Poll Results: Listeners Pick The Best Music Of 2015

Dec 31, 2015

Top row, left to right: Cover art for Rhiannon Giddens, Alabama Shakes, and The Black Lillies. Bottom row, left to right: Josh Ritter, Screen Door Porch, and Courtney Barnett.
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The Best Music Of 2015

We asked listeners to vote from three lists: AAA, Americana, and Wyoming/Regional. We received an abundance of votes this year! Thanks to everyone who voted and thank you for listening to Morning Music. Here are listeners picks for the best music of 2015:

Top 20 AAA 

1. Alabama Shakes - Sound and Color

2. Brandi Carlile - The Firewatcher's Daughter

3. Jason Isbell - Something More Than Free

4. James Taylor - Before This World

5. James McMurtry - Complicated Game

6. Rhiannon Giddens - Tomorrow is My Turn

7. Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit and Think

8. Mumford and Sons - Wilder Mind

9. Steve Earle - Terraplane

10. Punch Brothers - Phosphorescent Blues

11. Lord Huron - Strange Trails

12. Warren Haynes - Ashes and Dust

13. Mark Knopfler - Tracker

14. Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats

15. My Morning Jacket - The Waterfall

16. Josh Ritter - Sermon on the Rocks

17. Grace Potter - Midnight

18. Widespread Panic - Street Dogs

19. Adele - 25

20. Decemberists - What a Terrible/Beautiful World

Top 10 Americana

1. Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard - Django and Jimmie

2. Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell - The Traveling Kind

3. Black Lillies - Hard to Please

4. Kacey Musgraves - Pageant Material

5. Steep Canyon Rangers - Radio

6. Steve Martin and Edie Brickel - So Familiar

7. Tim O’Brien - Pompadour

8. Wood Brothers - Paradise

9. The Steeldrivers - Muscle Shoals Recordings

10. Iris DeMent - Trackless Woods

Top 5 Wyoming/Regional

NOTE TIES

1. Screen Door Porch - Modern Settler

1. Anne & Pete Sibley - Extraordinary Life

2. Bill McKay - New Reasons

3. One Ton Pig – Lastville

3. Lights Along the Shore - Misty Morning May

3. Blinddog Smokin' - High Steppin'

4. Peter Queal - Humility

5. Working Hands Band