VH1 Classic (European TV channel)

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VH1 Classic Europe
VH1 Classic UK.svg
Broadcast area Europe and Latin America
Network MTV
Slogan "All Classics. All of the Time." (2004-2012)
"Absolutely none of today's hottest new hits." (2004-2012)
"Absolutely none of today's hottest new music." (2004-2020)
Language(s) English
Picture format 576i (4:3 SDTV)
Owner ViacomCBS Networks EMEAA
Sister channels MTV
Club MTV
MTV Hits
MTV Live
MTV Music
MTV Rocks
Launched30 November 2004;16 years ago (2004-11-30)
Closed5 October 2020;10 months ago (2020-10-05)
Replaced by MTV 80s

VH1 Classic Europe was a European music television channel from ViacomCBS Networks EMEAA. The channel primarily featured music videos from the 1980s through to the 2000s (decade), although rare live performances from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s could be seen as well.



VH1 Classic was first launched in the United Kingdom on 1 July 1999 and made available from the beginning to the whole of Europe. [1] However, the pan-European service was launched on 30 November 2004, when it became a separate feed from VH1 Classic UK. [2] Like VH1 European, it broadcast from MTV Networks Europe's premises in Camden Town (London, UK). It was officially available to viewers all over Europe and Latin America (except the UK & Ireland and Italy). Unlike VH1 Classic UK, the pan-European version of the channel was entirely devoid of advertisements, with round-the-clock music videos played out from MTV Networks Europe's comprehensive library in London.

Attempts to transition VH1 Classic to widescreen

Like the now-defunct Italian feed of MTV Classic, VH1 Classic aired in 4:3 standard definition aspect ratio. There were a few attempts to transition this channel to widescreen, but they failed due to several technical issues.

The first widescreen transition attempt happened on 19 August 2015 at 6:00 CET, which caused VH1 Classic to have severe technical issues for a minute, then it went widescreen temporarily until 6:45 CET, which the music video was abruptly changed to "The Sweet Escape" by Gwen Stefani and reverted to 4:3. [3] The last widescreen transition attempt happened on 9 February 2016 at 7:00 CET, when a fragment of the music video of the song "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" by Aerosmith played, but it abruptly shifted to the on-air ident instead, which also failed. [4]


On 1 June 2020, VH1 Classic Europe replaced Non-Stop Classics, Welcome To The Weekend, and Keep It Classic (only Sunday Morning) with We Are The 80s. The programm begun at midnight, and it ended at midday on every day of the week. On 30 June 2020 the channel replaced We Are The 80s with MTV 80s Takeover. It was later announced that the channel along with the European version of MTV Rocks, would close in October 2020, and would be replaced by MTV 80s. [5]

On 19 September 2020, VH1 Classic Europe broadcast the final episodes of Smells Like The 90s and Nothing But The 00s, and on September 18 of this year, Keep It Classic (the last non-80's music video on the channel on 19 September 2020 at 23:57 CET was the 'Thunder In My Heart' by Meck and Leo Sayer). On the night of 19–20 September 2020, VH1 Classic Europe stopped broadcasting these programs, and the MTV 80s Takeover became 24 Hours In Every Single Day (except on 5 October 2020 between midnight and 6:00 CET, whenever the Channel broadcast Non-Stop 80s Hits).

The channel closed on 5 October 2020, with Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen being the last video played on the channel before being replaced with MTV 80s.


Golden collection of clips from the 20th century and the 2000s

Music videos from the 1980s

Music videos from the 1990s

Music videos from the 2000s


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