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Jacko's Thriller pips Billie Jean as fans' choice

Thriller has been named the public's favourite Michael Jackson song.

The track just pipped his chart-topping single Billie Jean in a poll to herald the release of new film, Michael Jackson: The Life Of An Icon.

Thriller was noted for its groundbreaking video with a zombie dance spectacular.

Third place went to Man In The Mirror, while in fourth position was Earth Song -- famously the track which prompted Jarvis Cocker to invade the stage at the Brit Awards in 1996 after he was struck by the pomposity of the performance. The film has been made by Jackson's friend, the producer David Gest.

Top 10 Jackson songs, according to the poll, are 1. Thriller; 2. Billie Jean; 3. Man in the Mirror; 4. Earth Song; 5. Smooth Criminal; 6. Ben; 7. Beat It; 8. You Are Not Alone; 9. The Way You Make Me Feel; 10. She's Out Of My Life.

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