From Blondie to Gaga...
Heather Steele
13:49 1st August 2011

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of MTV today (August 1), Gigwise has put together a collection of the best 30 videos for each year spanning over the last three decades.

From Blondie's video for 'Rapture' in 1981, through to Lady Gaga's various creative music videos today, our selection of music videos celebrates the various visuals that bands and artists create to compliment their music.

Those videos featured in the list include Michael Jackson's epic 'Thriller' and Britney Spears' 'One More Time', as well as videos from Green Day, Foo Fighters, Spice Girls, Beyonce, Will Smith, Coldplay, Gorillaz, MC Hammer and Rihanna.

There are also two appearances from Madonna, alongside music videos from Whitney Houston, Nirvana, The Strokes, Justin Timberlake and more.

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  • 1981 - Blondie, 'Rapture'

  • 1982 - Joan Jett, 'I Love Rock N Roll'

  • 1983 - Michael Jackson, 'Thriller'

  • 1984 - Cyndi Lauper, 'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun'

  • 1985 - Ah Ha, 'Take On Me'

  • 1986 - Madonna, 'Papa Don't Preach'

  • 1987 - Whitney Houston, 'I Wanna Dance With Somebody'

  • 1988 - Bruce Springsteen, 'Tunnel Of Love'

  • 1989 - Billy Joel, 'We Didn't Start The Fire'

  • 1990 - MC Hammer, 'U Can't Touch This'

  • 1991 - Nirvana, 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'

  • 1992 - Red Hot Chili Peppers, 'Under The Bridge'

  • 1993 - R.E.M., 'Everybody Hurts'

  • 1994 - Green Day, 'Basket Case'

  • 1995 - Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson, 'Scream'

  • 1996 - Foo Fighters, 'Big Me'

  • 1997 - Spice Girls, 'Say You'll Be There'

  • 1998 - Will Smith, 'Gettin' Jiggy With It'

  • 1999 - Britney Spears, 'Baby One More Time'

  • 2000 - Eminem, 'The Real Slim Shady'

  • 2001 - Gorillaz, 'Clint Eastwood'

  • 2002 - The Strokes, 'Last Night'

  • 2003 - Outkast, 'Hey Ya'

  • 2004 - Coldplay, 'Speed Of Sound'

  • 2005 - Madonna, 'Hung Up'

  • 2006 - Justin Timberlake, 'Sexy Back'

  • 2007 - Bjork, 'Earth Intruders'

  • 2008 - Rihanna, 'Disturbia'

  • 2009 - Beyonce, 'Single Ladies'

  • 2010 - Lady Gaga and Beyonce, 'Telephone'