Flashback: Today Is MTV’s 32nd Birthday

August 1st, 2013, 10:00 am by Greg

Here’s the list of the first top 40 videos played during MTV’s first day of broadcast, August 1, 1981:

1. The Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star”
2. Pat Benatar’s “You Better Run”
3. Rod Stewart’s “She Won’t Dance with Me”
4. The Who’s “You Better You Bet”
5. Ph.D.’s “Little Suzi’s on the Up”
6. Cliff Richard’s “We Don’t Talk Anymore”
7. The Pretenders’ “Brass in Pocket”
8. Todd Rundgren’s “Time Heals”
9. REO Speedwagon’s “Take It on the Run”
10. Styx’s “Rockin’ the Paradise”
11. Robin Lane & the Chartbusters’ “When Things Go Wrong”
12. Splitz Enz’s “History Never Repeats”

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13. 38 Special’s “Hold on Loosely”
14. April Wine’s “Just Between You and Me”
15. Rod Stewart’s “Sailing”
16. Iron Maiden’s “Iron Maiden”
17. REO Speedwagon’s “Keep on Loving You”
18. Michael Johnson’s “Bluer Than Blue”
19. The Pretenders’ “Message of Love”
20. Lee Ritenour’s “Mr. Briefcase”
21. The Cars’ “Double Life”
22. Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight”
23. Robert Palmer’s “Looking for Clues”
24. Shoes’ “Too Late”
25. Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers’ “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around”
26. Rod Stewart’s “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy”
27. Rupert Hine’s “Surface Tension”

28. Split Enz’s “One Step Ahead”
29. Gerry Rafferty’s “Baker Street”
30. Pat Benatar’s “I’m Gonna Follow You”
31. Tom Johnston’s “Savannah Nights”
32. Rockestra’s “Lucille”
33. Styx’s “The Best of Times”
34. Carly Simon’s “Vengeance”
35. Iron Maiden’s “Wrathchild”
36. Blotto’s “I Wanna Be a Lifeguard”
37. Rod Stewart’s “Passion”
38. Elvis Costello’s “Oliver’s Army”
39. The Silencers’ “Remote Control / Illegal”
40. Juice Newton’s “Angel of the Morning”

One thought on “Flashback: Today Is MTV’s 32nd Birthday”

  1. Dave Lucas says:

    I’m surprised they didn’t roll with Pearl Harbor and the Explosions’ DRIVING, which was a staple on MTV’s inspiration, Nickelodeon’s Late-Night show POP CLIPS…

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