On August 1, 1981, MTV broadcast “Video Killed the Radio Star” by The Buggles, a British band that was practically unheard-of prior to that day. Hosted by VJs, or video jockeys, MTV aired nonstop music videos, and the network quickly became a cultural sensation.
The VJs curated soundtracks of hit videos, interviewed musicians, and offered cultural commentary and social context to each video. From Nina Blackwood to “Downtown” Julie Brown, VJs through the years brought their own personalities and perspectives to the network that revolutionized how people experienced music.
Keep reading to reminisce on our favorite MTV VJs, ranked in chronological order from when they starred on the iconic TV channel.