Michael Jackson’s revolutionary Thriller has been named as the greatest music video of all time, almost three decades after it was created.
The creepy video that has the late singer transformed into both a werewolf and a zombie got the maximum votes; narrowly beating Lady Gaga’s raunchy Telephone in the poll. Another classic promo, Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, which dates back to 1975, was voted third by musicians’ website musicradar.com.
Thriller, made by John Landis, the director of An American Werewolf In London, is credited with turning pop videos into an art form of their own. The 14-minute film was the most expensive video of its day, when it was first shown in 1983, and cost half a million dollars to create.
Gaga’s violent Telephone is another epic, the nine minutes film was created by Jonas Akerlund, who was behind Prodigy’s controversial Smack My B**** Up, which is seventh in the list.
"Lady Gaga ran Thriller very close, but it still seems right that the promo that saw the birth of the pop video as a cultural event should hold the top spot - for now," the Sun quoted Will Groves, editor-in-chief of Music Radar, as saying.
1. Michael Jackson - Thriller
2. Lady Gaga featuring Beyonce - Telephone
3. Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
4. Johnny Cash - Hurt
5. Peter Gabriel - Sledgehammer
6. Aphex Twin - Windowlicker
7. The Prodigy - Smack My Bitch Up
8. Beastie Boys - Sabotage
9. Foo Fighters - Everlong
10. Nirvana - Heart Shaped Box