was a television series on MTV
that played music videos. Much like Total Request Live
, Dial MTV
played the top five or top ten most requested videos of the day, as requested by viewers who dialed
in (hence, the name) to vote for their favorite video. The countdown started with the fifth or tenth most requested video and ended with the most requested. The show generally aired Monday through Friday for 30 minutes to one hour. The scheduling and length fluctuated over the years.
The show had several different hosts. The best known one in the US was Adam Curry, who was also a VJ on MTV's Headbangers Ball from 1987-1989. On MTV Europe the show was hosted by Rebecca de Ruvo. The video to be #1 longest was Pour Some Sugar on Me by the hair metal band Def Leppard. It was #1 on the show from May 26-September 5, 1988, a total of 73 days.