The Great 8 Top Videos of All Time.
It’s hard to believe that MTV debuted over 42 years ago. It was launched nationwide on August 1, 1981 with the song, and it was not by accident, “Video Killed The Radio Star” by the Buggles. The message was clear. There was a new Big Kid on the block and it meant to be the dominant player in the music industry. MTV was a monster hit right out of the gate. Kids would rush home to turn on the channel and watch videos of their favorite songs.
Now you see them
It was the first time you could see your favorite artists perform without having to go to a concert or catch a live televised performance on late night tv or “”American Bandstand”. Sometimes artists were not comfortable with the camera or didn’t possess the “right look”. Before videos, you could listen to songs on the radio and wonder what the artist looked like. You would have to buy their albums or 45’s just to put a face to the voice and sound
MTV launched many careers
We are not saying that someone like Madonna would not have “made it” without MTV, but she certainly exploded on the scene because of it. That goes for groups like the Go-Go’s and Duran Duran and the Bangles. These artists looked great on camera and were rewarded by constantly being on hot rotation.
Videos were creative outlets for the stars
Bands like the Talking Heads, R.E.M. and the B-52’s along with artists like Michael Jackson, David Bowie and Peter Gabriel used the new platform as another way of being artistic. Their videos were not just live versions of their songs or literal translations of the lyrics. They let their creative juices flow and out poured videos that were eye popping, engaging, confusing and most assuredly expensive. That was okay with record labels because MTV propelled the sales of albums, cassettes and eventually CD’s to stratospheric levels
Radio was not killed
We must point out that Video didn’t kill the Radio Stat after all. Radio is still very much alive and the irony is MTV no longer plays videos at all. VH1 doesn’t play many either. Radio continues to be the number one source of discovery of new artists and we hope that never changes .