The 12 best clips from day one of MTV


This month, MTV celebrates its 40th anniversary. And although they don’t play videos anymore, they did play on August 1, 1981. Here are the best ones.

  • Les Buggles “Video killed radio star”

    The first video ever to air on MTV. Iconic.

  • Pat Benatar “You better run”

    The second video to ever air on MTV. And the first of Pat Benatar’s many excellent music videos to spin it.

  • The Who “You better bet”

    The Who were in the mix from day one of MTV.

  • 38 Special “Wait Loose”

    38 Special – Hold On Loosely (Live)

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    We tend to remember a lot of new wave videos from the early days of MTV, but there was also a lot of hard rock in the mix.

  • Iron Maiden “Iron Maiden”

    The first heavy metal band to be played on MTV.

  • Phil Collins “In the air tonight”

    Who would have thought that one of the first memorable clips of the MTV era would be just a close-up of Phil Collins’ big head?

  • Stevie Nicks with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers “Stop Draggin ‘My Heart Around”

    Stevie AND Tom bring star power to MTV Day One.

  • Blondie “Heart of Glass”

    If anyone had a face tailor-made for MTV, it was Debbie Harry.

  • Talking Heads “Once in a lifetime”

    Another clip from Day One that reached iconic status 40 years later.

  • J. Geils Band “Love Stinks”

    J. Geils Band – Love stinks

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    Was it cool as a Boston music fan to see one of our own on the first day of MTV?

  • “Let’s go” cars

    Cars – let’s go [promo].avi

    Very rare HQ promo clip. “Let’s Go” was the first single from The Cars album Candy-O released in 1979. It was written by Ric Ocasek and stars …

    And they weren’t the only group from Boston to rotate on day one. The cars had a few clips in the mix.

  • Ramones “Do you remember rock and roll radio?”

    It would have been a sacrilege not to have a video of the Ramones on the first day of MTV.

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