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The first fifty music videos ever played on MTV

Back when they actually played music videos.


1."Video Killed the Radio Star" by The Buggles

2."You Better Run" by Pat Benatar

3."She Won't Dance with Me" by Rod Stewart

4."You Better You Bet" by The Who

5."Little Suzi's on the Up" by Ph.D.

6."We Don't Talk Anymore" by Cliff Richard

7."Brass in Pocket" by The Pretenders

8."Time Heals" by Todd Rundgren

9."Take It on the Run" by REO Speedwagon (the video begins but ends after a few seconds due to technical difficulties.)

10."Rockin' the Paradise" by Styx

11."When Things Go Wrong" by Robin Lane and the Chartbusters

12."History Never Repeats" by Split Enz

13."Hold on Loosely" by 38 Special

14."Just Between You and Me" by April Wine "Just Between You and Me" was the first music video by a Canadian musical artist ever played on MTV.

15."Sailing" by Rod Stewart

16."Iron Maiden" by Iron Maiden

17."Keep on Loving You (Live)" by REO Speedwagon "Keep On Loving You" was the first Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit song to be played on MTV.

18."Bluer Than Blue" by Michael Johnson

19."Message of Love" by The Pretenders

20."Mr. Briefcase" by Lee Ritenour

21."Double Life" by The Cars

22."In the Air Tonight" by Phil Collins

23."Looking for Clues" by Robert Palmer

24."Too Late" by Shoes

25."Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" by Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

26."Do Ya Think I'm Sexy" by Rod Stewart (screen is blank while the audio still plays, stops after 15 seconds.)

27."Surface Tension" by Rupert Hine

28."One Step Ahead" by Split Enz

29."Baker Street" by Gerry Rafferty

30."I'm Gonna Follow You" by Pat Benatar

31."Savannah Nights" by Tom Johnston

32."Lucille" by Rockestra

33."The Best of Times" by Styx

34."Vengeance" by Carly Simon

35."Wrathchild" by Iron Maiden

36."I Wanna Be a Lifeguard" by Blotto

37."Passion" by Rod Stewart

38."Oliver's Army" by Elvis Costello

39."Don't Let Him Go (Live)" by REO Speedwagon

40."Remote Control/Illegal" by The Silencers

41."Angel of the Morning" by Juice Newton

42."Little Sister" by Rockpile with Robert Plant

43."Hold On to the Night" by Bootcamp

44."Dreamin'" by Cliff Richard

45."Is It You" by Lee Ritenour

46."Tusk" by Fleetwood Mac

47."He Can't Love You" by Michael Stanley Band

48."Tough Guys" by REO Speedwagon

49."Rapture" by Blondie "Rapture" was the first rap music video ever played on MTV. 50."Don't Let Go the Coat" by The Who

by Anonymousreply 1005/04/2012


by Anonymousreply 105/01/2012

Not one black person in any of them.

by Anonymousreply 205/01/2012

No Greek- Cypriots or Armenians either.

by Anonymousreply 305/01/2012

A couple of songs by a Pollock though!

by Anonymousreply 405/01/2012

It was all Rock (and mostly bands that just stood there and played). No pop, dance, or r&b either.

by Anonymousreply 505/01/2012

[quote]Not one black person in any of them.

I know this criticism is often made toward the first year of MTV, but they were a rock leaning channel. Yes, they might have been more inclusive looking back but remember, Thriller was still over a year away in 1981. None of the rock stations of the time played any R&B (and vice versa with R&B stations playing rock).

by Anonymousreply 605/01/2012

What were the last fifty?

by Anonymousreply 705/01/2012

From Wikipedia:

The very first non-white act played on MTV in the US was UK band The Specials, which featured an integrated line-up of white and black musicians and vocalists. The Specials' video "Rat Race" was played as the 58th video on the station's first day of broadcasting, August 1, 1981.

Eddy Grant, Tina Turner, Donna Summer, Musical Youth, Herbie Hancock, Grace Jones, and Prince were among the first few black artists who were included in rotation on the channel during MTV's first few years on the air.

In 1983 Michael Jackson's video for the song "Billie Jean" was "the video that broke the color barrier".

by Anonymousreply 805/01/2012

Prince is black?

by Anonymousreply 905/04/2012

Speaking of videos, here's the latest from Foster The People. This cool video is haunting, but loosely based on actual events.


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