Happy 30th MTV!

MTV has changed a bit from its birth 30 years ago. What's your favorite music video of all time?

While it may not be all about the music anymore with much of MTV's focus now on reality television with 16 & Pregnant, Jersey Shore and Teen Mom, over its 30-year history, MTV has given us some great–and some not-so-great–entertainment over the years.

In honor of MTV's 30th anniversary–it launched on Aug. 1, 1981–take a moment to share your favorite or most memorable music video of all time. I'm only a few years older than MTV, but some of the early ones I remember are Robert Palmer's "Simply Irrestible," Devo's "Whip It" and the Talking Heads' "Burning Down the House."

And of course, you can't talk about memorable music videos without mentioning "Thriller." I remember we were having a picnic at my parents' house that day and it was raining and everyone ended up crowding in the living room to watch the premiere.

Of course, as technology advanced so did the music videos. Here's Rock on the Net's list of MTV Top 100 Videos of All Time. See how it compares to Time's top-30 list, which was released on July 28, 2011.

MTV also chronicles its top videos of the year, along with other big moments, in its yearbook. Sorted by year, you can go all the way back to the beginning–1981–and see if your favorites made the list.

You can add your favorite video by clicking 'Add your photos and video' under the video gallery, select 'Import a Youtube video' then just paste the link.

Beverage Guy August 02, 2011 at 05:18 PM
Hard to have just one favorite. To much evolved in the beginning. MJ Thriller, first made like a movie, instead of a video, and MTV actually announced playng times for a while. A Ha, Take On Me, with the transitions from comic to real, and back. I could almost go on and on. How about the multi colored screen 'Moonman' 15 sec promo.
Beverage Guy August 02, 2011 at 05:21 PM
Or how about in the 'very' beginning, before the bigger names came. When it was a platform for unknown groups at the time. Does anyone remember the group 'Squeeze' with the song 'Black Coffee in Bed'?
Jenn McCulloch August 02, 2011 at 06:14 PM
Check out the newly added videos...hope those bring you back!
Beverage Guy August 02, 2011 at 06:33 PM
Thanks Jenn. Yes, it did !
Beverage Guy August 02, 2011 at 06:50 PM
Jenn, you have me looking up old video's now. Just saw the 'Launch' of MTV with the first video. Video Killed the Radio Star by The Buggles.
Jenn McCulloch August 02, 2011 at 06:53 PM
add the Youtube links underneath the video gallery. My kids are loving watching them!
Beverage Guy August 02, 2011 at 07:05 PM
I added a few there Jenn, hope the kids enjoy seeing what MTV used to be.
Beverage Guy August 02, 2011 at 07:17 PM
Who remembers the original VJ's? Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter, J.J. Jackson, and Martha Quinn. The first game show, Remote Control, with Ken Ober and Colin Quinn and Marisol Massey as the Hostest. Sidenote, Hostess for Season 2 & 3, Kari Wührer, is from Connecticut.
Jenn McCulloch August 02, 2011 at 08:31 PM
I do remember Remote Control! And I almost added 'Money for Nothing'...great choice!


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