List of first music videos aired on MTV  

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This is a list of the first music videos aired on MTV. These music videos were played on MTV's first day, August 1, 1981.

  1. "Video Killed the Radio Star" by The Buggles
  2. "You Better Run" by Pat Benatar
  3. "She Won't Dance With Me" by Rod Stewart (Contains use of the word "fuck" by Stewart [1]. A VH1 broadcast of the video posted on YouTube suggests the word was never edited from the video [2].)
  4. "You Better You Bet" by The Who
  5. "Little Suzi's on the Up" by Ph.D.
  6. "We Don't Talk Anymore" by Cliff Richard
  7. "Brass in Pocket" by The Pretenders
  8. "Time Heals" by Todd Rundgren
  9. "Take It On the Run" by REO Speedwagon
  10. "Rockin' the Paradise" by Styx
  11. "When Things Go Wrong" by Robin Lane and the Chartbusters
  12. "History Never Repeats" by Split Enz
  13. "Hold On Loosely" by 38 Special
  14. "Just Between You and Me" by April Wine
  15. "Sailing" by Rod Stewart
  16. "Iron Maiden" by Iron Maiden
  17. "Keep On Loving You" by REO Speedwagon
  18. "Message of Love" by The Pretenders
  19. "Mr. Briefcase" by Lee Ritenour
  20. "Double Life" by The Cars
  21. "In the Air Tonight" by Phil Collins
  22. "Looking For Clues" by Robert Palmer
  23. "Too Late" by Shoes
  24. "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" by Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  25. "Surface Tension" by Rupert Hine
  26. "One Step Ahead" by Split Enz
  27. "Baker Street" by Gerry Rafferty
  28. "I'm Gonna Follow You" by Pat Benatar
  29. "Savannah Nights" by Tom Johnston
  30. "Lucille" by Rockestra
  31. "The Best of Times" by Styx
  32. "Vengeance" by Carly Simon
  33. "Wrathchild" by Iron Maiden
  34. "I Wanna Be a Lifeguard" by Blotto
  35. "Passion" by Rod Stewart
  36. "Oliver's Army" by Elvis Costello
  37. "Don't Let Him Go" by REO Speedwagon
  38. "Remote Control/Illegal" by The Silencers
  39. "Angel of the Morning" by Juice Newton
  40. "Little Sister" by Rockpile with Robert Plant
  41. "Hold On to the Night" by Bootcamp
  42. "Dreaming" by Cliff Richard
  43. "Is it You?" by Lee Ritenour
  44. "Tusk" by Fleetwood Mac
  45. "He Can't Love You" by Michael Stanley Band
  46. "Tough Guys" by REO Speedwagon
  47. "Rapture" by Blondie
  48. "Don't Let Go the Coat" by The Who
  49. "Ain't Love a Bitch" by Rod Stewart
  50. "Talk of the Town" by The Pretenders
  51. "Can't Happen Here" by Rainbow
  52. "Thank You for Being a Friend" by Andrew Gold
  53. "Bring It All Home" by Gerry Rafferty
  54. "Sign of the Gypsy Queen" by April Wine
  55. "The Man with the Child in His Eyes" by Kate Bush
  56. "Ashes to Ashes" by David Bowie
  57. "Just Between You and Me" by April Wine
  58. "Rat Race" by The Specials
  59. "Once in a Lifetime" by Talking Heads
  60. "Victim" by Bootcamp
  61. "Tonight's the Night" by Rod Stewart
  62. "Cruel to Be Kind" by Nick Lowe


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