Song #8 to be played that first day of MTV, was Todd Rundgren‘s “Time Heals,” from his Healing Lp.
“Brass In Pocket” by The Pretenders, was the seventh video played on the inaugural day of MTV, back in 1981. Though it was the band’s third single, it was its first international success. From the Sire Records Lp simply titled Pretenders.
We continue our celebration of early MTV with the 5th song ever played on the channel, “Little Susie’s On The Up,” by Ph.D. From the band’s debut Lp, which also contained the ballad, “I Won’t Let You Down,” which was a minor hit.
The 4th music video played on MTV back in 1981, was The Who, with their hit, “You Better You Bet.” From their album, Face Dances, “You Better You Bet” was the last song by The Who to crack the Billboard Top Ten, staying at #1 for four weeks.
The third video shown on MTV in its inaugural year of 1981, was Rod Stewart‘s “She Won’t Dance With Me.” The song is from Stewart’s 1980 record, Foolish Behaviour, which also produced the hit “Passion.”
Continuing our look back at the first videos played on MTV, we bring you “You Better Run,” by Pat Benatar, which was the second video to air, after The Buggles‘ “Video Killed The Radio Star.” ” You Better Run” was also chosen as the first single from Benatar’s 1980 release, Crimes Of Passion.
On August 1, 1981, Video Killed The Radio Star by The Buggles was the very first song played on MTV. The Buggles were made up of singer and bassist Trevor Horn, who would later produce Paul McCartney, Frankie Goes To Hollywood and Yes, and keyboard wizard Geoffrey Downes, who would later join Asia and Yes.