2010 Listener Poll Results

We’ve revealed the results of your favorites of 2010 during our Listener Poll Gala LIVE from Craftsman Experience!

Broken down by category, see which artists, albums, concerts, movies, and TV shows placed at the top of your lists.

Best Albums
1: The Suburbs – Arcade Fire
2: Sigh No More – Mumford & Sons
3: Brothers – The Black Keys
4: Come Around Sundown – Kings of Leon
5:Contra – Vampire Weekend
6: God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise – Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs
7: This is Happening – LCD Soundsystem
8: High Violet – The National
9: Living Proof – Buddy Guy
10: Mojo – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
11: Band of Joy – Robert Plant
12: Manners – Passion Pit
13: Broken Bells – Broken Bells
14: Clapton – Eric Clapton
15: Transference – Spoon
16: Congratulations – MGMT
17: The Union – Elton John and Leon Russell
18: Street Songs of Love – Alejandro Escovedo
19: Le Noise – Neil Young
20: You Are Not Alone – Mavis Staples
21: Infinite Arms – Band of Horses
22: To the Sea – Jack Johnson
23: The Sound of Sunshine – Michael Franti & Spearhead
24: National Ransom – Elvis Costello
25: Foundling – David Gray
26: London Calling: Live in Hyde Park – Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band
27: The Open Road – John Hiatt
28: No Better Than This – John Mellencamp
29: Hurley – Weezer
30: Under Great White Northern Lights – The White Stripes

Best Songs
1: Little Lion Man – Mumford & Sons
2: Home – Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
3: Tighten Up – The Black Keys
4: The Suburbs – Arcade Fire
5: Beg, Steal, or Borrow – Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs
6: Ready to Start – Arcade Fire
7: Use Somebody – Kings of Leon
8: Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked – Cage the Elephant
9: 74 Years Young – Buddy Guy
10: Bloodbuzz Ohio – The National
11: The Dog Days Are Over – Florence + the Machine
12: The High Road – Broken Bells
13: Angel Dance – Robert Plant
14: I Can Change – LCD Soundsystem
15: Listzomania – Phoenix
16: Just Breathe – Pearl Jam
17: Kandi – One eskimO
18: 1901 – Phoenix
19: Laredo – Band of Horses
20: Cousins – Vampire Weekend
21: Wrote a Song for Everyone – Mavis Staples
22: Know Your Enemy – Green Day
23: Giving Up the Gun – Vampire Weekend
24: Radioactive – Kings of Leon
25: Meet Me on the Equinox – Death Cab for Cutie

Best Concerts
1: *Lollapalooza at Grant Park
August 6-8
2: Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival at Toyota Park
June 26
3: *Buddy Guy at Buddy Guy’s Legends
January 7-10,14-17, 21-24,27-30
4: Roger Waters at United Center
September 20-24
5: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at United Center
July 17
6: *Pitchfork Music Festival at Union Park
July 16-18
7: *My Morning Jacket at Charter One Pavilion
August 17
8: *David Gray & Ray LaMontagne at Pritzker Pavilion/Millennium Park
August 25
9: *Dave Matthews Band at Wrigley Field
September 17-18
10: *Mumford & Sons at Riviera Theater
October 31
10: *Wilco at Coveleski Ballpark/South Bend, IN, July 30
*Indicates XRT SHOW

Best Movies
1: Inception
2: Toy Story 3
3: The Social Network
4: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
5: Shutter Island
6: Alice in Wonderland
7: Hot Tub Time Machine
8: Iron Man 2
9: Black Swan
10: The Kids Are All Right

Best TV Shows
1: Modern Family
2: 30 Rock
3: Mad Men
4: Boardwalk Empire
5: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
6: The Office
7: Dexter
8: The Big Bang Theory
9: Glee
10: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Best Venues
1: Chicago Theater
2: Vic Theatre
3: Lincoln Hall
4: Metro
5: Park West
6: Ravinia
7: Fitzgerald’s
8: House of Blues
9: Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island
10: Buddy Guy’s Legends

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  • t

    Passion Pit’s Manners wasn’t even a 2010 album.

  • Joe

    Them Crooked Vultures at the Aargon in May not on the list…Looks like the XRT listeners are getting old and soft

  • patti

    What no Giving Tree Band?!?!?!?

    Still love you XRT!!

  • larry

    Does this mean The Vic is no longer the Top Venue??

    • Jay

      Given that the Chicago Theater is listed as #1 and The Vic is listed #2 I’d say you have impeccable insight.

  • boo

    Where’s the Temper Trap???

  • Stew

    Way too many things on this list didn’t happen in 2010… Manners, 1901, Lisztomania, Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked, Home, and Use Somebody (which was released in 2008!). Tough for a best of 2010 list to be relevant with this many errors.

    Joe – The TCV show was awesome! I think my favorite show of the year was probably Cut Copy late night after Lolla August 6th. Just when I thought I couldn’t handle any more music, they came on and owned it.

    • Joe

      I was nearly deaf for a day and a half after theTCV show. Not familiar with Cut Copy, but I’ll check them out.
      And actually the first time TCV performed live was in Chicago during one of those late 2009 lolla shows at the metro.

  • Muntz

    Weren’t 1901 and Use Somebody songs 2009 songs? When I hear those songs, I definitely don’t think of 2010.

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  • Dan

    LCD’s “This Is Happening” should be #1 album of 2010 in my opinion.

  • ingy

    No King’s Speech… woof.

  • Bob Bykowski

    A double thumbs-up for ‘The Suburbs’ being the number one album of the year. It was easily the year’s most compelling and realized work. Just wish there were more opportunities to catch Arcade Fire live !

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  • Paul Cronin

    its hard to think that the listeners pick such low grade music – best albums – best songs really – might as well go country ya’ll – me think’s the highest paid sponser picked em – snore

  • Melissa

    I love Temper Trap too but officially it was 2009 for their Album. They could have been on there though for their concert last year at Metro; Awesome show!

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  • Jeff

    The best single of the year was easily CeeLo Green’s F You. I hoped for enough write in votes to force XRT to play it like was the case several years back with Hey Ya by OutKast. These results are far too safe and uninteresting. It just looks like the daily on air playlist from December. Also agree with others on the songs that were were not released in 2010. Where do I vote for Hey Jude?

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  • Dan Fidanze

    It’s unfortunate that XRT listeners have become so narrrow minded. Unfortunately the nature of polls such as these are that the LCD will produce the most votes. It’s a shame that more XRT listeners have not been to the very BEST venue in town for see a show- The Old Town School of Folk Music. Absolutely impeccable sound, every seat is a great seat, and a civilized vibe that is unmatched in this city. Pity. The Vic? Gimme a break. While it’s got a certain charm, it really doesn’t belong in this discussion.

  • Robert J. Pechacek

    I was at RiotFist2011. Im 55 years old and took my 18 year old youngest son. Corporate Rock Still Sucks. IWW Member

  • Rock and Roll Giraffe

    Cool lists! Many of my favorites are on here too. However, in my opinion, the best album of the year was “Good to Be” by Backyard Tire Fire, and the best concert was Gorillaz at UIC Pavilion. Kinda strange how none of the Best Concerts listed here happened at any of the first 8 of the Best Venues. I’m guessing this is because most of the Best Concerts are at huge venues, i.e. more people = more votes. May I suggest next year there be separate categories for “Best Concerts at Large Venues,” and “Best Concerts at Medium/Small Venues.” That gives the smaller concerts more of a fighting chance. And Lincoln Hall is quickly becoming my favorite small venue – great location, staff, sight-lines, atmosphere, food and bands!!

  • j.sebastian

    GIVING TREE BAND!!! Gotta say next to Mumford that The Joke, The Threat & The Obvious was one of my 2010 favorites!!! Looking forward to their february shows! Who’s with me???

    • patti

      I am!!!! Rock and Roll with the GTB!!!

  • Babypanther

    Hey Paul – No one’s forcing you to listen to XRT. It’s still the best station in the country.

  • Darren Young

    Not bad results… the only objections I would have is on the songs list – “Angel Dance” – Robert Plant and “Meet Me On the Equinox” – Death Cab… = TERRIBLE. “Boo-ooo” to all who voted for these!

  • Debbi

    Glee??? Really???? How Old are we?

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