Arts & Life
For a generation of rock 'n' rollers, it was the moment they knew they wanted to be stars. "I remember thinking, 'This can be done. I can do that,' " singer Billy Joel said. Elvis Presley's comeback special four years later, his return to radio after years of B movies, was No. 2, and deemed more important than the King's 1956 debut. The 1968 return at least showed those swivelling hips. In 1956, the camera only shot him from the waist up. Several selections were more important in retrospect as historical movements rather than memorable moments, such as the premieres of MTV, Saturday Night Live and American Bandstand.
Other moments in VH1's top 10 included Michael Jackson's first moonwalking dance steps on the 1983 Motown 25 special, the Live Aid telecast in 1985, Madonna's Like a Virgin performance on the 1984 MTV Video Music Awards, and the Who's appearance on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour in 1967. The most bizarre selection: No. 17, the man who crashed Bob Dylan's 1998 Grammy Awards performance with Soy Bomb written on his bare chest.
The most recent: Ricky Martin's performance at
the 1999 Grammy Awards, one of 28 events from the 1990s. The list
also includes three performances of the U.S. national anthem: by Marvin Gaye at the 1982
NBA All-Star Game in Detroit, by Whitney Houston at the 1991 Super Bowl, and by a
crotch-grabbing Roseanne at a 1990 San Diego Padres
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