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How MTV Music Television started...

The first songs of the MTV channel: the entire playlist of the first day

On August 1, 1981, MTV Music Television opened the doors to the holy of holies for listeners and viewers of all ages! John Lack, one of the creators of the channel, said: "Ladies and gentlemen, rock and roll!"

The first 25 clips out of 116 music videos!

This is where it all started...
This is where it all started...

1. The Buggles - Video Killed the Radio Star

  • Album: English garden
  • Released: 1979
  • Genre: rock

This track is from the debut album. The Age of Plastic Jeff Downes and Trevor Horn, whose duet is better known as The Buggles,topped the UK music charts. The composition was recorded in 1979, and already in 1980 both musicians became members of a rock band Yes. Later, their creative careers diverged: Horn would be one of the creators The Art of noise, and Downs decides to start his own band Asia. After, being a famous producer, Trevor Horn will collaborate with such popular artists as Petshop boys, Frankie Goes toHollywood, ABC, and in 1994, together with Sealwill receive a Grammy Award for the song Kiss From a Rose.

“They believed your second symphony. Rewritten by machines and the latest technology, now I understand the problems you see."  The Buggles, video Killed the Radio star.

2. Pat Benatar - You Better Run

  • Album: roadie sound track
  • Year: 1980
  • Genre: Rock

The next video broadcast on the channel was Pat Benatar's remake of the band's song Young Rascals. It is noteworthy that You Better Run was the second clip shown on MTV since Benatar's album crimes of passion, released in 1980, this song was number two. The track was included in the soundtrack compilation for the film "Roadie" starring Meat Loaf, where it was also the second in the list.

“Most singers say: “If you hurt me, I will die…”. I say, "If you hurt me, I'll kick your ass" Pat Benatar.

3. Rod Stewart - She Won't Dance With Me

  • Album: Foolish behavior
  • Year: 1980
  • Genre: Pop

The song was written by Stewart and Jorge Ben Jor. She entered the album Foolish behavior, released by Stewart in 1980, following the album Blondes Have More fun. However, unlike the previous hit DaYa Think I'm sexy?, composition She Won't Dance With Me written not in the style of disco, but in the genre of incendiary rock.

“What I do is completely my father’s fault, because it was he who, for some unknown reason, bought me a guitar as a child,”  Rod Stewart.

4. The Who - You Better You Bet

  • Album: face Dances
  • Year: 1981
  • Genre: classic rock

Video for this energetic track from the 1981 album face Dances, shown in black and white. Kenny Jones replaced the band's deceased drummer Keith Moon, while John "Rabbit" Bundrick added a piano sound. On the American charts You Better You Bet managed to take 18th place, and in the UK the song was awarded the 9th position, entering the top ten.

“I have terrible hearing problems. Unwittingly, I helped to invent and develop a style of music that makes its authors deaf,  Pete Townshend.

5.Ph.D. - Little Suzi's on the Up

  • Album: Ph.D.
  • Year: 1981
  • Genre: pop

Simon Phillips, Tony Hymas and Jim Diamond founded the band Ph.D.,whose name was obtained by adding the first letters of their surnames. Later on this composition will release a cover version of the hard rock band Tesla. The plot of the video features a ballroom dancing competition, with references to the TV show Dancing With The stars and Strictly Come Dancing. In the late 70s, before the creation Ph.D., Phillips and Hymas played in a British rock band JeffBeck group. Oddly enough, it was Philipps who replaced the band's drummer. The Who Kenny Jones during their 1989 reunion tour of North America and England. Jim Diamond song I Should Have Known Better, released in 1984, became a huge hit in the UK.

"Little Susie is on the rise, looking for shelter,

Ruby is trying to bring her back, she is still looking for another way.

Little Susie on the rise, heading for the spotlight.

Ruby is finally getting up, he needs a few quiet nights."

— Ph.D., Little Suzi's on the Up.

6. Cliff Richard - We Don't Talk Anymore

  • Album: Rock 'n' Roll Juvenile
  • Year: 1979
  • Genre: pop

Originally discovered in an album Rock 'n' Roll juvenile, in the USA the composition is renamed to We Don't talk Anymore. In 1979, this track became the most popular in the USA, and already in January 1980 it reached the peak of popularity in the UK. The video was directed by Brian Grant, who also directed the promo for the song. Little Suzi's on the Up groups Ph.D. And, no, it's not the same song that Charlie Puth released in 2016.

"It's so funny, why don't we talk anymore?

But I don't want to lose sleep and count sheep." - Cliff Richard

7. The Pretenders - Brass in Pocket

  • Album: Pretenders
  • Year: 1980
  • Genre: rock

Authors Brass in Pocket are vocalist Chrissie Hynde and guitarist Jamie Honeyman-Scott. The composition became a real hit of the 80s in the USA, taking 14th place in the charts. Despite the fact that Chrissie Hynde did not consider this song a feminist anthem at all, in 2016 during an interview with the magazine classic Rock the singer spoke about her idea for the ending for the video. In Hynd's version, the group could arrive on motorbikes, her character, the waitress, would throw off her apron, and together they would race off into the sunset. According to the plot of the clip, the band members with their girlfriends arrive in a pink Cadillac, and the waitress unsuccessfully tries to attract their attention. By the way, "brass" is the designation of money in Northern England.

“There is movement, we hold back emotions

Driving, Detroit, bend over.

No reason, it just seems so nice

Gonna make you, make you notice

— The Pretenders, Brass in Pocket

8. Todd Rundgren - Time Heals

  • Album: Healing
  • Year: 1981
  • Genre: progressive rock

By the time MTV launched in 1981, Todd Rundgren was extremely interested in making a rock video. Two years earlier, he began working on a video project at a video studio in New York, becoming director and producer. Song Time Heals took 18th place in the US rock charts, and in 1983 the promo became part of the tape Videosyncracies, composed of songs heals, Hideaway and Can We Still Be friends?

"If you're bleeding,

Then everyone can see that you are bleeding.

They can call a doctor to diagnose

Explaining what you need

 Todd Rundgren, Time Heals

9. REO Speedwagon - Take It on the Run

  • Album: Hi Infidelity
  • Year: 1980
  • Genre: rock

For technical reasons, only 12 seconds of the clip was shown on the air, after which everything went black, but the song did not end. Band hit keep On loving You became the 17th on the first air of the MTV channel. The band's lead singer Kevin Cronin and guitarist Gary Richrat performed before the broadcast take It on the Run. This short MTV video promoted the band's concert, which was scheduled to air on August 8th. In 1981 the musical group REO Speedwagon was at the peak of his popularity, thanks to the album Hi Infidelity, and the broadcast of their concert on cable television was completely justified. By the way, the group got its name thanks to drummer Neil Doughty, who heard him at a lecture on the history of transportation at the University of Illinois.

"Heard it from a friend who

Heard it from another that you fooled around with.

That's why I tell you baby

I don't think it's true baby

And even if that's what it meant,

 REO speedwagon, take It on the Run

10. Styx - Rockin' the Paradise

  • Album: Paradise Theater
  • Year: 1981
  • Genre: classic rock

Clips of musical groups REO speedwagon and styx, originating in the state of Illinois, were shown by MTV channel one after another. concept album Paradise Theatre, the tenth track of which was the composition Rockin' the Paradise tells a fictional story about the Chicago Paradise Theater and serves as a metaphor for the changes taking place in the United States in the late 70s and 80s.

"And I'll risk tying the hands of time

and stay with you here for the night,

So sit down and don't be late.",

 styx, Rockin' the Paradise

11. Robin Lane and the Chartbusters - When Things Go Wrong

  • Album: Robin Lane & the Chartbusters
  • Year: 1980
  • Genre: rock

Robin Lane Facts:

  • The singer grew up in Los Angeles.
  • Her father Ken Lane is a famous songwriter and also the pianist on the famous Dean Martin Show.
  • From 1968 to 1970 Robin was married to Andy Summers, who later became a guitarist. police.
  • In 1969, she sang backing vocals on Neil Young's song Round & round, included in the album Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere.
  • In 1970-X popular the genres of punk rock and "new wave" had a significant impact on the singer. Real fame came to Lane with a hit When Things go Wrong.

"Your deepest emotions, within yourself,

It's hard to meet them, but you have to try.

Did you have feelings for someone you love

You surprise me why,

— Robin Lane and the Chartbusters, When Things Go Wrong

12. Split Enz - History Never Repeats

  • Album: Waiata
  • Year: 1981
  • Genre: new wave

Composition facts:

  • In 2001, members of the Australian Performing Rights Association voted it the 57th best New Zealand song of the twentieth century.
  • The guitar break in the track was originally featured in an old Phil Judd song Bergen Aan Zee.

"History will never repeat itself, I tell myself at bedtime,

Don't say the words you'll regret.

I've lost before, you know I can't forget"

 Split Enz, History Never Repeats

13.38 Special - Hold On Loosely

  • Album: Wild Eyed Southern Boys
  • Year: 1981
  • Genre: classic rock

Being the main track of the album, the song gained great popularity in the USA, taking 3rd place in the rock charts and 27th in the rating of radio airplay.

“It's so damn easy when your feelings are over protective of her, loving her so much. And my mind goes back to the girl I left a few years ago (who told me)"

 38 Special, Hold On Loosely

14 April Wine - Just Between You and Me

  • Album: The Nature of the Beast
  • Year: 1981
  • Genre: hard rock

Composition facts:

  • The song became a top 25 hit in the US and peaked at number 13 in Toronto.
  • This is the first music video by a Canadian studio artist to be shown on MTV.
  • The last chorus in the album version of the composition contains its title in French Seulement entre toi et mo.

"But only between me and you,

Baby I know our love will

Just between you and me

Always, I know our love will be

Just between you and me"

 April Wine

15. Rod Stewart - Sailing

  • Album: Atlantic Crossing
  • Year: 1975
  • Genre: pop

Composition facts:

  • Track Sailing became a worldwide hit, in September 1975 in the UK charts, he held the first position for four weeks.
  • Until now Sailing remains the song that gave Rod Stewart his biggest hit in the UK.
  • However, in the USA, in the singer's homeland, the song did not become a leading hit.

"Do you hear me, do you hear me,

In the darkness of the night, far away

I'm dying forever in tears

Without you",

 Rod Stewart, Sailing.

16. Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden

  • Album: iron Maiden
  • Year: 1980
  • Genre: heavy metal

Album Facts:

  • The American edition of the album included the song Sanctuary, previously released in the UK as a single.
  • This is the band's only album to feature guitarist Dennis Stretton.
  • The song of the same name was the first heavy metal song to appear on MTV.

"If heavy metal bands ruled the world, we would all be much better off"  Bruce Dickinson.

17. REO Speedwagon - Keep On Loving You

  • Album: Hi Infidelity
  • Year: 1980
  • Genre: rock

Composition facts:

  • Leading role in the track belongs to the playing of guitarist Gary Richrat.
  • It became the band's first single to top the US charts.
  • Over one million copies have been sold in the US, earning the song platinum status.
  • It reached number 7 in the UK charts.

"You should read it in my eyes baby

What has been missed.

You should have guessed by the tone of my voice, maybe

But you didn't listen.

You played dead but never bled

Instead, you were lying on the grass, curled up in a ball and hissing,

 REO speedwagon, keep On loving You

18. Michael Johnson - Bluer Than Blue

  • Album: Then & Now
  • Year: 1997
  • Genre: Country

Composition facts:

  • Song bluer Than Blue subsequently entered the album of the artist, called The Michael Johnson Album.
  • The composition is written from the point of view of a person who is in an unsuccessful relationship, but at the same time tries to convince himself that everything will change for the better when the one he loves starts moving on.

"After you're gone, I can make up for lost time,

After you leave, I will have more time to sleep.

And when you're gone, everything will seem easier

You know life will be easier

I'll be really happy"

 michael johnson, bluer Than blue.

19. The Pretenders - message of love

  • Album: Pretenders II
  • Year: 1981
  • Genre: rock

Composition facts:

  • Practically composed in the studio, the song became a radio hit, peaking at number 11 in the UK.
  • Deserving high praise from music critics, it was recognized as one of the brightest tracks on the album. Pretenders II.

"Overconfidence is usually a bluff - if you're lucky, maybe you really have it, but to be honest, no one will notice the difference,"  Chrissie Hynd.

20. Lee Ritenour - Mr. brief case

  • Album: Rit
  • Year: 1981
  • Genre: rock

Artist Facts:

  • American jazz guitarist Lee Ritenour was born on January 11, 1952.
  • He has been called "an impeccable musical chameleon".
  • Ritenour is the winner of the Grammy Award, which was nominated 16 times.

“I always advise any musician to compose their own music. This is the best thing you can do on the way to your own style”,  Lee Ritenour.

21. The Cars - Double Life

  • Album: Candy O
  • Year: 1979
  • Genre: new wave

Composition facts:

  • Double life is a single, but the song is actually linked to two other tracks on the album.
  • Short transitions between different songs on the album, or overlapping them on top of each other, is a trick that got more than one song from the band's album on the radio.
  • First line of the song: "It takes a fast car to lead a double life"  taken from the opening lines of Lawrence Ferlinghetti's poem "The Lost Parents".

“By refusing to ask for help when you need it, you deny someone the opportunity to be helpful.”  Ric Ocasek.

22. Phil Collins - In The Air Tonight

  • Album: face value
  • Year: 1981
  • Genre: pop

Composition facts:

  • Composition In the Air Tonight became the solo debut of the English artist and drummer Phil Collins and was included in the debut solo album of the musician face value, released in January 1981.
  • The single was co-produced by Hugh Padham, who often collaborated with Collins in later years.
  • The song quickly became a hit, reaching number two on the UK Singles Chart, but not reaching the top due to the release of John Lennon's posthumous song. Woman.
  • In the Air Tonight is a worldwide top ten hit in Australia, New Zealand and some European countries. The composition took the first places in Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Sweden.
  • In 2006, it was ranked number 35 on the list of the 100 Greatest Songs of the 80s.

“At some point, the music stops being mine. She is yours." Phil Collins.

23. Robert Palmer - Looking for Clues

  • Album: Clues
  • Year: 1980
  • Genre: synth-pop

Album Facts:

  • Sixth solo album Palmer clues, unlike the previous ones, it has become more rocker, in the style of new wave.
  • The album peaked at number 59 on the US Pop Albums Chart and in the UK  31.
  • Besides, Clues ranked 1st in Sweden, 3rd in France, 15th in the Netherlands and 42nd in Italy.
  • Clues considered one of the strongest albums of the artist.

“Trying to describe music in words is as difficult as trying to dance architecture",  Robert Palmer.

24. shoes - too late

  • Album: present tense
  • Year: 1979
  • Genre: pop

Group Facts:

  • shoes is an American power pop band formed in 1974 by brothers John and Jeff Murphy along with Gary Klib.
  • The band founded their own label, Black Vinyl Records, and owned and operated their own commercial recording studio between 1983 and 2004. short order recorder.

“Every time I see you, I want to believe you.

Did you ever think about what you said?

You lied and I tried to ignore your careless way of love

And when you called, I never refused you,

 shoes, too late.

25. Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Stop Draggin' My Heart Around

  • Album: Bella Donna
  • Year: 1981
  • Genre: rock, pop

Composition facts:

  • This track is the only one from the album. Bella Donna, which is not authored or co-authored by Stevie Nicks.
  • Tom Petty and Mike Campbell wrote this song for the band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and producer Jimmy Iovine, who at that time also worked with Stevie Nicks, invited her to sing.
  • Petty sang along with Nicks on the choruses and tie lines as his band played the song.

“Music is perhaps the only magic that I have encountered in my life. There is no trick in it. She pushes you forward, heals you and does a lot of things that would be incredible without her.”  Tom Petty.

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