Reader Polls usually aren't the best or most accurate when it comes to 'best ever' votes. This one is no exception. According to the readers of the British magazine Kerrang!, Metallica has been voted the most influential rock group of the last 30 years.

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich told Kerrang!: "it gives me a very warm and fuzzy feeling that Kerrang! magazine have voted Metallica as the band that most changed their lives. I remember the first issue of the magazine in 1981. I had made a pilgrimage to England because I was obsessed with the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. I travelled all over the country and that first issue accompanied me everywhere." Lars also paid tribute to Iron Maiden which came in at #3 on the list , saying: "Iron Maiden have been the blueprint for everything that we have ever wanted to do."

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The most influential rock groups of the last 30 years, as voted by the readers of Kerrang!

10 - Foo Fighters
9 - Ozzy Osbourne
8 - Blink 182
7 - Bullet For My Valentine
6 - Linkin Park
5 - My Chemical Romance
4 - Slipknot
3 - Iron Maiden
2 - Green Day
1 - Metallica

The poll is included in the latest issue of Kerrang! magazine, celebrating their 30th anniversary. Kerrang! launched in June 1981.