The Best Music TV Shows

You can’t toss the remote nowadays without hitting a TV show that spins around music. American Idol as of late delegated its young nation ruler. The Voice has Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton training musical talents like no other. VH-1 is even bringing back pop up videos. We thought we’d investigate that exceptional relationship music has had with TV to present to you the Best Music Shows in the History of Television—y’know, before TV itself moves toward becoming history.

VH1 Storytellers

Less incredible than VH1’s Behind the Music, Storytellers let artists share their encounters before a live studio crowd in between performing songs. Commencing with previous Kink Ray Davies in 1996, the series has been aired off and on during that time to the most recent portions this year with Cee-Lo Green, Death Cab for Cutie and My Morning Jacket.

The Best Music TV Shows

The Best Music TV Shows

American Bandstand

In spite of the fact that principally a vehicle for adolescent pop acts, Dick Clark’s Bandstand’s extensive run included exhibitions from more subversive acts like Adam Ant, Devo, Kurtis Blow and Public Image Ltd. alongside legends like Johnny Cash, The Byrds, David Bowie and Aretha Franklin. Additionally, Kool and the Gang. It makes you want to hit your pyle-pro drums and create a music masterpiece of your own!

Top of the Pops

With a stunning run of 2,212 scenes, Britain’s Top of the Pops achieved about 100 nations at its pinnacle, guaranteeing a constant flow of British music airing to the rest of the world. While the show finished its regular run in 2006, the Christmas special has proceeded on. The principal program on New Year’s Day, 1964, included both The Rolling Stones and The Beatles. The Beatles Top of the Pops cut beneath was from a scene of Doctor Who.


When most music shows were lip-synced, Chicago’s Soundstage centered around live exhibitions and improv with entertainers as differing as Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Muddy Waters, Dizzy Gillespie, Janis Ian and Al Green. The show was restored in 2003 with an execution from Lyle Lovett, Randy Newman and Mark Isham.

Soul Train

Soul Train began as a neighborhood dance program in Chicago, however started syndication in 1971 to a modest bunch of different markets, in the long run turning into a colossal influencer of African-American music, dance and form in the 1970s and ’80s and gave white Americans a window into American culture. Season 1 alone highlighted such stars as Gladys Knight, The Staple Singers, Bill Withers, Al Green, B.B. Ruler, Little Richard, Ike and Tina Turner and Curtis Mayfield. Its success even drove Dick Clark to make a contending show Soul Unlimited for a short time before consenting to join forces with Soul Train’s Don Cornelius to make show specials for greater African-American artists. It likewise holds the record for the longest-running, first-run, broadly syndicated program in TV history.

MTV Unplugged

Whenever Squeeze, Syd Straw and Elliot Easton played acoustically for MTV’s cameras in 1989, nobody knew the effect this entire “Unplugged” thing would have on music. In any case, after acts like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Arrested Development and Björk had killed the amps, audience could see the nature of the songwriting at the center of their music.