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Weekend Rock Question: What Is the Best Song of 2011?

Cast your vote in our weekly readers' poll

December 16, 2011 5:15 PM ET
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Our critics have had their say about their year-end favorites, including the 50 Best Singles of 2011, and now it's your turn. Our Weekend Rock question for you is: What is the best song of 2011?

You can vote here in the comments, on facebook.com/rollingstone, or on Twitter using the #weekendrock hashtag.

Last weekend, we asked you to choose the best albums of 2011, and we compiled the results in this video gallery.

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Song Stories

“American Girl”

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers | 1976

It turns out that a single with "American" in its title--recorded on the Fourth of July during the nation's Bicentennial, no less--can actually sell better in Britain. Coupled with the Heartbreakers' flair for Byrds jangle and Animals hooks, though, is Tom Petty's native-Florida drawl that keeps this classic grounded at home. Petty dispelled rumors that the song was about a suicidal student, explaining that the inspiration came from when he was 25 and used to salute the highway traffic outside his apartment window. "It sounded like the ocean to me," he recalled. "That was my ocean. My Malibu. Where I heard the waves crash, but it was just the cars going by."

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