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Best of Summer 2013 Results: Daft Punk, NIN, the Roots + More Rule the Season

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With August in the books, we’re forced to say goodbye to another summer, but we won’t let it go without enjoying these final fleeting days of sunshine and warmth and reliving our favorite moments of summer 2013. Back in July, we launched our Best of Summer 2013 polls, inviting you to pick your favorite songs, festivals books and more, and now, we have the results.

Garnering 53 percent of the vote and leaving nary a trace of doubt, Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’ was your pick for Summer Jam of 2013. That song, of course, has been covered and spoofed nearly as many times as it’s been blasted from jeeps, and in our Best ‘Get Lucky’ Cover category, 35 percent or respondents said the Roots — performing as black Simon and Garfunkel — gave the best rendition. While Questlove and company’s edged out Wilco’s version, it wasn’t all bad news for Jeff Tweedy and the gang, as their Americanarama tour with Bob Dylan and My Morning Jacket took 49 percent of the vote and won Best Tour Team-Up honors.

Nearly 45 percent of Diffuser readers said the Best Music Festival of summer 2013 was Lollapalooza, while 51 percent said that the Worst Thing About Summer Festivals was the high cost of tickets. On a related note, readers were concerned with how the Cure, one of Lollapalooza’s headliners, would hold up outdoors, and 42 percent voted for them in our Festival Mainstay You Feared Would Melt in the Sun category.

When it came time to decide which Act You’d Most Like to Share a Polite Summer Picnic With, 25 percent said the Arcade Fire, who inched out Vampire Weekend and Mumford and Sons. For your rowdier summer nights, more than 48 percent picked Queens of the Stone Age as the Band You’d Most Want to Party All Night With.

And according to voters, this has been a good summer for Nine Inch Nails and David Byrne. The former took nearly 34 percent of the vote to win the Greatest Summer Comeback prize, while the latter’s ‘How Music Works’ won Best Summer Reading.

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