MTV kicked on in 1981 and, kids, they ACTUALLY PLAYED VIDEOS. They had VJs… Video jockeys. They hosted the music in a similar fashion to DJs on the radio. We loved it. It was a new way to experience music and it exposed us to music that we might have not otherwise known existed. Some of those videos are completely intertwined in my memory with the song itself. Check out our list below of 20 iconic MTV Videos.
We’ve talked recently about “What was the first MTV video you saw?” I received SO MANY answers for “Video Killed the Radio Star.” This was the very first video MTV aired. In 1981, we didn’t have the internet, smartphones, or social media. We had radio stations, records, and cassette tapes. Aunt Doni will tell you the story of cassette singles for a buck on another day. Today we celebrate the songs that you know not just by sound but by the VIDEOS. Here’s a list of the first 5 videos aired on MTV and the most iconic… the videos we remember the most based on the listener and social media input we received.
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