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Weekend Rock Question: What Is the Greatest Video of the 1980s?

Cast your vote in our weekly poll

Michael Jackson in 'Thriller'
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October 25, 2013 3:00 PM ET

Our readers selected their 10 favorite videos of the 1990s last week. Votes poured in by the thousands, and the final list was topped by (what else?) Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit." Guns N' Roses' "November Rain," Blind Melon's "No Rain" and Madonna's "Vogue" also made the top 10.

Now we have another question for you: What is the single greatest videos of the 1980s? This is the decade that MTV first hit the airwaves, forever transforming the music industry. It was goodbye to Foghat and Emerson, Lake and Palmer and hello to Duran Duran and Wham! Vote for whatever 1980s video you want, but please only vote once and only for a single video. 

You can vote here in the comments, on facebook.com/rollingstone or on Twitter using the hashtag #weekend rock. 

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