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Readers’ Poll: The 10 Best Songs of Summer 2012

Your selections include “Call Me Maybe,” “We Are Young” and “Gold On the Ceiling”

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Determining the song of the summer is an inexact science. There are often at least three or four songs that top the charts and go into heavy rotation on Top 40 radio stations, and that's not even factoring in the actual quality of the track. Sometimes a song is indisputably the song of the summer (like Rihanna's "Umbrella" in 2007) but most years, it's an open question. This year, "Call Me Maybe" and "We Are Young" were hard to escape, but rock fans might point to "Burn It Down" by Linkin Park or "Gold on the Ceiling" by the Black Keys.

We asked our readers to vote for the song of the summer last weekend, and here are the results. (Note: it's quite clear from the numbers that fans of Adam Lambert and the Killers stuffed the ballot box. Not much we can do about that.)

Listen to the top 10 while you read with this Spotify playlist:

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1. The Killers, ‘Runaways’

We last heard from the Killers back in 2008 when they released their polarizing third album, Day and Age. Since then, singer Brandon Flowers has focused on his solo career, and some feared the Killers may be finished. However, they regrouped last year to begin recording their new album, Battle Born, with a murderers row of all-star producers, including Brendan O'Brien, Daniel Lanois, Stuart Price and Steve Lillywhite. The album doesn't hit until September 18th, but the first single, "Runaways," has been doing very well on radio and has been seen as a return to form by critics. 

Listen to the top 10 while you read with this Spotify playlist:

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