History Of Music Videos
Where was it shown?
When did MTV start?
'Groundbreaking' music videos
When was the first music video?
The video for "Video killed the radio star" by The Buggles (the first ever mainstream music video) was first shown on MTV in the US.
On Saturday, August 1, 1981, at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time.
MTV launched with the words "Ladies and gentlemen, rock and roll," spoken by John Lack.
MTV's pre-history began in 1977.
Why did artists' begin to make music videos?
Artists' primarily began to make music videos to promote themselves and their songs/music and albums, which then lead to them reaching out to a wider audience and gaining a lot of fans that they would not have gotten with just audios of their music as sometimes the meanings of the songs are much clearer through a visual representation of it.
This band was the first ever to use computer graphics in their video. Which had also won them the 'Video of the Year' award at the VMA's in 1984.
This video combined computer-generated images with partially rotoscoped animation of the band's clothing. This video got the band a 'Video of the Year award the the VMA's in 1986.
"Take on Me" by A-ha
They had also used rotoscoping but combined it with live-action footage with pencil sketching animation. This led the video to be one of the biggest video of the 1980's.
The treadmill dance routine had sealed the band's reputation as masters of a low-budget video. This single-shot video had only taken 17 attempts to be mastered and also landed a Grammy award for 'Best Short Form Music Video' in 2007.
"Video killed the radio star" by The Buggles Whilst this video might not be the best video ever, it had still started an era of music videos as it was the first ever music video that was aired on national television.
"Money for Nothing" by Dire Straits
"You might think" by The Cars
"Here it Goes" by OK Go