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Readers' Poll: The Top 10 Metal Bands of All Time

Selections include Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Megadeth
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Last week we asked our readers to vote for their favorite metal bands. As predicted, we got tons of feedback. No poll we've ever conducted has racked up so many votes. You metal fans are a devoted bunch. The results of these readers' polls are sometimes thrown off when the fanbase of a certain group mobilizes and stuffs the ballot box. We have little doubt that Dream Theater would have ranked high on this list no matter what, but the group tweeted the voting link to all their fans. Bear that in mind when you see how high they ranked. If the Bay City Rollers fans had done that, we simply would have yanked all the votes, but Dream Theater are an amazing metal band and we are going with the results as they stand. No other ranking should shock many people, unless you don't see Led Zeppelin as a metal band. The line between hard rock and metal is murky at times, so we're going to let that stand as well. Feel free to flame away in the comments, but remember that we are merely counting your votes here.

By Andy Greene

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