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The 2005 Readers' Poll

What you liked most, and least, in music

January 11, 2006 5:28 PM ET

You, the readers, have spoken. Green Day were your American idols of 2005, sweeping the Artist of the Year, Best Single and Best Band category in our thirtieth annual Rolling Stone Readers' Poll, conducted online. You also sounded a holla for Gwen Stefani (Best Video, Best Dressed, Best Female Performer), Kanye West (Best Male Performer, Best Hip-Hop Artist), Coldplay (Best Album) and U2.

The results:

Best Album
1. Coldplay, X&Y
2. White Stripes, Get Behind Me Satan
3. Mariah Carey, The Emancipation of Mimi
4. Kanye West, Late Registration
5. Gwen Stefani, Love. Angel. Music. Baby
6. Beck, Guero
7. Fiona Apple, Extraordinary Machine
8. Foo Fighters, In You Honor
9. System of a Down, Mezmerize/Hypnotize
10. Nine Inch Nails, With Teeth

Best Single
1. Green Day, "Boulevard of Broken Dreams"
2. Kanye West, "Gold Digger"
3. Kelly Clarkson, "Since You Been Gone"
4. Gorillaz, "Feel Good Inc."
5. U2, "Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own"
6. Gwen Stefani, "Hollaback Girl"
7. Mariah Carey, "Shake It Off"
8. Coldplay, "Fix You"
9. Foo Fighters, "Best of You"
10. White Stripes, "My Doorbell"

Artist of the Year

1. Green Day
2. U2
3. Kanye West

Best Male Performer
1. Kanye West
2. Beck
3. Trent Reznor

Best Female Performer

1. Gwen Stefani
2. Kelly Clarkson
3. Fiona Apple

Best Band

1. Green Day
2. U2
3. Coldplay

Best Tour

1. U2
2. Green Day
3. Weezer/Foo Fighters

Best Hard Rock/Metal Band
1. Audioslave
2. System of a Down
3. Nine Inch Nails

Best R&B Artist
1. Alicia Keys
2. Stevie Wonder
3. John Legend

Best Hip-Hop Artist
1. Kanye West
2. Missy Elliott
3. 50 Cent

Most Welcome Comeback
1. Fiona Apple
2. Weezer
3. Nine Inch Nails

Best Video
1. Gwen Stefani, "Hollaback Girl"
2. Green Day, "Wake Me Up When September Ends"
3. My Chemical Romance, "Helena"

Best Dressed
1. Gwen Stefani
2. The Killers
3. Kanye West

Best New Artist
1. Fall Out Boy
2. The Arcade Fire
3. James Blunt

Worst Single
1. R. Kelly, "Trapped in the Closet"
2. Black Eyed Peas, "My Humps"
3. D4L, "Laffy Taffy"

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