Video Killed the Radio Star

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"Video Killed the Radio Star" is a song written by the Buggles, which was later made into a music video. It is noteworthy because it was the first video shown on MTV, when the channel debuted on August 1, 1981 (at 12:01 AM). Because there were few videos to choose from, this one seemed the logical choice for the fledgling network.

Written by Trevor Horn, Geoff Downes and Bruce Woolley, the song reached number one in the UK charts in 1979. It appears on the album The Age of Plastic.

The song was covered by the Presidents of the United States of America in 1998.