Thursday, December 31, 1998 Published at 17:27 GMT
Still a Thriller after all these years
Michael Jackson: Thriller still popular at the end of the 1990s
Michael Jackson's video for his single Thriller has been voted the greatest pop video of all time in a survey of British music fans.
The 15-year-old promo, which was among the first to transform pop videos into mini-films, came first in a poll of nearly 100,000 viewers of music channel VH1.
At the time, the video - which features Jackson transforming into a werewolf - was considered so shocking it was given a late-night premiere on Channel 4.
Director John Landis - utilising the same techniques he used in 1981's An American Werewolf In London - showed Jackson's nails and hair growing and his jaw lengthening into a snout.
Later, Jackson is seen as a zombie leading a dance troupe of the 'undead' along a deserted street.
The singer added a disclaimer to the start of the viedo, saying: "Due to my strong personal convictions, I wish to stress that this film in no way endorses a belief in the occult."
Number two is Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody - made in 1975 and often considered the first proper pop video.
A-ha's 1985 debut hit Take On Me is third, with its mixture of animation and live action. It had been released before, but the quirky promo was credited with making it a hit.
Madonna's Vogue video is sixth, while Peter Gabriel's own mixture of live action and animation, Sledgehammer, comes in at tenth.
The top 10 is:
1 Thriller - Michael Jackson.
2 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen.
3 Take On Me - A-ha.
4 My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion.
5 Virtual Insanity - Jamiroquai.
6 Vogue - Madonna.
7 Fastlove - George Michael.
8 Say You'll Be There - Spice Girls.
9 Earth Song - Michael Jackson.
10 Sledgehammer - Peter Gabriel.
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