Before MTV, America’s Top 10 With Casey Kasem Brought Music Videos To The Masses

Counting down the hits with new-fangled music videos.

As a disc jockey, professional announcer, and the voice of Shaggy on Scooby-Doo, Casey Kasem himself rewrote radio history in 1970 by launching America’s Top 40, a phenomenally popular four-hour countdown of Billboard magazine’s pop singles that quickly became a weekly habit of listeners worldwide.

A decade later, Kasem made the leap to television with America’s Top 10, a syndicated half-hour showcase for an emerging, highly addictive, and massively beguiling art form that would come to culturally define the years ahead: music videos.

America’s Top 10: May 11, 1980

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