Guide to 80s Music Videos

Music television and VH1 became the new jukebox for a whole generation of music fans in the 80s. During those times, music videos were not just add-ins but significant to the image of an artist. It was on August 1, 1981, when the first music video ever aired on MTV and that video was ironically The Buggles’ Video Killed the Radio Star song. Since then, television has seen lots of music videos from different artists.

If you missed watching the popular music videos from the 80s, then you’ve come to the right place. If you want to watch 80s music videos, here are 10 of the best music video compilations we found that you may like.

Where to Buy
This Is '80s Hair Metal
Pure '80s
MTV20 Collection
MTV20 - Rock
VH1: Pop-Up Video '80s
Hits of the 80s
Pure '80s Headbangers Rule!
'80s Rock
Pure 80's: The
Pure '80s Video Idols


1. This is ‘80s Hair Metal

This is the best-selling hair metal compilation of all time. If you’ve heard the audio, with this DVD, you’ll be able to watch their music videos as well. You can watch exhilarating live performances by Poison, L.A. Guns, Cinderella, Ratt, and more. You will be able to enjoy incredible showmanship, technical prowess, and high energy of Balls to the Wall, Round & Round, The Final Countdown, and so much more. If you are into hair metal, this is probably the best DVD for you.

2. Pure 80’s The Ultimate (Box Set)

This is an ultimate box set that contains pure 80s music videos on DVD. It is the most excellent collection of 80s music videos. It includes 3 DVDs featuring three of the biggest genre in 80s music, which are New Wave, Video Idols, and Head Bangers Rule. There are a total of 45 music videos in this collection, covering all the hits and classic music videos. Many of them have never been on a music DVD before. It also comes with a bonus where Martha Quinn, one of the original VJ’s from MTV, offers some commentary for every music video. 

3. MTV20 Collection

This is an over-the-top compilation of over fifty music videos that made MTV very popular. This is a collection of Rock, Pop, and Jams music videos. This collection is released for MTV’s 20th anniversary. Aside from music videos, some of the special features of this collection are artist profiles, selected discographies, on-screen artist and music trivia, and as well as interviews and original MTV commercial bumpers. Some of the music videos you can watch in this collection are Addicted to Love by Robert Palmer, Cars by Gary Numan, and Me, Myself, and I by De La Soul.  This collection is a wonderful gift for all those who love to watch 80s music videos. 

4. MTV20- Rock

For all fans of rock music, this is the best music video compilation for you. On the 20th anniversary of MTV, they made a compilation of the best music videos, and this DVD features all the music videos of the best rock songs in the 80s. Some of the songs it includes are Firewoman by The Cult, Higher Ground by Red Hot Chili Peppers, Livin’ On the Edge by Aerosmith, All the Small Things by Blink 182, Santa Monica by Everclear, and so much more. The videos in this compilation are separated with short interviewsand MTV commercial bumpers. This DVD also includes bonus features such as fast facts and quick stats that provides on-screen information, profiles, and discographies for every artist. This is an excellent music video collection for all people who love 80s rock music videos.

5. VH1 Pop-Up Video 80s

This is a compilation of your favorite Pop Up Video hits from the 80s. It features the decade’s most memorable music videos. Aside from that, this compilation also comes with some of the most significant news events and people who helped in shaping the era of excess. You will also be able to meet the writers of Pop-Up Video and know from them the stories behind their favorite videos. Some of the songs featured in this compilation are Video Killed the Radio Star by The Buggles, Stand for All by The Fixx, Notorious by Duran Duran, and many more. This is indeed a wonderful collection to own if you love 80s music videos.

6. Hits of the 80s

If you’re a nostalgia buff who wants to return to the 80s because you love classic pop, then this is a must-have music video compilation for you. This is a collection of 14 hit videos from the 1980s. It includes punchy post-punk beats, big New Wave hair, classic radio Pop tunes, and more. It covers a wide range of 80s music videos from Duran Duran and Spandau Bullet to punk-influenced eccentricities such as Talking Heads and Scritti Polliti, and so much more. This is also a perfect gift for all of your friends who love to watch 80s music videos as well. 

7. Pure ’80s Headbangers Rule!

For the lovers of 80s headbangers music, this is the best music video compilation for you. This DVD contains the hottest 80s music videos. You can watch here the music videos Rock You Like a Hurricane by Scorpions, Epic by Faith No More, Summertime Girls by Y&T, and many more. If you love to bang your head to these songs and artists, then you will surely love to have a copy of this music video compilation. 

8. 80s Rock

If you love 80s rock music, then you’ll definitely love this DVD as well because it is a compilation of all the essential 80s rock music videos. Some of the songs included here are Holy River by Dio, Alone Again by Dokken, New Girl by Honeymoon Suite, Miles Away by Winder, Wait by White Lion, and more. With this DVD, you will be able to relive the music videos of those songs which you’ve watched over and over again in the 80s. 

9. Pure 80’s The DVD

This DVD features the top music video clips of the 80s. Some of the artists included in this compilation are The Buggles, ABC, Tears for Fears, Swing Out Sister, Dan Hartman, Asia, Big Country, and many more. It will enable you to watch some of the music videos in the 80s again that you’ve missed seeing such as The Look of Love, Video Killed the Radio Star, I Can Dream About You, Breakout, and so much more. So, if you’re nostalgic about the music videos of these songs, then this is the perfect DVD for you.

10. Pure 80s Video Idols

This DVD contains a compilation of the music videos of the video idols in the 1980s. It is awide-ranging visual experience where you can watch music videos of songs such as Mr. Roboto by Styx, Physical by Olivia Newton-John, Luka by Suzanne Vega, and many more. If you want to watch the music videos of your favorite artists and songs in the 80s, then this can be the perfect DVD compilation you can have.

These are 10 of the best compilations we found if you want to watch 80s music videos. All of these features classic and popular 80s songs and music videos that you’ve missed watching. They will surely take you to a trip down memory lane as you watch each of them.