—they enhance it. If you’re looking to captivate viewers and show off your lyrics at once, creating one is an effective way to do so. Not sure where to start when designing your own lyric video? Check out these four awesome examples.

  • Coldplay — Magic: The Best Lyrics Ever Written

  • Childish Gambino — Telegraph Ave (Oakland by Lloyd)

  • Mumford & Sons — Hopeless Wanderer (Official Music Video)

  • Chance The Rapper — Angels (feat Saba)

Why Do People Like Lyrics Videos

Lyrics videos seem to be all over YouTube, and some people hate them. Other people really like them. It’s just one of those things: you either enjoy it or you don’t. If you’re not sure why lyric videos are so popular on YouTube, we can help with that. Here are three big reasons behind their popularity on social media.

Song lyrics have been around for thousands of years—people have been writing songs long before pen was ever put to paper—and music is one of humankind’s oldest art forms. Because lyric videos contain both song lyrics and music, they give viewers something familiar that they can connect with easily; often without words even being spoken.

How to make aesthetic lyric video

Song lyrics are powerful, but they can be even more impactful when paired with stunning imagery. That’s why lyric videos are all the rage—and if you want to make your own, there are plenty of techniques you can use to catch an audience’s attention. But before we get into those, let’s cover what makes a good lyric video overall: Pick Great Lyrics: The first step in creating a great lyric video is picking fantastic lyrics. We don’t mean catchy lyrics; we mean lyrics that communicate big ideas and paint a picture for listeners. Selecting these kinds of lyrics will allow you to pair them with vivid imagery, which means your lyric video will become more than just text on screen. Create Focused Imagery: Many lyric videos feature beautiful images that are completely random or unrelated to the content on screen. While these images may look pretty at first glance, they often fail to further communication or provoke new thoughts. When selecting still images for your lyric video, look for ones that compliment each other so they create one cohesive visual experience rather than random snapshots.

How Much Does a Lyric Video Cost

Not every lyric video is made equal. There are many lyric video makers on YouTube, some creating cheap lyric videos while others (like us) create high-quality lyric videos that cost more money. So how much does a good quality lyric video cost? The answer depends on various factors. Factors like: what you want in your lyrics video; how long you want it to be; who's in it; etc. No one can say with 100% certainty how much a lyric video will cost because everyone's looking for something different... But we can give you an idea of what kind of budget would make sense based off our experience from making lyric videos since 2008. All prices below reflect a starting price and don't include any hidden costs or talent fees.

Eli Lev

Eli Lev

Eli Lev, Professional video editor, LEV studio CEO.