Today marks the 30th birthday of MTV, aka Music Television. On Aug. 1, 1981, the channel debuted with this video by The Buggles:
Of course, since then, MTV has grown into a huge channel that barely shows music videos anymore, and we get dramas like Teen Wolf and reality shows like Jersey Shore. Whether that's progress is a different discussion/argument.
But for a 13-year-old living in upstate New York, MTV was the greatest way to experience music and videos back then.
Here's another video that showed the iconic opening of the rocket launch and opening music:
And finally, here's a promo clip of the music stars of the '80s all shouting, "I Want My MTV!"