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VH1 and TV Guide Open the Vaults of Television and Music and Count Down

Legendary Moments in a Five-Hour, Five-Night Special, Premiering

Monday-Friday, January 13-17 at 10:00 P.M. (ET/PT)

Jan 09, 2003, 00:00 ET from VH1

    NEW YORK, Jan. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- From Michael Jackson's moonwalk on Motown
 25 to Madonna's sexually charged performance of "Like a Virgin" at the first
 MTV VMA's, music on television has come a long way since Elvis first shook his
 pelvis in primetime.
     Hosted by "Saturday Night Live's" Molly Shannon, VH1 and TV Guide's
 "100 Moments That Rocked TV" count down those unforgettable moments when rock
 music and television combined to make entertainment history in a five-hour,
 five-night special, premiering Monday, January 13, through Friday, January 17,
 from 10:00-11:00 p.m. (ET/PT) each night.  The chosen 100 Moments also appear
 in TV Guide's January 11th issue (on newsstands January 6).
     Following in the tradition of VH1's hit "100 Greatest" specials, "100
 Moments That Rocked TV" features archival clips and classic performances, plus
 exclusive new interviews including Dick Clark, Arsenio Hall, Tommy Smothers,
 David Cassidy, Barry Williams, John Corbett, Davy Jones, Ice Cube, Norah
 Jones, Justin Timberlake, Melissa Etheridge, Kelly Rowland, Heart, Chris
 Isaak, Leann Rimes, Vanessa Carlton, Snoop Dogg, Richie Sambora and Ashanti,
 among others.
     Viewers can log onto to see photos of
 TV's most rockin' events, play a trivia game and check out the full countdown
 with extensive artist info. Fans can also vote for what they think is the top
 music moment that rocked TV beginning on Monday, January 13 at TV Guide Online
     The complete list of VH1's "100 Moments That Rocked TV" is attached.
     "100 Moments That Rocked TV" is a VH1 production.  Executive Producers are
 Robert Weiss, Bernie Kaminski and Janice Kaplan; supervising producer Tom
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      RANK      MOMENT
      1         BILL CLINTON plays sax on THE ARSENIO HALL SHOW
      2         MICHAEL JACKSON debuts the moonwalk on MOTOWN 25
      3         THE BEATLES perform on the ED SULLIVAN SHOW -- first televised
                U.S. live performance
      4         MTV is launched
      5         ELVIS stages his famous "comeback special" on NBC
      6         THE OSBOURNES debut on MTV
      7         AMERICAN BANDSTAND -- pioneering rock music series hosted by
                Dick Clark
      8         EMINEM & ELTON JOHN controversial Grammy Awards performance of
      9         MICHAEL JACKSON's "Thriller" video premieres
      10        AMERICAN IDOL -- a TV talent contest with a 1 million dollar
                recording contract at stake
      11        MADONNA's sexually charged performance of "Like A Virgin" at
                1st MTV VMA's. (VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS)
      12        WHITNEY HOUSTON sings the "Star Spangled Banner" during THE
      13        STING / PUFF DADDY eulogize Notorious B.I.G. in song at MTV
      14        NIRVANA UNPLUGGED -- one of the band's final TV appearances
      15        Saturday Night Live: Joe Cocker & John Belushi as Joe Cocker
      16        JOHN LENNON and YOKO ONO co-host a week of THE MIKE DOUGLAS
      17        THE WHO destroy instruments on THE SMOTHERS BROTHERS COMEDY
      18        SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK debuts on ABC's Saturday-morning schedule
      20        SONNY AND CHER reunite for the last time on LATE NIGHT WITH
                DAVID LETTERMAN
      21        THE SIMPSONS -- Homerpalooza -- alternative rock festival gets
                the Simpsons send-up
      22        ELTON JOHN performs his remake of "Candle in the Wind" at
                Princess Diana's funeral
      23        COCA-COLA hilltop commercial "I'd Like To Teach The World To
      24        ELVIS is shot from the waist up on ED SULLIVAN
      25        FRIENDS -- Phoebe sings "Smelly Cat"
      26        LIVE-AID seen around the world by an estimated 1.5 Billion
      27        THE MONKEES -- TV series premieres on NBC
      28        Rock meets rap when AEROSMITH / RUN DMC VIDEO "Walk This Way"
      29        Saturday Night Live -- "King Tut" performed by Steve Martin
      30        DAVID BOWIE sings "Little Drummer Boy" with BING CROSBY
      31        COSBY SHOW -- "Happy Anniversary" episode
      32        SINEAD O'CONNOR rips Pope's picture on Saturday Night Live
      33        MONTY PYTHON -- "The Lumberjack Song"
      34        ERIC CLAPTON UNPLUGGED - Clapton goes acoustic
      35        A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS w/ music by Vince Guaraldi
      36        I LOVE LUCY -- Desi Arnaz performs  "BABALU."
      37        THE DOORS rebel against CBS censors on ED SULLIVAN
      38        MIAMI VICE  debuts on NBC
      39        JENNIFER LOPEZ wears revealing dress to Grammy Awards
      40        SOUTH PARK -- irreverent musical moments
      41        BEATLES perform "ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE" ON THE BBC -- 1st Global
      42        MTV Movie Awards MIKE MYERS does Lord of the Dance parody
      43        ALL IN THE FAMILY -- SAMMY DAVIS JR. drops by The Bunkers
      44        BEHIND THE MUSIC premieres
      45        McDonald's "You Deserve A Break Today" A jingle for all ages.
      46        JOHN LENNON appears on Monday Night Football.  Six years later
                HOWARD COSELL broadcast's news of his death.
      47        TONIGHT SHOW -- BETTE MIDLER sings for host JOHNNY CARSON as
                his last guest.
      48        THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY premieres on ABC
      49        ELVIS ALOHA FROM HAWAII -- The King is beamed around the world
                to 1 billion viewers.
      50        MADONNA defends "Justify My Love" on NIGHTLINE after video is
                banned by MTV
      51        Hawaii Five-O TV theme song
      52        A YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS -- Heat Miser and Snow Miser
      53        NIRVANA's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" airs on MTV
      54        SEINFELD -- Elaine dances
      55        THE HONEYMOONERS -- Ed and Ralph do "The Hucklebuck"
      56        Saturday Night Live -- LORNE MICHAELS offers the BEATLES $3
                thousand to reunite, they almost do.
      57        BOB DYLAN gets upstaged by performance crasher SOY BOMB at
                GRAMMY AWARDS
      58        THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR -- Will Smith brings hip-hop to
                prime time
      59        Will & Grace -- Sean Hayes tries to outdo guest star CHER.
      60        DIANA ROSS performs in Central Park in a dramatic driving rain
      61        FAMILY TIES -- Alex & Ellen's song "At This Moment" by Billy
                Vera to become a #1 hit
      62        Rock meets country as BOB DYLAN and JOHNNY CASH perform on THE
                JOHNNY CASH SHOW.
      63        MILLI VANILLI sing live on ARSENIO HALL'S show after being
                stripped of their Grammy Award
      64        MY NAME IS BARBRA -- TV viewers get their first extended look
                at the brilliant Barbra Streisand.
      65        NIRVANA opens the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards - backstage
                dramatics and a head-banging performance literally.
      66        U2's American TV debut on TOMORROW with TOM SNYDER
      67        RICKY NELSON launches his career with a performance on OZZIE
                AND HARRIET
      68        WHAT'S HAPPENING -- the DOOBIE BROTHERS guest star
      69        VH1 DIVAS LIVE -- ARETHA FRANKLIN shows why she is Diva #1
                during this live concert broadcast/
      70        DICK CAVETT SHOW - post Woodstock broadcast features Joni
                Mitchell's American TV debut.
      71        MADONNA wears out the censors swearing on LATE SHOW WITH DAVID
      72        MICHAEL JACKSON denies child molestation charges in live 4
                minute statement
      73        TINY TIM weds Miss Vicki on Johnny Carson's TONIGHT SHOW
      74        DEVO meets Sarah Jessica Parker on SQUARE PEGS
      75        SESAME STREET'S Kermit sings "It's not Easy Being Green"
      76        DR PEPPER commercial jingle "Wouldn't You Like To Be A Pepper
      77        SOLID GOLD -- TV gets in-step
      78        JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS -- debut of all girl cartoon band who
                play their own instruments
      79        VANILLA ICE freaks out and destroys the studio when his video
                is "retired" by MTV
      80        Saturday Night Live -- Hard rocking AEROSMITH appear in a
                Wayne's World sketch.
      81        William Shatner's interpretation of Elton John's "Rocket Man"
      82        ALLY McBEAL -- musical guest star Gloria Gaynor
      83        MTV Video Music Awards - RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE's TIM
                COMMERFORD arrested for scaling set / BRITNEY SPEARS rips off
                her clothes in a scandalous performance.
      84        THE SIMPSONS -- Michael Jackson lends his voice to the
                celebrated animated series.
      85        JAMES BROWN keeps the peace by performing a televised concert
                following MLK, Jr.'s assassination
      86        KISS is unmasked on MTV.
      87        THE SONNY AND CHER COMEDY HOUR premieres
      88        FRANK SINATRA is cut short during his Lifetime Achievement
                acceptance speech at the Grammy Awards.
      89        THE BRADY BUNCH -- the Bunch's rise to stardom is sidetracked
                by Peter's changing voice.
      90        SUPERBOWL XXXVI -- U2 performs at halftime -- 9/11 tribute
      91        Saturday Night Live: comedic visionary Andy Kaufman sings
                "Mighty Mouse"
      92        THE RUTLES -- ALL YOU NEED IS CASH -- the Beatles get the
                send-up in this mockumentary
      93        COURTNEY LOVE and MADONNA at Video Music Awards
      94        ELVIS made-for-TV movie with Kurt Russell as The King
      95        BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER -- all musical episode "Once More with
      96        PUBLIC IMAGE LIMITED wreak havoc on AMERICAN BANDSTAND
      97        GAP commercials -- Swing campaign "Jump, Jive & Wail"
      98        STAR SEARCH -- BRITNEY SPEARS and others make TV debut.
      99        COP ROCK -- a musical twist on the age old Police Drama
      100       MARIAH CAREY melts down and strips during an unscheduled
                appearance on MTV's Total Request Live.