Poll: Best Video Of The 1980s
by John Mitchell
August 11, 2011
When MTV was born on August 1, 1981, we had a singular mission in mind: to bring great music to the masses through the new-ish medium of music video.
Somewhere along the way, as is often the case with artists, things started to get competitive. Whoâ€™s video was cooler? Which video did people like the most? And who decides?
Well, we do. MTV decides. And in 1984, we started honoring the best and brightest in the world of music video with the annual MTV Video Music Awards. The first VMA broadcast was hosted by Dan Aykroyd and Bette Midler on Sept. 14, 1984. The show is mostly remembered for Madonnaâ€™s racy performance of â€œLike A Virgin,â€ but a Video of the Year Moonman was handed out that night too.
And the winner was: â€œYou Might Thinkâ€ by The Cars. Six Video of the Year Moonmen were handed out during the 1980s, but which video would prevail if the best of the best were forced to square off against each other. Donâ€™t look at us â€¦ you do the work.
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