MTV signed on 40 years ago, on August 1, 1981. Some of the first videos they aired have gone on to become legendary. But which one is the greatest?
I took all 116 videos that aired on the first 24 hours of MTV’s existence and whittled them down to a list of the 12 best. I’m now taking that list and asking you to vote for your favorite so we can determine which early-MTV clip is the best of all-time. If you need a refresher, I have all the videos posted here. So cast your vote below then, as a reward, treat yourself to a fully-restored first two hours of MTV from way back in August of ’81.