2013 Listener Poll Results

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This two-disc release takes you on a journey as you dive further and further into a wonderful weirdness that you can’t turn your back on.  From start to finish this album is full of hits, but it’ll definitely make you consider what your definition of “hits” is from start to finish.

This two-disc release takes you on a journey as you dive further and further into a wonderful weirdness that you can’t turn your back on. From start to finish this album is full of hits, but it’ll definitely make you consider what your definition of “hits” is from start to finish.

zack1 Zack Nechvatal
Web Editor & XRT Staff Writer
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Finally, the votes have been counted and we’ve revealed the results of your favorites of 2013 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. Arcade Fire – Reflektor
2. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of The City
3. Pearl Jam – Lightning Bolt
4. Lorde – Pure Heroine
5. Kings of Leon – Mechanical Bull
6. Fitz And The Tantrums – More Than Just A Dream
7. The National – Trouble Will Find Me
8. Phoenix – Bankrupt!
9. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
10. Paul McCartney – New
11. The Head And The Heart – Let’s Be Still
12. David Bowie – The Next Day
13. Dawes – Stories Don’t End
14. Arctic Monkeys – AM
15. The Avett Brothers – Magpie And The Dandelion
16. Buddy Guy – Rhythm & Blues
17. Cage The Elephant – Melophobia
18. Neko Case – The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
19. The Civil Wars – The Civil Wars
20. Jake Bugg – Jake Bugg
21. Elvis Costello and The Roots – Wise Up Ghost
22. Queens Of The Stone Age – Like Clockwork
23. Mavis Staples – One True Vine
24. JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound – Howl
25. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
26. Tedeschi Trucks Band – Made Up Mind
27. Franz Ferdinand – Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action
28. Ha Ha Tonka – Lessons
29. Amos Lee – Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song
30. Jack Johnson – From Here To Now To You
31. Nine Inch Nails – Hesitation Marks
32. Eric Clapton – Old Sock
33. John Fogerty – Wrote A Song For Everyone
34. Steve Earle & The Dukes – The Low Highway
35. Richard Thompson – Electric

Best Songs
1. Lorde – Royals
2. Arcade Fire – Reflektor
3. The Lumineers – Ho Hey (#5 Song in 2012)
4. Daft Punk – Get Lucky
5. Mumford & Sons – I Will Wait (#2 Song in 2012)
6. The Black Keys – Little Black Submarine
From #3 Best Album in 2011 Listener Poll
7. Jake Bugg – Lightning Bolt
8. Pearl Jam – Sirens
9. Dawes – From A Window Seat
10. Vampire Weekend – Unbelievers
11. Fitz And The Tantrums – Out Of My League
12. Mavis Staples – Can You Get To That
13. Vampire Weekend – Diane Young
14. Cage the Elephant – Come A Little Closer
15. Arctic Monkeys – Do I Wanna Know?
16. Django Django – Default
17. Muse – Madness
18. Of Monsters and Men – Little Talks
19. The Lumineers – Stubborn Love
20. Passion Pit – Take A Walk
21. Tame Impala – Elephant
22. The National – Don’t Swallow The Cap
23. Arcade Fire – Afterlife
24. Mumford & Sons – Lover Of the Light
25. Kings of Leon – Supersoaker
26. Beach House – Myth
27. Neko Case- Man
28. The Head And The Heart – Shake
29. Paul McCartney – New
30. Divine Fits – Would That Not Be Nice
31. Franz Ferdinand – Right Action
32. Frank Turner – Recovery
33. David Bowie – The Stars (Are Out Tonight)
34. David Byrne & St. Vincent – Who
35. The Avett Brothers – Another Is Waiting

Best Concerts
1. Lollapalooza 2013 – Grant Park (8/2-8/4)
2. Pearl Jam – Wrigley Field (7/19-7/20)
3. Americanarama Festival of Music – Toyota Park (7/12)
>Bob Dylan & His Band, Wilco, My Morning Jacket
4. Buddy Guy – Buddy Guy’s Legends (1/3-1/27)
5. The Rolling Stones –United Center (5/28 & 31, 6/3)
6. XRT Free Concert at Taste of Chicago – Grant Park (7/12)
>Robert Plant Presents The Sensational Space Shifters
7. The Avett Brothers – UIC Pavilion (11/22)
8. Fitz And The Tantrums – Metro (6/18-6/19)
9. Allman Brothers Band – The Chicago Theatre (8/20-8/21)
10. Of Monsters And Men – Aragon Ballroom (5/22)
11. Poi Dog Pondering – Tivoli Theatre/Downers Grove (4/5)
12. Chicago Blues Festival – Grant Park (6/6-6/9)
13. Pitchfork Music Festival – Union Park (7/19-7/21)
14. Phish – FirstMerit Bank Pavilion, Northerly Island (7/19-21)
15. Dave Matthews Band – Alpine Valley (7/5-7/6)
*Indicates XRT Show

Best Movies
1. Gravity
2. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
3. 12 Years a Slave
4. Star Trek Into Darkness
5. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
6. Captain Phillips
7. Iron Man 3
8. Dallas Buyers Club
9. American Hustle
10. This Is the End

Best TV Shows
1 Breaking Bad
2 The Big Bang Theory
3 Modern Family
4 The Daily Show
5 The Walking Dead
6 Game of Thrones
7 Homeland
8 The Colbert Report
9 Boardwalk Empire
10 Downton Abbwy

Best Venues
1. The Chicago Theatre
2. Vic Theatre
3. Metro
4. SPACE / Evanston
5. Lincoln Hall
6. City Winery
7. Wrigley Field
8. Riviera Theatre
9. Aragon Ballroom
10. FitzGerald’s / Berwyn

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