You may be familiar with many of the Hollywood movies shot in Prague, and you may know of a few of the music videos that artists like Kanye West, Rihanna, or INXS have filmed here. But did you know just how many music videos have been shot in Prague? Well, here are 50 of ‘em from major international artists. (Note: only foreign musicians are included.)
In alphabetical order:
Director John Hillcoat (The Proposition) shot this video for the alternative rock band throughout various Prague locations back in 2004, which includes a lot of the familiar tourist landmarks.
Prague features heavily in this video from the American singer-songwriter, which boasts some great location work in Malá Strana and Old Town.
If you mute the sound on this single from the Irish boy band, you’ll get some lovely scenes of Prague’s Old Town Square interspersed with swooning shots of the young chaps.
The English R&B boy band shot the video for their hit single at a variety of Prague locations, including Hlavní nádraží and the Hlubočepy viaduct. See this lovely VH1 behind-the-scenes video for more details.
This video from the britpop band, based on Alain Resnais' classic French New Wave film Last Year at Marienbad, was filmed in Prague in 1994 by director David Mould; locations include the National Museum in Prague (watch for that staircase) and Zámecká zahrada in Libochovice (garden exteriors).
At a price tag of $2.3 million in 1996 dollars, this vid for Céline Dion’s hit song was one of the most expensive music videos ever made. It was directed by Nigel Dick and filmed at Barrandov Studios in Prague and Zámek Ploskovice in Litoměřice.
This hit single from the Spanish electronic-flamenco band’s latest album was shot throughout the Czech Republic, with locations including Prague, Lipno, Holašovice, and Český Krumlov.
Canadian singer-songwriter Danny Fernandes shot this video in Prague in 2009, which features a number of familiar (but not stereotypical) Old Town and Malá Strana locations.
One of the British singer’s greatest hits, the video for Don’t Be a Stranger features a number of Prague landmarks including Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, the Astronomical Clock, Hlavní nádraží, and much more.
The ex-Cranberries star shot this stark (almost B&W) video throughout some deserted Malá Strana and Old Town streets; the search for a girl who looks like Red Riding Hood climaxes at Old Town Square and Střelecký ostrov.
Shot in some less-traditional Prague locations around the Vltava river, this video (directed by Siggi Kinski) from the English post-punk band depicts a decidedly different view of Prague than most of the other clips on this list.
This medieval-themed steampunk video for Etostone’s chart-topping dance hit Together was filmed in Prague and Ostrava.
A woman dances her way through downtown Prague amidst an apathetic crowd in this inventive video from the British electronic band, which includes scenes in Wenceslas Square, a tram, metro (love that escalator play), and office complex.
Directed by Patrick Daughters, this video from the Canadian indie singer was shot in some less-travailed Holešovice streets in Prague 7, including Kamenická and Přístavní.
The former Spice Girl plays a vamp, a bitch, a virgin, and a nun in this B&W Prague-shot video directed by Vaughan Arnell, with location work through Malá Strana streets.
The charismatic Italian pop singer-songwriter (best known for her hit Bello e impossibile) recorded this video throughout some empty Malá Strana streets and courtyards.
This video from the former No Doubt star was shot in Prague, Budapest, and Milan. Prague locations inclulde Old Town streets (for many of the exterior night shots) and the main train station.
Like the INXS clip below, this video from the British synthpop group touches upon all the major Prague landmarks, including Prague Castle, Wallenstein Palace, Charles Bridge, Wenceslas Square, and much more.
Perhaps the most famous music video shot in Prague – and one of the oldest on this list – this clip from INXS touches upon all the classic Prague tourist locations, including Charles Bridge and the Vltava river, the Astrological Clock, the Jewish Quarter, and more. For pure location-spotting fun, this and the Human League clip above offer some of the most excitement.
But INXS didn’t just shoot Never Tear Us Apart in Prague: the Australian rockers also filmed Guns in the Sky here on a single set: a nondescript hallway in Obecní dům…
…and that wasn’t all: you’ll probably recognize more of Obecní dům in this clip for New Sensation.
Prague’s Old Town Square looks striking in this video for Lucky, which is carefully edited to make it seem like Jason Mraz is there alone (yeah, right); scenes with Colbie Caillat were filmed in Hawaii.
Along with INXS and Rihanna, rapper Kanye West is one of the artists most-identified with shooting in Prague; this striking video for No Church in the Wild, directed by Romain Gavras, was purportedly a response to the Occupy Wall Street movement. But these images of violent protests through Prague streets seem similar to a Linkin Park clip below.
Prague represents European opulence (hah!) in West’s Diamonds of the Sierra Leone, which contrasts African children toiling away in diamond mines with the singer crooning down Charles Bridge and Old Town Square.
And then there’s the opulent Runaway, a 35-minute music video-cum-art film (also available in a 5-minute version), which was primarily shot on a nondescript stage somewhere in Prague.
The popular European folk rock band shot this... interesting video in Prague and Capri in 1995. Here's a fitting making of vid that features some of the Prague locations.
The influential post-punk/industrial rock band filmed this video for the title track on their thirteenth album in a dark basement at Studio Faust Records.
This video for the Belgian trance group was shot almost entirely at Prague’s Hlavní nádraží.
The British pop/rock band filmed this video for their hit single throughout some familiar Malá Strana locations. Click here for a behind-the-scenes video.
And this one from British musical duo Lighthouse Family takes place entirely in an ordinary-looking metro; squint and you might be able to tell it’s the Prague underground.
This high school-set video from the US rock band was filmed on Charles Bridge and in the Gymnázium Jana Keplera in Prague 6; scenes of the band performing, however, were shot on a soundstage in LA.
And this one – which might have influenced Kanye West’s No Church in the Wild eight years later – was shot throughout Prague streets as the band plays amidst violent protests.
This video from the Eurovision-winning Finnish metal band was shot in (of all places) an Albert supermarket; watch closely for all the local products and brands in the background!
Shot on Charles Bridge along with some… darker areas of Prague, this video for the US heavy metal band contrasts Prague’s beauty with drug use. Guitarist Rob Flynn on Prague: “And yet, it had a dark underbelly to it that ran through her streets. Heroin use was open and rampant back then, and having dabbled in that, and having had friends who did more than dabble, I was all too aware of it. But there was something about that that charmed me. That there could be that dark side within such a beautiful, religious place.”
This video for the US pop star was shot in Prague back in 2003 (Moore was also in the country shooting the film Chasing Liberty at the time). Locations include Hlavní nádraží and the streets of Old Town, which are (quite beautifully) transformed into paper cutouts.
Director David Slade (30 Days of Night, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) on making this Muse vid: "The budget was as tight as a nun’s chuff and we ended up going to Prague to shoot most of the video.” Suffice it to say that Prague landmarks don’t make an appearance.
There’s some great location work through Old Town and Malá Strana (spot the landmarks in the background!) in this video from the American R&B singer.
Director Jörn Heitmann shot this video for the Finnish metal band in Prague back in 2005, but you wouldn't know it - it's almost all greenscreen studio work.
Ozzy filmed this terrific silent movie-themed video outside of the Czech capital in 1996-7. Parts of Ozzy’s I Just Want You, from the same album, were also filmed in Prague.
No shots of Prague exteriors in this Primal Scream video, but it was compiled from footage shot during their 1994 concert in Lucerna Music Bar.
This circus-themed video for The Prodigy was directed by Traktor and shot in Kladno; try to spot the Poldi Kladno factory in the background.
Patti Smith (who provides guest vocals on this track) rides the 14 tram through central Prague in this video from the American rockers.
One of the most well-known videos shot in Prague doesn't even feature any of the city's beautiful exterior locations; instead filming mostly took place in Radost FX.
Like Don't Stop the Music, this video - filmed in a makeshift junkyard - doesn't include many identifiable aspects of Prague. Rihanna filmed both videos in the capital for a total of $600,000.
More Hlavní nádraží: this video for the German R&B artist's breakthrough hit heavily features Prague's main train station.
The expensive-looking WWII-themed video for Simply Red’s Your Eyes, directed by Mike Lipscombe, was filmed in Prague (look out for the main train station) and the Czech countryside.
Prague serves as a haunting backdrop for a romance told from two different points of view in this unique split-screen vid from the British indie rockers.
Even more Hlavní nádraží (this time, post-reconstruction), along with some other central Prague shots, in this video from the English singer-songwriter.
A woman is seen driving through the streets of Prague before exploring some catacombs and discovering vocalist Scott Weiland against a wall of skulls in this video for rock supergroup.
I love the retro puppet monster on this red riding-themed video from the Canadian dance-punk band, shot after dark on empty Malá Strana back streets.
Bonus! Here's 35 more (slightly obscure) foreign music videos shot in Prague:
But I know I must have missed a few. Let me know through the comments below.