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Who was the first Heavy Metal band played on MTV?

Who was the first Heavy Metal band played on MTV?

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IRON MAIDEN the 1st ever heavy metal band played on MTV!

 

The first 87 videos played on MTV when it aired August 1st 1981

1."Video Killed the Radio Star" by The Buggles -MTV Video

2."You Better Run" by Pat Benatar – MTV Video

3."She Won’t Dance with Me" by Rod Stewart – MTV Video

4."You Better You Bet" by The Who – MTV Video

5."Little Suzi’s on the Up" by Ph.D. – MTV Video

6."We Don’t Talk Anymore" by Cliff Richard – MTV Video

7."Brass in Pocket" by The Pretenders – MTV Video

8."Time Heals" by Todd Rundgren – MTV Video

9."Take It On the Run" by REO Speedwagon (The video cut off after a few seconds)- MTV Video

10."Rockin’ the Paradise" by Styx – MTV Video

11."When Things Go Wrong" by Robin Lane and the Chartbusters – MTV Video

12."History Never Repeats" by Split Enz – MTV Video

13."Hold On Loosely" by 38 Special – MTV Video

14."Just Between You and Me" by April Wine – MTV Video

15."Sailing" by Rod Stewart – MTV Video

Stewart’s "She Won’t Dance with Me" was the 3rd video played; with this video, Stewart became the first artist to have two different videos played on MTV.

With further Rod Stewart videos airing at positions #26, #37, #51, #66, and #77, Stewart also became the first artist to have three, four, five, six, and seven different videos aired on MTV.

16."Iron Maiden" by Iron Maiden – MTV Video

17."Keep On Loving You" by REO Speedwagon (The version of the video was the live performance not the concept version) – MTV Video

18."Bluer Than Blue" by Michael Johnson

19."Message of Love" by The Pretenders – MTV Video

20."Mr. Briefcase" by Lee Ritenour – MTV Video

21."Double Life" by The Cars – MTV Video

22."In the Air Tonight" by Phil Collins – MTV Video

23."Looking For Clues" by Robert Palmer – MTV Video

24."Too Late" by Shoes

25."Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around" by Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – MTV Video

26."Do Ya Think I’m Sexy" by Rod Stewart (The audio was played while the video screen has no picture in 15 seconds)

27."Surface Tension" by Rupert Hine

28."One Step Ahead" by Split Enz

29."Baker Street" by Gerry Rafferty – MTV Video

30."I’m Gonna Follow You" by Pat Benatar – MTV Video

31."Savannah Nights" by Tom Johnston

32."Lucille" by Rockestra

33."The Best of Times" by Styx – MTV Video

34."Vengeance" by Carly Simon

35."Wrathchild" by Iron Maiden

36."I Wanna Be a Lifeguard" by Blotto

37."Passion" by Rod Stewart – MTV Video

38."Oliver’s Army" by Elvis Costello – MTV Video

39."Don’t Let Him Go" by REO Speedwagon (The version of the video is the live version)

40."Remote Control/Illegal" by The Silencers

41."Angel of the Morning" by Juice Newton

42."Little Sister" by Rockpile with Robert Plant

43."Hold On to the Night" by Bootcamp

44."Dreaming" by Cliff Richard

45."Is it You?" by Lee Ritenour

46."Tusk" by Fleetwood Mac – MTV Video

47."He Can’t Love You" by Michael Stanley Band

48."Tough Guys" by REO Speedwagon

49."Rapture" by Blondie – MTV Video

50."Don’t Let Go the Coat" by The Who – MTV Video

51."Ain’t Love a Bitch" by Rod Stewart

52."Talk of the Town" by The Pretenders – MTV Video

53."Can’t Happen Here" by Rainbow

54."Thank You for Being a Friend" by Andrew Gold – MTV Video

55."You Better You Bet" by The Who

This was both the 4th and 55th video on MTV, making it the first video to be shown more than once.

56."Bring It All Home" by Gerry Rafferty

57."Sign of the Gypsy Queen" by April Wine

58."The Man with the Child in His Eyes" by Kate Bush – MTV Video

59."Message Of Love" by The Pretenders

60."All Night Long" by Rainbow

61."Boys Keep Swinging" by David Bowie

62."Rat Race" by The Specials

63."Just Between You and Me" by April Wine

64."Once in a Lifetime" by Talking Heads – MTV Music

65."Victim" by Bootcamp

66."Tonight’s the Night" by Rod Stewart – MTV Video

67."Cruel to Be Kind" by Nick Lowe – MTV Video

68."A Little In Love" by Cliff Richard

69."Take It on the Run" by REO Speedwagon

70."Wild Eyed Southern Boys" by .38 Special

71."Wuthering Heights" by Kate Bush

72."Celebrate the Bullet" by The Selecter

73."More Than I Can Say" by Leo Sayer

74."A Message to You, Rudy" by The Specials

75."In The Air Tonight" by Phil Collins

76."Heart of Glass" by Blondie

77."Oh God, I Wish I Was Home Tonight" by Rod Stewart

78."Kid" by The Pretenders

79."Wrathchild" by Iron Maiden

80."Come What May" by Lani Hall with Herb Alpert

81."I Got You" by Split Enz

82."Sister Disco" by The Who

83."Fashion" by David Bowie

84."Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around" by Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

85."Love Stinks" by The J. Geils Band

86."Johnny & Mary" by Robert Palmer

87."Tomorrow Night" by Shoes

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