September 20, 2008
Duran Duran Video Voted Greatest Ever
By SHERNA NOAH
DURAN Duran's Rio has been named the greatest music video of all time.The 1982 video, featuring the band in suits on a Caribbean beach being teased by scantily-clad women, beat rivals including Michael Jackson's Thriller and Madonna's Like a Prayer to claim the title.
Bjork's video for her 1999 hit All Is Full of Love, where she played a robot in a steamy clinch with another robot, took second place.
Take On Me, the 1985 video from A-ha, in which singer Morten Harket was a comic book character who came to life, was third, followed by Jackson's famously spooky 1983 hit Thriller.
Icelandic group Sigur Ros's surreal video for Svefng-Englar was fifth in the poll of MTV viewers, followed by the anarchic gig scene of Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit (1991).
Radiohead's Just video (1995), featuring a man inexplicably lying down in the street, was next, followed by Jamiroquai's Virtual Insanity (1996), in which frontman Jay Kay danced on a moving floor The top 10 was completed by Madonna's Like A Prayer (1989), controversial for featuring burning crosses, statues weeping blood and the singer seducing a black Jesus, and US group OK GO's Here It Goes Again (2006), with the band on treadmills.
Around 40,000 MTV viewers voted, and the results of the poll will be broadcast on Sunday at 7pm on MTV Two and other MTV channels.
Originally published by Newsquest Media Group.
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