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MTV Year-End Countdowns 1984 to 1999
« on: January 27, 2017, 09:54:16 AM »
Time line of the Top 10 (out of 100, the Top 20 from 1984) videos from yearly countdowns from 1984 to 1999.




1984

MTV started it's weekly Top 20 countdown in March of 1984 and also debut of the Video Music Awards

Note: the countdown was based on the MTV Top 20 countdown (same for 1985), which the #1, a good song, may seem odd in retrospect.

10. "The Heart of Rock n' Roll" Huey Lewis & The News
9. "Sister Christian" Night Ranger
8. "Blue Jean" David Bowie
7. "When Doves Cry" Prince
6. "Drive" The Cars
5. "You Might Think" The Cars
4. "Against All Odds" Phil Collins
3. "Footloose" Kenny Loggins
2. "Jump" Van Halen
1. "Missing You" John Waite


1985

MTV airs Live Aid and also monthly series "Heavy Metal Mania" debut

10. "I Can't Fight This Feeling" REO Speedwagon  
9. "Fortress Around Your Heart” Sting
8. "If You Love Someone Set Them Free" Sting
7. “Everybody Want. The World” Tears For Fears  
6. "St. Elmo's Fire” John Parr  
5. "Don't You (Forget About Me)" Simple Minds  
4. "Lonely Ol' Night" John Cougar Mellencamp  
3. "Broken Wings” Mr. Mister  
2. "We Built This City” Starship  
1. “Money For Nothing” Dire Straits

1986

MTV annual Spring Break begins and also debut the weekly late night alternative series "120 Minutes."

10. Take Me Home Tonight - Eddie Money
9. Invisible Touch - Genesis
8. Rough Boy - ZZtop
7. These Dreams - Heart
6. Danger Zone - Kenny Loggins
5. Higher Love - Steve Winwood
4. Papa Don't Preach - Madonna
3. Addicted To Love - Robert Palmer
2. You Give Love A Bad Name - Bon Jovi
1. Sledgehammer - Peter Gabriel

1987

Hard rock/metal showcase "Headbangers Ball", dance show "Club MTV", weekly news series "The Week in Rock", and game show "Remote Control" debut

10. Bryan Adams - Heat of the Night
9. U2 - I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
8. Madonna - Open Your Heart
7. Bon Jovi - Wanted Dead or Alive
6. Heart - Alone
5. Whitesnake - Here I Go Again
4. Peter Gabriel - Big Time
3. Genesis - Land of Confusion
2. Bon Jovi - Livin' On A Prayer
1. U2 - With Or Without You

1988

"Yo! MTV Raps" debut

10. George Michael - Father Figure
9. Robert Palmer - Simply Irresistible
8. George Harrison - Got My Mind Set On You
7. Bon Jovi - Bad Medicine
6. Escape Club - Wild Wild West
5. Michael Jackson - Man In The Mirror
4. Aerosmith - Rag Doll
3. INXS - Need You Tonight/Mediate
2. Def Leppard - Pour Some Sugar On Me
1. Guns N Roses- Sweet Child O’ Mine

1989

"Unplugged" debut and also the monthly fashion showcase "House of Style"

10. Once Bitten, Twice Shy - Great White
9. Every Little Step - Bobby Brown
8. Rocket - Def Leppard
7. Stand - REM
6. Paradise City - Guns N' Roses
5. I Won’t Back Down - Tom Petty
4. Cult Of Personality - Living Colour
3. She Drives Me Crazy - Fine Young Cannibals
2. Straight Up - Paula Abdul
1. Like A Prayer - Madonna

1990

Though wasn't the first video to be banned, MTV declining to air Madonna's "Justify My Love" got national attention.

The annual "Rock n' Jock" sporting event with celebs and athletes debut

10. Motley Crue- Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)
9. Janet Jackson- Escapade
8. Jon Bon Jovi- Blaze Of Glory
7. Vanilla Ice- Ice Ice Baby
6. Sinead O'Connor- Nothing Compares 2U
5. Paula Abdul- Opposites Attract
4. Aerosmith- Janie's Got A Gun
3. Madonna- Vogue
2. Billy Idol- Cradle Of Love
1. MC Hammer- U Can't Touch This
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Re: MTV Year-End Countdowns 1984 to 1999
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2017, 10:11:25 AM »
1991

Experimental animation showcase "Liquid Television" debuts, which  "Beavis & Butt-Head" and "Aeon Flux" first appeared before getting their own shows.

10 Paula Abdul - Rush Rush
9 Metallica - Enter Sandman
8 C+C Music Factory - Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)
7 Extreme - More Than Words
6 EMF - Unbelievable
5 Mariah Carey - Someday
4 Queensryche - Silent Lucidity
3 Bryan Adams - Everything I Do (I Do It For You)
2 REM - Losing My Religion
1 Guns 'n' Roses - You Could Be Mine

1992

"The Real World" debuts, which marked the beginning of the end of the channel considering MTV aired it constantly and also spawned modern "reality" programming. "Club MTV" gets cancelled and replaced by "The Grind", which not surprisingly hosted by Real World housemate Eric Nies. Not to mention the network appeared to be favoring more alternative and hardcore rap...  :P

MTV Movie Awards also made it's debut.


10 Metallica - Wherever I May Roam
9 Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You
8 Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
7 U2 - One
6 En Vogue - My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)
5 Van Halen - Right Now
4 Pearl Jam - Jeremy
3 Red Hot Chili Peppers - Under The Bridge
2 Boyz II Men - End Of The Road
1 Guns 'n' Roses - November Rain


1993

"Beavis & Butt-Head" debut

10 Janet Jackson - Again
9 Spin Doctors - Two Princes
8 Naughty By Nature - Hip Hop Hooray
7 Aerosmith - Livin' On The Edge
6 Soul Asylum - Runaway Train
5 Stone Temple Pilots - Plush
4 Janet Jackson - That's The Way Love Goes
3 Dr. Dre - Nuthin' But A G Thang
2 Blind Melon - No Rain
1 Aerosmith - Cryin

1994

10 "Amazing" Aerosmith
9 "Disarm" Smashing Pumpkins
8 "Fantastic Voyage" Coolio
7 "All Apologies" (From MTV unplugged) Nirvana
6 "Self Esteem" The Offspring
5 "Whatta Man" Salt n' Pepe featuring En Vogue
4 "Black Hole Sun" Soundgarden
3 "Gin and Juice" Snoop Doggy Dogg
2 "I'll Make Love to You" Boyz II Men
1 "Basket Case" Green Day
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Re: MTV Year-End Countdowns 1984 to 1999
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2017, 10:52:41 AM »
(now from #1 to #10)

1995
"Road Rules" debut and also the dating game show "Singled Out"

"Headbangers Ball" cancelled

"Yo! MTV Raps" also ended, though unlike "The Ball" rap and hip hop was still regularly shown. Despite of the show's cancellation, a host-less block of videos titled "Yo!" aired for a few years.

  1. "Gangsta's Paradise" Coolio
  2. "Waterfalls"  TLC
  3. "Lightning Crashes" Live
  4. "When I Come Around" Green Day
  5. "Only Wanna Be With You" Hootie & The Blowfish
  6. "You Oughta Know" Alanis Morissette
  7. "Keep Their Heads Ringin" Dr. Dre
  8. "Fantasy" Mariah Carey
  9. "Buddy Holly" Weezer
 10." Water Runs Dry" Boyz II Men

1996

I started watching MTV regularly around this time, though preferred VH1.

1. "Ironic" Alanis Morissette
2. "Tonight Tonight" Smashing Pumpkins
3. "California Love" 2 Pac & Dr. Dre
4. Glycerine"  Bush
5. "Tha Crossroads "Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
6. "Killing Me Softly" Fugees
7. "1, 2, 3, 4" Coolio
8. "Don't Speak" No Doubt
9. "Doin' It" LL Cool J
10. "Wonderwall" Oasis

1997

"Daria" debuts, "Beavis & Butt-Head" ends

With Hanson and The Spice Girls, a new era for the channel will soon to come...though music videos was still only shown in late night/morning hours

 1. "I'll Be Missing You" Puff Daddy
 2. "Mo Money Mo Problems" Puff Daddy & Notorious B.I.G.
 3. "You Were Meant For Me" Jewel
 4. "Men In Black" Will Smith
 5. "One Headlight" Wallflowers
 6. "Fly" Sugar Ray
 7. "Breathe" Prodigy
 8. "Hypnotize" Notorious B.I.G.
 9. "Virtual Insanity" Jamiroquai
10. "Wannabe" Spice Girls

1998

"Total Request Live" debuts, which by the early 2000's it was only music based show on the air besides videos shown in the dusk hours. Aside from focusing mostly on then current teen pop, rap, and alternative acts, the clips were only shown for about two minutes with interruptions by screaming fans and scrolling "e-mail" requests.

"Celebrity Deathmatch" and "Sifl and Olly" debut, which featured clay getting splattered and  sock puppets

"MTV Top 20 Countdown" ends

1. "The Boy Is Mine" Brandy & Monica
 2. "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing" Aerosmith
 3. "Are You That Somebody" Aaliyah
 4. "I'll Never Break Your Heart" Backstreet Boys
 5. "Iris" Goo Goo Dolls
 6. "Gettin' Jiggy With It' Will Smith
 7. "Tearin' Up My Heart" N'Sync
 8. "Intergalactic" Beastie Boys
 9. "My Heart Will Go On" Celine Dion (one of the few times Celine have appeared, though VH1 played more of her music)
10. "All My Life" K-Ci and JoJo

1999

Year-end countdowns would end in 2004 (thought ended earlier) though the network was already long in the dumps by 1999.

 1. "I Want It That Way" Backstreet Boys
 2. "Freak On A Leash" Korn
 3." Baby One More Time" Britney Spears
 4." I Drive Myself Crazy"  N'Sync
 5. "My Name Is . . ." Eminem
 6. "The Hardest Thing" 98 Degrees
 7. "Nookie" Limp Bizkit
 8. "Livin' La Vida Loca" Ricky Martin
 9. "Bawitdaba" Kid Rock
10. "Genie In A Bottle" Christina Aguilera
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Re: MTV Year-End Countdowns 1984 to 1999
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2017, 12:25:08 AM »
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"The Real World" debuts, which marked the beginning of the end of the channel
That's exactly how I feel about it and I think a very strong case can be made of that being the shark jumping moment for MTV.  That show was nothing but a screaming and yelling festival that brought nothing to the channel.

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MTV Most Played Videos
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2017, 11:04:49 AM »
MTV's Most Played Videos (2000)

Probably not 100% accurate considering the source since I doubt they'd admit on overplaying Journey (often ridiculed at the time), Vanilla Ice, or crammed with anything before 1992, though still interesting in a way 


The '80's videos listed were omnipresent on MTV's "Greatest Videos" countdowns and/or '80's retrospects and all were hits.

Also some were recent, which by the late 1990's MTV only played videos during the late night/daytime hours. More likely to appeal to their "demographic" or whatever. 


I know MTV was all music 24/7, though aware that they've started expanding & experimenting with original programming by the late 80's. Though music videos would get shafted to about 15 hours sometime in the 1990's.


If the list were to be accurate, it would be dominated by video clips from the '80's and maybe some from the  early '90's.


14...'80's
6...early '90's
5...late '90's

So, MTV basically proved themselves that the they aired more videos in the '80's...  :D

The Videos plus year-end countdown stats


The Buggles - Video Killed the Radio Star (1979) First video to air on the channel  in 1981
Duran Duran - Hungry Like The Wolf (1982)
The Police - Every Breath You Take (1983)
Michael Jackson - Thriller (1983)
Madonna - Like A Virgin (1984) #91 Top 100 of 1985, wasn't ranked on Top 20 year end for 1984
a-ha - Take On Me (1985) #40 Top 100 of 1985
Dire Straits - Money For Nothing (1985) #1 Top 100 of 1985
Run DMC and Aerosmith - Walk This Way (1986) #20 Top 100 1986
Peter Gabriel - Sledgehammer (1986) #1 Top 100 1986
Beastie Boys - Fight For Your Right (1986) #50 Top 100 1987
Bon Jovi - Livin' On A Prayer (1987) #2 Top 100 1987
U2 - With Or Without You (1987) #1 Top 100 1987
Guns N Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine (1988) #1 Top 100 1988
Aerosmith - Janie's Got A Gun (1989) #62 Top 100 1989/#4 Top 100 1990 (was a hit in late 1989/early 1990)
MC Hammer - U Can't Touch This (1990) #1 Top 100 1990
Madonna - Vogue (1990) #3 Top 100 1990/Also #1 "All Time" in 1990
Guns N Roses - November Rain (1992) #1 Top 100 1992/Also was ranked #1 on an "All Time" countdown in early '90's
Pearl Jam - Jeremy (1992) #4 Top 100 1992
Dr. Dre - Nuthin' But A G Thang (1993) #3 Top 100 1993
Boyz II Men - I'll Make Love To You (1994) #2 Top 100 1994
TLC - Waterfalls (1995) #2 Top 100 1995
Coolio - Gangsta's Paradise (1995) #1 Top 100 1995
Alanis Morisette - Ironic (1996) #1 Top 100 1996
Spice Girls - Wannabe (1997) #10 Top 100 1997
Brandy and Monica - The Boy Is Mine (1998) #1 Top 100 1998

 

The Top 10
Quote
#10 Michael Jackson --- Thiller
#9 Pearl Jam -- Jeremy
#8 Madonna -- Like A Virgin
#7 The Police --  Every Breath You Take
#6 Beastie Boys -- Fight For Your Right to Party
#5 Guns N' Roses -- Sweet Child O' Mine
#4 The Buggles -- Video Killed the Radio Star
#3 Dire Straits -- Money for Nothing
#2 Run D.M.C with Aerosmith -- Walk This Way
#1 Peter Gaberiel -- Sledgehammer


 MTV sponsored The Police "Synchronicity Tour" in 1983/1984. Also "Every Breath You Take" was #1 on the Hot 100 for about 2 months the Summer of 1983.

British synth pop band Duran Duran became popular in the US around 1983, which MTV helped boost their popularity with lavish music videos.

Beastie Boys quickly became a favorite, which they appeared on the channel's new years special and Spring Break programming.



"Video Killed the Radio Star" from The Buggles was somewhat of an unofficial theme for MTV.



Though the countdowns probably weren't solely based on airplay, most were ranked among the Top 10. Especially #2 or #1 with songs from the mid/late 1990's except The Spice Girls. Plus, not only music video hours were shrinking, their selection became slimmer.

 In 1997, I recall seeing more Puff Daddy on that channel though at the same time was watching more VH1.


I recall seeing Dr Dre "Nothing But a G Thang" and Beastie Boys "Fight For Your Right" on regular video blocks in 1996/1997. Also classic videos scattered around "Vidchecks" of vintage MTV playlists on YouTube.