It’s been 29 long years since MTV first bestowed the Video Music Awards unto us. It was new, it was fresh, it was weird and it was FUN. Some moments will live in infamy (hello, Madonna!) and some have died a slow, slow death (the theme from Ghostbusters was performed onstage too, lest we forget).

PHOTOS: The 50 Best Dressed Stars at the MTV VMAs Over The Years

But while many things have changed since 1984, one thing remains the same: The VMA’s are still a damn good time. Take a look at the VMAs, then & now: