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"Thriller" voted most influential pop video in poll


A dance group performs Michael Jackson's Thriller video in the Halloween parade in Greenwich Village in New York October 31, 2009. REUTERS/Natalie Behring
A dance group performs Michael Jackson's Thriller video in the Halloween parade in Greenwich Village in New York October 31, 2009. REUTERS/Natalie Behring

LONDON (Reuters) - Michael Jackson's video for his hit single "Thriller" has been voted the most influential in pop music history, according to the results of a poll released on Monday.

The survey, commissioned by MySpace, interviewed more than 1,000 music fans. They made their choice from a long list of 20 videos selected by music and entertainment critics.

Thriller, credited with breaking down the boundaries between music and filmmaking, garnered 15.2 percent of the votes, ahead of "Here It Goes Again," the 2006 Internet hit featuring OK Go dancing on treadmills.

Britney Spears' song "Baby One More Time" came in third, followed by A-Ha's part-animated "Take On Me."

Following is the list of the top 10 most influential pop music videos:

1. "Thriller," Michael Jackson, 1983 (15.2 percent)

2. "Here It Goes Again," OK Go, 2006 (11.7 percent)

3. "Baby One More Time," Britney Spears/1998 (11.2 percent)

4. "Take On Me," A-Ha, 1985 (8.6 percent)

5. "Hurt," Johnny Cash, 2003 (7.6 percent)

6. "Bohemian Rhapsody," Queen, 1975 (5.6 percent)

7. "Around the World," Daft Punk, 1997 (5.4 percent)

8. "Weapon of Choice," Fatboy Slim, 1999 (4 percent)

9. "Sledgehammer," Peter Gabriel, 1986 (3.7 percent)

10. "Sabotage," Beastie Boys, 1994 (3.5 percent)

(Editing by Paul Casciato)

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