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Radio 2 listeners love Jacko

Michael Jackson has come out on top of a music survey, voted for by listeners to BBC Radio 2. Billie Jean has been voted the greatest dance record of all time.

A panel of dance music experts drew up a shortlist of 20 records, with Bille Jean being one of them. They were all selected for their musical merit and importance in the narrative of UK dance music – and spanned the years from 1966 to 2001.

Radio 2 listeners were then invited to vote online for their favourite and the top 10 songs were revealed in a three-part series presented by Zoe Ball – The Greatest Dance Records Of All Time – which concluded on Tuesday evening.

The results prove the station, which is now the most listened to in the UK, is a distance relative of its former self during its Middle of the Road era of the 1980s.

Zoe Ball says: "I'm delighted that Billie Jean has been voted the greatest dance record ever made. This is Jackson at his best."

The top ten in full:

1. Billie Jean – Michael Jackson (1983)

2. I Feel Love – Donna Summer (1977)

3. Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine – James Brown (1970)

4. Strings Of Life – Rhythim Is Rhythim (1987)

5. Where Love Lives – Alison Limerick (1994)

6. Keep On Movin' – Soul II Soul (1989)

7. Can You Feel It – Fingers Inc. (1988)

8. Big Fun – Inner City (1988)

9. Theme From S-Express – S-Express (1988)

10. Key To My Happiness – The Charades (1966)

The programme was produced by Unique Productions.

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