Happy Birthday, MTV: 30 Videos to Celebrate 30 Years

Music Television turns 30 today, but the network doesn't look a day over 16 and Pregnant.

Well before MTV started exploiting the incredibly difficult lives of irresponsible teens expecting a first child and balancing high school algebra, the Viacom-network played music videos. Original programming like Yo! MTV Raps, 120 Minutes, even Total Request Live (TRL) was video-centric, predating today's "reality" driven shit shows MTV's become synonymous with (read Jersey Shore, Teen Mom).

On current-day MTV, you'll maybe catch a video snippet during the end credits of Real World, and it's usually from some shitty emo-pop group or Katy Perry. There's very little music on Music Television, and virtually no videos--blame the Internet.

Nevertheless, the network continues to host their annual Video Music Awards show, and like MTV, it has become a giant pop culture train wreck. This year's disaster strikes on Sunday, August 28 when the VMAs air live from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles.

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Okay, no more shitting on MTV--it's their birthday. To celebrate the big 3-O, we've compiled a list of our favorite music videos the MTV's aired between 1981 and 2011.

Happy birthday, Music Television.

Blondie - "Rapture" (1981)

I selfishly chose a Blondie video because Debbie Harry and I are both from Miami.

Human League - "Don't You Want Me" (1982)

This songs has one of the best narratives in music.

David Bowie - "China Girl" (1983)

David Bowies. That is all.

The Cars - "You Might Think" (1984)

Hello, CGI.

Dire Straits - "Money for Nothing" (1985)

Money for Nothing was the first video played on MTV Europe.

Paul Simon - "You Can Call me Al" (1986)

Anything with Chevy Chase is great, except Community. Wang Chung - "Everybody Have Fun Tonight" (1987)

Wang Chung = Best Band Name Ever.

N.W.A. - "Straight Outta Compton" (1988)

Raise your fists, y'all.

Depeche Mode - "Personal Jesus" (1989)

Did you know Elvis was behind this track?

LL Cool J - "Mama Said Knock You Out" (1990)

Before this song got turned into a stadium anthem, it was pretty hardcore.

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