By Zack Nechvatal

Top Albums
Wilco (The Album) – Wilco
No Line On the Horizon – U2
Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix – Phoenix
Backspacer – Pearl Jam
Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King – Dave Matthews Band
21st Century Breakdown – Green Day
Working on a Dream – Bruce Springsteen
Live From Madison Square Garden – Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood
Middle Cyclone – Neko Case
Noble Beast – Andrew Bird
The Live Anthology – Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Raditude – Weezer
E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies) – Black Eyed Peas
Up to Now… – Snow Patrol
Monsters of Folk – Monsters of Folk
Battle Studies – John Mayer
Manners – Passion Pit
It’s Blitz! – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
The Hazards of Love – The Decemberists
Cage the Elephant – Cage the Elephant
Joy – Phish
Embryonic – The Flaming Lips
Draw the Line – David Gray
A New Tide – Gomez
Together Through Life – Bob Dylan
Swoon – Silversun Pickups
Humbug – Arctic Monkeys
Merriweather Post Pavilion – Animal Collective
Strict Joy – The Swell Season
Tonight: Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand

Top Songs
Sex On Fire – Kings of Leon
Use Somebody – Kings of Leon
Viva La Vida – Coldplay
Electric Feel – MGMT
Sometime Around Midnight – Airborne Toxic Event
Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked – Cage the Elephant
1901 – Phoenix
You And I (with Feist) – Wilco
White Winter Hymnal – Fleet Foxes
Lisztomania – Phoenix
You Never Know – Wilco
The Fixer – Pearl Jam
Working On a Dream – Bruce Springsteen
Always A Friend f/Bruce Springsteen – Alejandro Escovedo
I’m Amazed – My Morning Jacket
Gamma Ray – Beck
Strange Overtones – David Byrne/ Brian Eno
Funny the Way It Is – Dave Matthews Band
Magnificent – U2
Cath – Death Cab for Cutie
People Got A Lotta Nerve – Neko Case
I Want You To – Weezer
Know Your Enemy – Green Day
Why I Am – Dave Matthews Band
Fitz and Dizzyspells – Andrew Bird
Human – The Killers
A-Punk – Vampire Weekend
21 Guns – Green Day
Zero – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Mercy – Duffy

Best Concerts
U2/Snow Patrol @ Soldier Field
XRT Show: Wilco @ UIC Pavilion
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band @ United Center
XRT/Bud Light BIG Holiday Concert: The Flaming Lips/Phoenix/Pete Yorn @ Allstate Arena
Eric Clapton/Steve Winwood @ United Center
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band @ United Center
Buddy Guy @ Buddy Guy’s Legends
1/8-11, 1/15-18, 1/22-25, 1/28-31
Pearl Jam @ United Center
Lollapalooza @ Grant Park
The Killers @ UIC Pavillion

Best Movies
The Hangover
Inglorious Bastards
Star Trek
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
(500) Days of Summer
Julie & Julia
Up In The Air
District 9

Best TV Shows
30 Rock
The Office
The Daily Show w/Jon Stewart
Mad Men
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Big Bang Theory
Modern Family
Family Guy

Best Venues
Park West
Vic Theatre
Chicago Theatre
Aragon Ballroom
Auditorium Theatre
Buddy Guy’s Legends
House of Blues

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