Happy Birthday, MTV: 30 Videos to Celebrate 30 Years

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I want my MTV back
Music Television turns 30 today, but the network doesn't look a day over 16 and Pregnant.

Well before MTV started exploiting the incredibly difficult lives of irresponsible teens expecting a first child and balancing high school algebra, the Viacom-network played music videos. Original programming like Yo! MTV Raps, 120 Minutes, even Total Request Live (TRL) was video-centric, predating today's "reality" driven shit shows MTV's become synonymous with (read Jersey Shore, Teen Mom).

On current-day MTV, you'll maybe catch a video snippet during the end credits of Real World, and it's usually from some shitty emo-pop group or Katy Perry. There's very little music on Music Television, and virtually no videos--blame the Internet.

Nevertheless, the network continues to host their annual Video Music Awards show, and like MTV, it has become a giant pop culture train wreck. This year's disaster strikes on Sunday, August 28 when the VMAs air live from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles.

Okay, no more shitting on MTV--it's their birthday. To celebrate the big 3-O, we've compiled a list of our favorite music videos the MTV's aired between 1981 and 2011.

Happy birthday, Music Television.


Blondie - "Rapture" (1981)

I selfishly chose a Blondie video because Debbie Harry and I are both from Miami.

Human League - "Don't You Want Me" (1982)

This songs has one of the best narratives in music.

David Bowie - "China Girl" (1983)

David Bowies. That is all.

The Cars - "You Might Think" (1984)

Hello, CGI.

Dire Straits - "Money for Nothing" (1985)

Money for Nothing was the first video played on MTV Europe.

Paul Simon - "You Can Call me Al" (1986)

Anything with Chevy Chase is great, except Community.

Wang Chung - "Everybody Have Fun Tonight" (1987)

Wang Chung = Best Band Name Ever.

N.W.A. - "Straight Outta Compton" (1988)

Raise your fists, y'all.

Depeche Mode - "Personal Jesus" (1989)

Did you know Elvis was behind this track?

LL Cool J - "Mama Said Knock You Out" (1990)

Before this song got turned into a stadium anthem, it was pretty hardcore.



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