Video Killed the Radio Star (3:22)

Cover of The Age of Plastic

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“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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  • 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 12:44am Reply
  • GaaraGOinMusic1

    happy birthday RTV (not MTV)

    1 Aug 11:20pm Reply
  • saywhatwhit


    14 Jul 5:27pm Reply
  • WNH3

    This song always takes me back to 1979...

    2 May 3:36pm Reply
  • TaureDawn

    Boy I recall these days running home after school to watch videos on MTV/VH1. This is when MTV was really Music TV - I have not a clue as what happened to the station.. it's gotten bad. VH1 is just as bad these days.

    28 Mar 5:49am Reply


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  • sidney_adv

    Gosto muito!

    18 Feb 8:42pm Reply
  • userabc123

    The mp4 killed the video star.

    30 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Nochek


    19 Dec 2013 Reply
  • QuiveringGroove

    Always liked this song.

    29 Nov 2013 Reply
  • 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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