1.We Count Down the Best of the Fest!

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At last weekend's Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, our writers and photographers saw live sets from more than 100 bands, survived a hellacious thunderstorm, ate some great BBQ ribs, and even downed a jug of homemade moonshine. Then, as we traveled home from Tennessee, we narrowed down our whirlwind four-day experience to just the 10 best moments! CLICK THE NEXT BUTTON to begin our countdown.... starting with Nine Inch Nails' fiery performance.

2.We Count Down the Best of the Fest!

2/12

At last weekend's Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, our writers and photographers saw live sets from more than 100 bands, survived a hellacious thunderstorm, ate some great BBQ ribs, and even downed a jug of homemade moonshine. Then, as we traveled home from Tennessee, we narrowed down our whirlwind four-day experience to just the 10 best moments! CLICK THE NEXT BUTTON to begin our countdown.... starting with Nine Inch Nails' fiery performance.

3.10. Best Scare: Nine Inch Nails

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Trent Reznor and Co. may have redefined the word "frightening." Their 1 A.M. set was simply pants-wetting (in a really good way) with Reznor and his band assaulting the crowd with sharp and sinister tunes delivered at full ferocity. The fact that Reznor -- girth-y neck and bulging biceps -- looks uncannily like Henry Rollins only added to the terror.

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4.9. Best Sunset Soundtrack: Band of Horses

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The ragged country band's Sunday evening set was an ideal Bonnaroo send off, with the sun disappearing peacefully just off stage left. The six-piece sounded ebullient on tracks like "The Great Salt Lake," and wowed with a cover of Gram Parsons' heartbroken "A Song for You." Bruce Springsteen, watching side-stage, bobbed his head in approval throughout.

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5.8. Best Unexpected Cameo: Neko Case feat. Triumph, the Insult Dog

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The New Pornographer-gone-solo brought her backwoods croon and gothic sound to Bonnaroo with a simply striking performance. And, uncharacteristically, she served up a special, gut-busting surprise, too: Triumph, the Insult Dog joined her onstage for a short skit -- and took a few stabs at Bruce Springsteen's home state with the Boss himself observing side-stage. "New Jersey is da house! How can I tell? The smell of weed and Axe body spray!"

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6.7. Best Foul Mouth: Margaret Cho

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Comedienne Margaret Cho dropped by the Budweiser Troo Music Lounge, where SPIN was holding live interviews all weekend, to chat with our Peter Gaston -- and drop some one-liners about sleeping with gay men and transsexuals, smelling like "balls" at Bonnaroo, and her new album, tentatively titled Guitarded. Watch the hilarious interview here.

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7.6. Best Party Starter: People Under the Stairs

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The Los Angeles hip-hop duo kicked Bonnaroo into high gear Thursday night, getting the party started right with a rambunctious, arms-in-the-air set full of mischievous rhymes about -- what else? -- partying down.

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8.5. Best Argument for Attending Church: Al Green

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It wasn't Sunday, but that didn't stop Reverend Al Green from donning a three-piece suit and turning his performance into a spirited church service, complete with a ravaged, blues-y take on "Amazing Grace." He and his 12-piece backing band busted out the classics like "Let's Stay Together" -- all while Green tossed roses to the fawning crowd.

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9.4. Best Validation of Rampant Hype: Phoenix

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This Parisian outfit's new album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix -- and their performance on SNL -- has been all the rage lately. At Bonnaroo they lived up to the hysteria inside a packed That Tent with a tight, impressive set that saw frontman Thomas Mars run around the muddy photo pit and crowd surf along to his band's slick pop tunes. Passion Pit, MGMT, Chairlift, White Rabbits, the Beastie Boys, and Flava Flav all watched from the wings.

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10.3. Best Non-Chemical Mood Enhancer: Each and Every Moment of Sunshine

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On Bonnaroo's opening day (Thursday), a massive thunderstorm engulfed Manchester, TN, dropping more than five inches of rain -- and the forecast (pictured above left) for the rest of the weekend called for more of the same. We even ran out to Walmart on an emergency run for wellies. Luckily -- despite ubiquitous rumors and warnings that another epic storm was en route -- Bonnaroo stayed dry (and really, really hot and humid) for the remainder of the weekend. Hooray!

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11.2. Best Show, Period: MGMT

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The Brooklyn psychedelic crazies' late-night set Saturday was their crowning moment. The show was the talk of Bonnaroo and, as the band proved, capable of transcending musical boundaries, uniting Bonnaroo's eclectic crowd in one gigantic, glow stick-crazy danceathon. Read our full review of MGMT's set here.

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12.1. Best Moment, Period: Bruce Springsteen Joins Phish Onstage

12/12

When the Boss was spotted chillin' side-stage at Neko Case and Band of Horses' Sunday afternoon performances, one couldn't help but wonder: "Why is the guy sticking around?" We all found out that night when Springsteen joined Phish onstage to rip through "Mustang Sally" and two of his own songs, "Bobby Jean" and "Glory Days," to give Bonnaroo a truly historic moment. Read our Phish review from Friday night here, and our review of the Boss' Saturday night set here.

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