Thriller named Greatest Album
- Bang Showbiz
- 9 April 2009
Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' album has been named the Greatest Album Ever in a new poll conducted by MTV
Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' has been named the Greatest Album Ever.
The pop superstar's landmark 1982 LP - which is the world's best-selling album - dominated a poll of MTV viewers, securing almost a third of the total vote.
Speaking about 'Thriller' - which was produced by Quincy Jones and features some of Jackson's best known hits, including 'Billie Jean', 'Beat It' and 'The Girl Is Mine' - MTV Base presenter Trevor Nelson said: "I don't think there'll ever be another album like it in the history of music.
"There will never be a marriage of producer and artist, or songwriting and pop sensibility like that again. Due to the way people buy records now, there'll never be an album that sells as many copies."
The list was compiled by music industry experts, artists, and bosses from the network's three UK channels - MTV2, VH1 and MTV Base.
More than 40,000 votes were cast by fans asked to choose their favourite album since 1981 from a shortlist of 26 LPs.
In a shock result, British R'n'B artist Craig David's debut effort 'Born To Do It' finished second with 12 per cent of the vote, beating Guns N' Roses' 1987 album 'Appetite For Destruction' into third place.
Craig, who received more votes than some of the world's biggest rap and R'n'B stars including Jay-Z and Kanye West, was overwhelmed by the result.
The '7 Days' singer said: "I am very grateful to the viewers of MTV who have voted 'Born To Do It' as the second best album of all time - not only am I incredibly proud, it is an amazing achievement especially when I look at all the other albums in the top 100!"
British alternative rock band Radiohead secured fourth place with 'OK Computer', while the late Kurt Cobain's band Nirvana rounded off the top five with 'Nevermind'.
Oasis had two albums in the top ten - '(What's The Story) Morning Glory?' came sixth, while their 1994 debut 'Definitely Maybe' was seventh.
Following Noel and Liam Gallagher's records are U2's 'The Joshua Tree', the Arctic Monkeys' debut 'Whatever People say I Am, That's What I'm Not' and Amy Winehouse's 'Back to Black'.
MTV's 'Greatest Album Ever: The Results' will be broadcast on MTV1, MTV2, MTV Base and VH1 on April 11 at 9pm.
MTV's Greatest Album Ever Top 20:
1. Michael Jackson - 'Thriller'
2. Craig David - 'Born To Do It'
3. Guns N' Roses - 'Appetite For Destruction'
4. Radiohead - 'OK Computer'
5. Nirvana - 'Nevermind'
6. Oasis - '(What's The Story) Morning Glory?'
7. Oasis - 'Definitely Maybe'
8. U2 - 'The Joshua Tree'
9. Arctic Monkeys - 'Whatever People say I Am, That's What I'm Not'
10. Amy Winehouse - 'Back to Black'
11. The Strokes - 'Is This It?'
12. Kanye West - 'The College Drop Out'
13. The Stone Roses - 'The Stone Roses'
14. Eminem - 'The Marshall Mathers LP'
15. The Smiths - 'The Queen Is Dead'
16. Rage Against The Machine - 'Rage Against The Machine'
17. Prince and The Revolution - 'Purple Rain'
18. REM - 'Automatic For The People'
19. Usher - '8701'
20. Pixies - 'Doolittle'
21. The Notorious B.I.G - 'Ready To Die'
22. Lauryn Hill - 'The Mis-education of Lauryn Hill'
23. Human League - 'Dare'
24. Jay-Z - 'Blueprint'
25. Dizzee Rascal - 'Boy In Da Corner'
26. Mary J. Blige - 'What's the 411?'