The Rise of the Music Video | A Year in Music: 1983

This Sunday We’re Remembering Big Hair, New Wave, and When MTV Played Music

For more than half a century, radio airplay had been the benchmark for popular music, but that all changed in the 1980s. In 1983, music videos became must see TV and was the new hallmark of commercial success, leaving radio trying to play catch up. MTV ushered in the second coming of the British Invasion with Duran Duran, A Flock of Seagulls, Billy Idol, Judas Priest, and Def Leppard. From bearded men playing bluesy classic Texas rock to a bunch of kooky Australians walking across the desert, with the right song and the right video, all genres of music were welcome on-screen in 1983. Get more insight with a sneak peek of this week’s A Year in Music: 1983 above and learn more about the historical events and the music that changed the world with the full episode this SUNDAY at 9/8c!


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