The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum


Happy 30th Anniversary, MTV

Monday, August 1: 12:07 p.m.
Posted by Rock Hall

Today, August 1st, marks the 30th anniversary of MTV. Launched in 1981, the network aired its first music video, "Video Killed the Radio Star" by the Buggles, and has since broadcast thousands of videos on such dynamic series as 120 Minutes  and Yo! MTV Raps. Although initially MTV mainly dedicated itself to sharing music videos, it has since become an influence on popular culture not only in music, but film, fashion and reality entertainment as we know it. However, it's the music video that has arguably been the channel's biggest claim to fame.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum displays dozens of collection items featured in music videos, from ZZ Top's Eliminator Couple used in the "Gimme All Your Lovin'," "Sharp Dressed Man" and "Legs" videos to the (yes, THE) jacket Michael Jackson wore in the "Thriller" video. Click here to view a photo slideshow of some of the things you'll see in the Museum that you might just recognize from a music video. And while here, don't forget to also check out the Rock Hall's Video Killed the Radio Star video installation on level two of the Museum.


Andre 3000 out OutKast's outfit from the group's video for "Roses."

Tell us in the comments section below- what is your favorite music video of all time and why?



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