Happy 36th Anniversary, MTV!

Happy anniversary to MTV, which first launched August 1, 1981! Here is the full list of the first songs played on MTV, thanks to Stereogum.com:

  • The Buggles – Video Killed the Radio Star
  • Pat Benatar – You Better Run
  • Rod Stewart – She Won’t Dance
  • The Who – You Better You Bet
  • Phd – Little Susie’s on the Up
  • Cliff Richard – We Don’t Talk Anymore
  • The Pretenders – Brass in Pocket
  • Todd Rundgren – Time Heals
  • REO Speedwagon – Take it on the Run
  • Styx – Rockin’ the Paradise
  • Robiin Lane & The Chartbusters – When Things Go Wrong
  • Split Enz – History Never Repeats.
  • .38 Special – Hold on Loosely
  • April Wine – Just Between You & Me
  • Rod Stewart – Sailing
  • Iron Maiden – Iron Maiden
  • REO Speedwagon – Keep on Loving You
  • The Pretenders – Message of Love
  • Lee Ritenour – Mr. Briefcase
  • The Cars – Double Life
  • Phil Collins – In the Air Tonight
  • Robert Palmer – Looking for Clues
  • The Shoes – Too Late
  • Stevie Nicks & Tom Petty – Stop Draggin’ my Heart Around.
  • Rupert Hines – Surface Tension
  • Madness – One Step Beyond
  • Gerry Rafferty – Baker Street
  • Pat Benatar – I’m Gonna Follow You
  • Tom Johnson – Savannah Nights
  • Rockestra – Lucille
  • Styx – The Best of Times
  • Carly Simon – Vengeance
  • Iron Maiden – Wrathchild
  • Blotto – I Wanna Be a Lifeguard
  • Rod Stewart – Passion
  • Elvis Costello – Oliver’s Army
  • REO Speedwagon – Don’t Let Him Go
  • The Silencers – Remote Control/I’m Too Legal
  • Juice Newton – Angel of the Morning
  • Rockestra – Little Sister
  • Bootcamp – Hold on to the Night
  • Cliff Richard – Dreaming
  • Lee Ritenour – Is it You?
  • Fleetwood Mac – Tusk
  • Michael Stanley Band – He Can’t Love You
  • REO Speedwagon – Tough Guys
  • Blondie – Rapture
  • The Who – Don’t Let Go the Coat
  • Rod Stewart – Ain’t Love a Bitch
  • The Pretenders – Talk of the Town
  • Rainbow – Can’t Happen Here
  • Andrew Gold – Thank You for Being a Friend
  • Gerry Rafferty – Bring it all Home
  • April Wine – Sign of the Gypsy Queen
  • Kate Bush – The Man With the Child in His Eyes
  • David Bowie – Ashes to Ashes
  • April Wine – Just Between You and Me
  • The Specials – Rat Race
  • Talking Heads – Once in a Lifetime
  • Bootcamp – Victim
  • Rod Stewart – Tonight’s the Night
  • Nick Lowe – Cruel to be Kind


Check out the videos of the first three videos EVER played on MTV!

 
 
 
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