2012 Listener Poll Results

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zack1 Zack Nechvatal
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Finally, the votes have been counted and we’ve revealed the results of your favorites of 2012 at our Listener Poll Gala LIVE from Adler Planetarium!

See which artists, albums, concerts, movies, and TV shows placed at the top of XRT listeners’ lists.

Best Albums
1 Mumford & Sons – Babel
2 Jack White – Blunderbuss
3 Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls
4 The Lumineers – The Lumineers
5 Of Monsters and Men – My Head is an Animal
6 Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball
7 The Shins – Port of Morrow
8 The Killers – Battle Born
9 Passion Pit – Gossamer
10 Smashing Pumpkins – Oceania
11 David Byrne & St. Vincent – Love This Giant
12 Dave Matthews Band – Away From The World
13 Avett Brothers – The Carpenter
14 Muse – The 2nd Law
15 Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Psychedelic Pill
16 Bonnie Raitt – Slipstream
16 Bob Dylan – Tempest
18 Gotye – Making Mirrors
19 Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Americana
20 John Hiatt – Mystic Pinball
21 Gary Clark Jr. – Blak and Blue
22 Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros – Here
23 Andrew Bird – Break It Yourself
23 Beach House – Bloom
25 Glen Hansard – Rhythm & Repose
26 Van Morrison – Born To Sing: No Plan B
27 Green Day – Uno
28 Bob Mould Silver Age
29 Norah Jones – Little Broken Hearts
30 Grizzly Bear – Shields

Best Songs
1 Alabama Shakes – Hold On
2 Mumford & Sons – I Will Wait
3 Gotye – Somebody That I Used to Know
4 The Black Keys – Gold on the Ceiling
5 The Lumineers – Ho Hey
6 Of Monsters & Men – Little Talks
7 Adele – Rumor Has It
8 Jack White – I’m Shakin’
9 The Black Keys – Lonely Boy
10 Florence + the Machine – Shake It Out
11 Jack White – Love Interruption
12 Wilco – I Might
13 M83 – Midnight City
14 The Civil Wars – Barton Hollow
15 The Shins – Simple Song
16 Coldplay – Paradise
17 Bruce Springsteen – We Take Care Of Our Own
18 Passion Pit – Take A Walk
19 Muse – Madness
20 Wilco – Born Alone
21 Dawes – If I Wanted Someone
22 The Head And The Heart – Lost In My Mind
23 David Byrne & St. Vincent – Who
24 The Rolling Stones – Doom and Gloom
25 JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound – I Am Trying To Break Your Heart
26 Florence + the Machine – No Light, No Light
27 Mayer Hawthorne – The Walk
28 JD McPherson – North Side Gal
29 The Killers – Runaways
30 Beach House – Myth

Best Concerts
1. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band at Wrigley Field, 9/7-8
2. *Lollapalooza at Grant Park, 8/3-5 (#3 in 2011 & 2010 Polls)
3. *The Black Keys / Arctic Monkeys at United Center, 3/19
4. *XRT 4D Concert: Wilco/Andrew Bird at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark, 7/8
5. Roger Waters at Wrigley Field, 6/8
6. *Buddy Guy residency at Buddy Guy’s Legends, 1/5-29 (#5 in 2011 Poll)
7. *XRT 4D Concert: Neil Young & Crazy Horse/Los Lobos at United Center, 10/11
8. *XRT 4D Concert: Peter Gabriel at United Center, 9/27
9. *XRT 4D Concert: My Morning Jacket/ Band of Horses at Jay Pritzker Pavilion/Millenium Park, 8/22 (Auditorium show ranked #8 in 2011 Poll)
10. Coldplay at United Center, 8/7-8
11. *Gentlemen of the Road Stopover: Mumford & Sons / Dawes at Page Park/Dixon, 8/16
12. The Who at Allstate Arena, 11/29-30
13. *XRT 4D Concert: Mumford & Sons/Dawes at The Chicago Theatre, 8/14
14. John Hiatt/Steve Earle at Ravinia, 8/26
15. Alabama Shakes at Lincoln Hall, 3/9
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Best Movies
1 Lincoln
2 Argo
3 The Dark Knight Rises
4 Skyfall
5 The Hunger Games

Best TV Shows
1 Modern Family
2 The Big Bang Theory
3 Breaking Bad
4 The Walking Dead
5 The Daily Show
6 Boardwalk Empire
7 30 Rock
8 Parks and Recreation
9 Homeland
10 Mad Men

Best Venues
1 Chicago Theatre
2 Vic Theatre
3 Metro
4 Lincoln Hall
5 Park West


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