MTV launched 36 years ago — Watch the first 5 music videos it ever aired

Thirty-six years ago in 1981, a handful of Americans in New Jersey tuned in to the premiere of Music Television (MTV), the world’s first 24-hour video music channel.

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The four hour broadcast began at 12:01 a.m. Aug. 1, 1981, with footage of the 1981 Space Shuttle launch and 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing, both set to rock music.

Then, MTV aired its very first music video: “Video Killed the Radio Star” by British group, The Buggles.

Here are the first five music videos aired on MTV:

“Video Killed the Radio Star” by The Buggles

“You Better Run” by Pat Benatar

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“She Won’t Dance With Me” by Rod Stewart

“You Better You Bet” by The Who

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“Little Susie’s On the Up” by Ph.D

Want to watch the entire four-hour broadcast? According to AV Club, someone recorded the whole thing and it’s available for download here.

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