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Weekend Rock Question: What Is the 2012 Song of the Summer?

Cast your vote in our weekly poll

Carly Rae Jepsen, Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys and Nate Ruess of Fun.
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July 13, 2012 3:35 PM ET

It's technically been summer for slightly less than a month, but in many ways this is really the height of season. After all, school starts again late next month. We figure this is a good time to see what you think is the song of the summer. Is it "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen? "Wide Awake" by Katy Perry? "We Are Young" by Fun.?

Maybe you aren't so into the pop thing. Feel free to vote for "Burn It Down" by Linkin Park or "Gold On the Ceiling" by the Black Keys. Basically, any relatively new song on the radio this summer qualifies. 

You can vote here in the comments, on facebook.com/rollingstone, or on Twitter using the #weekendrock hashtag and we'll turn your top picks into a playlist.

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