Happy 30th Birthday, MTV!: The First 10 Music Videos Ever Played On MTV

2. “You Better Run”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Pat Benatar[/lastfm]

Who knew that thirty years later hipster rock girls all over the world would be wearing the same tight striped-tee and skin-tight black pants combo as Pat Benatar in the second ever video played on MTV?

Our favorite thing is how simple this video is. It’s basically a performance in an industrial looking space, but it still tops most of the music videos made today.

Why? Because good music trumps all special effects.

  • Michael J Hoffman

    While watching the Pretenders video one cannot help but draw a parallel between a young Chrissy Hynde and Amy Winehouse. The video’s story arc and Ms Hynde’s waitress character look nearly mirror what would ultimately become the story of Ms Winehouse’s life and tragic and untimely death.

    That these songs are able to narrate recent events gives testimony to the timelessness of great music. Hopefully, too, it suspends some of our judgement and makes us realize, that, like the rest of us, maybe Ms Winehouse just wanted to feel “special”.

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