MTV signed on as a new cable network on August 1st, 1981.  It’s original purpose was to play music videos hosted by Vee Jays.  It had an enormous impact on the music business and spawned a variety of sister channels such as VH1VH1 Classic will celebrate the anniversary from July 30th through August 1st.  Here are the first 10 videos 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

Watch the first ten minutes of MTV’s launch.


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