MTV Top 20 Video Countdown (US)

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Postby Kenne » Wed Apr 25, 2018 3:35 pm

I'm pretty sure Like a Prayer was #52, I had it recorded on VHS and it was followed by Bust a Move.
I think Give It Away was #33 because Jump had followed it, but I could be remembering it wrong.

Thanks for posting these lists, it's nice to see them after so long.
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Postby earthvssoup » Sun May 06, 2018 7:24 pm

Long time lurker and have watched since late 90. I remember a Youtube video for the episode of the last weekend of April in 1987 and the 20-11 chart is quite different from the estimates. Fleetwood At 13 remains the same with Big Love, though.

20. Glass Tiger - I Will Be There
19. REO Speedwagon - That Ain’t Love
18. Psychedelic Furs - Heartbreak Beat
17. Robbie Nevil - Dominoes
16. Cinderella - Somebody Save Me
15. Madonna - La Isla Bonita (debut)
14. Bryan Adams - Heat Of The Night
13. Fleetwood Mac - Big Love
12. Europe - Rock The Night
11. Bon Jovi - Wanted Dead Or Alive (debut)
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Postby azul120 » Sun May 06, 2018 9:54 pm

Welcome, and great find, though I guess it's long gone. It does change the trajectories a bit, so I will take a shot at the following couple weeks:

Week of 4/24/87
1) (=) (6) U2 - “With or Without You” (#1 for 2 weeks)
2) (=) (7) Steve Winwood - “The Finer Things” (#1 for 1 week)
3) (=) (6) Crowded House - “Don’t Dream It’s Over” (#3)
4) (+1) (5) Peter Wolf - “Come As You Are” (#4)
5) (+2) (9) Barbusters - “Light of Day” (#5)
6) (+5) (4) Cutting Crew - “(I Just) Died in Your Arms” (#6)
7) (-3) (9) Sammy Hagar - “Winner Takes It All” (#2)
8) (+2) (4) Bangles - “Walking Down Your Street” (#8)
9) (=) (6) Gregg Allman - “I’m No Angel” (#9)
10) (-4) (9) Lou Gramm - “Midnight Blue” (#1 for 2 weeks)
11) (Debut) Bon Jovi - “Wanted Dead or Alive” (#11)
12) (+4) (3) Europe - “Rock the Night” (#12)
13) (+4) (2) Fleetwood Mac - “Big Love” (#13)
14) (+6) (2) Bryan Adams - “Heat of the Night” (#14)
15) (Debut) Madonna - “La Isla Bonita” (#15)
16) (-8) (7) Cinderella - “Somebody Save Me” (#6)
17) (+2) (3) Robbie Nevil - “Dominoes” (#17)
18) (=) (3) Psychedelic Furs - “Heartbreak Beat” (#18)
19) (-7) (4) REO Speedwagon - “That Ain’t Love” (#12)
20) (-6) (3) Glass Tiger - “I Will Be There” (#12)

Week of 5/1/87 (Non-RS, Top 10 from Miami Herald) – Estimates Italicized
1) (=) (7) U2 - “With or Without You” (#1 for 3 weeks)
2) (=) (8) Steve Winwood - “The Finer Things” (#1 for 1 week)
3) (+3) (5) Cutting Crew - “(I Just) Died in Your Arms” (#3)
4) (=) (6) Peter Wolf - “Come As You Are” (#4)
5) (+3) (5) Bangles - “Walking Down Your Street” (#5)
6) (-3) (7) Crowded House - “Don’t Dream It’s Over” (#3)
7) (+4) (2) Bon Jovi - “Wanted Dead or Alive” (#7)
8) (+6) (3) Bryan Adams - “Heat of the Night” (#8)
9) (-2) (10) Sammy Hagar - “Winner Takes It All” (#2)
10) (-1) (7) Gregg Allman - “I’m No Angel” (#9)
11) (+2) (3) Fleetwood Mac - “Big Love” (#11)
12) (=) (4) Europe - “Rock the Night” (#12)
13) (+2) (2) Madonna - “La Isla Bonita” (#13)
14?) (-9) (10) Barbusters - “Light of Day” (#5)
15?) (+2) (4) Robbie Nevil - “Dominoes” (#15)
16?) (-6) (10) Lou Gramm - “Midnight Blue” (#1 for 2 weeks)
17) (+1) (4) Psychedelic Furs - “Heartbreak Beat” (#17)
18?) (Debut) Night Ranger - “The Secret of My Success” (#18)
19?) (Debut) David Bowie - “Day In, Day Out” (#19) (getting a week added to his tally)
20?) (Debut) Simply Red - “The Right Thing” (#20)
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Postby LostAvenger » Sun May 06, 2018 11:39 pm

Wow at how AOR-oriented that top 20 was.
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Postby NothingFails » Mon May 07, 2018 12:29 am

Surprised how late La Isla Bonita debuted given it peaked on Billboard the very next week and Madonna was practically the queen of MTV at that time.
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Postby azul120 » Tue May 08, 2018 4:32 am

Not quite. La Isla Bonita peaked roughly in tandem with its status on Billboard. It simply had lots of competition from other vids vying for chart space, particularly the new Bon Jovi and the long awaited Fleetwood Mac return.
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Postby NothingFails » Tue May 08, 2018 5:23 pm

azul120 wrote:Not quite. La Isla Bonita peaked roughly in tandem with its status on Billboard. It simply had lots of competition from other vids vying for chart space, particularly the new Bon Jovi and the long awaited Fleetwood Mac return.
La Isla Bonita peaked on May 2, 1987 at #4 on BB which was its second week on the top 20 countdown... usually Madonna's videos debuted quite a bit earlier and usually either peaked when the single did or even before (like Live To Tell or Who's That Girl, or like how U2 was #1 with With Or Without You a full month prior to it hitting #1 on BB). I know MTV never played it as much as her other videos from the era but it's weird to see it have such a late start on the video countdown when her videos usually debuted on the countdown within a week or two of their premiere.
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Postby azul120 » Tue May 08, 2018 10:02 pm

True, but it's largely because La Isla Bonita was a swift peaker. Also, the video was only in its 4th week on the channel, making it not much slower to chart than other major exclusive/heavy rotation vids at the time. (Of course, Wanted Dead Or Alive had just premiered within that week.)

ETA: Also, potential correction to 5/15/87 - Night Ranger may have dropped that week given they were no longer on the rotation list, and they were barely hanging on to the Billboard charts with "The Secret of My Success".
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Postby sdizda » Thu May 17, 2018 9:40 am

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Postby sdizda » Thu May 17, 2018 10:10 am

MTV Top 100 Countdown of All Time

John Sencio, Kennedy, Ed Marques, Eric Nies and iDalis in the middle of a 90's countdown
of the best music videos up to that time with girls and surfboards in the background.

57. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Mary Jane's Last Dance (1993)
56. Metallica - One (1989)
55. Janet Jackson - That's the Way Love Goes (1993)
54. The Police - Every Breath You Take (1983)
53. Nirvana - In Bloom (1992)
52. Madonna - Like A Prayer (1989)
51. Soul Asylum - Runaway Train (1993)
50. Snoop Doggy Dogg - What's My Name (1993)
49. Guns N' Roses - Paradise City (1987)
48. Boyz II Men - It's So Hard to Say Goodbye (1991)
47. The Black Crowes - Hard to Handle (1990)
46. Pearl Jam - Alive (1992)
45. En Vogue - My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It) (1992)
44. Aerosmith - Crazy (1994)
43. Run DMC featuring Aerosmith - Walk this Way (1986)
42. Tom Petty - Free Fallin' (1989)
41. Dr. Dre featuring Snoop Dogg - Dre Day (1993)
40. U2 - One (1992)
39. Nirvana - All Apologies (from MTV's Unplugged) (1993)
38. Beastie Boys - (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!) (1986)
37. Janet Jackson - Again (1993)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJDDoCiu-WM
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Postby azul120 » Thu May 17, 2018 10:59 pm

Thanks, but both old.
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Postby azul120 » Fri May 25, 2018 6:03 am

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRU4RPbZTSk

Adam Curry introducing Paul Carrack at #2 on the Mardi Gras edition in Feb. '88.
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Postby azul120 » Thu Aug 16, 2018 7:32 am

No new top 20 clips as of right now, but I found an almost complete recording of the top 100 of the 80s from Nov. 89 on the Internet Archive. Only the first two vids are missing!

https://archive.org/details/top-100-of- ... t1-1989-12

https://archive.org/details/top-100-of- ... t2-1989-12

https://archive.org/details/top-100-80s ... tv-1989-12
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