2015 XRT Music & Movies Poll Results

The votes have been tallied and the results of your favorite music and movies from 2015 have been revealed at City Winery Chicago!

See which albums, songs, concerts, venues, local artists, rookies of the year, and movies placed at the top of XRT listeners’ lists in 2015.

Best Albums

1. Wilco – Star Wars
2. Alabama Shakes – Sound And Color
3. Mumford & Sons – Wilder Mind
4. Florence + the Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
5. Adele – 25
6. Death Cab For Cutie – Kintsugi
7. My Morning Jacket – The Waterfall
8. Tame Impala – Currents
9. Courtney Barnett– Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
10. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
11. Buddy Guy – Born To Play Guitar
12. George Ezra – Wanted On Voyage
13. The Decemberists – What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World
14. Ryan Adams – 1989
15. Leon Bridges- Coming Home
16. Houndmouth – Little Neon Limelight
17. Jason Isbell – Something More Than Free
18. Keith Richards – Crosseyed Heart
19. Coldplay – A Head Full Of Dreams
20. Of Monsters And Men – Beneath The Skin
21. Dawes – All Your Favorite Bands
22. Modest Mouse – Strangers To Ourselves
23. Lord Huron –Strange Trails
24. Elle King – Love Stuff
25. Chris Cornell – Higher Truth

Best Songs

1. Beck – Dreams
2. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – S.O.B.
3. Florence + the Machine – Ship To Wreck
4.Alabama Shakes – Don’t Wanna Fight
5.Adele– Hello
6. Houndmouth – Sedona
7. Elle King – Ex’s and Oh’s
8. Wilco – Random Name Generator
9. Foo Fighters – Congregation
10. George Ezra – Budapest
11. Tame Impala – Let It Happen
12. Buddy Guy – Born to Play Guitar
13. X Ambassadors – Renegades
14. EL VY – Return To The Moon
15. Leon Bridges – Smooth Sailin’
16. Death Cab For Cutie – Black Sun
17. Mumford & Sons – The Wolf
18. Jason Isbell – 24 Frames
19. The Decemberists – Make You Better
20. Lord Huron – Fool For Love
21. Hozier – Something New
22. Death Cab For Cutie The Ghosts of Beverly Drive
23. Courtney Barnett – Dead Fox
24. Chris Cornell – Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart
25. Modest Mouse – Lampshades On Fire

Best Concerts

1. Foo Fighters, Cheap Trick, Naked Raygun, Urge Overkill – Wrigley Field (8/29)
2. Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of the Grateful Dead – Soldier Field (7/3-7/5)
3. U2 iNNOCENCE + Experience Tour – United Center (6/24-25, 6/28-29, 7/2)
4. Lollapalooza 2015 – Grant Park (7/31-8/2)
5. Mumford & Sons – Cricket Hill at Montrose Beach & Park (6/19)
6. Buddy Guy – Buddy Guy’s Legends (1/2-1/31)
7. My Morning Jacket – The Chicago Theatre (6/9-6/11)
8. Fleetwood Mac – Allstate Arena (2/14)
9. AC/DC – Wrigley Field (9/15)
10. The Replacements – Riviera Theatre (4/29 & 4/30)

Rookies Of The Year

1. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
2. George Ezra
3. Elle King
4. Leon Bridges
5. Courtney Barnett
6. X Ambassadors
7. The Arcs
8. Wolf Alice
9. EL VY
10. Catfish & the Bottlemen
11. James Bay
12. Rhiannon Giddens
13. The Kickback
14. FFS (Franz Ferdinand + Sparks)
15. Will Butler

Best Local Artists

1. Wilco
2. Buddy Guy
3. Cheap Trick
4. Poi Dog Pondering
5. Mavis Staples
6. Andrew Bird
7. The Smashing Pumpkins
8. JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound
9. Tweedy
10. Umphrey’s McGee
11. Shemekia Copeland
12. The Waco Brothers
13. Urge Overkill
14. The Orwells
15. Naked Raygun
16. Local H
17. The Kickback
18. Wild Belle
19. Robbie Fulks
20. The Way Down Wanderers

Best Music Venues

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

Best Movies

1. The Martian
2. Trainwreck
3. Mad Max: Fury Road
4. Inside Out
5. Jurassic World
6. Bridge of Spies
7. Spectre
8. Avengers: Age of Ultron
9. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
10. Kingsman: The Secret Service


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