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DTV was a series of music videos created by Walt Disney Productions in 1984 using popular music and footage of vintage Disney animation, created out of the trend of music videos on cable channel MTV, which inspired the name of this series. The videos were shown as filler material on The Disney Channel and/or the Family Channel (as the network did not air commercials, sometimes in Canada its commercial break for the Family Channel at this time), as well as being the focus of television specials. Home video collections were also released on the VHS, Beta, CED Videodisc, and Laserdisc formats. After the first run of DTV, in 1989 a second series was produced known as DTV².

The main title music, known as "RPM", was created in 1981 by a recording company called Killer Tracks.

In the opening of DTV, a cheese-like moon zooms out to reveal a black background with musical notes. A silhoutette of the Mickey Mouse head rises from the moon, and the moon exits below the screen. The letter D (in the corporate Disney font) and the letters TV appear and zoom out to attach the head. Finally, after a few seconds, we zoom into the head and revealing several cartoon clips.

DTV ceased airing in 2002 A handful of the music videos can currently be viewed on YouTube.

From 2009 to 2014, Disney revived the DTV idea in the form of Re-Micks, a similar series of short music videos syncing clips from the classic shorts to pop songs.

Songs Produced

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  • The American Breed: Bend Me, Shape Me
  • The Ames Brothers: Rag Mop
  • The Andrews Sisters: Hold Tight (Want Some Seafood, Mama)
  • The Andrews Sisters: Straighten Up and Fly Right
  • The Andrews Sisters: Winter Wonderland
  • The Angels: My Boyfriend's Back
  • Anne Murray: Daydream Believer
  • Anne Murray: Hey Baby!
  • Anne Murray: Snowbird
  • Annette Funicello: Pineapple Princess
  • Annette Funicello: Tall Paul
  • Aretha Franklin: Respect
  • Aretha Franklin: Think
  • Bachman-Turner Overdrive: Taking Care of Business
  • Barrett Strong: Money (That's What I Want) 
  • Bay City Rollers: I Only Want to Be With You
  • The Beach Boys: Be True to Your School
  • The Beach Boys: California Girls
  • The Beach Boys: Catch a Wave
  • The Beach Boys: Dance! Dance! Dance!
  • The Beach Boys: Good Vibrations
  • The Beach Boys: I Get Around
  • The Beach Boys: The Man With All the Toys
  • The Beach Boys: Papa Oom Mow Mow
  • The Beach Boys: When I Grow Up (To Be a Man)
  • Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 5
  • Betty Hutton: Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief
  • Big Joe Turner: Shake, Rattle & Roll
  • Bill Haley & His Comets: Rock Around the Clock
  • Bill Haley & His Comets: See You Later, Alligator
  • Billy Preston: Nothing from Nothing
  • Billy Preston: Will it Go Round in Circles?
  • Bizet: Habanera (from "Carmen'")
  • The Blasters: I'm Shakin'
  • The Blues Brothers: Flip, Flop and Fly
  • Bobby Darin: Beyond the Sea
  • Bobby Darin: Lazy River
  • Bobby Darin: Splish Splash
  • Bobby Darin: What'd I Say?
  • Bobby Day: Rockin' Robin
  • Bobby Freeman: Do You Wanna Dance
  • Bobby Helms: Jingle Bell Rock
  • Bobby Lewis: Tossin' and Turnin'
  • Bobby Vee: Devil or Angel
  • The Box Tops: The Letter
  • Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 5
  • Brenda Lee: Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree
  • Buddy Holly and the Crickets: That'll Be the Day
  • Burning Sensations: Belly of the Whale 
  • The Bus Boys: American Worker
  • The Cadets: Stranded in the Jungle 
  • The Cars: Shake It Up
  • The Chords: Sh-Boom (Life Could Be a Dream)
  • Chris Kenner: I Like It Like That, Part 1
  • Chubby Checker: Let's Twist Again
  • Chuck Berry: Johnny B. Goode
  • Chuck Berry: Rock & Roll Music
  • Clarence Carter: Too Weak to Fight
  • The Clovers: Love Potion #9
  • The Coasters: Charlie Brown
  • The Coasters: Down in Mexico
  • The Coasters: Poison Ivy
  • The Coasters: Yakety Yak
  • The Danleers: One Summer Night
  • Danny & the Juniours: At The Hop
  • David Bowie: Let's Dance
  • DeBarge: Rhythm Of The Night
  • Dee Clark: Raindrops 
  • Dee Dee Sharp: Do the Bird
  • Dee Dee Sharp: Mashed Potato Time
  • The Diamonds: Little Darlin'
  • Dino, Desi & Billy: I'm a Fool
  • The Doobie Brothers: Listen to the Music
  • The Doobie Brothers: It Keeps You Runnin'
  • Doris Troy: Just One Look
  • The Dovells: You Can't Sit Down
  • The Drifters: On Broadway
  • The Drifters: Saturday Night at the Movies
  • The Drifters: Save the Last Dance for Me
  • The Drifters: Some Kind of Wonderful 
  • The Drifters: There Goes My Baby
  • The Drifters: Up On The Roof
  • Duke Ellington: Take the "A" Train
  • Duran Duran: Hungry Like the Wolf
  • Earth, Wind & Fire and The Emotions: Boogie Wonderland
  • The El Dorados: At My Front Door
  • Ella Mae Morse: Blacksmith Blues
  • Elton John: Crocodile Rock
  • Elvis Presley: All Shook Up
  • Elvis Presley: G.I. Blues
  • Elvis Presley: Hound Dog
  • Elvis Presley: Jailhouse Rock
  • Elvis Presley: Stuck on You
  • The Everly Brothers: Temptation
  • Faron Young: Country Girl
  • Fats Domino: Blueberry Hill
  • Fats Domino: I'm Walking
  • The Fiestas: So Fine
  • The Fireflies: You Were Mine
  • The Five Americans: Western Union
  • The Four Tops: Ain't No Woman (Like The One I Got)
  • The Four Tops: I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)
  • The Four Tops: Reach Out, I'll Be There 
  • Frank Sinatra: Blue Skies
  • Freddy Cannon: Palisades Park
  • Gene Chandler: Duke Of Earl
  • Gene Chandler: You Threw A Lucky Punch
  • Gene Vincent: Be-Bop-A-Lula
  • Gladys Knight & the Pips: Friendship Train
  • Gladys Knight & the Pips: I Heard It Through the Grapevine 
  • Glen Campbell: Country Boy (You've Got Your Feet in L.A.)
  • Glen Campbell: Southern Nights
  • Grand Funk Railroad: The Loco-Motion
  • Hall & Oates: Kiss On My List 
  • Hall & Oates: Private Eyes
  • Huey Lewis and The News: The Heart of Rock & Roll
  • Jackie Wilson: Lonely Teardrops
  • Jackie Wilson: (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher
  • The Jackson 5: Dancing Machine 
  • James & Bobby Purify: I'm Your Puppet
  • James & Bobby Purify: Shake a Tail Feather
  • Jan and Dean: Surf City 
  • Jerry Lee Lewis: Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On
  • Jimmy Cliff: Wonderful World, Beautiful People 
  • Jimmy Cliff: You Can Get It If You Really Want
  • Jimmy Hughes: Neighbor (Tend to Your Business)
  • Jimmy McCracklin: The Walk
  • Jo Stafford and Johnny Mercer & The Pied Pipers Candy
  • Joanie Sommers: Johnny Get Angry
  • Joey Dee: Shout
  • Joey Dee: Peppermint Twist
  • Johnny Burnette: Dreamin' 
  • Johnny Otis Show: Willie and the Hand Jive
  • Johnny Tillotson: Poetry in Motion
  • Johnny Tillotson: Willow Tree
  • Journey: Any Way You Want It (That's The Way You Need It)
  • Juice Newton: Angel of the Morning
  • Juice Newton: Love's Been a Little Bit Hard on Me
  • Juice Newton: Queen Of Hearts
  • Juice Newton: Shot Full of Love
  • Kay Starr: Side By Side
  • Kenny Loggins: Footloose
  • Kool & the Gang: Celebration
  • Korsakov: The Flight of the Bumblebee
  • LaVern Baker: Jim Dandy
  • Leapy Lee: Little Arrows
  • Lena Horne: Stormy Weather 
  • Leo Sayer: Long Tall Glasses (I Can Dance) 
  • Leo Sayer: You Make Me Feel Like Dancing
  • Little Richard: Long Tall Sally 
  • Little Richard: Tutti Frutti
  • Lloyd Price: (You've Got) Personality
  • Louis Armstrong: High Society
  • Louis Armstrong: On the Sunny Side of the Street
  • Louis Prima and Keely Smith: That Old Black Magic
  • The Mamas & the Papas: California Dreamin' 
  • The Mamas & the Papas: Dedicated to the One I Love
  • The Mamas & the Papas: Go Where You Wanna Go
  • The Mamas & the Papas: I Saw Her Again Last Night
  • The Marcels: Blue Moon
  • Martha and the Vandellas: Dancing In The Street 
  • The Marvelettes: Don't Mess With Bill 
  • The Marvelettes: Please Mr. Postman
  • The Marvelettes: Too Many Fish in the Sea
  • The Marvelettes: The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game
  • Marvin Gaye: Pride and Joy
  • Marvin Gaye: Can I Get a Witness 
  • Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston: It Takes Two 
  • Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell: Ain't No Mountain High Enough 
  • Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell: If I Could Build My Whole World Around You
  • Mary Wells: Two Lovers
  • Maxine Nightingale: Right Back to Where We Started From
  • Michael Jackson: Beat It
  • Michael Sembello: Automatic Man
  • The Mills Brothers: Glow Worm
  • The Miracles: Mickey's Monkey 
  • The Miracles: Shop Around
  • The Miracles: You've Really Got a Hold on Me
  • The Monotones: Book of Love
  • Otis Redding: Try a Little Tenderness 
  • Otis Redding with Carla Thomas: Tramp
  • Pablo Cruise: What You Gonna Do (When She Says Goodbye)
  • Patti Page: How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?
  • Peggy Lee: All Right, OK, You Win
  • Perry Como: Catch a Falling Star
  • The Pointer Sisters: Neutron Dance
  • Rare Earth: I Just Want to Celebrate
  • The Rascals: Groovin'
  • Ray Charles: Hit The Road, Jack
  • The Rays: Silhouettes
  • The Reflections: (Just Like) Romeo and Juliet
  • Richard Thompson: Two Left Feet
  • Ringo Starr: Oh My My
  • Roger Miller: King Of The Road
  • The Ronettes: Sleigh Ride
  • Ronny & The Daytonas: G.T.O.
  • Rosco Gordon: Just a Little Bit
  • Rose Royce: Car Wash
  • The Routers: Let's Go
  • Rufus Thomas: Walking the Dog
  • Ruth Brown: This Little Girl's Gone Rockin'
  • Sandy Nelson: Teen Beat
  • Shades of Blue: Oh How Happy
  • Sheb Wooley: The Purple People Eater 
  • The Shirelles: Mama Said 
  • The Silhouettes: Get A Job
  • Shostakovich: Waltz No. 2
  • Sister Sledge: We Are Family 
  • The Skyliners: Pennies From Heaven
  • The Spaniels: Automobiles
  • Spike Jones and His City Slickers: The Blue Danube
  • Spike Jones and His City Slickers: Holiday for Strings
  • Steve Miller Band: Abracadabra
  • Steve Winwood: While You See a Chance
  • Stevie Wonder: Castles in the Sand
  • Stevie Wonder: Fingertips, Part 1
  • Stevie Wonder: For Once in My Life
  • Stevie Wonder: Hey, Harmonica Man
  • Stevie Wonder: I Was Made to Love Her
  • Stevie Wonder: My Cherie Amour
  • Stevie Wonder: A Place in the Sun
  • Stevie Wonder: Signed, Sealed, Delievered (I'm Yours)
  • Stevie Wonder: Travelin' Man
  • Stevie Wonder: Uptight (Everything's Alright)
  • Strauss: Trisch Trasch Polka
  • The Supremes: Baby Love 
  • The Supremes: Nothing But Heartaches
  • The Supremes: Love Is Like an Itching in My Heart
  • The Supremes: Stop! In the Name of Love
  • The Supremes: You Keep Me Hangin' On
  • Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture
  • Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1
  • Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D
  • Tennessee Ernie Ford: Sixteen Tons 
  • The Temptations: Ain't Too Proud to Beg
  • The Temptations: It's Summer
  • The Temptations: Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)
  • The Temptations: My Girl
  • Tom Jones: It's Not Unusual
  • Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers: Don't Do Me Like That
  • Tommy Dorsey: The Music Goes Round and Round
  • Tommy Roe: Dizzy
  • The Turtles: Happy Together
  • The Turtles: You Showed Me
  • The Videos: Trickle, Trickle
  • Vivaldi: Storm
  • The Vogues: Magic Town
  • Wilson Pickett: Land of 1,000 Dances
  • Wilson Pickett: Funky Broadway
  • Wilson Pickett: Mustang Sally
  • Yes: Owner of a Loney Heart

Disney songs

Home Video

Many of the songs listed above were released on home video, in five separate volumes. The first three volumes "Pop & Rock", "Rock, Rhythm & Blues", and "Golden Oldies" were released at Christmas of 1984, as part of Walt Disney Home Video's "Wrapped and Ready to Give Promotion". Following that, two more videos were released during the summer of 1985.

Pop & Rock

Available Formats

Songs

Contains the following songs (complete list)

  • Martha and the Vandellas: Dancing in the Street
  • Little Richard: Tutti Frutti
  • Tommy Roe: Dizzy
  • The Diamonds: Little Darlin'
  • Stevie Wonder: Uptight (Everything's Alright)
  • The Supremes: You Keep Me Hangin' On
  • Elvis Presley: Stuck on You
  • Stevie Wonder: I Was Made to Love Her
  • Danny & the Juniors: At the Hop
  • Sheb Wooley: The Purple People Eater
  • Johnny Burnette: Dreamin'
  • Little Richard: Long Tall Sally
  • Jan and Dean: Surf City
  • Elvis Presley: Hound Dog
  • The Four Tops: Reach Out, I'll Be There
  • The Dovells: You Can't Sit Down
  • The Beach Boys: Dance, Dance, Dance

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Rock, Rhythm & Blues

Available Formats

Songs

Contains the following songs (complete list)

  • Hall & Oates: Kiss on My List
  • Jimmy Cliff: Wonderful World, Beautiful People
  • Richard Thompson: Two Left Feet
  • The Jackson 5: Dancing Machine
  • Gladys Knight & the Pips: Friendship Train
  • The Doobie Brothers: It Keeps You Runnin'
  • The Supremes: Stop! In the Name of Love
  • Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell: Ain't No Mountain High Enough
  • Stevie Wonder: Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)
  • Jimmy Cliff: You Can Get It If You Really Want
  • Gladys Knight & the Pips: I Heard It Through the Grapevine
  • Hall & Oates: Private Eyes
  • Burning Sensations: Belly of the Whale
  • The Blues Brothers: Flip, Flop & Fly (PAL VHS and Japanese Laserdisc Only)
  • The Coasters: Charlie Brown (PAL VHS and Japanese Laserdisc Only)

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Golden Oldies

Available Formats

Songs

Contains the following songs (complete list)

  • The Supremes: Baby Love
  • Spike Jones and His City Slickers: The Blue Danube
  • Louis Prima and Keely Smith: That Old Black Magic
  • Tennessee Ernie Ford: Sixteen Tons
  • Barrett Strong: Money (That's What I Want)
  • Burl Ives: Lavender Blue (Dilly, Dilly)
  • Marvin Gaye: Can I Get a Witness
  • Annette Funicello: Pineapple Princess
  • Smokey Robinson and the Miracles: Mickey's Monkey
  • The Cadets: Stranded in the Jungle
  • Stevie Wonder: For Once in My Life
  • Annette Funicello: Tall Paul
  • Lena Horne: Stormy Weather
  • Smokey Robinson and the Miracles: You Really Got a Hold On Me
  • Spike Jones and His City Slickers: Holiday for Strings
  • The Beach Boys: When I Grow Up (To Be a Man)
  • Bobby Darin: Lazy River (PAL VHS and Japanese Laserdisc Only)

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Love Songs

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Available Formats

  • VHS
  • [information on other formats needed]

Songs

Contains the following songs (complete list)

  • Juice Newton: Love's Been a Little Bit Hard on Me
  • The Temptations: Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)
  • Elvis Presley: All Shook Up
  • The Marvellettes: Don't Mess with Bill
  • Stevie Wonder: My Cherie Amour
  • Gene Chandler: Duke of Earl
  • The Drifters: Some Kind of Wonderful
  • Mary Wells: Two Lovers
  • The Marvellettes: Too Many Fish in the Sea
  • Dee Clark: Raindrops
  • The Temptations: Ain't Too Proud to Beg
  • Otis Redding: Try a Little Tenderness
  • Yes: Owner of a Lonely Heart
  • Sister Sledge: We Are Family

Groovin' for a 60's Afternoon

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Available Formats

  • VHS
  • [information on other formats needed]

Songs

Contains the following songs (complete list)

  • The Mamas & the Papas: California Dreamin'
  • Joey Dee: Peppermint Twist
  • The Beach Boys: Catch a Wave
  • The Shirelles: Mama Said
  • The Mamas & the Papas: Go Where You Wanna Go
  • Wilson Pickett: Mustang Sally
  • The Beach Boys: I Get Around
  • Stevie Wonder: Castles in the Sand
  • The Mamas & the Papas: I Saw Her Again Last Night
  • Aretha Franklin: Think
  • The Supremes: Nothing But Heartaches
  • The Beach Boys: Be True to Your School
  • Wilson Pickett: Funky Broadway
  • The Mamas & the Papas: Dedicated to the One I Love
  • Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston: It Takes Two
  • Stevie Wonder: Hey, Harmonica Man
  • The Beach Boys: California Girls

Pop & Rock PAL VHS and Japanese laserdisc

Several of the aforementioned songs (including some that were not released on home video) were released on PAL VHS in Europe and Australia and on laserdisc in Japan.

  • Martha and the Vandellas: Dancing In the Street
  • Little Richard: Tutti Frutti
  • Hall & Oates: Kiss on My List
  • The Supremes: Stop! In the Name of Love
  • The Doobie Brothers: It Keeps You Runnin'
  • Gladys Knight & the Pips: Friendship Train
  • The Diamonds: Little Darlin'
  • The Beach Boys: When I Grow Up (To Be a Man)
  • Barrett Strong: Money (That's What I Want)
  • The Supremes: Baby Love
  • Johnny Burnette: Dreamin'
  • Stevie Wonder: Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)
  • The Beach Boys: Dance, Dance, Dance
  • The Jackson 5: Dancing Machine
  • The Four Tops: Reach Out, I'll Be There
  • The Supremes: You Keep Me Hangin' On
  • The Dovells: You Can't Sit Down
  • Spike Jones and His City Slickers: The Blue Danube
  • Stevie Wonder: Uptight (Everything's Alright)
  • Gladys Knight & the Pips: I Heard It Through the Grapevine
  • The Cadets: Stranded in the Jungle
  • The Blues Brothers: Flip, Flop & Fly
  • The Marvelettes: Too Many Fish in the Sea
  • Juice Newton: Love's Been a Little Bit Hard on Me
  • The Coasters: Charlie Brown
  • Bobby Darin: Lazy River
  • Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell: Ain't No Mountain High Enough

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Television Specials

After the success of DTV, Disney had aired three DTV television specials on NBC in 1986 and 1987: DTV Valentine, DTV Doggone Valentine, and DTV Monster Hits. All three specials had its own theme of music: DTV Valentine focused on love and romance music; DTV Doggone Valentine focused on love songs with a tribute to Disney's dog and cat characters; and DTV Monster Hits was focused on Halloween themed music and footage.

Note: Mickey's Happy Valentine Special, produced in 1989 as part of The Magical World of Disney, follows a similar theme to these programs.

DTV Valentine

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Disney's DTV Romancin' (Promo 1991)

Disney's DTV Romancin' (Promo 1991)

Original Airdate: February 14, 1986, NBC

Note:

  • Rebranded as DTV Romancin' in subsequent airings.
  • This special notably marked Tony Anselmo's first performance as Donald Duck.
  • This was one of Paul Frees' last performances at Disney before he passed away in November of 1986, voicing the announcer, as well as Ludwig Von Drake.

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DTV Doggone Valentine

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Original Airdate: February 13, 1987, NBC

Note:

  • Announcer was Founding MTV "VJ" J.J. Jackson (d. 2004).
  • Rebranded as DTV Doggone Hits in subsequent airings.
  • This special notably marked Bill Farmer's first performance as Goofy.

DTV Monster Hits

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Original Airdate: October 30, 1987, NBC

Note: Narrated by Jeffrey Jones as the Magic Mirror; and featuring June Foray as the voice of Witch Hazel, with Gary Owens as announcer.

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DTV²

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  • Alicia Bridges: I Love the Night Life (Disco Round)
  • The Beach Boys: Fun, Fun, Fun
  • The Beach Boys: Little Deuce Coupe
  • Billy Joel: Modern Woman
  • Bobby Helms: My Special Angel
  • Buddy Holly and the Crickets: Oh, Boy!
  • Cyndi Lauper: All Through the Night
  • Earth, Wind & Fire: Fantasy
  • Elton John: High Flying Bird
  • Ernie Maresca: Shout! Shout! Knock Yourself Out
  • Frankie Ford: Sea Cruise
  • George Strait: Am I Blue?
  • Huey Lewis and the News: Buzz, Buzz, Buzz
  • Huey Lewis and the News: It's Hip to Be a Square
  • Huey Lewis and the News: The Power of Love
  • The Jackson 5: ABC
  • Jan and Dean: Heart and Soul
  • Jan and Dean: A Sunday Kind of Love
  • Jimmie Rodgers: Kisses Sweeter Than Wine
  • Johnny Rivers: Secret Agent Man
  • The Jordanaires: Pinocchio's Boogie
  • Kenny Loggins: Danger Zone
  • Len Barry: 1-2-3
  • Leon Redbone: Nobody Cares If I'm Blue
  • Little Richard: Gawrsh Golly Goofy
  • Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five: Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens
  • Mary Wells: My Guy
  • Michael Jackson: Billie Jean
  • Ritchie Valens: Come On, Let's Go
  • Stevie Wonder: Blowin' In The Wind
  • The Supremes: I Hear a Symphony
  • Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)

Re-Micks

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  • The Black Eyed Peas: I Gotta Feeling
  • Hannah Montana: He Could Be the One
  • Jonas Brothers: Play My Music
  • Queen: Another One Bites the Dust
  • The Go Go's: We Got the Beat
  • Marky Mark and The Funky Bunch: Good Vibrations
  • Andy Grammer: Keep Your Hand Up
  • Far East Movement with Ryan Tedder from OneRepublic: Rocketeer
  • Ne-Yo: Miss Independent
  • Hunter Hayes: Wanted 
  • The B-52's: Roam
  • Martin Solveig & Dragonette: Hello
  • Jessie J featuring B.o.B: Price Tag
  • Bruno Mars: Just the Way You Are
  • Olly Murs: Dance with Me Tonight
  • Taylor Swift: Stay, Stay, Stay
  • David Guetta featuring Kelly Rowland: When Love Takes Over
  • Michael Franti & Spearhead featuring Cherine Anderson: Say Hey (I Love You)
  • deadmau5: Ghosts 'n' Stuff
  • The Beach Boys: Surfin' Safari

Links

DTV Wikia

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