MTV was launched on August 1st, 1981. The first video that was played was Video Killed The Radio Star, by The Buggles. Remember when they used to actually play music videos. ?
This song, “Don’t You Want Me”, by British band, The Human League, was released in December 1981, in the UK, and became the Christmas number one, that year. It reached number one on the Billboard Hot100 in July 1982.
“In the Air Tonight” is the debut solo single by the English singer-songwriter and drummer Phil Collins. In 1981, it reached Number 2 on the UK charts and Number 19 on the Billboard Hot 100.