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AC/DC’s ‘Thunderstruck’ Vs. Metallica’s ‘Ride the Lightning’ – Clash of the Titans

AC/DC Vs. Metallica


For this week’s Clash of the Titans readers poll, we cue up two weather-related moments of guitar-melting ferocity courtesy of AC/DC and Metallica.

The forecast, quite ominously, calls for both AC/DC’s ‘Thunderstruck’ and Metallica’s ‘Ride the Lightning,’ the pairing of which promises a very rough night for any poor meteorologist — and a tough decision for rock fans. Which song will you choose?

‘Thunderstruck’ is known for both its relentless riff and a girder-shaking cry of THUNDER!, the combination of which gives this 1990 gem its cumulus energy. Meanwhile, the super-angry title track from Metallica’s 1984 release is all grinding menace, like an approximation of whirling around inside a storm cloud.

If it’s been a while since you last heard either of these songs, you can listen to them below before voting. This Clash of the Titans will stay open until Sunday, June 15 at 11:59PM ET. You can vote once an hour for your favorite.

Listen to AC/DC’s ‘Thunderstruck’

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Listen to Metallica’s ‘Ride the Lightning’

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