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One Hit Wonders of the 80s: Is MTV To Blame?

Next week we’re counting down the 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s. That means Haircut 100, JJ Fad, Swing Out Sister, Taco, Yello, and The Outfield are about to enter your life. We’ll be showing clips from all the music videos, and of course we’ve got pop pundits and wiseacre comedians (as well as some of the era’s artists themselves) commenting on all the relevant subjects. Check the clip above to see how the advent of MTV drove lots action in One Hit Wonder land.

Hit the comments field with your choice of the songs that should make the top 10!

Watch 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s each night, starting Tuesday, March 31 – Friday April 3.

Watch our A-Z playlist of music videos from the 80s.

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Pearl Jam Hits Rock Band, Celebrates Ten

The thud, the angst, the roar – In 1991 Pearl Jam‘s Ten swept across the country, cementing the notion of Seattle grunge as one of rock’s most powerful sounds. Almost two decades later, it’s still a fave for those who like it loud (which is plenty – 12 million people have bought it so far).? So no wonder our pals at? RockBand are making a big deal of the arrival of Ten‘s tracks. Now all the rumpus room rockers can wail their way through everything from “Jeremy” to “Even Flow.”

We’re celebrating, too. You can hear a handful of various remixes and obscurities that are found on the deluxe version of the Ten reissue here on the site. We’re streaming them through Tuesday, April 31.? Throughout the week, VH1 Classic is airing a video profile entitled “Pearl Jam Ten Revisited” that features an uncensored version of the “Jeremy” video.

The real hardcore Rock Band zealots can challenge Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron in a Game With Fame battle this Friday, March 27.

Watch Pearl Jam videos and interviews in Box Set

Watch Pearl Jam’s “VH1 Storytellers” performance

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Jason Mraz: Acoustic Spin on “Lucky”

Remember in elementary school when you?d pass a sheet of paper around the room and have each of your friends add their own sentence? Inevitably it created a story that took on a life of its own. Well, Jason Mraz not only plays that same game with his buds, he actually writes songs that way too – except that the “paper” is email.

In at least one case, the results have been superb. In the above clip for “Lucky,” Mr A-Z recounts the story of conceiving the tune with fellow singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat. According to Jason, neither of them knew where the song lyrics would go, but apparently, that?s the whole point. Building only off of the theme ?me talking to you,? they just let the creativity flow. Aren?t we all ?lucky? they did such a great job?

The informal performance is part of our “20th Floor Live” series, where artists are invited to play a song or two while visiting our offices. – Lacey Seidman

Watch a playlist of the 20th Floor Live performances

Watch Jason Mraz show off his favorite videos, including Feist’s “1,2,3,4″

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80s One Hit Wonders: Let The Fights Begin

Next week, starting on Tuesday, March 31, we’re counting down the 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s. It doesn’t take long to generate contention with these kinds of shows. A few names pop up and opinions start to fly.

Today’s quandary is simple: Who would win in a fight, Don Johnson, Frank Stallone or Patrick Swayze? They each had a song that was hot for a minute, and none of them are considered recording artists. So…hand to hand combat – who walks away triumphant? Watch our pundits debate above, add your own comments below, and watch 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s from March, 31 – April 3 on VH1. Judah Friedlander, our well-known Best Week Ever wit and 30 Rock genius, hosts the series.

WATCH VIDEOS OF 30 SONGS THAT JUST MISSED THE CUT

WATCH OUR MEGALIST OF 80S ONE HIT WONDERS

Watch 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs

Watch more One Hit Wonders music video playlists

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That Metal Show: An Extreme Episode

This week the boys chew the fat with the leaders of the reformed Extreme, Gary Charone and Nuno Bettencourt. And they debate the impact iTunes has had on loud rock albums. Check the above clip.

Every Saturday night hosts Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine and Don Jamison debate modern music issues and classic music heroes; every week they bring out a guest or two as well. The show airs on VH1 Classic on Saturdays at 11 pm ET. If you’ve got a question for ‘em about a long lost metal band, they just might answer it.

Love metal? Watch the trailer to the buzzed-about Anvil movie.

Watch Anvil show their favorite music videos.

Watch the 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs Videos

Listen to the new Queensryche CD

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Ciara & Justin: Behind The Scenes of “Love Sex Magic”

You remember how hot Justin Timberlake got with Rihanna in “Rehab”? Well double that for his romp with Ciara in the new “Love Sex Magic.” We’re going to feature the full video tomorrow on VH1.com, but we thought you’d like to see a bit of the fun that went into making something so steamy.

Meet you back here on Tuesday for the full video.

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Carolina Liar: Rats, Weasels and Great Songs

Lots of bands have to eat lots of crud on their way up the ladder, but the way Chad Wolf tells it, the recording of his band’s Coming To Terms contained a bit more squalor than he would have preferred. Check the above interview with Carolina Liar‘s singer; maybe the band should have done a Pied Piper thing to rid its studio of rodents.

Coming To Terms is impressive, the key reason Carolina Liar has become one of VH1′s You Oughta Know groups. As many people know these days, the disc’s “Show Me What I’m Looking For” was used in The Hills, and that step towards success is the reason that Wolf no longer has to clean Hollywood toilets in exchange for studio time (or dress up in a weasel costume as he mentions in the clip).

We also spoke to Wolf about his favorite videos. “My Playlist” finds him telling us why he likes everything from the blinking lights in The Shins? “Sleeping Lessons? to the Queens of the Stone Age‘s comic book style imagery. Come to hear him discuss the visuals, but stay to see him reveal memories from his first encounter with one of The Cure?s spooky clips. Stick around long enough and you’ll even get to hear him explain an alarming in-flight experience he shared with a member of the Foo Fighters!

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Nicole Scherzinger’s Favorite Vacation Spot Is…

Celebs stop by and we pepper ‘em with queries about the fun parts of life – that’s the essence of our new “5 Questions” series. Do you text or phone? Where’s the weirdest place you’ve had sex? What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning? All the important stuff, right?

Of course we needed a superstar to kick off our franchise, and – voila! – the leader of the Pussycat Dolls walked through the door and happily became our first victim. Thanks, Nicole.

The ladies are on currently on tour with Britney Spears, and they’ve just released the a video for their “Jai Ho (You Are My Destiny).” We’re actually giving away tickets to the Circus tour’s L.A. and Vegas shows. Make sure you enter our sweepstakes.

But in the meantime, see what Ms. Scherzinger thinks about five different subjects. Among other things, she discusses America’s sexiest sport hero, and the most most hilarious movie ever made.

WATCH NICOLE SCHERZINGER’S “5 QUESTIONS” VIDEOS

Watch Pussycat Dolls music videos

Watch Britney Spears music videos

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Behind The Music Will Return This Summer

Which episode is your favorite? Motley Crue? David Crosby? Biggie?

Most Behind the Music afficionados have their go-to shows, tales that clock the glories and pitfalls of a particular music act. The famed VH1 franchise hasn’t been that active in the last few years, but there’s good news for BTM freaks: VH1 is re-launching the Emmy-nominated and critically acclaimed series this summer. From the press release:

After more than 200 episodes, Behind the Music is now focusing on some of our favorite artists of today. From rock to hip-hop to pop, these innovative artists we are profiling are sure to captivate a whole new generation of viewers. In addition to the dramatic storytelling that made Behind The Music a worldwide hit, the reimagined version of the series will celebrate them as artists and will also feature originally shot verite footage of each artist, which will anchor each story in the present day.

New episodes will begin airing this summer and continue into the fall. Two confirmed episodes will be portraits of Lil Wayne and Scott Weiland. More information will follow.

Leave comments: which music acts would you like to see portrayed in new epsisodes of Behind the Music?

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Stanky Legg: Dance Craze or Medical Condition?

The GS Boyz? hit ?The Stanky Legg? has sparked a YouTube sensation in recent weeks. With the Southern rappers’ video reaching number one on BET?s 106 & Park, and the guys sealing a record deal with the Jive label, their new dance is a smash.

Since posting their homemade video of the song, the Dallas-based group’s crazy moves have been viewed millions of times and continue to grow in popularity; fans routinely post their own performance clips of the now infamous dance.

But for those of us still learning how to lean wit it, snap our fingers and do our steps, the Stanky Legg phenomenon remains a slight mystery – even though we have mastered the chicken noodle soup.

How many variations are there? Make the jump and check this list of videos we?ve put together. Lots of people showing off their Stanky skills. Better learn it for yourself – it’s already arrived at a club near you, no doubt.? – Ben Hosley

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