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Happy Birthday, MTV: 30 Videos to Celebrate 30 Years

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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.

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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