Duran Duran appeared on the channel on various occasions, including the Ultimate Office Party in December 1997 and the Storytellers broadcast on 25 June 2000. Also frequently featured in the network's early years were "videos" for Motown and other 1960s oldies consisting of newsreel and concert footage.
It was introduced on January 1, 1985 with the video performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" by Marvin Gaye.
In the fall of 1996, VH1 premiered Pop-Up Video, in which music videos were accompanied by "pop-ups" (also known as "bubbles" or "info nuggets")--small enclosed areas of the screen containing facts about the band or artist, such as career highlights, discography, biographical details, quotes, and anecdotes.
In August 1997, VH1 again hit it big with the premiere of the first of the network's flagship shows, Behind the Music.
O'Donnell would also host a stand up comedy show featuring various comedians each episode.
By 1996, VH1 was heading down the same path as its sister channel, MTV, choosing to focus more on music-related shows than on music videos.