- guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 23 December 2008 12.55 GMT
The results of this year's guardian.co.uk/music Readers' Poll are in, and the remarkable thing is last year's double winners Radiohead very nearly made it into the the top ten Bands of the Year list, despite not having released an album this year. That good eh, readers?
They have not clinched the top spot, however. That honour goes to another double winner. This year, Bon Iver takes the prize in both Album of the Year and Solo Artist of the Year (which was actually dominated by women). You voted him better than Fleet Foxes, Elbow and Vampire Weekend in the former category, and more worthy than Laura Marling, Santogold and, erm, Leona Lewis of the latter award. He told guardian.co.uk/music: "I am simply flattened by your response to the record. I don't know how to thank you ... appropriately. Thank you for making it your record."
Over in the Band of the Year category, there was one group who obliterated the competition in terms of votes. The Killers, whose album Day & Age was released in November, were so far in the lead we suspected foul play, but the freak who spammed us over 1,000 times under such names as Dickie Burn and, charmingly, Fred West, had nothing to do with it. The Killers' lead singer Brandon Flowers was especially touched on hearing the news, telling guardian.co.uk/music: "We are very blessed to have such great and computer-savvy fans. It's wonderful to be a band of the people. 2008 was a year of relaxation and devastation for the Killers. We love you all."
Song of the Year wasn't nearly as unanimous, but Kings of Leon took the title with their number one hit Sex on Fire. Elsewhere, MGMT took second and third place with Time to Pretend and Kids respectively, while Elbow also popped up twice with two songs from their award-winning album The Seldom Seen Kid.
But most importantly of all, which musician did you think was Most Deserved of a Government Bailout this year? Many opted to plant a "?" in this box. Others opted for Coldplay, Madonna and Amy Winehouse, who actually won our Most Likely To Go Missing in a Canoe and Resurface in Panama award last year. She must be very proud. The winner, though, was Guns N' Roses, although we can't think what for.
So there you have it: full lists below. Three winners selected at random can look forward to receiving the top ten albums in the new year, while the rest of you can get on with telling everyone how crap their choices are on the list below. Merry Christmas!
Album of the Year
Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago
Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes
Coldplay – Viva La Vida (Or Death and All His friends)
TV On The Radio – Dear Science
Elbow – The Seldom Seen Kid
Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend
Kings of Leon – Only By the Night
Portishead – Third
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
MGMT – Oracular Spectacular
Band of the Year
Kings of Leon
TV on the Radio
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Solo Artist of the Year
Song of the Year
Kings of Leon – Sex on Fire
MGMT – Time to Pretend
MGMT – Kids
Coldplay – Viva La Vida
Fleet Foxes – White Winter Hymnal
Elbow – One Day Like This
MIA – Paper Planes
Elbow – Grounds for Divorce
Vampire Weekend – A-Punk
Estelle – American Boy
Most Deserving of a Government Bailout
Guns N' Roses