Music TV Shows

About Music

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.

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UnSung
UnSung
Glee
Glee
The Voice
The Voice
The Four: Battle for Stardom
The Four: Battle for Stardom
Dance Moms
Dance Moms
Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta
Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta
Freestyle Love Supreme
Freestyle Love Supreme
American Idol
American Idol
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood
The Defiant Ones
The Defiant Ones
School of Rock
School of Rock
The Late Late Show with James Corden
The Late Late Show with James Corden
Billboard Music Awards
Billboard Music Awards
Sunny Day
Sunny Day
Showtime at the Apollo
Showtime at the Apollo
Make It Pop
Make It Pop
Nellyville
Nellyville
Austin City Limits
Austin City Limits
Death Row Chronicles
Death Row Chronicles
CMT Crossroads
CMT Crossroads
Rock Legends
Rock Legends
American Boyband
American Boyband
Uta no Prince Sama
Uta no Prince Sama
Laurieann Gibson: Beyond the Spotlight
Laurieann Gibson: Beyond the Spotlight
So Sharp
So Sharp
Mary Mary
Mary Mary
Russell Simmons: Brave New Voices
Russell Simmons: Brave New Voices
The Willis Family
The Willis Family
Rapture
Rapture
Great Performances
Great Performances
Smash
Smash
CMT Music Awards
CMT Music Awards
Foo Fighters Sonic Highways
Foo Fighters Sonic Highways
Chasing Destiny
Chasing Destiny
Music Retro
Music Retro
Metal Evolution
Metal Evolution
Live From Lincoln Center
Live From Lincoln Center
Rolling Stone: Stories from the Edge
Rolling Stone: Stories from the Edge
I'm In The Band
I'm In The Band
Clash of the Corps
Clash of the Corps
Vinyl
Vinyl
TRL
TRL
Dancing On The Edge
Dancing On The Edge
Sing It On
Sing It On
Guerra de Idolos
Guerra de Idolos
The Wannabes
The Wannabes
The Wanted Life
The Wanted Life
Dance Academy
Dance Academy
Discover Vivaldi's Four Seasons
Discover Vivaldi's Four Seasons
Country's Family Reunion
Country's Family Reunion
Soul Train
Soul Train
Country Music Awards
Country Music Awards
Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family
Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family
Boy Band
Boy Band
La Banda
La Banda
Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce
Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce
Descendants
Descendants
KPOP STAR 2
KPOP STAR 2
CMA Music Festival
CMA Music Festival
Five Fingers
Five Fingers
La Voz Kids
La Voz Kids
Rock This Boat: New Kids on the Block
Rock This Boat: New Kids on the Block
K. Michelle: My Life
K. Michelle: My Life
The Lawrence Welk Show
The Lawrence Welk Show
Big Time Rush
Big Time Rush
iHeartSummer '17 Weekend by AT&T
iHeartSummer '17 Weekend by AT&T
Tamar & Vince
Tamar & Vince
The Joey and Rory Show
The Joey and Rory Show
Top 20 Country Countdown
Top 20 Country Countdown
Noisey
Noisey
R&B Divas
R&B Divas
Don Francisco Te Invita
Don Francisco Te Invita
VIP Access
VIP Access
Dance Academy
Dance Academy
Harry
Harry
Great Performances at the Met
Great Performances at the Met
Breaking the Band
Breaking the Band
Christina Milian Turned Up
Christina Milian Turned Up
My Music
My Music
Passion
Passion
Xscape: Still Kickin' It
Xscape: Still Kickin' It
Snoop Dogg Music
Snoop Dogg Music
Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert
Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert
ACM Honors
ACM Honors
Beat Girl
Beat Girl
The Sing Off
The Sing Off
The Sound of Music
The Sound of Music
Josh Groban
Josh Groban
Top 10 Rappers
Top 10 Rappers
Music and the Spoken Word
Music and the Spoken Word
First Family of Hip Hop
First Family of Hip Hop
The Music City Show
The Music City Show
I Love the 2000s
I Love the 2000s
Great American Heroes
Great American Heroes
Selena Gomez
Selena Gomez
Midwest Country
Midwest Country
Celebration of Gospel
Celebration of Gospel
TeenNick Top 10
TeenNick Top 10
Later with Jools Holland
Later with Jools Holland
Top 100 Hip Hop Hits
Top 100 Hip Hop Hits