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Rolling Stone Readers Pick the Best Music Videos of All Time

Watch the winning videos, including clips by Michael Jackson, Nirvana and Guns N’ Roses


Last weekend, we asked our readers to vote for their favorite music videos of all time. We received an enormous number of votes, and after counting every one, we now present the results. (And remember, you did the voting; we just announce the winners — even if they are exclusively videos by male artists.)

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1. Michael Jackson, ‘Thriller’ (1983)

John Landis' 1983 short film for the title song from Michael Jackson's record-setting album is so iconic and influential that it's not exactly a surprise that it won this poll by a landslide. So much more than a promo clip for a song, this mini-movie practically invented the notion of the music video as a major cultural event, and it opened up a world of possibilities for the medium that artists are still exploring today.

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