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On this day in 1981, MTV, a TV channel dedicated entirely to playing music videos was launched.  The channel had a huge impact on music, television and pop culture.  Here are 10 videos from the 1980’s that left an indelible mark on our memories.  Many of us spent hours upon hours with our eyes glues to the TV watching video after video presented by VJs (the TV version of disc jockeys) like Martha Quinn, Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter, J.J. Jackson, take a look at a few of the videos we see in our heads when we see the letters M-T-V.


David Bryne showed off some stressful looking dance steps in this video.


Talking Heads - "Once In A Lifetime"

Uploaded by Edgar Aldrett on 2010-01-23.



The special effects employed in this video helped take this hit song to an even bigger level for Peter Gabriel.

Peter Gabriel - Sledgehammer

The official Sledgehammer video. Directed by Stephen R. Johnson, produced by Adam Whittaker. Claymation, pixilation, and stop motion animation provided by Aardman Animations and the Brothers Quay. Sledgehammer was the first single from the multi-platinum selling album So, the first of Peter's studio albums to have a proper title and a watershed release in his career.

This video had a concept/story line, lots of bikers & of course tons of beard.  It was played incessantly on MTV & brought ZZ Top to a whole new audience.


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The Police played with fire and achieved some great results with this iconic video.


The Police - Wrapped Around Your Finger

Music video by The Police performing Wrapped Around Your Finger. (C) 1983 A&M Records Ltd.




The use of graphics and animation in this video helped make this one of the biggest videos of all time.  Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler starred alongside the cartooney cigar-smoking delivery-man.

Dire Straits - Money For Nothing music video (Good quality, all countries)

Great Dire Straits song. =====Check below for more: ===== "Money for Nothing" is a song recorded by British group Dire Straits, which first appeared on their 1985 album Brothers in Arms and subsequently became an international hit when released as a single.


This one helped take Van Halen’s career to an even higher level.


Van Halen - Jump (Official Music Video)

ORIGINAL / OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO FOR THIS SONG! Artist: Van Halen Song: Jump NOTE: I Don't Own Any Content Of This Song!


Billy Joel took it to the streets for this video that received plenty of play during the mid-80’s.

Billy Joel - A Matter of Trust

In 1986, Billy Joel released an album titled The Bridge, which was the final album of his to be produced by Phil Ramone. Watch the official music video for 'A Matter of Trust', which became a Top 10 track and is also notable for featuring Joel on electric guitar instead of piano.



Stevie’s star power and spinning skills were on full display in this video.  The dancers in this video definitely have outfits that reflected the fashion of the time.


Stevie Nicks - Stand Back (Official Video)

Uploaded by LadyFromTheMountain1 on 2010-10-08.



Genesis took puppetry to a different level in his concept video.


GENESIS - Land of Confusion (1986)

This came off a VHS tape of mine. COPYRIGHT Virgin Vision Australia (Virgin Records LTD1988) A later version of this video can be found at



Tom Petty was an awesome Mad Hatter in this ‘WONDERful’ video.


Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers - Don't Come Around Here No More

Music video by Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers performing Don't Come Around Here No More. (C) 1985 Geffen Records