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Weekend Rock Question: What Is the Best Metal Album of the 1980s?

Cast your vote in our weekly poll

August 30, 2013 3:00 PM ET
What Is The Greatest Metal Album of the 1980s?
Metallica’s 'Master of Puppets'; Slayer’s 'Reign In Blood'; Megadeth’s 'Peace Sells . . . But Who’s Buying'; Anvil’s 'Metal on Metal'
Courtesy Elektra/Asylum; Def Jam; Combat/Capitol; Attic

When we asked our readers to pick for their favorite metal/hard rock albums of the 1970s, the votes come flooding in by the hundreds. The resulting list featured Van Halen, Aerosmith, Deep Purple, Kiss and even Montrose. Led Zeppelin scored the top two albums with Physical Graffiti and Led Zeppelin IV.  

Now we have a logical follow-up question for you: What is your favorite metal record of the Eighties? We allowed hard rock and metal albums last time out, but the boundaries between the two genres were pretty clear by the Eighties, so this time please stick to metal only. Vote for whatever Eighties metal album you want, but please just vote once and only for a single album. 

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

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