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Video of MTV LAUNCH FIRST DAY SATURDAY 12:01 am AUGUST 1st , 1981

MTV logoIF your old enough to remember when MTV actually played music videos instead of reality shows. We think you will like these videos from the first hour of MTV premiere broadcast in 1981. Do you remember the first song they ever played? Or Martha Quinn and Mark Goodman the VJ’s?  Enjoy the MTV videos below, at the time this was mind blowing TV, even though the videos look very dated now.
MTV Video of the first MTV broadcast hour.
MTV Launch Part 1

MTV Launch Part 2

MTV Launch Part 3

MTV Launch Part 4

MTV Launch Part 5

Well that’s it the MTV Launch Videos – just like it was yesterday 29 years ago.

Here is a list of the first MTV play list.

1.”Video Killed the Radio Star” by The Buggles – MTV Video
2.”You Better Run” by Pat Benatar – MTV Video
3.”She Won’t Dance With Me” by Rod Stewart – MTV Video
Contains use of the word “fuck”. A recording of MTV’s first day posted on YouTube shows the word was never edited from the video.
4.”You Better You Bet” by The Who – MTV Video
5.”Little Suzi’s on the Up” by Ph.D. – MTV Video
6.”We Don’t Talk Anymore” by Cliff Richard – MTV Video
7.”Brass in Pocket” by The Pretenders – MTV Video
8.”Time Heals” by Todd Rundgren – MTV Video
9.”Take It On the Run” by REO Speedwagon – MTV Video
10.”Rockin’ the Paradise” by Styx – MTV Video
11.”When Things Go Wrong” by Robin Lane and the Chartbusters – MTV Video
12.”History Never Repeats” by Split Enz – MTV Video
13.”Hold On Loosely” by 38 Special – MTV Video
14.”Just Between You and Me” by April Wine – MTV Video
15.”Sailing” by Rod Stewart – MTV Video
Stewart’s “She Won’t Dance With Me” was the 3rd video played; with this video, Stewart became the first artist to have two different videos played on MTV.
With further Rod Stewart videos airing at positions #35, #49 and #61, Stewart also became the first artist to have three and five different videos aired on MTV. REO Speedwagon, with videos at 9, 17, 37 and 46 became the first to have four different videos.
16.”Iron Maiden” by Iron Maiden – MTV Video
17.”Keep On Loving You” by REO Speedwagon – MTV Video
18.”Message of Love” by The Pretenders – MTV Video
19.”Mr. Briefcase” by Lee Ritenour – MTV Video
20.”Double Life” by The Cars – MTV Video
21.”In the Air Tonight” by Phil Collins – MTV Video
22.”Looking For Clues” by Robert Palmer – MTV Video
23.”Too Late” by Shoes
24.”Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” by Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – MTV Video
25.”Surface Tension” by Rupert Hine
26.”One Step Beyond” by Madness
27.”Baker Street” by Gerry Rafferty – MTV Video
28.”I’m Gonna Follow You” by Pat Benatar – MTV Video
29.”Savannah Nights” by Tom Johnston
30.”Lucille” by Rockestra
31.”The Best of Times” by Styx – MTV Video
32.”Vengeance” by Carly Simon
33.”Wrathchild” by Iron Maiden
34.”I Wanna Be a Lifeguard” by Blotto
35.”Passion” by Rod Stewart – MTV Video
36.”Oliver’s Army” by Elvis Costello – MTV Video
37.”Don’t Let Him Go” by REO Speedwagon
38.”Remote Control/Illegal” by The Silencers
39.”Angel of the Morning” by Juice Newton
40.”Little Sister” by Rockpile with Robert Plant
41.”Hold On to the Night” by Bootcamp
42.”Dreaming” by Cliff Richard
43.”Is it You?” by Lee Ritenour
44.”Tusk” by Fleetwood Mac – MTV Video
45.”He Can’t Love You” by Michael Stanley Band
46.”Tough Guys” by REO Speedwagon
47.”Rapture” by Blondie – MTV Video
48.”Don’t Let Go the Coat” by The Who – MTV Video
49.”Ain’t Love a Bitch” by Rod Stewart
50.”Talk of the Town” by The Pretenders – MTV Video
51.”Can’t Happen Here” by Rainbow
52.”Thank You for Being a Friend” by Andrew Gold – MTV Video
53.”Bring It All Home” by Gerry Rafferty
54.”Sign of the Gypsy Queen” by April Wine
55.”The Man with the Child in His Eyes” by Kate Bush – MTV Video
56.”Ashes to Ashes” by David Bowie – MTV Video
57.”Just Between You and Me” by April Wine
This was both the 14th and 57th video on MTV, making it the first video to be shown more than once.
58.”Rat Race” by The Specials
The Specials were a ska band which featured an integrated line-up of both black and white musicians. They were the first artists played on MTV that were not exclusively white.
59.”Once in a Lifetime” by Talking Heads – MTV Music
60.”Victim” by Bootcamp
61.”Tonight’s the Night” by Rod Stewart – MTV Video
62.”Cruel to Be Kind” by Nick Lowe – MTV Video

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