Originally created 05/03/01

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MUSIC VIDEOS: Michael Jackson's Thriller, a mini-movie that was more of a pop-culture event than a mere music video, topped VH1's list of the 100 Greatest Videos, which the cable music channel released Tuesday.

Clocking in at 17 minutes and directed by John Landis, Thriller was much hyped before its 1983 premiere on VH1's precursor and sister channel, MTV, and it helped catapult Mr. Jackson's album of the same name to the top of the all-time best-seller list.

The video features Mr. Jackson turning into a werewolf after going on a date to a scary movie, then performing one of his signature dance routines with a gaggle of ghouls behind him.

Coming in second was Madonna's Like a Prayer, which caused a stir for depicting the pop diva kissing a black Jesus figure.

Madonna had six videos on the list, more than any other artist. Her Justify My Love, which MTV refused to air in 1990 because of its kinky sexual images, came in seventh.

Mr. Jackson had the second-highest number of videos on the list with five. The high-tech, black-and-white video for Scream, a duet with his sister, Janet, was No. 9.

Several animated videos made the list. Peter Gabriel's colorful, stop-action extravaganza, Sledgehammer, came in third overall. The video for the Norwegian trio A-ha's Take on Me, which combined live action and comic book-style pencil drawings, was No. 8.

Rounding out the top 10 were Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit, the first hit from the pioneering Seattle grunge band, at No. 4; the dramatic November Rain by Guns N' Roses at No. 5; Pearl Jam's Jeremy, with its images of school violence, at No. 6; and Herbie Hancock's mechanical Rockit at No. 10.

More than half the videos - 53 - appeared in the 1980s, the decade when the music-video explosion occurred. The oldest video, Bob Dylan's Subterranean Homesick Blues, was made in 1967. It's No. 28.

Three of the videos appeared in 2000: Red Hot Chili Peppers' Californication at No. 35; Creed's With Arms Wide Open at No. 92; and Bon Jovi's It's My Life at No. 97.

And the first video MTV aired when it began life in 1981, the Buggles' Video Killed the Radio Star, is No. 79 on the list.

VH1 will air a series of specials on the 100 Greatest Videos at 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, May 11. A panel of music experts at the channel ranked the videos.

VH1 Top 100

The 100 Greatest Videos, as ranked by a poll of experts from VH1, released Tuesday:

1. Michael Jackson, Thriller

2. Madonna, Like a Prayer

3. Peter Gabriel, Sledgehammer

4. Nirvana, Smells Like Teen Spirit

5. Guns N' Roses, November Rain

6. Pearl Jam, Jeremy

7. Madonna, Justify My Love

8. A-ha, Take on Me

9. Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson, Scream

10. Herbie Hancock, Rockit

11. Run-DMC and Aerosmith, Walk This Way

12. George Michael, Freedom 90

13. Chris Isaak, Wicked Game

14. Jamiroquai, Virtual Insanity

15. Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody

16. Beastie Boys, Sabotage

17. Prince, When Doves Cry

18. Alanis Morissette, Ironic

19. R.E.M., Losing My Religion

20. Foo Fighters, Learn to Fly

21. Michael Jackson, Beat It

22. Korn, Freak on a Leash

23. Aerosmith, Crazy

24. Van Halen, Jump

25. Dire Straits, Money for Nothing

26. TLC, Waterfalls

27. Weezer, Buddy Holly

28. Bob Dylan, Subterranean Homesick Blues

29. Smashing Pumpkins, Tonight, Tonight

30. Robert Palmer, Addicted to Love

31. Duran Duran, Hungry Like the Wolf

32. Metallica, Enter Sandman

33. The Police, Every Breath You Take

34. Michael Jackson, Billie Jean

35. Red Hot Chili Peppers, Californication

36. Billy Joel, We Didn't Start the Fire

37. Janet Jackson, Rhythm Nation

38. Michael Jackson, Black or White

39. Godley & Creme, Cry

40. Madonna, Ray of Light

41. David Lee Roth, California Girls

42. DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, Parents Just Don't Understand

43. Tom Petty, Don't Come Around Here No More

44. D'Angelo, Untitled

45. Cyndi Lauper, Girls Just Want to Have Fun

46. Twisted Sister, We're Not Gonna Take It

47. Jane's Addiction, Been Caught Stealing

48. Aerosmith, Janie's Got a Gun

49. Cher, If I Could Turn Back Time

50. Bjork, It's Oh So Quiet

51. Van Halen, Hot for Teacher

52. Lenny Kravitz, Are You Gonna Go My Way

53. Don Henley, Boys of Summer

54. Madonna, Material Girl

55. Billy Idol, White Wedding

56. Sinead O'Connor, Nothing Compares 2 U

57. Beck, Loser

58. Guns N' Roses, Welcome to the Jungle

59. MC Hammer, U Can't Touch This

60. Duran Duran, Rio

61. Madonna, Like a Virgin

62. Genesis, Land of Confusion

63. Fiona Apple, Criminal

64. Faith No More, Epic

65. Talking Heads, Once in a Lifetime

66. Alanis Morrisette, Thank You

67. Brian McKnight, Back at One

68. Eurythmics, Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)

69. Red Hot Chili Peppers, Give It Away

70. Devo, Whip It

71. Sir Mix-a-Lot, Baby Got Back

72. Janet Jackson, Love Will Never Do (Without You)

73. Pat Benatar, Love Is a Battlefield

74. Lauryn Hill, Doo Wop (That Thing)

75. Bruce Springsteen, Dancing in the Dark

76. The Cars, You Might Think

77. Shania Twain, That Don't Impress Me Much

78. Fatboy Slim, Praise You

79. The Buggles, Video Killed the Radio Star

80. Dr. Dre, Nuthin' But a `G' Thang

81. Prince, 1999

82. Talking Heads, Burning Down the House

83. Blind Melon, No Rain

84. Madonna, Borderline

85. Ricky Martin, Livin' La Vida Loca

86. Culture Club, Do You Really Want to Hurt Me

87. Salt-N-Pepa and En Vogue, What a Man

88. INXS, Need You Tonight/Mediate

89. Paula Abdul, Opposites Attract

90. Britney Spears, ... Baby One More Time

91. Blondie, Rapture

92. Creed, With Arms Wide Open

93. USA for Africa, We Are the World

94. U2, Where the Streets Have No Name (Los Angeles rooftop version)

95. Mariah Carey, Honey

96. ZZ Top, Legs

97. Bon Jovi, It's My Life

98. John Mellencamp, Jack and Diane

99. Metallica, One

100. Beastie Boys, Fight for Your Right