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Weekend Rock Question: What Is the Best Album of the Year?

Cast your vote in our weekly readers' poll

December 9, 2011 6:20 PM ET
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Jay-Z and Kanye West's 'Watch the Throne'
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Rolling Stone just published our year-end lists, including The 50 Best Albums of 2011, and now it's your turn to weigh in. Our Weekend Rock question for you is: What is the best album of the year?

You can vote here in the comments, on facebook.com/rollingstone or on Twitter using the #weekendrock hashtag.

Last weekend, we asked you to name the best Britney Spears songs, and we compiled the results in this video gallery

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“Try a Little Tenderness”

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