I Remember When Mtv Showed Only Videos

before there were shows, there were music videos 6,047 People

    Forbidden Fruit

    We had cable before anyone else in our neighborhood.  Though there was no electronic way to block certain channels, I knew full well what I was and was not allowed to watch.  With a conservative Christian pastor for a dad, MTV was on the forbidden list.Naturally I watched it...
    Plaid Plaid
    31-35, F
    May 16, 2012
    elanghamang elanghamang
    31-35, M
    Jan 30, 2012

    Never mind that there was a time

    that you didn't have to be attractive to be a singer… there once was a time that if you were a good enough songwriter, you didn't even have to have a good voice. Please share the name of a singer that fits this criteria :)
    deleted deleted
    Sep 23, 2015

    Not Only Do I Remember But....

    I worked for the Video Duplication plant that did the first copies of music videos that were debuted on MTV!! The videos were great back then and we got to watch them in the duplication area over and over. Couldn't afford cable back then and at that time TV WAS ...
    deleted deleted
    5 Responses Aug 14, 2009

    Not Only Videos, But Vj's

    I remember watching for hours on end in high school and college.  I would be on in background or we would just sit and watch it.  I still have a special place in my heart for Martha Quinn, I wonder if anyone else does.  I also remember True Blue Monday, eventually...
    loopnscc loopnscc
    46-50, M
    3 Responses Feb 21, 2008

    Those Were The Good Days !

    I couldn't wait to get out of school , (Junior High School)  to crank up the big console T.V. that took up half the room, to listen and watch all the incredible bands of my generation.  It was the greatest because there wasn't anything like it before.  Unless, of course, you...
    KatCater KatCater
    41-45, F
    Feb 5, 2011

    An Addiction

    I was glued to Mtv once we got cable. I remember the day they celebrated their 2nd birthday. And who could forget The Monkee's Marathon? Mtv introduced a whole new generation to the Monkees.
    childofweakness childofweakness
    36-40, F
    1 Response Jun 25, 2012

    Mtv After School

    i remember all my friends coming over to my house after school because i was 1 of the 1st to get cable in our area. a tiny little town way up in the mountains of sw virginia. i had my own little housein wat used to be my grandmothers little county store, so we would watch for...
    Devilonyashoulda Devilonyashoulda
    46-50, M
    Apr 30, 2012

    Hey I Was Born

    in 1976 i was born and when i started watching mtv i was 7 years old and it was great music and now it has tv shows and now there is mtv 2 and it is the same. When will they play music videos again and take a way tv shows?????
    mad316 mad316
    41-45, M
    Jul 7, 2012
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    Dec 20, 2013

    Its Been A While...

    Yea now in order to watch videos on Mtv you have stay up will 2 am. What happened to good music and showcasing talent now its all about dating shows and rich snobby botox invested housewives who pretend they have lives. Even Vh1 is turning into reality central but atleast they...
    emmie92 emmie92
    18-21, F
    Jan 22, 2012

    Mtv It Used To Rock Back Then.....

    It was my teenage when MTV was introduced in india... initially it was banned for children in family.... at that time showing  even a normal kissing on TV was a big thing against indian value.... but i used to watch it... i was in love with those english songs.... then they...
    vins04 vins04
    26-30, F
    1 Response May 10, 2012

    I grew up with MTV from its early days

    and I miss those times. I wish we had better videos and music.
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Feb 18, 2016

    I Miss The '90's

    I think it's funny how on a channel called "Music TV" (for you kids that didn't know, that's what it stands for) they never have music on it. Once TRL got cancelled, it all turned into either Real World, Road Rules, hidden camera shows, or corny talk shows where music was "around...
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Dec 17, 2010

    It used to be MTV. Now it's "RTV".

    Those reality shows killed it. Thank God for Vh1. Thankfully we have both in Norway, so you can still watch good, old music videos, but it's sad to see MTV fall. I remember early 90's when one of my classmates used to tape my favourite MTV videos on VHS for me. And suddenly I...
    Skywalker1979 Skywalker1979
    36-40, M
    1 Response Jul 22, 2014

    It's Become Disgusting.

    I gave up on MTV before even leaving high school, probably a decade ago. Back then it had already long dissolved into crap. However, I happened to stumble onto this year's VMAs and watched out of curiosity and it made my head hurt. And not just the VMAs themselves, but the...
    BlueEyedGeekery BlueEyedGeekery
    31-35, M
    1 Response Aug 27, 2013

    I Rember Mtv And Videos

    Yep when I was in the Eighth grade in 1983 the local cable provider added mtv to the basic cable package..... And reallly they just played videos and that was about it... They had VJ's and they had mtv news... it was great back then... I don't know how they can still call it...
    starman5000 starman5000
    41-45, M
    1 Response Jul 17, 2012

    Ah, those were the days.

    ...before reality tv took over and is now choking the life out of a once great music channel.....*sigh*
    violet1698 violet1698
    31-35, F
    1 Response Aug 7, 2014

    How to forget MTV when I was a kid.

    .. It looked so much cooler and raw, it was plain,solid music. Not much effects, a cool yet simple logo and just it, just M U S I C .
    4biandu 4biandu
    31-35, F
    Aug 8, 2015

    Did It Ever?

    I do remember those early days when it was a real video channel now is just well whatever it is now.
    jc2009 jc2009
    41-45, M
    2 Responses Dec 17, 2010

    I Want My Mtv Dire Straits

    Oh, those were the dayz. From it's inception til about '86' I watched a lot of MTV. Indeed, the first few years until about '82' there were absolutely zero ads, not just no shows, and short-n-sweet-hosted, non-stop music videos 24/7/365. Really gets me how VH1's "ALL '80's" and...
    StereoDC StereoDC
    41-45, M
    Jul 27, 2012

    Mtv Needs To Go Back To MTV Not Shows Tv

    I remember back in the 90s, as a kid discovering this cool channel called "Mtv". It's where they showed nothing but music videos and dancing shows like "Spring Break" Or "The Grind". I remember one of the first videos i seen on there was from No Doubt "Don't Speak. That is when I...
    wellwriten wellwriten
    31-35, F
    Jun 11, 2013

    What The...

    YEA.....what the hell happened to when MTV which stands for MUSIC TELEVISION played ummmmm.....i don't know......MUSIC!!!!
    Joyce904 Joyce904
    26-30, F
    1 Response Dec 5, 2010

    What The Hell

    MTV stand for Music Television. Why the hell are they not showing only music nowadays? Damn reality shows need to their own channel or something.
    TaurasiWade TaurasiWade
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Apr 29, 2012


    I remember MTV I dance and sing along to my favorite bands. I use lose few poynds by doing that.. I wish they bring MTV back.
    tigerandbears tigerandbears
    46-50, F
    1 Response Nov 27, 2012

    I Remember!

    Gonna show my age here for sure. I remember racing home to watch the day MTV first aired. I saw "Video Killed the Radio Star" by the Buggles, first video played. I was in 8th grade. One of the best music eras!
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Dec 6, 2012


    So, a little while ago I was sitting with my remote in my hands, and I flipped through and past MTV. But then I flicked back again, cause I thought I heard music! Actual music coming from that channel. Or well, what seems to be so called music in the world of today, I don't...
    VannaZanna VannaZanna
    22-25, F
    4 Responses Dec 1, 2011

    Although...there's A Reason Why

    When I remember the days when MTV would show music videos, it was during a time when I didn't really appreciate pop, rock, rap, or any other genre of music with singing in it--beside instrumental/classical music, so I never gave any music video on that channel a chance...
    Coordinoona Coordinoona
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jun 29, 2012

    I remember when there were no commercials by

    1986 I had stopped watching it now it's part of what I call the jerry springer broadcast company idiots on demand scripted reality it's sad
    CaptPetemoss CaptPetemoss
    46-50, M
    1 Response Apr 18, 2014

    It was so much better then.

    I want my Old MTV....
    deleted deleted
    6 Responses Jan 12, 2016
    picklebobble picklebobble
    51-55, M
    1 Response Jan 13, 2015

    yes i remember when they showed mtv videos.

    . i use to get up and dance to them and i do miss them.. I wish they ring them back
    eyeamalive eyeamalive
    51-55, F
    2 Responses Oct 4, 2015


    I've long ago blocked Mtv off of my channels. I've always needed music around me, and I am old enough (sigh) to remember when MTV first started. It was like a drug for me. I rarely had anything other channel on, once I discovered it. (much to my parents' dismay) As it evolved...
    MissBehaviour MissBehaviour
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Feb 28, 2012

    Back In The Day

    I remember when MTV played music videos, they had shows back then but they all played music videos - except for "Real World". Now all they play are reality shows and teenage drama shows. And if they do play music videos it seems they are only on for about a 1 minute. What gives...
    SukYoung SukYoung
    26-30, F
    Jun 28, 2013

    Yo MTV Raps!

    I loved the show. Growing up in NC it introduced me to a culture I wasn't familiar with & I loved it!
    perfectimperfections perfectimperfections
    31-35, F
    Nov 4, 2013

    I thought MTV stood for music television!

    They should change it to RTV (reality tv) and bring back the music video only MTV....with the exception of the "remote control" game show. Does anyone remember that?
    suggestedusername suggestedusername
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Aug 18, 2014

    What a Flashback

    Yes I remember when they first came on-talking heads videos and lots of new wave. Now you can be a college voyuer and watch folks have sex....
    satinlion satinlion
    31-35, F
    Feb 24, 2008

    I Miss The Real Mtv

    I remember when I could have MTV on all day and totally enjoy the music and new videos..and beavis and butthead! As I got older more and more reality shows started filtering in and less videos. I don't even watch MTV anymore because its just such an upset to me. They really...
    cinfullysweet cinfullysweet
    26-30, F
    Mar 5, 2011


    I used to watch Mtv all the time !! The videos held my attention constantly. Now, all there is is reality shows, game shows, talk shows, and etc. You name it and its on there. Everything except for the videos. I used to stay up all night and watch the videos. I miss that...
    picgirl picgirl
    31-35, F
    4 Responses Nov 24, 2007


    My new fav channel.In the morning they show all those vids MTV did.I am a HUGE music lover,so naturally I love the channel.I can remeber watching MTV every morning before school.Really got me motivated.MTV should really change their name.
    MrBrownstone MrBrownstone
    36-40, M
    1 Response Dec 17, 2012

    who remembers siffle

    and Ollie? you have to be over 26 to remember that MTV classic.
    theshawnyshawn30 theshawnyshawn30
    31-35, M
    1 Response Feb 27, 2016

    I Remember......

    How awful they were too. Omg, I came across a video from back in the day recently and I was laughing so hard I had tears. www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWsRz3TJDEY
    girlfaith girlfaith
    36-40, F
    1 Response Dec 19, 2012

    Good Times

    Is there a cooler video than "Money for Nothing"? I don't think so.
    astounded1088 astounded1088
    31-35, M
    Nov 20, 2011

    Nina V. Martha

    Guys, and I guess ladies, Nina or Martha.
    dekepetrol dekepetrol
    51-55, M
    Jul 7, 2012

    I don't have cable, but

    when I go visit my parents or a friend with cable, I can't believe what MTV and Vh1 have turned into. Reality shows--- ugh.
    CharryICT CharryICT
    36-40, F
    5 Responses Jan 1, 2016

    I used to be able to turn to MTV

    and let it run, video after video. It was my wake up ritual for school.
    sahmmama sahmmama
    26-30, F
    1 Response Apr 28, 2015

    Yet another great thing about the 80's.

    Sure some of them were kind of silly and cheesy, but then so are most of the shows that are on it now.
    deleted deleted
    Nov 22, 2015

    Makes Me Happy When I Think Of It Now...

    I was in high school but at that age just before I got my driver's license....so my best friend Carolyn and I were attached at the hip. Everyday after class (except of course on the days we went to the mall) we would jump into her Cutlass Supreme and haul a-s-s back to her house...
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Mar 15, 2013


    does this make me old? i remember i used to stay up all night on the weekends back in jr high just so i could watch as many videos as possible.......now the only way i can watch music videos is yahoo music..pretty sad if you ask me..the first video i remember was  ...
    littlerichard02 littlerichard02
    22-25, M
    2 Responses Mar 31, 2009
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