MTV signed on as a new cable network on August 1st, 1981 and changed the music industry forever. It’s original purpose was to play music videos hosted by Vee Jays and while much has changed over the years, MTV has had an enormous impact on the music business and spawned a variety of sister channels such as VH1.
VH1 Classic will celebrate the anniversary all day today and Sirius/XM is also celebrating with several of the original MTV Vee Jays on their ‘80s on 8 channel.
Here is a list of the first 10 videos ever played on MTV:
“Video Killed the Radio Star” – The Buggles
“You Better Run” – Pat Benatar
“She Won’t Dance With Me” – Rod Stewart
“You Better You Bet” – The Who
“Little Suzi’s on the Up” – Ph.D.
“We Don’t Talk Anymore” – Cliff Richard
“Brass in Pocket” – The Pretenders
“Time Heals” – Todd Rundgren
“Take It on the Run” – REO Speedwagon
“Rockin’ the Paradise” – Styx
Everyone can agree that it is right on target to be honoring the 30 year anniversary and that MTV was a huge element and innovator to making music what it is today. However, sadly the MTV that we honor today looks nothing like it did in the 80s and even the 90s. It could be so great again but as much as we love music and watch tv the remote control never stops on MTV anymore. Please read this blog by Alan Raible's On the Record from ABC News.