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    Along the way, the network made headlines and supplied countless indelible memories. USA TODAY'S Cindy Clark, Jayme Deerwester, Taryn Hartman, Korina Lopez, Whitney Matheson and Alison Maxwell take us back through 25 key moments.
    1. The birth of MTV
    Aug. 1, 1981

    MTV was born. A new concept — a television network dedicated to the young and the music they love — kicked off at midnight with a video of British band The Buggles' Video Killed the Radio Star.

    "Like any proud parents who count the birth of their child as one of the greatest days of their lives, MTV's debut is, without a doubt, still one of the greatest moments in the lives of everyone on the crew," says Martha Quinn, one of five original "VJs." Quinn recalls that the production team had to take a school bus to Fort Lee, N.J., to watch the debut on a small television in a restaurant basement — because Manhattan cable channels weren't yet carrying the station.

    "As the screen got dark and that rocket went off for the first time, our heads were exploding. We were rebels with a cause, and we had the rock 'n' roll generation and the television generation behind us."

    "I think we started as an idea with very little content; it was more like a radio station with songs and cheesy, hair-metal videos," says Van Toffler, president of MTV Networks' music/film/Logo group. "But we quickly realized the novelty of music videos wore off and was not repeatable with thousands of viewings. So we evolved into being more about TV production — yet still sloppy, live and organic."

    2. Kiss comes clean
    Sept. 18, 1983

    The moment: Rockers Kiss appear for the first time without their faces obscured by gobs of makeup.

    What made it special: The publicity stunt for the album Lick It Up was the first time the band members showed their real faces in public. Record and concert ticket sales rose, and the group remained makeup-free for several years. In 1996, the band reapplied its face paint for a reunion tour.

    3. Ghouls galore
    Dec. 2, 1983

    The moment: The elaborate 14-minute music video Thriller has Michael Jackson morphing from a teen on a date to a werewolf and a zombie while he and an army of the undead perform a ghouly dance.

    What made it special: Directed by John Landis, the most expensive video of its time ($1.4 million in today's dollars) bridged the worlds of cinema and music and forever changed how music videos were made.

    4. Not like a virgin
    Sept. 14, 1984

    The moment: Madonna ushered in 1984's inaugural Video Music Awards with a bang (and a bustier) by performing her hit Like a Virgin.

    What made it special: Though relatively tame by today's standards, her writhing on stage and sexually suggestive moves helped cement her reputation as a risqué performer and set the stage for even more risqué MTV VMAs shows to come.

    5. A united front
    Dec. 15, 1984

    The momento They Know It's Christmas, by the UK's Bob Geldof and Midge Ure, is released by the all-British Band Aid, which included such performers as U2's Bono, Sting and Phil Collins. By Christmas, the single had sold 6 million copies and raised $8 million to benefit famine relief in Ethiopia.

    What made it special: Beyond being a stunning all-star charity drive, it led to the even bigger American follow-up the following March: We Are the World, which benefited the same cause. Geldof appeared with superstars such as Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan and Tina Turner performing a tune by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie and conducted by producer Quincy Jones. Since its release, We Are the World has raised $63.1 million.

    6. A united front 2
    July 13, 1985

    The moment: The multi-venue music collaboration Live Aid, organized by Geldof and Ure, aired to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia. Bands such as The Who, Duran Duran and Hall & Oates performed around the globe, with main locations in London and Philadelphia.

    What made it special: The outgrowth of Band Aid drew 1.5 billion viewers across 100 countries for the live broadcast, one of the largest-scale satellite linkups and TV broadcasts of all time. It raised more than $280 million. And in July 2005, artists including U2, Madonna, Pink Floyd and Jay-Z performed at Live 8, 10 simultaneous concerts around the world to raise awareness of world poverty. It drew an estimated 3 billion viewers.

    7. Beach blanket bingo?
    March 21, 1986

    The moment: The network set up shop for spring-break shows in locales such as Miami Beach, Cancun and the Bahamas and entertained scantily clad women with games, celebrity hosts and hot music, essentially making it one big (superbly financed) frat party.

    What made it special: Other than taking voyeuristic TV to new heights, there were a few noteworthy acts: Notorious B.I.G.'s performance of Big Poppa in 1995, and Gavin Rossdale's band, Bush, doing Glycerine in '96.

    8. 'Sledgehammer' breaks out
    Sept. 11, 1987

    The moment: The animated video for Peter Gabriel's hit single Sledgehammer, directed by Stephen R. Johnson, won Video Music Awards in a record nine categories, including video of the year and male video.

    What made it special:Sledgehammer's unique stop-motion animation helped it become one of the most influential and popular videos in MTV history. Several groups went on to showcase animation in their videos, leading right up to current band Gorillaz, which exist in videos as animated characters.

    9. 'Remote' turns us on
    Dec. 7, 1987

    The moment: With Remote Control, pop-culture freaks found a gem of a game show in host Ken Ober's basement. Also lurking there: future stars Adam Sandler and Denis Leary, in skits such as "Stud Boy" and "Andy Warhol's Diary."

    What made it special: The show's writing set the bar high for future TV game shows such as Win Ben Stein's Money. Categories such as "Beat the Bishop" (math) and "Inside Tina Yothers" (anatomy) simultaneously tested the college-age contestants' education and useless knowledge.

    10. That's a rap
    Aug. 6, 1988

    The moment:Yo! MTV Raps premieres, featuring interviews with rap stars, live studio performances and comedy.

    What made it special: The groundbreaking show was the first to showcase hip-hop, even as MTV was getting a rap for ignoring the increasingly influential musical genre. The initial weekly format was expanded to six days a week as its popularity boomed; ratings started to fall in 1991 after Public Enemy's video By the Time I Get to Arizona was pulled for being too violent. Yo! ran until 1995.

    11. Pee-wee returns
    Sept. 5, 1991

    The moment: At the Video Music Awards, Paul Reubens made his first public appearance as Pee-wee Herman since his arrest for lewd behavior that July.

    What made it special: It was his last appearance as Pee-wee. His line: "Heard any good jokes lately?"

    12. Get 'Real'
    May 21, 1992

    The moment: A "reality" series, The Real World, premieres. "Seven strangers (are) picked to live in a house, work together and have their lives taped."

    What made it special: It launched a reality-TV format still widely copied. Now in its 17th season, RW has tackled social issues such as racism, abortion, alcoholism and AIDS — most notably with Pedro Zamora, a roommate living with AIDS during the show's third season.

    13. Commander in briefs
    April 20, 1993

    The moment: 17-year-old student Laetitia Thompson stood up during a televised Rock the Vote forum and asked President Clinton: "Boxers or briefs?" Clinton revealed himself to be a tighty-whitey man.

    What made it special: Clinton's stance on underwear signaled a shift in the public perception of politicians. Of course, it also served as the first time Americans learned a little more about that president's proclivities than they may have wanted to know.

    14. No strings attached
    Nov. 18, 1993

    The moment: The Seattle grunge band Nirvana stripped out the guitar feedback to play an acoustic concert for MTV's Unplugged TV series in New York.

    What made it special: Without the growling grunge sound, fans were able to hear a band in its prime. Soul-baring performances of Polly and Come as You Are were highlights. It was also one of the last televised performances by Kurt Cobain, who would commit suicide less than a year later, April 5, 1994.

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    15. A kiss is just a kiss?
    Sept. 8, 1994

    The moment: Newlyweds Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley hit the stage at the Video Music Awards holding hands, and they received a standing ovation.

    What made it special: Jackson said, "And just think, nobody thought this would last." Then he turned to Presley and passionately kissed her. Everybody was right; Presley filed for divorce in 1996.

    16. Cornholio is born
    July 15, 1994

    The moment: On the animated Beavis and Butt-Head, a sugar binge causes the normally shy Beavis to yank his Metallica T-shirt up over his head and become Cornholio, a Nicaraguan rebel in search of "T.P. for his bunghole."

    What made it special: With this classic episode, Beavis went from mere sidekick to show-stealer. "Cornholio" helped give creator Mike Judge enough juice to score a network show, King of the Hill.

    17. You gotta Love it
    Sept. 4, 1996

    The moment: During the red-carpet arrivals at the Video Music Awards, Courtney Love interrupted Kurt Loder's interview with Madonna by hurling her compact at them. The rocker stole the Material Girl's thunder when she stumbled on stage — babbling about everything from Madonna's shoes to her desire to be a candy striper — then fell down.

    What made it special: Although Madonna maintained her composure, Love's brazen interruption marks one of the most embarrassing moments in VMA history.

    18. A big lil' stunt
    Sept. 9, 1999

    The moment: Lil' Kim showed up at the Video Music Awards in a one-shouldered purple number with an exposed breast covered by a pastie.

    What made it really special: Tongues started wagging when she hit the red carpet. And then when Kim arrived on stage with Mary J. Blige and Diana Ross to present the award for rap video, Ross reached over and cupped and jiggled Kim's exposed breast.

    19. 'Jackass': Tipped off
    April 12, 2000

    The moment: The reality series, about a group of guys performing often dangerous stunts for laughs, premieres and soon becomes a hot topic of conversation. Among outrageous stunts: Frontman Johnny Knoxville voluntarily sits in a full port-a-potty, and his friends tip it over.

    What made it special: The port-a-potty incident put this group of skateboarding slackers on the map, as viewers tuned in to see which crazy antics they would pull. Knoxville went on to star in films, and Bam Margera got his own MTV show, Viva la Bam.

    20. Gross-out for good
    May 23, 2000

    The moment: Comedian Tom Green invited a camera into the operating room while he went under the knife to remove a cancerous testicle for The Tom Green Cancer Special.

    What made it special: In a year that saw David Letterman thank his heart bypass surgeons on the air and Michael J. Fox quit Spin City to focus on battling Parkinson's disease, Time decided Green was the gutsiest of all. The magazine recognized how the quirky comic "took his gross-out comedy to a new level on an unflinching show that took quite a pair to make."

    21. 'Glitter' isn't gold
    July 19, 2001

    The moment: Scantily clad in a T-shirt, Mariah Carey made an unannounced visit to the afternoon video countdown show TRL, acting strangely and delivering ice cream to the audience. She told surprised VJ Carson Daly, "If you don't have ice cream in your life, sometimes you just might go a little bit crazy."

    What made it special: It marked a sort of meltdown of the multiplatinum superstar, alongside the tanking of her movie Glitter. In the months that followed, Carey was hospitalized for "exhaustion," only to re-emerge in 2005 for a major comeback.

    22. Diary of a mad family
    March 5, 2002

    The moment:The Osbournes premieres, following the foul-mouthed antics of metal demigod Ozzy Osbourne, his manager wife, Sharon, teenage daughter Kelly and son Jack as they go about their daily lives.

    What made it special: Much like The Real World, the series inspired a wave of similar reality shows that continues to this day, drawing millions of viewers in the process. It won MTV its first prime-time Emmy in 2002. Says MTV exec Lois Curren: "It was pure entertainment, seeing extraordinary people experience ordinary situations, like Ozzy taking out the trash or going to the dentist. God bless Ozzy. I don't think he even knew we were there for the first few weeks."

    23. TV's new honeymooners
    Aug. 19, 2003

    The moment: Premiere of Newlyweds, which followed the early married life of actor/singers Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey.

    What made it special: "Is this chicken what I'm eating, or is it fish?" Simpson's line while eating Chicken of the Sea tuna catapulted the pair to A-list status. The three-season show spawned Til Death Do Us Part: Carmen + Dave, which followed the engagement and wedding of Carmen Electra and rocker Dave Navarro. Both couples have since split.

    24. Girl meets girl
    Aug. 28, 2003

    The moment: Madonna performed her classic hit Like a Virgin with Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears at the Video Music Awards. The Material Girl caused a sensation when she shared an open-mouthed kiss with Spears.

    What made it special: The network hyped a "big event" before the broadcast, but no one quite expected a same-sex kiss between a music icon and a pop sex kitten. "I didn't know it was going to be that long and everything," Spears told CNN.

    25. Nipplegate
    Feb. 1, 2004

    The moment: During Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston on CBS, Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson performed a duet of his Rock Your Body. Near the end of the MTV-produced set, Timberlake tore off part of Jackson's costume and revealed her right breast, adorned with a sun-shaped nipple shield.

    What made it special: The incident sparked public outcry, and the FCC hit CBS with a $550,000 fine, the largest penalty ever against a broadcaster. The FCC has cracked down on what it considers obscene content.

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    MTV is the most self-congratulatory, self worshipping, self-important entity in the world. If they spent half as much time concerning themselves with music as they do talking about how significant they are and how much they influence our culture and how they changed the face of music/entertainment/society, then they might actually be significant. They are just as bad as Rolling Stone.

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    They missed a few.

    1996 VMAs with the VH Reunion. Then expolsion......

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    I think they need to leave number one open for the day they go off the air permanently.

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    My favourite "forgotten" moment is the 1986 award show where Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora came on to do their acoustic perofrmance. At the time it was openly pointed to as the inspiration for Unplugged. Years later when MTV became disgustingly arrogant, they released a book chronicaling the history of the show. In the preface, the same exec producer that credit Jon and Richie claimed that the show was born of HIS disgust with what the music scene had become in regards to the bloated, over processed music that was being released....whatever...

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    1 thru 3 should be that fact that they actually used to play the 3 Oakland VH videos!

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    I think they need to leave number one open for the day they go off the air permanently.
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    Quote Originally Posted by broken9500
    MTV is the most self-congratulatory, self worshipping, self-important entity in the world. If they spent half as much time concerning themselves with music as they do talking about how significant they are and how much they influence our culture and how they changed the face of music/entertainment/society, then they might actually be significant. They are just as bad as Rolling Stone.

    Yep, MTV sucks.. but this is USA Today's list, not MTVs? And yes, USA Today does suck, as well..

    List is also sad considering 5 of the 25 moments aren't really music moments (7 counting Osbournes and Jessica and whatisface.. )
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wickett
    Yep, MTV sucks.. but this is USA Today's list, not MTVs? And yes, USA Today does suck, as well..

    List is also sad considering 5 of the 25 moments aren't really music moments (7 counting Osbournes and Jessica and whatisface.. )
    woops! my bad. I just went back up and notice that in fact it was a USA Today list....doesn't really change my outlook on Mtv though...but I can own up to not reading closely enough!

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    MTV ruins lives.
    Period.
    So you broke down, trying to leave town, I broke down crying on your return. You left me feeling hopeful, I'll never see your face again. You made for a bad lover's liver. You stole all the covers and busted my head. You made me such an asshole, I wish we'd never met. I'm tired of being bored. I'm through with the headaches. Hiding my hands that tremble like earthquakes. Under the table, under the daytime sky, Good Fucking Bye- Good Fucking Bye, Alkaline Trio

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    I'm surpised they don't mention the creation of Headbangers ball or the purchasing of the box and changing it into MTV2.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HuBBs5150
    I'm surpised they don't mention the creation of Headbangers ball or the purchasing of the box and changing it into MTV2.
    MTV's relationship with "rock and roll" and "heavy metal" is nothing more than convenience and a display of hipocracy. They LIVED off of bands like Motley Crue, Poison and VH...but as soon as the tide turned, they denigrated these bands and all the others as being banal, juvenile and insignificant. Now, depending on what a given special or retrospective's topic is, they will either celebrate and brag about the symbiotic relationship they had with VH and their contemporaries OR they will trump up their "role" in ushering out the "80's" and giving voice to a new, more legitimate generation of "artists."

    Whatever, MTV is not to be respected or taken for anything more than what it is...tripe that makes its bones by pandering to the lowest common denominator at any given moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HuBBs5150
    I'm surpised they don't mention the creation of Headbangers ball or the purchasing of the box and changing it into MTV2.
    Ah, Headbanger's Ball.
    The only show on and of the mtvs that's worth watching.
    That's the only real show that bands can go on and still keep their credibility.
    So you broke down, trying to leave town, I broke down crying on your return. You left me feeling hopeful, I'll never see your face again. You made for a bad lover's liver. You stole all the covers and busted my head. You made me such an asshole, I wish we'd never met. I'm tired of being bored. I'm through with the headaches. Hiding my hands that tremble like earthquakes. Under the table, under the daytime sky, Good Fucking Bye- Good Fucking Bye, Alkaline Trio

 

 

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