Weekend Rock Question: What Is the Best Red Hot Chili Peppers Song?

Cast your vote in our weekly readers' poll

April 13, 2012 3:00 PM ET
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Red Hot Chili Peppers will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this weekend. Over the course of the past three decades, the quartet has evolved from goofy funk pranksters into versatile songwriters responsible for a deep catalog of rock radio staples. Our question for you this week is: What is the best Red Hot Chili Peppers song of all time?

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