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Weekend Rock Question: What Is the Best Beastie Boys Song of All Time?

Cast your vote in our weekly poll

MCA, Ad Rock and Mike D of The Beastie Boys.
David Tonge/Getty Images
May 4, 2012 3:40 PM ET

Adam Yauch's death at the age of 47 puts an end to the career of the Beastie Boys, one of the most influential acts in the history of hip-hop and alt-rock. The Beasties' discography encompassed rap, punk, instrumental grooves and everything in between, so it can be hard to pick favorites. Nevertheless, our question for you this week is: What is the best Beastie Boys song of all time?

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

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