1981…FIRST day of MTV…summed up….it ROCKED


OK so I don’t have much time but wanted to do something so here is a list I obtained from Wikipedia of the 1st 100 + videos ever played on MTV in order, how many times they appeared and some notes also.


What is MTV you ask those under the age of 25?


It’s called Music Television and back in the day they played “Music Videos” before reality shows, game shows and pregnant teens took over….I mean not even MTV 2 plays videos…who fucking cares anyway?


Well with that said those of you alive to see first day got to see some songs that you still listen today and some songs you will never hear again.


I will highlight my personal favorites and maybe slip some of the bad ones because at least one of you will have liked some of the more obscure songs.


Also since I am an album cover NUT I have posted the covers to gaze at just like I did when I purchased some of these back when.


ONE MORE ALSO…notice how many songs on here come from the same albums…not much variety then.


ENJOY and please comment….


also after 100 I will just randomly pick some favorites….that’s what I do….



First music videos aired on MTV (1-100 then a mix)    
Number Song Artist How Many Times Video Appeared in First 100 Notes

1

Video Killed the Radio Star

Album: 

The Age of Plastic

The Buggles

Image result for buggles

1/2

I don’t ever want to hear this ever again

2

You Better Run

Album: Crimes of Passion

Pat Benatar

Image result for pat benatar crimes of passion

1/2

Still a kickass song….

3

“She Won’t Dance with Me”

Album: 

Foolish Behaviour

Rod Stewart

Image result for Foolish Behaviour

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

Album: 

Face Dances

The Who

Image result for face dances

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”

Album: 

Three

Ph.D.

Image result for three ph d album

1/3

6

We Don’t Talk Anymore

Album: 

Rock ‘n’ Roll Juvenile

Cliff Richard

Image result for Rock 'n' Roll Juvenile

1/2

7

Brass in Pocket

Album:

The Pretenders

The Pretenders

Image result for the pretenders album

1/2

8

“Time Heals”

Album:

Healing

Todd Rundgren

Image result for todd rundgren healing

1/3

9

Take It on the Run

Album:
High Infidelity

REO Speedwagon

Image result for high infidelity

1/3

still a favorite of mine….what a JAM.

10

Rockin’ the Paradise

Album: Paradise Theater

Styx

Image result for styx paradise theater

1/3

11

“When Things Go Wrong”

Album:  Robin Lane 

and the Chartbusters

Robin Lane and the Chartbusters

Image result for Robin Lane and the Chartbusters

1/2

12

History Never Repeats

Album:

Waiata

Split Enz

Image result for split enz waiata

1/2

LOVE THIS SONG STILL….and yes that is the guy from Crowded House….”History Never Repeats” was the first music video by an Australasian band ever played on MTV.

13

Hold on Loosely

Album:
Wild-Eyed Southern Boys

.38 Special

Image result for 38 special wild eyed southern boys album

1/3

I truly think I have loved this song since the first time I heard it….it speaks volumes…..FUCK YEAH

14

Just Between You and Me

Album: The Nature Of The Beast

April Wine

Image result for april wine the nature of the beast

1/5

“Just Between You and Me” was the first music video by a Canadian musical artist ever played on MTV.

15

Sailing

Album: Atlantic Crossing

Rod Stewart

Image result for rod stewart atlantic crossing

1/2

Stewart became the first artist to have two different videos played on MTV.

16

“Iron Maiden”

Iron Maiden

1/2

FIRST IRON MAIDEN video ever on MTV…when I saw this I was blown away like who the HELL is this and who are these guys dressed up in back?  so yes HUGE IMPRESSION. First hard rock song shown on MTV.

17

Keep on Loving You

Album: High Infidelity

REO Speedwagon

Image result for high infidelity

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

Album: The Michael Johnson Album

Michael Johnson

Image result for the michael johnson album

1/2

19

“Message of Love”

Album: The Pretenders

The Pretenders

Image result for the pretenders album

1/4

Absolute jam….my first crush was Chrissie Hynde for good reason

20

“Mr. Briefcase”

Album: Rit

Lee Ritenour

1/2

21

Double Life

Album:

Candy-O

The Cars

Image result for the cars candy o album

1/2

22

In the Air Tonight

Album: 

Face Value

Phil Collins

Image result for phil collins face value

1/5

23

Looking for Clues

Album:  

Clues

Robert Palmer

Image result for robert palmer clues

1/3

24

“Too Late”

Shoes

Image result for the shoes band

1/1

And here we have the first of some of the WTF songs by a band with a WTF name…..try and enjoy

25

Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around

Album: 

BellaDonna

Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Image result for bella donna album

1/4

26

Da Ya Think I’m Sexy

Rod Stewart

Image result for rod stewart blondes have more fun

1/2

Screen is blank while the audio still plays, stops after 15 seconds.

27

“Surface Tension”

Album: Immunity

Rupert Hine

Image result for rupert hine album immunity

1/2

28

One Step Ahead

Album: Waiata

Split Enz

Image result for split enz waiata

1/3

MY all time favorite Split Enz song….just timeless…..fucking amazing

29

Baker Street

Album: 

City to City

Gerry Rafferty

Image result for gerry rafferty city to city

1/2

what else can I say about this song that hasn’t been said…..the sax…..CLASSIC

30

“I’m Gonna Follow You”

Album:

Crimes Of Passion

Pat Benatar

Image result for pat benatar crimes of passion

1/3

OMG I forgot about this song…..what a JAM!!!!!

31

“Savannah Nights”

Album:

Everything You Heard Is True

Tom Johnson

1/2

32

“Lucille”

Album: Concert For The People Of Kampuchea

Rockestra

Concerts for the People of Kampuchea

1/3

33

The Best of Times

Album: Paradise Theater

Styx

Image result for styx paradise theater

1/3

34

“Vengeance”

Album: 

Spy

Carly Simon

Image result for carly simon spy

1/1

35

“Wrathchild”

Album: Killers 

Iron Maiden

Image result for iron maiden killers

1/4

36

“I Wanna Be a Lifeguard”

Blotto

1/1

First horrible video ever shown on MTV….first of many

37

“Passion”

Album: 

Foolish Behaviour

Rod Stewart

Image result for Foolish Behaviour

1/2

guilty pleasure but listen to that bass….and I think the drummer Carmine Appice makes more appearances in the first days of MTV than anyone

38

Oliver’s Army

Album: 

Armed Forces

Elvis Costello

Image result for elvis costello armed forces

1/2

39

“Remote Control / Illegal”

Album: 

Rock And Roll Enforcers

The Silencers

Image result for the silencers rock n roll enforcers

1/2

Two songs combined into a single video

40

Angel of the Morning

Album:
Juice

Juice Newton

Image result for juice album

1/1

ok ….sorry had to

41

“Little Sister”

Album: Concert For The People Of Kampuchea

Rockpile with Robert Plant

Concerts for the People of Kampuchea

1/4

From Concerts for the People of Kampuchea

42

“Hold On to the Night”

Bootcamp

Image result for boot camp hold on to the night

1/2

OH YEAH I HAVE TO PLAY THIS…look at the outfits…and especially the keyboard player…
what a STACHE!!!!

43

“Dreamin'”

Album: 

I’m NO Hero

Cliff Richard

Image result for cliff richard i'm no hero

1/2

Ok my guilty pleasure….love this song

44

“Is It You”

Album: Rit

Lee Ritenour

1/3

45

Tusk

Album: Tusk

Fleetwood Mac

Image result for tusk fleetwood mac

1/1

46

“He Can’t Love You”

Album:  Heartland

Michael Stanley Band

Image result for michael stanley band heartland

1/2

47

“Tough Guys”

Album:  

High Infidelity

REO Speedwagon

Image result for high infidelity

1/2

48

Rapture

Album: Autoamerican

Blondie

Image result for blondie autoamerican

1/2

“Rapture” was the first rap music video ever played on MTV.  

And its fucking BLONDIE!!!!

49

Don’t Let Go the Coat

Album: 

Face Dances

The Who

Image result for face dances

1/2

50

Ain’t Love a Bitch

Album: 

Foolish Behaviour

Rod Stewart

Image result for Foolish Behaviour

1/1

51

“Talk of the Town”

Album: 

The Pretenders

The Pretenders

Image result for the pretenders album

1/3

Obviously I love the Pretenders ….

Ok Chrissie Hynde but James Honeyman Scott can play….RIP

52

“Can’t Happen Here”

Album: 

Down To Earth

Rainbow

Image result for rainbow down to earth

1/3

53

Thank You for Being a Friend

Album:  

All This And Heaven Too

Andrew Gold
Image result for andrew gold all this and heaven too

1/1

54

You Better You Bet

Album: 

Face Dances

The Who

Image result for face dances

2/5

55

“Bring It All Home”

Album: 

City To City

Gerry Rafferty

Image result for gerry rafferty city to city

1/1

56

“Sign of the Gypsy Queen”

Album: The Nature Of The Beast

April Wine

Image result for april wine the nature of the beast

1/2

and my first OH YEAH to this list…..still fucking love it….and yes guilty pleasure but what a jam…again

57

The Man with the Child in His Eyes

Album:  

The Kick Inside

Kate Bush

Image result for kate bush the kick inside

1/1

Say what you want but Kate Bush has an incredibly beautiful voice

58

“Message of Love”

Album: 

The Pretenders

The Pretenders

Image result for the pretenders album

2/4

59

“All Night Long”

Album: 

Down To Earth

Rainbow

Image result for rainbow down to earth

1/2

60

Boys Keep Swinging

Album: 

Scary Monsters

David Bowie

Image result for scary monsters album

1/2

61

“Rat Race”

Album: The Specials

The Specials

Image result for the specials

1/2

Love me some SKA and The Specials are SKA….see who influenced Sublime

62

Just Between You and Me

Album:  The Nature Of The Beast

April Wine

Image result for april wine the nature of the beast

2/5

63

Once in a Lifetime

Album:  Remain In Light

Talking Heads

Image result for remain in light

1/1

64

“Victim”

Bootcamp

Image result for bootcamp victim

1/2

65

Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright)

Album:  

A Night On The Town

Rod Stewart

1/1

66

Cruel to Be Kind

Album: Jesus Of Cool

Nick Lowe

Image result for jesus of cool

1/1

again one of my favorites…..CLASSIC

67

“A Little in Love”

Album: 

I’m No Hero

Cliff Richard

Image result for cliff richard i'm no hero

1/2

68

Take It on the Run

REO Speedwagon

Image result for high infidelity

2/3

69

“Wild-Eyed Southern Boys”

.38 Special

Image result for 38 special wild eyed southern boys album

1/2

70

Wuthering Heights

Album: 

The Kick Inside

Kate Bush

Image result for kate bush the kick inside

1/1

71

Celebrate the Bullet

The Selecter

Image result for the selecter celebrate the bullet

1/2

72

More Than I Can Say

Album: 

Living In A Fantasy

Leo Sayer

Image result for leo sayer living in a fantasy album

1/2

73

A Message to You, Rudy

Album: The Specials

The Specials

Image result for the specials

1/1

74

In the Air Tonight

Album:  Face Value

Phil Collins

Image result for phil collins face value

2/5

75

Heart of Glass

Album: Parallel Lines

Blondie

Image result for parallel lines blondie

1/1

76

“Oh God, I Wish I Was Home Tonight”

Album:  

Foolish Behaviour

Rod Stewart

Image result for Foolish Behaviour

1/2

77

“Kid”

Album: 

The Pretenders

The Pretenders

Image result for the pretenders album

1/1

78

“Wrathchild”

Album: 

Killers

Iron Maiden

Image result for iron maiden killers

2/4

79

“Come What May”

Lani Hall and Herb Alpert

1/2

80

I Got You

Split Enz

Image result for split enz waiata

1/1

81

Sister Disco

Album: 

Face Dances

The Who

Image result for face dances

1/2

82

Fashion

Album: 

Scary Monsters

David Bowie

Image result for scary monsters album

1/2

83

Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around

Album: BellaDonna

Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Image result for bella donna album

2/4

84

Love Stinks

Album: 

Love Stinks

The J. Geils Band

Image result for love stinks album cover

1/1

85

Johnny And Mary

Album: 

Clues

Robert Palmer

Image result for robert palmer clues

1/2

86

“Tomorrow Night”

Album: 

Black Vinyl Shoes

Shoes

Image result for the shoes band

1/1

87

“Lucille”

Album: Concert For The People Of Kampuchea

Rockestra

Concerts for the People of Kampuchea

2/3

88

Rockin’ the Paradise

Album: Paradise Theater

Styx

Image result for styx paradise theater

2/3

89

“Prime Time”

Album:  

Prime Time

The Tubes

Image result for the tubes remote control

1/1

90

One Step Ahead

Album: Waiata

Split Enz

Image result for split enz waiata

2/3

91

Hold on Loosely

Album:  

Wild-Eyed Southern Boys

.38 Special

Image result for 38 special wild eyed southern boys album

2/3

92

“Cruel You”

Album: Black Vinyl Shoes

Shoes

Image result for the shoes band

1/1

You know I had to put you through the Shoes again….

93

“Little Sister”

Album: Concert For The People Of Kampuchea

Rockpile with Robert Plant

Concerts for the People of Kampuchea

2/4

From Concerts for the People of Kampuchea

94

Calling All Girls

Hilly Michaels

Image result for Hilly Michaels calling all girls

1/1

95

Keep on Loving You

REO Speedwagon

Image result for high infidelity

2/3

96

I Was Only Joking

Album: Footloose And Fancy Free

Rod Stewart

Image result for rod stewart foot loose & fancy free

1/1

97

You Better You Bet

Album: Face Dances

The Who

3/5

98

“Time Heals”

Album: Healing

Todd Rundgren

Image result for todd rundgren healing

2/3

99

Let’s Go

Album: Candy-O

The Cars

Image result for the cars candy o album

1/1

100

Just Between You and Me

April Wine

Image result for april wine the nature of the beast

3/5

102

Fashion

Album:

Scary Monsters

David Bowie

Image result for scary monsters album

2/2

112

“So Long”

Album:

Going Deaf For A Living

Fischer-Z

Image result for going deaf for a living fischer z

1/1

what the fucking fuck?

122

“Rough Boys”

Album:

Empty Boys

Pete Townshend

Image result for empty glass pete townshend

1/1

Another song I am surprised didn’t get played earlier….my favorite Pete song

133

Vienna

Album:

Vienna

ULTRAVOX

http://www.metacafe.com/embed/6466202/ Arguably one of the BEST and UNDERRATED videos to ever hit MTV airwaves.  It’s beauty makes the song even more intense.  With apologies to another black and white classic “One” by Metallica, this video by Ultravox is just CLASSIC.

138

“Holiday”

Album: Malice In Wonderland

Nazareth

Image result for nazareth malice in wonderland

1/1

Wholly shit I remember this song…..but haven’t heard it since probably 1981.

150

Turning Japanese

Album:

New Clear Days

The Vapors

Image result for the vapors new clear days

1/1

NOT the official video.,…but still cool because they are actually singing

168

“Wrathchild”

Album:

Killers

Iron Maiden

Image result for iron maiden killers

4/4

FOUR TIMES THIS SONG WAS PLAYED IN FIRST 200 VIDEOS….WOW….
THANKS MTV

177

Da Ya Think I’m Sexy

Album: Blondes Have More Fun

Rod Stewart

Image result for rod stewart blondes have more fun

2/2

194

Tattooed Love Boys

Album:

The Pretenders

The Pretenders

Image result for the pretenders album

1/1

So why not end with The Pretenders and my all time favorite song by them…..can’t believe it took them 193 videos to get this fucking jam…
oh well
OK ONE MORE….rocked my face off in the early days of MTV…..
CHEERS
always remember tip your bartenders, tip your friends
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