For a time, even country music videos aired in a one-hour block during the afternoons.
They started out using MTV's famous Kabel typeface font for their music video credit tags.
In true Imus style, he used a 1985 segment of his VH-1 show to jokingly call smooth-jazz icon Sade Adu a "grape" for her oval-shaped head.
Typical of VH1's very early programming was New Visions, a series which featured videos and in-studio performances by smooth jazz and classical and new-age bands and performers, including Spyro Gyra, Andy Narell, Mark Isham, Philip Glass, and Yanni.
(It later expanded to 10 AM ET.) It consisted of music videos both past and present along with a 90-second update of the day's news & weather provided by All News Channel.
The updates were typically shown twice an hour during the program.
including such musicians as Olivia Newton-John, Kenny Rogers, Carly Simon, Tina Turner, Elton John, Billy Joel, Eric Clapton, Sting, Donna Summer, Rod Stewart, Kenny G, Michael Bolton, Anita Baker, Chicago and Fleetwood Mac, in hopes of appealing to people aged 18 to 35, and possibly older.
From the start, Video Hits One was branded as an urban version of its sister/parent channel.
It played more jazz and R&B artists than MTV and had a higher rotation of urban-contemporary performers.
Also frequently featured in the network's early years were "videos" for Motown and other 60s 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.