First music videos aired on MTV

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This is a list of the first music videos broadcast on MTV's first day, August 1, 1981. MTV's first day on the air was rebroadcast on VH1 Classic in 2006[1][2] and uploaded onto YouTube in 2010 (although only the first four hours were authentic; the rest were edited VH1 rebroadcasts).[3]

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First music videos aired on MTV
Number Song Artist Appearance Notes
1 "Video Killed the Radio Star" The Buggles 1/2
2 "You Better Run" Pat Benatar 1/2
3 "She Won't Dance with Me" Rod Stewart 1/2 Phil Chen was the first non-white musician to appear on MTV, Stewart was the artist with the most videos played that day.
4 "You Better You Bet" The Who 1/5 "You Better You Bet" was both the 4th and 54th video to be aired on MTV, making it the first video to be shown more than once.
5 "Little Suzi's on the Up" Ph.D. 1/3
6 "We Don't Talk Anymore" Cliff Richard 1/2
7 "Brass in Pocket" The Pretenders 1/2
8 "Time Heals" Todd Rundgren 1/3
9 "Take It on the Run" REO Speedwagon 1/3 The video begins but ends after a few seconds due to technical difficulties.
10 "Rockin' the Paradise" Styx 1/3
11 "When Things Go Wrong" Robin Lane and the Chartbusters 1/2
12 "History Never Repeats" Split Enz 1/2
13 "Hold on Loosely" .38 Special 1/3
14 "Just Between You and Me" April Wine 1/5 "Just Between You and Me" was the first music video by a Canadian musical artist ever played on MTV.
15 "Sailing" Rod Stewart 1/2 Stewart became the first artist to have two different videos played on MTV.
16 "Iron Maiden" Iron Maiden 1/2 This was the first (taped) live recording to appear, it was taken from the band's "Live at the Rainbow" video
17 "Keep on Loving You" REO Speedwagon 1/3 "Keep On Loving You" was the first Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit song to be played on MTV.
18 "Bluer Than Blue" Michael Johnson 1/2
19 "Message of Love" The Pretenders 1/4
20 "Mr. Briefcase" Lee Ritenour 1/2
21 "Double Life" The Cars 1/2
22 "In the Air Tonight" Phil Collins 1/5
23 "Looking for Clues" Robert Palmer 1/3
24 "Too Late" Shoes 1/1
25 "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 1/4
26 "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy" Rod Stewart 1/2 Screen is blank while the audio still plays, stops after 15 seconds.
27 "Surface Tension" Rupert Hine 1/2
28 "One Step Ahead" Split Enz 1/3
29 "Baker Street" Gerry Rafferty 1/2
30 "I'm Gonna Follow You" Pat Benatar 1/3
31 "Savannah Nights" Tom Johnson 1/2
32 "Lucille" Rockestra 1/3
33 "The Best of Times Styx 1/3
34 "Vengeance" Carly Simon 1/1
35 "Wrathchild" Iron Maiden 1/4
36 "I Wanna Be a Lifeguard" Blotto 1/1
37 "Passion" Rod Stewart 1/2
38 "Oliver's Army" Elvis Costello 1/2
39 "Remote Control / Illegal" The Silencers 1/2 Two songs combined into a single video
40 "Angel of the Morning" Juice Newton 1/1
41 "Little Sister" Rockpile with Robert Plant 1/4 From Concerts for the People of Kampuchea
42 "Hold On to the Night" Bootcamp 1/2
43 "Dreamin'" Cliff Richard 1/2
44 "Is It You" Lee Ritenour 1/3
45 "Tusk" Fleetwood Mac 1/1
46 "He Can't Love You" Michael Stanley Band 1/2
47 "Tough Guys" REO Speedwagon 1/2
48 "Rapture" Blondie 1/2 "Rapture" was the first rap music video ever played on MTV.
49 "Don't Let Go the Coat" The Who 1/2
50 "Ain't Love a Bitch" Rod Stewart 1/1
51 "Talk of the Town" The Pretenders 1/3
52 "Can't Happen Here" Rainbow 1/3
53 "Thank You for Being a Friend" Andrew Gold 1/1
54 "You Better You Bet" The Who 2/5
55 "Bring It All Home" Gerry Rafferty 1/1
56 "Sign of the Gypsy Queen" April Wine 1/2
57 "The Man with the Child in His Eyes" Kate Bush 1/1
58 "Message of Love" The Pretenders 2/4
59 "All Night Long" Rainbow 1/2
60 "Boys Keep Swinging" David Bowie 1/2
61 "Rat Race" The Specials 1/2
62 "Just Between You and Me" April Wine 2/5
63 "Once in a Lifetime" Talking Heads 1/1
64 "Victim" Bootcamp 1/2
65 "Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)" Rod Stewart 1/1
66 "Cruel to Be Kind" Nick Lowe 1/1
67 "A Little in Love" Cliff Richard 1/2
68 "Take It on the Run" REO Speedwagon 2/3
69 "Wild-Eyed Southern Boys" .38 Special 1/2
70 "Wuthering Heights" Kate Bush 1/1
71 "Celebrate the Bullet" The Selecter 1/2
72 "More Than I Can Say" Leo Sayer 1/2
73 "A Message to You, Rudy" The Specials 1/1
74 "In the Air Tonight" Phil Collins 2/5
75 "Heart of Glass" Blondie 1/1
76 "Oh God, I Wish I Was Home Tonight" Rod Stewart 1/2
77 "Kid" The Pretenders 1/1
78 "Wrathchild" Iron Maiden 2/4
79 "Come What May" Lani Hall and Herb Alpert 1/2
80 "I Got You" Split Enz 1/1
81 "Sister Disco" The Who 1/2
82 "Fashion" David Bowie 1/2
83 "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 2/4
84 "Love Stinks" The J. Geils Band 1/1
85 "Johnny & Mary" Robert Palmer 1/2
86 "Tomorrow Night" Shoes 1/1
87 "Lucille" Rockestra 2/3
88 "Rockin' the Paradise" Styx 2/3
89 "Prime Time" The Tubes 1/1
90 "One Step Ahead" Split Enz 2/3
91 "Hold on Loosely" .38 Special 2/3
92 "Cruel You" Shoes 1/1
93 "Little Sister" Rockpile with Robert Plant 2/4 From Concerts for the People of Kampuchea
94 "Calling All Girls" Hilly Michaels 1/1
95 "Keep on Loving You" REO Speedwagon 2/3
96 "I Was Only Joking" Rod Stewart 1/1
97 "You Better You Bet" The Who 3/5
98 "Time Heals" Todd Rundgren 2/3
99 "Let's Go" The Cars 1/1
100 "Just Between You and Me" April Wine 3/5
101 "Mr. Briefcase" Lee Ritenour 2/2
102 "Fashion" David Bowie 2/2
103 "I'm Gonna Follow You" Pat Benatar 2/3
104 "Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio?" The Ramones 1/1
105 "Ridin' the Storm Out" REO Speedwagon 1/1
106 "Looking for Clues" Robert Palmer 2/3
107 "Little Suzi's on the Up" Ph.D. 2/3
108 "Is It You" Lee Ritenour 2/3
109 "You're in My Heart" Rod Stewart 1/1
110 "Talk of the Town" The Pretenders 2/3
111 "The Best of Times" Styx 2/3
112 "So Long" Fischer-Z 1/1
113 "In the Air Tonight" Phil Collins 3/5
114 "I Don't Want To Know" Robin Lane and the Chartbusters 1/1
115 "Don't Let Go the Coat" The Who 2/2
116 "Go Back Home Again" Andrew Gold 1/1
117 "Message of Love" The Pretenders 3/4
118 "Remote Control / Too Illegal" The Silencers 2/2
119 "Time for Me to Fly" REO Speedwagon 1/1
120 "Wrathchild" Iron Maiden 3/4
121 "She Won't Dance with Me" Rod Stewart 2/2
122 "Rough Boys" Pete Townshend 1/1
123 "History Never Repeats" Split Enz 2/2
124 "Dangerous Type" The Cars 1/1
125 "Turn It On Again" Genesis 1/1
126 "Rapture" Blondie 2/2
127 "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 3/4
128 "Can't Happen Here" Rainbow 2/3
128 "We're So Close" Carly Simon 1/1
129 "Tough Guys" REO Speedwagon 2/2
130 "Passion" Rod Stewart 2/2
131 "Kid Blue" Louise Goffin 1/1
132 "Little Sister" Rockpile with Robert Plant 3/4 From Concerts for the People of Kampuchea
133 "Vienna" Ultravox 1/1
134 "Sign of the Gypsy Queen" April Wine 2/2
135 "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding" Elvis Costello and the Attractions 1/1
136 "Don't Let Him Go" REO Speedwagon 1/2
137 "I Won't Let You Down" Ph.D. 1/1
138 "Holiday" Nazareth 1/1
139 "You Better You Bet" The Who 4/5
140 "All Night Long" Rainbow 2/2
141 "Video Killed the Radio Star" The Buggles 2/2
142 "You Better Run" Pat Benatar 2/2
143 "Surface Tension" Rupert Hine 2/2
144 "One Step Ahead" Split Enz 3/3
145 "Wild-Eyed Southern Boys" .38 Special 2/2
146 "In My Arms Again" Shoes 1/1
147 "Is It You" Lee Ritenour 3/3
148 "Oh God, I Wish I Was Home Tonight" Rod Stewart 2/2
149 "Passing Strangers" Ultravox 1/1
150 "Just Between You and Me" April Wine 4/5
150 "Turning Japanese" The Vapors 1/1
151 "Rockin' the Paradise" Styx 3/3
152 "Bluer Than Blue" Michael Johnson 2/2
153 "Message of Love" The Pretenders 4/4
154 "Rat Race" The Specials 2/2
155 "Roll with the Changes" REO Speedwagon 1/1
156 "In the Air Tonight" Phil Collins 4/5
157 "Hold On to the Night" Bootcamp 2/2
158 "Double Life" The Cars 2/2
159 "Take It on the Run" REO Speedwagon 3/3
160 "We Don't Talk Anymore" Cliff Richard 2/2
161 "Sister Disco" The Who 2/2
162 "Celebrate the Bullet" The Selecter 2/2
163 "More Than I Can Say" Leo Sayer 2/2
164 "I Hope I Never" Split Enz 1/1
165 "Talk of the Town" The Pretenders 3/3
166 "Hold on Loosely" .38 Special 3/3
167 "Blondes Have More Fun" Rod Stewart 1/1
168 "Wrathchild" Iron Maiden 4/4
169 "Savannah Nights" Tom Johnston 2/2
170 "I'm Gonna Follow You" Pat Benatar 3/3
171 "Don't Let Him Go" REO Speedwagon 2/2
172 "Never Let Her Slip Away" Andrew Gold 1/1
173 "Time Heals" Todd Rundgren 3/3
174 "Brass in Pocket" The Pretenders 2/2
175 "Little Sister" Rockpile with Robert Plant 4/4 From Concerts for the People of Kampuchea
176 "A Little in Love" Cliff Richard 2/2
177 "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy" Rod Stewart 2/2
178 "Victim" Bootcamp 2/2
179 "Baker Street" Gerry Rafferty 2/2
180 "He Can't Love You" Michael Stanley Band 2/2
181 "Looking for Clues" Robert Palmer 3/3
182 "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 4/4
183 "Keep on Loving You" REO Speedwagon 3/3
184 "When Things Go Wrong" Robin Lane and the Chartbusters 2/2
185 "Little Suzi's on the Up" Ph.D. 3/3
186 "The Best of Times" Styx 3/3
187 "Sailing" Rod Stewart 2/2
188 "You Better You Bet" The Who 5/5
189 "Iron Maiden" Iron Maiden 2/2
190 "Can't Happen Here" Rainbow 3/3
191 "Oliver's Army" Elvis Costello 2/2
192 "Just Between You and Me" April Wine 5/5
193 "Come What May" Lani Hall and Herb Alpert 2/2
194 "Tattooed Love Boys" The Pretenders 1/1
195 "In the Air Tonight" Phil Collins 5/5
196 "Peter Gunn Theme/Remote Control" The Silencers 1/1
197 "Dreamin'" Cliff Richard 2/2
198 "Lucille" Rockestra 3/3
199 "Boys Keep Swinging" David Bowie 2/2
200 "Johnny & Mary" Robert Palmer 2/2
201 "Only the Strong Survive" REO Speedwagon 1/1
202 "Waiting for the Weekend" The Vapors 1/1
203 "You're Insane" Rod Stewart 1/1
204 "Kiss on My List" Hall & Oates 1/1
205 "Living in the Plastic Age" The Buggles 1/1
206 "Lonely Boy" Andrew Gold 1/1

MTV Day One stats[edit]

  • Artist with most total appearances: Rod Stewart (16)
  • Artist with most videos: Rod Stewart (11)
  • First artist to have more than one video played: Rod Stewart
  • First video to be played twice: The Who, "You Better You Bet" (this was also the first video to be played three, four and five times)
  • Most played videos: The Who's "You Better You Bet", April Wine's "Just Between You And Me" and Phil Collins' "In The Air Tonight" were each played five times
  • Total number of videos played: 116 (each video counted only once, no matter how many times it was repeated)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "VH1 Classic to show MTV's first day on air", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 31, 2006.
  2. ^ Daniel Rubin, "Blinq: After 25 years, do you still want your MTV?" Philadelphia Inquirer, August 1, 2006  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required).
  3. ^ http://www.youtube.com/user/MTVTheFirst24#grid/user/BD7CF63669F07963

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