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Rolling Stone Readers Pick Their 10 Favorite Dancing Musicians

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Rock, hip-hop, R&B and pop all evolved out of music designed for dancing, and so it should come as no surprise that many of the greatest musicians of all time happen to be world class dancers. With this is mind, we asked our readers to name their favorite dancing musician of all time. Here are the results.

By Matthew Perpetua

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2. Britney Spears

Britney Spears took a whopping percentage of the votes in this poll, clearly establishing the pop starlet as your favorite female dancer. The music video for the 2001 hit "I'm A Slave 4 U" is prime Britney, with the singer deliberately subverting her still-girlish appearance with overt, unapologetic sexuality.

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1. Michael Jackson

It should come as no surprise that the King of Pop won this poll by a significant margin. Michael Jackson's superhuman level of talent extended to an uncanny and utterly natural gift for dancing. On top of possessing remarkable grace, Jackson was also wildly innovative. In this clip from the Motown 25 special on March 25, 1983, the pop legend debuts the moonwalk, a backwards gliding motion which would become his signature move and one of the most famous dance techniques of the 20th Century.

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