MTV Playlist August 1st, 1981

Some of it may surprise you. Not the Rod Stewart part, though. It’s true what they say about early MTV being too Rod Stewarty.

  • The Buggles – Video Killed the Radio Star
  • Pat Benatar – You Better Run
  • Rod Stewart – She Won’t Dance
  • The Who – You Better You Bet
  • Phd – Little Susie’s on the Up
  • Cliff Richard – We Don’t Talk Anymore
  • The Pretenders – Brass in Pocket
  • Todd Rundgren – Time Heals
  • REO Speedwagon – Take it on the Run
  • Styx – Rockin’ the Paradise
  • Robiin Lane & The Chartbusters – When Things Go Wrong
  • Split Enz – History Never Repeats.
  • .38 Special – Hold on Loosely
  • April Wine – Just Between You & Me
  • Rod Stewart – Sailing
  • Iron Maiden – Iron Maiden
  • REO Speedwagon – Keep on Loving You
  • The Pretenders – Message of Love
  • Lee Ritenour – Mr. Briefcase
  • The Cars – Double Life
  • Phil Collins – In the Air Tonight
  • Robert Palmer – Looking for Clues
  • The Shoes – Too Late
  • Stevie Nicks & Tom Petty – Stop Draggin’ my Heart Around.
  • Rupert Hines – Surface Tension

  • Madness – One Step Beyond
  • Gerry Rafferty – Baker Street
  • Pat Benatar – I’m Gonna Follow You
  • Tom Johnson – Savannah Nights
  • Rockestra – Lucille
  • Styx – The Best of Times
  • Carly Simon – Vengeance
  • Iron Maiden – Wrathchild
  • Blotto – I Wanna Be a Lifeguard
  • Rod Stewart – Passion
  • Elvis Costello – Oliver’s Army
  • REO Speedwagon – Don’t Let Him Go
  • The Silencers – Remote Control/I’m Too Legal
  • Juice Newton – Angel of the Morning
  • Rockestra – Little Sister
  • Bootcamp – Hold on to the Night
  • Cliff Richard – Dreaming
  • Lee Ritenour – Is it You?
  • Fleetwood Mac – Tusk
  • Michael Stanley Band – He Can’t Love You
  • REO Speedwagon – Tough Guys
  • Blondie – Rapture
  • The Who – Don’t Let Go the Coat
  • Rod Stewart – Ain’t Love a Bitch
  • The Pretenders – Talk of the Town
  • Rainbow – Can’t Happen Here
  • Andrew Gold – Thank You for Being a Friend
  • Gerry Rafferty – Bring it all Home
  • April Wine – Sign of the Gypsy Queen
  • Kate Bush – The Man With the Child in His Eyes
  • David Bowie – Ashes to Ashes
  • April Wine – Just Between You and Me
  • The Specials – Rat Race
  • Talking Heads – Once in a Lifetime
  • Bootcamp – Victim
  • Rod Stewart – Tonight’s the Night
  • Nick Lowe – Cruel to be Kind

  • This list I found matches up exactly with what I’ve been watching, except Classic just played Vapors’ “Turning Japanese,” Michael Johnson’s “Bluer Than Blue,” and (according to Conrad) Genesis’ “Turn It On Again.” So either the channel’s cheating or my list is incomplete. (I think they’re cheating.)

    And since VH1 Classic is just airing the videos, not the VJ segments — I know, I was disappointed too — at least we can count on YouTube.