Music TV Shows

In the early 1980s, music was everywhere on TV, as MTV revolutionized both television and the recording industry. The music video created a programming sensation, and MTV's competitors raced to keep up, filling the TV airwaves with music. With MTV's shift away from music programming around the turn of the century, however, music on television was more often presented in forms other than the music video--but there's never been a time that music disappeared from TV altogether.

Variety shows and musical performance shows were popular on TV decades before MTV introduced the pre-recorded music video, and musical performance programs still pop up now and again on broadcast TV as special events. Music award shows, such as the Grammys, the MTV Music Awards and the American Music Awards, consistently draw big audiences by presenting a blend of celebrity appearances and musical performances.

The big music TV revolution in recent years, though, has been within the unscripted reality genre. Music competition series - both singing competitions like "American Idol" and "The Voice" and dance competitions like "Dancing with the Stars" and "So You Think You Can Dance" - have become so popular that they have virtually dominated the weekday nighttime schedules of the broadcast networks.

The Bobby Brown Story
The Bobby Brown Story
The Voice
The Voice
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood
Dance Moms
Dance Moms
ReMastered
ReMastered
Wu-Tang: An American Saga
Wu-Tang: An American Saga
Descendants
Descendants
The Four: Battle for Stardom
The Four: Battle for Stardom
Glee
Glee
The Late Late Show with James Corden
The Late Late Show with James Corden
Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta
Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta
Make It Pop
Make It Pop
School of Rock
School of Rock
Sunny Day
Sunny Day
Austin City Limits
Austin City Limits
American Soul
American Soul
The Lawrence Welk Show
The Lawrence Welk Show
Motown Magic
Motown Magic
Smash
Smash
Nellyville
Nellyville
CMT Crossroads
CMT Crossroads
Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men
Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men
Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce
Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce
The Defiant Ones
The Defiant Ones
Mary Mary
Mary Mary
Untold Stories of Hip Hop
Untold Stories of Hip Hop
Country Music Awards
Country Music Awards
Great Performances
Great Performances
I'm In The Band
I'm In The Band
Songland
Songland
Punk
Punk
The Wannabes
The Wannabes
Foo Fighters Sonic Highways
Foo Fighters Sonic Highways
Breaking the Band
Breaking the Band
Larrymania
Larrymania
Encore!
Encore!
Chasing Destiny
Chasing Destiny
Uta no Prince Sama
Uta no Prince Sama
CMT Music Awards
CMT Music Awards
The Sound of Music
The Sound of Music
Live From Abbey Road
Live From Abbey Road
Xscape: Still Kickin' It
Xscape: Still Kickin' It
Metal Evolution
Metal Evolution
K. Michelle: My Life
K. Michelle: My Life
Noisey
Noisey
iHeartRadio Jingle Ball
iHeartRadio Jingle Ball
The Willis Family
The Willis Family
The Bobby DeBarge Story
The Bobby DeBarge Story
Dance Academy
Dance Academy
Signed
Signed
UnSung
UnSung
Vinyl
Vinyl
Fresh Beat Band of Spies
Fresh Beat Band of Spies
So Sharp
So Sharp
Tamar & Vince
Tamar & Vince
CMT Artists of the Year
CMT Artists of the Year
Soul Train
Soul Train
Freestyle Love Supreme
Freestyle Love Supreme
Chasing The Saturdays
Chasing The Saturdays
Beyonce: X10: The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour
Beyonce: X10: The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour
History of the Eagles
History of the Eagles
Dancing On The Edge
Dancing On The Edge
R&B Divas
R&B Divas
Rock This Boat: New Kids on the Block
Rock This Boat: New Kids on the Block
Peter Pan Live!
Peter Pan Live!
Death Row Chronicles
Death Row Chronicles
Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family
Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family
Johnny Cash: Song by Song
Johnny Cash: Song by Song
American Idol
American Idol
Handel's Messiah
Handel's Messiah
La Voz Kids
La Voz Kids
La Banda
La Banda
Country's Family Reunion
Country's Family Reunion
Big Time Rush
Big Time Rush
The Breaks
The Breaks
Guerra de Idolos
Guerra de Idolos
Gwen Stefani's You Make It Feel Like Christmas
Gwen Stefani's You Make It Feel Like Christmas
MTV Cribs Best of
MTV Cribs Best of
American Boyband
American Boyband
Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert
Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert
KPOP STAR 2
KPOP STAR 2
Music and the Spoken Word
Music and the Spoken Word
Boy Band
Boy Band
Silent Night
Silent Night
Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison
Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison
Playing for Change
Playing for Change
GO! Vive a tu manera
GO! Vive a tu manera
Live From Lincoln Center
Live From Lincoln Center
Soul Train Music Awards
Soul Train Music Awards
CMA Country Christmas
CMA Country Christmas
100 Greatest Songs of the 00s
100 Greatest Songs of the 00s
Passion
Passion
Snoop Dogg Music
Snoop Dogg Music
Long Strange Trip
Long Strange Trip
The American Music Awards
The American Music Awards
Black Girls Rock!
Black Girls Rock!
Later with Jools Holland
Later with Jools Holland
Harry
Harry
La Voz
La Voz
The Joey and Rory Show
The Joey and Rory Show