What was the first music video MTV played when it launched Aug. 1, 1981?
Video Killed the Radio Star
When MTV initially launched in 1981, viewers were treated to the sound of a rocket launching and the classic image of a man in a spacesuit planting a multicolored MTV flag on the moon. Following that, the song ironically titled “Video Killed the Radio Star” by The Buggles was played as the first music video. The song had been released in 1979, was already a moderate success worldwide and has since been covered by notable celebrity musicians like Ben Folds, Pentatonix, Erasure and even Alvin and the Chipmunks. Source: The Post Gazette.