King of Pop? Sit down! There’s a new ruler in town.
MTV viewers have voted British DJ Fatboy Slim’s “Praise You” as the all-time best music video, according to published reports.
Fatboy Slim beat out such notable names as Michael Jackson, Madonna, Queen and Eminem. Jackson‘s “Thriller,” Eminem’s “The Real Slim Shady,” Madonna‘s “Ray of Light” and the Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage” round out the top five.
“Praise You” first appeared on MTV in 1998. Fatboy Slim, a DJ from Brighton, England, whose real name is Norman Cook, created the video with director Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich). The video featured a group of dancers performing eclectic routines in front of a theater.
This capped a big MTV week for Fatboy Slim, whose “Weapon of Choice” received nine nominations for this year’s Music Video Awards.
The poll was conducted on MTV’s Web site in celebration of MTV’s 20th Anniversary.
The top 100 videos will be broadcast over three days starting Wednesday, beginning with No. 100, the Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star,” which launched the network in 1981.
MTV’s audience has grown from one million households at inception to an estimated 342 million homes worldwide today.