Top 20 bands of the summer – as voted for by you


1System Of A Down

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All month NME.COM users have been voting for their band of the summer. You put System Of A Down in at Number 20 thanks to their pyro-filled show at Download.


19. U2's visually spectacular, hit packed set stunned fans at Glastonbury.

3The Horrors

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18. The Horrors scored at the likes of Reading/Leeds and Glastonbury with a set drawn heavily from their new album 'Skying'.

4Foster The People

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17. Foster The People - For many they provided the soundtrack to the summer thanks to 'Pumped Up Kicks' blaring out of tents everywhere.

5Biffy Clyro

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16. Biffy Clyro's reliably epic performances at Sonisphere and support slot for the Foo Fighters were a fist-pumping hit with fans.

6Kings Of Leon

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15. Kings Of Leon. Despite having a controversial summer, the Followills still provided the deep south thrills at Hyde Park for thousands of fans.

7Linkin Park

14. Linkin Park brought out the faithful during their headlining Download performance.

8The Vaccines

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13. The Vaccines. If you were to drop in at any festival during the summer you were bound to bump into this lot. Their 'What Did You Expect...' album provided many short, sharp sing-a-longs for the festival massif.

9Two Door Cinema Club

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12. Two Door Cinema Club. County Down's favourite trio bought the indie pop thrills this summer at the Isle Of Wight and Reading/Leeds festivals.


11. Kasabian. VEL- OCIR-APTOR!! was previewed at Rock Ness and Isle Of Wight and proved a definite hit with Kasabian's hardcore of fans.

11Patrick Wolf

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10. Patrick Wolf brought a much needed touch of glam to this years festivals. 'Lupercalia' proved a live thrill at the likes of Reading/Leeds.


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9. Pulp. Oh how we missed you! Jarvis brought the old gang back together and brought nostalgic joy to the masses most memorably at an emotional Glastonbury.

13Foo Fighters

8. Foo Fighters stole the show at Isle Of Wight with a career spanning set, not to mention their own mini-festival shows at the Milton Keynes Bowl.

14The Wombats

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7. The Wombats. With 'This Modern Glitch' hitting the higher echelons of the album charts, Murph and the boys were a festival hit.

15My Chemical Romance

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6. My Chemical Romance. Glitter cannons, the hits, Brian bloody May. I mean, really, what more could you want? Not that much more according to MCR's high placing on this chart...

16Brandon Flowers

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5. Brandon Flowers. The Killers may have made their live comeback at Hyde Park Calling but it was a solo Brandon that got you guys clicking on the 'vote now' button.


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4. Muse. Their 'Origin Of Symmetry' performance at Reading/Leeds was a big hit with fans, hence their high placing here.

18The Killers

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3. The Killers....And whilst you quite liked solo Brandon, you also liked seeing his band back together, thankyouverymuch.

19Kaiser Chiefs

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2. Kaiser Chiefs."AHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA," never gets tired does it? The Kaisers made every festival they appeared at a more fun place to be. Once again: 'AHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAA...."


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1. Hurts. Not surprising since they nabbed the 'Best Performance' prize in July. Theo and Adam (and their opera guy) proved the biggest hit with you guys.

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