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Weekend Rock Question: What Is the Best Summer Song?

Cast your vote in our weekly poll

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May 17, 2013 3:00 PM ET

Summer doesn't start officially for another month, but all across the country, the temperature is rising and schools are beginning to let out. Giant hordes of cicadas are about to descend. Iron Man 3 and Star Trek Into Darkness are playing in theaters and The Hangover 3 is on its way. It really feels like summer. 

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Now we have a question for you: what is your favorite summer song? Interpret that any way you want. It can be songs specifically about summer, like the Lovin' Spoonful's "Summer in the City" or Sly and the Family Stone's "Hot Fun in the Summertime," or songs that just make you think of summer like the Breeders' "Cannonball" or the Beach Boys' "Surfin' U.S.A." Vote for whatever song you want, but please only vote once and only for a single song.

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

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Song Stories

“Money For Nothing”

Dire Straits | 1984

Mark Knopfler wrote this song with Sting, and it wasn’t without controversy. The Dire Straits frontman's original lyric used the word “faggot” to describe a singer who got their “money for nothing and their chicks for free.” Even though the slur was edited out in many versions, the band, and Knopfler, still took plenty of criticism for the term. “I got an objection from the editor of a gay newspaper in London--he actually said it was below the belt,” Knopfler told Rolling Stone. Still, "Money For Nothing," undoubtedly augmented by its innovative early computer-animated video, stayed at Number One for three weeks.

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