MTV turns 31, people everywhere pretend that they care slash still watch MTV - Reverb

MTV turns 31, people everywhere pretend that they care slash still watch MTV

*NSYNC, from left, JC Chasez, Lance Bass, Joey Fatone, Chris Kirkpatrick, and Justin Timberlake, listen Tuesday, July 25, 2000, during a New York news conference announcing that the group has been nominated and will perform during the MTV Video Music Awards Sept. 7 in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

*NSYNC, from left, JC Chasez, Lance Bass, Joey Fatone, Chris Kirkpatrick, and Justin Timberlake, listen Tuesday, July 25, 2000, during a New York news conference announcing that the group has been nominated and will perform during the MTV Video Music Awards Sept. 7 in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Thirty-one years ago today, MTV “landed” on cable TV with a lo-fi, rock ‘n’ roll take on Neil Armstrong’s lunar landing — an astronaut planting a poorly-animated, day-glo MTV flag on the moon.

Three decades later, the channel’s cultural influence and social change are still discussed ad nauseam. MTV has provided us with plenty of watershed pop culture moments, sure, but also some of the best names in Television history: Kurt Loder, Carson Daly, Gideon Yago, Sway, LaLa.

In lieu of another boring “think piece” about how MTV changed the world, here’s three of our favorite MTV moments since its inception:

Kurt Loder offers an in-depth report on Madonna’s controversial “Justify My Love” video, Dec. 1990

Alice In Chains, MTV Unplugged, April 1996

Mariah Carey breaks down on “TRL,” July 2001

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John Hendrickson is the managing editor of Reverb and a multimedia journalist at The Denver Post. Follow him on Twitter, if that’s what you’re into.

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