On This Day: MTV Launches

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On this day in 1981, “music videos” didn’t mean much.

Up until the early ’80s, they were promotional material used to build buzz around a new single or album.

But the introduction of Music Television (better known as MTV) on August 1, 1981 made the accompanying visuals a pop culture zeitgeist.

Even if MTV’s more recently associated with “Jersey Shore” and “Teen Mom” than a music medium, the influence of the brand is still felt: kids aren’t sitting on front of the tube waiting for a certain video to come on, but they’re still searching Youtube for their favourites.

The infamous first video ever aired on the network is Buggles‘ “Video Killed The Radio Star”…

But do you remember the other first videos on MTV?

Here’s a breakdown of the other nine videos that kicked off the network. How many of these do you remember? Let us know in the comments below!

2. Pat Benetar – “You Better Run”


3. Rod Stewart – “She Won’t Dance With Me”

4. The Who – “You Better You Bet”

5. Ph.D. – “Little Suzy’s On The Up”

6. Cliff Richard – “We Don’t Talk Anymore”/h2>

7. The Pretenders – “Brass In Pocket”

8. Todd Rundgren – “Time Heals”

9. REO Speedwagon – “Take It on the Run”

10. Styx – “Rockin’ the Paradise”

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