When MTV was born on August 1, 1981, we had a singular mission in mind: to bring great music to the masses through the new-ish medium of music video.
Somewhere along the way, as is often the case with artists, things started to get competitive. Who’s video was cooler? Which video did people like the most? And who decides?
Well, we do. MTV decides. And in 1984, we started honoring the best and brightest in the world of music video with the annual MTV Video Music Awards. The first VMA broadcast was hosted by Dan Aykroyd and Bette Midler on Sept. 14, 1984. The show is mostly remembered for Madonna’s racy performance of “Like A Virgin,” but a Video of the Year Moonman was handed out that night too.
And the winner was: “You Might Think” by The Cars. Six Video of the Year Moonmen were handed out during the 1980s, but which video would prevail if the best of the best were forced to square off against each other. Don’t look at us … you do the work. Vote in our Best Video of the ‘80s poll after the jump.
Polls close Wednesday, August 24 at noon, so vote now and vote often! Results will be announced in the lead-up to the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, which air live from Los Angeles on Sunday, August 28 at 9 PM on MTV. Don’t forget to tune in!
>>> Return to polling headquarters to vote for your favorites in all of the other categories.