First music videos aired on MTV

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This is a list of the first music videos broadcast on MTV's first day, August 1, 1981. MTV's first day on the air was rebroadcast on VH1 Classic in 2006[1][2] and uploaded onto YouTube in 2010 (although only the first four hours were authentic; the rest were edited VH1 rebroadcasts).[3]

List[edit]

First music videos aired on MTV
NumberSongArtistNotes
1"Video Killed the Radio Star"The Buggles
2"You Better Run"Pat Benatar
3"She Won't Dance with Me"Rod Stewart(Phil Chen was the first non-white musician to appear on MTV), Stewart was the artist with the most videos played that day.
4"You Better You Bet"The Who"You Better You Bet" was both the 4th and 54th video to be aired on MTV, making it the first video to be shown more than once.
5"Little Suzi's on the Up"Ph.D.
6"We Don't Talk Anymore"Cliff Richard
7"Brass in Pocket"The Pretenders
8"Time Heals"Todd Rundgren
9"Take It on the Run"REO SpeedwagonThe video begins but ends after a few seconds due to technical difficulties. If counting this video as having aired, makes REO Speedwagon tied with Rod Stewart as the artists with the most videos played that day.
10"Rockin' the Paradise"Styx
11"When Things Go Wrong"Robin Lane and the Chartbusters
12"History Never Repeats"Split Enz
13"Hold on Loosely".38 Special
14"Just Between You and Me"April Wine"Just Between You and Me" was the first music video by a Canadian musical artist ever played on MTV.
15"Sailing"Rod StewartStewart became the first artist to have two different videos played on MTV.
16"Iron Maiden"Iron MaidenThe first heavy metal music video to be played on MTV.
17"Keep on Loving You (Live)"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"Michael Johnson
19"Message of Love"The Pretenders
20"Mr. Briefcase"Lee Ritenour
21"Double Life"The Cars
22"In the Air Tonight"Phil Collins
23"Looking for Clues"Robert Palmer
24"Too Late"Shoes
25"Stop Draggin' My Heart Around"Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
26"Do Ya Think I'm Sexy"Rod StewartScreen is blank while the audio still plays, stops after 15 seconds.
27"Surface Tension"Rupert Hine
28"One Step Ahead"Split Enz
29"Baker Street"Gerry Rafferty
30"I'm Gonna Follow You"Pat Benatar
31"Savannah Nights"Tom Johnson
32"Lucille"Rockestra
33"The Best of TimesStyx
34"Vengeance"Carly Simon
35"Wrathchild"Iron Maiden
36"I Wanna Be a Lifeguard"Blotto
37"Passion"Rod Stewart
38"Oliver's Army"Elvis Costello
39"Remote Control / Illegal"The SilencersTwo songs combined into a single video
40"Angel of the Morning"Juice Newton
41"Little Sister"Rockpile with Robert PlantFrom Concerts for the People of Kampuchea
42"Hold On to the Night"Bootcamp
43"Dreamin'"Cliff Richard
44"Is It You"Lee Ritenour
45"Tusk"Fleetwood Mac
46"He Can't Love You"Michael Stanley Band
47"Tough Guys"REO Speedwagon
48"Rapture"Blondie"Rapture" was the first rap music video ever played on MTV.
49Don't Let Go the Coat"The Who
50"Ain't Love a Bitch"Rod Stewart
51"Talk of the Town"The Pretenders
52"Can't Happen Here"Rainbow
53"Thank You for Being a Friend"Andrew Gold
54"You Better You Bet"The WhoPlayed for the second time.
55"Bring It All Home"Gerry Rafferty
56"Sign of the Gypsy Queen"April Wine
57"The Man with the Child in His Eyes"Kate Bush
58"Message of Love"The Pretenders
59"All Night Long"Rainbow
60"Boys Keep Swinging"David Bowie
61"Rat Race"The Specials
62"Just Between You and Me"April Wine
63"Once in a Lifetime"Talking Heads
64"Victim"Bootcamp
65"Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)"Rod Stewart
66"Cruel to Be Kind"Nick Lowe
67"A Little in Love"Cliff Richard
68"Take It on the Run"REO Speedwagon
69"Wild-Eyed Southern Boys".38 Special
70"Wuthering Heights"Kate Bush
71"Celebrate the Bullet"The Selecter
72"More Than I Can Say"Leo Sayer
73"A Message to You, Rudy"The Specials
74"In the Air Tonight"Phil CollinsPlayed for the second time.
75"Heart of Glass"Blondie
76"Oh God, I Wish I Was Home Tonight"Rod Stewart
77"Kid"The Pretenders
78"Wrathchild"Iron Maiden
78"Come What May"Lani Hall and Herb Alpert
79"I Got You"Split Enz
80"Sister Disco"The Who
81"Fashion"David Bowie
82"Stop Draggin' My Heart Around"Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
83"Love Stinks"The J. Geils Band
84"Johnny & Mary"Robert Palmer
85"Tomorrow Night"Shoes
86"Lucille"Rockestra
87"Rockin' the Paradise"Styx
88"Prime Time"The Tubes
89"One Step Ahead"Split Enz
90"Hold on Loosely".38 Special
91"Cruel You"Shoes
92"Little Sister"Rockpile with Robert PlantFrom Concerts for the People of Kampuchea
93"Calling All Girls"Hilly Michaels
94"Keep on Loving You (Live)"REO Speedwagon
95"I Was Only Joking"Rod Stewart
96"You Better You Bet"The WhoPlayed for the third time.
97"Time Heals"Todd Rundgren
98"Let's Go"The Cars
99"Just Between You and Me"April Wine
100"Mr. Briefcase"Lee Ritenour
101"Fashion"David Bowie
102"I'm Gonna Follow You"Pat Benatar
103"Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio?"The Ramones
104"Ridin' the Storm Out"REO Speedwagon
105"Looking for Clues"Robert Palmer
106"Little Suzi's on the Up"Ph.D.
107"Is It You"Lee Ritenour
108"You're in My Heart"Rod Stewart
109"Talk of the Town"The Pretenders
112"The Best of Times"Styx
112"So Long"Fischer-Z
113"In the Air Tonight"Phil CollinsPlayed for the third time.
114"I Don't Want To Know"Robin Lane and the Chartbusters
115"Don't Let Go the Coat"The Who
116"Go Back Home Again"Andrew Gold
117"Message of Love"The Pretenders
118"Remote Control / Too Illegal"The Silencers
119"Time for Me to Fly"REO Speedwagon
120"Wrathchild"Iron Maiden
121"She Won't Dance with Me"Rod Stewart
122"Rough Boys"Pete Townshend
123"History Never Repeats"Split Enz
124"Dangerous Type"The Cars
125"Turn It On Again"Genesis
126"Rapture"Blondie
127"Stop Draggin' My Heart Around"Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
128"Can't Happen Here"Rainbow
128"We're So Close"Carly Simon
129"Tough Guys"REO Speedwagon
130"Passion"Rod Stewart
131"Kid Blue"Louise Goffin
132"Little Sister"Rockpile with Robert PlantFrom Concerts for the People of Kampuchea
133"Vienna"Ultravox
134"Sign of the Gypsy Queen"April Wine
135"(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding"Elvis Costello and the Attractions
136"Don't Let Him Go (Live)"REO Speedwagon
137"I Won't Let You Down"Ph.D.
138"Holiday"Nazareth
139"You Better You Bet"The WhoPlayed for the fourth time.
140"All Night Long"Rainbow
141"Video Killed the Radio Star"The Buggles
142"You Better Run"Pat Benatar
143"Surface Tension"Rupert Hine
144"One Step Ahead"Split Enz
145"Wild-Eyed Southern Boys".38 Special
146"In My Arms Again"Shoes
147"Is It You"Lee Ritenour
148"Oh God, I Wish I Was Home Tonight"Rod Stewart
149"Passing Strangers"Ultravox
150"Just Between You and Me"April Wine
150"Turning Japanese"The Vapors
151"Rockin' the Paradise"Styx
152"Bluer Than Blue"Michael Johnson
153"Message of Love"The Pretenders
154"Rat Race"The Specials
155"Roll with the Changes"REO Speedwagon
156"In the Air Tonight"Phil CollinsPlayed for the fourth time.
157"Hold On to the Night"Bootcamp
158"Double Life"The Cars
159"Take It on the Run"REO Speedwagon
160"We Don't Talk Anymore"Shoes
161"Sister Disco"The Who
162"Celebrate the Bullet"The Selecter
163"More Than I Can Say"Leo Sayer
164"I Hope I Never"Split Enz
165"Talk of the Town"The Pretenders
166"Hold on Loosely".38 Special
167"Blondes Have More Fun"Rod Stewart
168"Wrathchild"Iron Maiden
169"Savannah Nights"Tom Johnston
170"I'm Gonna Follow You"Pat Benatar
171"Don't Let Him Go (Live)"REO Speedwagon
172"Never Let Her Slip Away"Andrew Gold
173"Time Heals"Todd Rundgren
174"Brass in Pocket"The Pretenders
175"Little Sister"Rockpile with Robert PlantFrom Concerts for the People of Kampuchea
176"A Little in Love"Cliff Richard
177"Do Ya Think I'm Sexy"Rod Stewart
178"Victim"Bootcamp
179"Baker Street"Gerry Rafferty
180"He Can't Love You"Michael Stanley Band
181"Looking for Clues"Robert Palmer
182"Stop Draggin' My Heart Around"Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
183"Keep on Loving You"REO Speedwagon
184"When Things Go Wrong"Robin Lane and the Chartbusters
185"Little Suzi's on the Up"Ph.D.
186"The Best of Times"Styx
187"Sailing"Rod Stewart
188"You Better You Bet"The WhoPlayed for the fifth time.
189"Iron Maiden"Iron Maiden
190"Can't Happen Here"Rainbow
191"Oliver's Army"Elvis Costello
192"Just Between You and Me"April Wine
193"Come What May"Lani Hall and Herb Alpert
194"Tattooed Love Boys"The Pretenders
195"In the Air Tonight"Phil CollinsPlayed for the fifth time.
196"Peter Gunn Theme/Remote Control"The Silencers
197"Dreamin'"Cliff Richard
198"Lucille"Rockestra
199"Boys Keep Swinging"David Bowie
200"Johnny & Mary"Robert Palmer
201"Only the Strong Survive"REO Speedwagon
202"Waiting for the Weekend"The Vapors
203"You're Insane"Rod Stewart
204"Kiss on My List"Hall & Oates
205"Living in the Plastic Age"The Buggles
206"Lonely Boy"Andrew Gold

References[edit]

  1. ^ "VH1 Classic to show MTV's first day on air", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 31, 2006.
  2. ^ Daniel Rubin, "Blinq: After 25 years, do you still want your MTV?" Philadelphia Inquirer, August 1, 2006  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required).
  3. ^ http://www.youtube.com/user/MTVTheFirst24#grid/user/BD7CF63669F07963

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