The First Ten Videos MTV Ever Aired
Closing out this week of celebration, and a little mourning, on the occasion of MTV's 30th anniversary , we reached back into the YouTube vaults to present to you the first 10 videos Music Television ever aired. On August 1, 1981, The Buggles' awfully prophetic "Video Killed the Radio Star" batted leadoff.
The first 100 so clips on the channel would feature six stellar, campy sexual Rod Stewart promo videos, plenty of REO Speedwagon, The Who, .38 Special, Iron Maiden, and our favorite, Cliff Richard. Strangely enough, for a man who would become such a big part of MTV's early days, David Bowie wouldn't show up until No. 61 with "Boys Keep Swinging" from his Lodger album.
Looking around the list, we see some of the bands that would end up shaping teen culture for the next few years. The Specials and The Selecter show up to teach the suburban kids to dress rude-boy, the Talking Heads were there for the art majors, and Kate Bush was your Earth Mother idol.
No telling how many boys were turned into manly metal men by the Maiden and Rainbow clips.
"Video Killed the Radio Star," The Buggles