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