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MTV Anniversary: 34 Dance Anthems for 34 Years

On this exact day in 1981, the world’s first 24 hour music video channel began to air to our television sets; and the rest was history.

At 12:01am on August 1, that now unbelievably famous track by The Buggles was the first music video to be broadcast – ironically named: Video Killed The Radio Star. Thanks to MTV, the track burst into the US singles chart where it had not made a dent when released 2 years earlier.

Since then, there have been thousands of artists who have directly and indirectly benefited from the access to the main stream that MTV have provided; all of whom should be extremely thankful on this day.

Indeed, electronic and dance music is experiencing something of a boom at the moment, a boom which is being partially fuelled by MTV. Every time I switch on to the channel I need not wait long before “The Hum” by Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike is shown, amongst a whole host of other artists representing the genre from Disclosure to Major Lazer. Dance music has never been so accessible; something that MTV can take credit for.

In celebration of MTV’s 34th birthday, we have decided to compile some of our 34 favourite dance music videos since 1981. Enjoy!

01. Livin’ Joy – Dreamer (1995)

02. SASH! – Encore Un Fois (1997)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XO05NftxXgc

03. Robert Miles – Children (1996)

04. ATB – Don’t Stop (1999)

05. Real McCoy – Another Night (1995)

06. Gala – Freed From Desire (1997)

07. Dr Alban – It’s My Life (1992)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AYFaX4JHVk

08. Armand Van Helden – You Don’t Know Me (1998)

09. Daft Punk – Around The World (1997)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymei5EA5tz0

10. Faithless – We Come 1 (2001)

11. Roger Sanchez – Another Chance (2001)

12. Scooter – Ramp! (The Logical Song) (2001)

13. The Chemical Brothers – Hey Boy Hey Girl (1999)

14. Mylo – Drop The Pressure (2004)

15. Junior Jack – E-Samba (2004)

16. Eiffel 65 – Blue (1999)

17. Alice Deejay – Better Off Alone (2000)

18. System F – Out Of The Blue (2000)

19. Deepest Blue – Deepest Blue (2004)

20. Nightcrawlers – Push The Feeling On (1999)

21. Lasgo – Something (2001)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0M703prHw4

22. Benny Benassi – Satisfaction (2003)

23. Fragma – Toca’s Miracle (2000)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvzc-TT4Xec

24. Eric Prydz – Call On Me (2004)

25. Yves Larock – Rise Up (2008)

26. Safri Duo – Played-A-Live (2001)

27.  Bob Sinclar – Love Generation (2006)

28. Darude – Sandstorm (2000)

29. Guru Josh Project – Infinity (2008)

30. Corona – The Rhythm of The Night (1994)

31. Laurent Wolf – No Stress (2008)

32. Fedde Le Grand – Put Your Hands Up 4 Detroit (2009)

33. Cascada – Everytime We Touch (2006)

34. Supermode – Tell Me Why (2006)



20 years old and studying at University of Nottingham, UK.DJ and Electronic Music Fanatic.

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