By Britt Bickel

T-minus two days until K-EARTH 101 kicks off our ‘I Want My MTV’ Weekend with the help of original VJ Nina Blackwood and The Bangles’ lead singer Susanna Hoffs this Friday at 7 a.m.!

All week, we’ve been reminiscing about that first golden decade after MTV launched and changed an entire generation. The original ‘fab five’ VJs – Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter, the late J.J. Jackson, Nina Blackwood and Martha Quinn – became the tastemakers of popular music and took viewers through 24 hours of music videos of their favorite artists. No wonder why they claim they’re “the reason you have no attention span.”

So in anticipation of K-EARTH 101’s ‘I Want My MTV’ Weekend, take a look back at what the first 20 videos ever played on the channel were and relive the nostalgia of these classic videos!

First 20 music videos ever played on MTV (per Wikipedia):

1. “Video Killed the Radio Star” — The Buggles

2. “You Better Run” — Pat Benatar (watch here)

3. “She Won’t Dance with Me” — Rod Stewart  (fun fact: Stewart was the artist with the most videos played that day.)

4. “You Better You Bet” — The Who (fun fact: “You Better You Bet” was both the 4th and 54th video to be aired on MTV’s launch day, making it the first video to be shown more than once.)

5. “Little Suzi’s on the Up” — Ph.D. (watch here)

6. “We Don’t Talk Anymore” — Cliff Richard (watch here)

7. “Brass in Pocket” — The Pretenders

8. “Time Heals” — Todd Rundgren (watch here)

9. “Take It on the Run” — REO Speedwagon (fun fact: REO Speedwagon tied with Rod Stewart as the artists with the most videos played that day.)

10. “Rockin’ the Paradise” — Styx (watch here)

11. “When Things Go Wrong” — Robin Lane and the Chartbusters (watch here)

12. “History Never Repeats” — Split Enz (watch here)

13. “Hold on Loosely” — .38 Special (watch here)

14. “Just Between You and Me” — April Wine (fun fact: this was the first music video by a Canadian artist ever played on MTV. Watch here)

15. “Sailing” — Rod Stewart (watch here)

16. “Iron Maiden” — Iron Maiden

17. “Keep on Loving You (Live)” — REO Speedwagon

18. “Bluer Than Blue” — Michael Johnson (watch here)

19.“Message of Love” — The Pretenders (watch here)

20. “Mr. Briefcase” — Lee Ritenour (watch here)


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