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MTV Turn 40!

Updated: Feb 16, 2022

The American cable channel MTV (Music Television) was launched on August 1, 1981. The first video played was The first video shown was “Video Killed the Radio Star” by the English band The Buggles – song that had previously hit #1 in Australia and the UK in 1979. Additional information can be found in the book #1 Singles in the 1980s and on the podcast episode The Top Singles in 1981!

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