This is the video that started it all. MTV aired TheBuggles' 'Video Killed the Radio Star' 30 years ago, marking the music channel's debut.
Michael Jackson: "Billie Jean"
Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean," the second single off of his Thriller album, topped the charts after its release in 1983, and marked one of the first times the-then mostly rock-dominated channel aired a black artist's work.
David Bowie: "Heroes"
David Bowie's "Heroes" music video (directed by Stanley Dorfman) had the sex symbol singing in front of a white light when it aired on MTV.
Men at Work: "Down Under"
Men at Work's 'Down Under' put the Australian band on the map internationally and they won the 1983 Grammy for Best New Artist that year. They're also the only Aussie band to ever have both a #1 album, Business as Usual, and single at the same time in the U.S.
Nena: "99 Luftballons"
Nena's "99 Luftballons" became a hit in Germany and its English counterpart, "99 Red Balloons" was released in 1984. MTV ran both the German and English versions of the music video, but ironically, it was the German-language one that became popular (hitting #2 on the singles chart).
Duran Duran: "Rio"
English band Duran Duran's hit "Rio" was put into heavy rotation during MTV's "Second British Invasion" in 1983. The Rio record, which did not gain popularity in the U.S. until after its re-release as a dance album, remained on the charts for 129 weeks.
The Police: 'Every Breath You Take'
Included as one of Billboard magazine's "10 Best '80s Music Videos," The Police's "Every Breath You Take," released in 1983, was one of the band's best. The black-and-white video featured Sting's bandmates playing their instruments while he croons the obsessive ode to love.
Dexys Midnight Runners: "Come on Eileen"
Dexys Midnight Runners' who announced this year that they've reunited (under the shortened name Dexys) and plan to release their first album since 1985, premiered their "Come on Eileen" music video, in which they sport matching jean overalls, in 1983.
Hall and Oates: "Private Eyes"
Hall and Oates had a fan in MTV, and the band, who's detective-inspired video "Private Eyes" first played on the station in 1981. Daryl Hall and John Oates even recorded promos for the still-young station in the early '80s.
Olivia Newton-John: "Physical"
Greasestar Olivia Newton-John's "Physical" music video made waves after its 1981 release. The toungue-in-cheek video features the singer-actress singing her suggestive lyrics to viewers while busting out sexy aerobics moves in a gym with both ripped and out of shape men.