#TBT: MTV Premieres, a New Era Begins

This Throwback Thursday we're celebrating the 34th anniversary of MTV hitting cable airwaves on 8/1/81 and introducing us to a whole new form of pop culture with music, artists and creative expressions that were revolutionary in its time and so still remains as such today.

On August 1, 1981, MTV opened with the words, "Ladies and gentleman, rock and roll," and entertainment, music and memory was transformed. MTV was the first and, then, only 24-hour television station dedicated to playing music videos with VJs (video jockeys) who offered whole commentaries on the music industry and artists (celebrities), something that just didn't exist before that time.

I remember staying up late with friends trying to catch one of our favorite songs and screaming with pure delight when Twisted Sister's We're Not Gonna Take It (1984) popped on the screen. The music, the visuals and the energy were contagious, and we loved every second. In honor of MTV hitting 34, here are some selections of artists who were popular at the time for you to have your own #TBT party! And, rock and roll of course...

The very best of Daryl Hall, John Oates: The dynamic duo Hall and Oates with "I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)." Truth is, I always can go for them.

She's So Unusual: The one and only Cyndi Lauper, who taught everyone that "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun."

At Worst: Boy George with Culture Club and their famous "Karma Chameleon."

Fit to Be Tied: Joan Jett & the Blackhearts with "I Love Rock 'n' Roll."

1999: Prince. That's all you have to say.

Endless Summer: Donna Summer's "Bad Girls" and "Hot Stuff" can get anyone to move. Toot toot, beep, beep!

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