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.

American Idol
American Idol
The Voice
The Voice
Dance Moms
Dance Moms
Songland
Songland
Big Time Rush
Big Time Rush
The Bobby Brown Story
The Bobby Brown Story
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood
The Late Late Show with James Corden
The Late Late Show with James Corden
Austin City Limits
Austin City Limits
Descendants
Descendants
CMT Crossroads
CMT Crossroads
Glee
Glee
Wu-Tang: An American Saga
Wu-Tang: An American Saga
School of Rock
School of Rock
Smash
Smash
Breaking the Band
Breaking the Band
The Four: Battle for Stardom
The Four: Battle for Stardom
American Soul
American Soul
The Lawrence Welk Show
The Lawrence Welk Show
Songs & Rhymes
Songs & Rhymes
Uta no Prince Sama
Uta no Prince Sama
Make It Pop
Make It Pop
Jack's Big Music Show
Jack's Big Music Show
The Sound of Music
The Sound of Music
UnSung
UnSung
Mary Mary
Mary Mary
Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta
Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta
Punk
Punk
Sunny Day
Sunny Day
Nellyville
Nellyville
Great Performances
Great Performances
Tamar & Vince
Tamar & Vince
Westside
Westside
Foo Fighters Sonic Highways
Foo Fighters Sonic Highways
La Voz Kids
La Voz Kids
Live From Lincoln Center
Live From Lincoln Center
The Defiant Ones
The Defiant Ones
I'm In The Band
I'm In The Band
Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce
Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce
Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert
Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert
Beyonce: Life Is But a Dream
Beyonce: Life Is But a Dream
Encore!
Encore!
Vinyl
Vinyl
Eurovision Song Contest
Eurovision Song Contest
So Sharp
So Sharp
Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men
Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men
Russell Simmons: Brave New Voices
Russell Simmons: Brave New Voices
Motown Magic
Motown Magic
Monstar
Monstar
The Hustle
The Hustle
Nicky Jam: El Ganador
Nicky Jam: El Ganador
Listeners
Listeners
K. Michelle: My Life
K. Michelle: My Life
Long Strange Trip
Long Strange Trip
Chasing Destiny
Chasing Destiny
The Willis Family
The Willis Family
The Disney Family Singalong
The Disney Family Singalong
Fresh Beat Band of Spies
Fresh Beat Band of Spies
The Wannabes
The Wannabes
Xscape: Still Kickin' It
Xscape: Still Kickin' It
The Breaks
The Breaks
Underground: La Historia del Reggaeton
Underground: La Historia del Reggaeton
Five Fingers
Five Fingers
CMT Music Awards
CMT Music Awards
Dancing On The Edge
Dancing On The Edge
Freestyle Love Supreme
Freestyle Love Supreme
Metal Evolution
Metal Evolution
Dance Academy
Dance Academy
Rock This Boat: New Kids on the Block
Rock This Boat: New Kids on the Block
Soul Train
Soul Train
Hashtags
Hashtags
Christina Milian Turned Up
Christina Milian Turned Up
Noisey
Noisey
Untold Stories of Hip Hop
Untold Stories of Hip Hop
Rewind: Music Videos Of The 80's and 90's
Rewind: Music Videos Of The 80's and 90's
Dance Academy
Dance Academy
Signed
Signed
Anima
Anima
Tight
Tight
Sugar
Sugar
Country's Family Reunion
Country's Family Reunion
Chasing The Saturdays
Chasing The Saturdays
Concertino
Concertino
Mollie B Polka Party
Mollie B Polka Party
Playing for Change
Playing for Change
Death Row Chronicles
Death Row Chronicles
History of the Eagles
History of the Eagles
R&B Divas
R&B Divas
Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family
Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family
The Wanted Life
The Wanted Life
ClassicaLoid
ClassicaLoid
The Great American Dream Machine
The Great American Dream Machine
American Boyband
American Boyband
ReMastered
ReMastered
The Grammys
The Grammys
The Metropolitan Opera
The Metropolitan Opera
La Banda
La Banda
Music and the Spoken Word
Music and the Spoken Word
GO! Vive a tu manera
GO! Vive a tu manera
La Voz
La Voz