Video Killed the Radio Star (3:22)

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“Video Killed the Radio Star” is a song written by Trevor Horn, Geoff Downes and Bruce Woolley in 1978. It was first recorded by Bruce Woolley and The Camera Club (with Thomas Dolby on keyboards) for their album English Garden, and later by British group The Buggles, consisting of Horn and Downes. The track was recorded and mixed in 1979, released as their debut single on 7 September 1979 by Island Records, and included on their first album The Age of Plastic. The backing track was recorded at Virgin’s Town House in West London, and mixing and vocal recording would later take place at Sarm East Studios.

“Video Killed the Radio Star” is a song by the British / group Buggles, released in 1979. It celebrates the golden days of radio, describing a singer whose career is cut short by television. The song topped several music charts and has been covered by many recording artists. It was the first music video shown on MTV in North America at 12:01 am on August 1, 1981 and has been widely parodied in popular media.


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  • white_lemur

    It always makes me happy :) Awesome song!

    13 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Qong

    This song is so awesome.

    26 Sep 2014 Reply
  • hf1809


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  • BennoTiger


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  • Farouchette

    When I was vacuuming today the song got stuck in my head so my neighbours were exposed to my terrible singing of Video killed the radio star. Great song and a classic too.

    5 Aug 2014 Reply
  • GaaraGOinMusic1

    happy birthday RTV (not MTV)

    1 Aug 2014 Reply
  • saywhatwhit


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  • WNH3

    This song always takes me back to 1979...

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  • sidney_adv

    Gosto muito!

    18 Feb 2014 Reply
  • userabc123

    The mp4 killed the video star.

    30 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Nochek


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  • zephirlp

    Who's Detti?

    17 Nov 2013 Reply
  • marjo47

    Good song.

    13 Nov 2013 Reply
  • andulas48

    Regardless of the MTV video .....this is a great track....

    20 Oct 2013 Reply
  • mondojohnny

    In fact I don't think sequencers were even around when this was made though I might be wrong about that.

    24 Sep 2013 Reply
  • ffg

    Pretty amazing detail I learned from a Trevor Horn interview @ Red Bull Music Academy: there are no sequencers used on this track, everything was played live!

    23 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Wes3000videos

    "Video Killed the Radio Star" was, indeed, the first video played on MTV... However, the video that presently runs at the top of this web page is NOT that video! This one only shows the band members standing around singing it. The original MTV video began with a young girl listening to an old radio -- then she's transported to a laboratory with Trevor Horn (wearing a white lab coat) and a woman in glittering tights who come flying out of a plastic tube. All mesmerizing stuff telling a story--like so many great MTV videos--not just showing the band playing. Sadly, that classic original video is hard to come by now.

    5 Jul 2013 Reply
  • ebosell

    Yes, Eye_Gore, the first! Followed by "You Better Run" by Pat Benatar. August. 1, 1981.

    1 Jul 2013 Reply
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