Goldmine’s Readers’ Choice, By the Numbers

By Susan Sliwicki

When Goldmine started asking you what artists you’d like to read about, we weren’t quite sure how a Readers’ Choice issue would go over. Thankfully, you graciously shared your opinions. You’ll find the winners and overall article category results listed with the articles on the pages that follow.

This issue threw a darn big learning curve at Team Goldmine. We’d never really done anything like this before, so we weren’t entirely sure where to get started. But that didn’t matter as much as our mission: We really wanted to bring together a selection of articles that you, the readers, specifically said you would enjoy.

What you hold now is the product of countless hours spent researching data, hunting for perfect pictures and tweaking the magazine’s design to look “just so.” We hope you enjoy it (and grade us kindly and on a curve, as this is our first one.)

We’ve made a list of what we’ve learned from this year’s Readers’ Choice, and we’re already starting planning for our next one, which is coming up faster than we want to acknowledge. We look forward to hearing your feedback on what we can do to make our next Readers’ Choice issue even more fun!

So, now that we’ve finished our reading, writing and even the dreaded ’rithmetic — or at least as much math as most journalists are willing to do, courtesy of voting programs and spreadsheets that do the counting for us — we give you this year’s first-ever Readers’ Choice Award winners, picked by voters who cast their ballots exclusively at www.goldminemag.com.Nominations are open for our next Readers’ Choice. Click here to learn more.

HERE ARE THE RESULTS:

OVERALL
1. The Beatles
2. Rolling Stones
3. Simon & Garfunkel
4. Pink Floyd
5. Queen
6. Elton John
7. Eagles
8. Steely Dan
9. Led Zeppelin
10. Beach Boys

GROUP
1. Beatles
2. Rolling Stones
3. Queen
4. Pink Floyd
5. Beach Boys
6. Eagles
7. Genesis
8. The Who
9. Led Zeppelin
10. Monkees

INDIVIDUAL ARTIST
1. Elton John
2. Brian Wilson
3. Elvis Presley
4. Paul McCartney
5. John Lennon
6. Marvin Gaye
7. Bob Dylan
8. Frank Sinatra
9. Johnny Cash
10. Eric Clapton

DUOS
1. Simon & Garfunkel
2. Everly Brothers
3. Steely Dan
4. Hall & Oates
5. Carpenters
6. Righteous Brothers
7. America
8. Loggins & Messina
9. White Stripes
10. Seals & Crofts

ALBUMS
1. “Dark Side of the Moon”
2. “Abbey Road”
3. “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”
4. “Hotel California”
5. “Rumours”
6. “Revolver”
7. “Pet Sounds”
8. “The Beatles”
(aka The White Album)
9. “Bridge Over Troubled Water”
10. “The Wall”

READERS CHOICE AWARDS for 2010

BEST BOX SET
Bob Dylan — “The Original Mono Recordings” (Sony Legacy)

BEST REISSUE
The Rolling Stones — “Exile on Main Street” (Universal)

Best newly discovered Album
Jimi Hendrix — “Valleys of Neptune”
(Sony Legacy)

BEST VINYL RELEASE
Paul McCartney and Wings — “Band on the Run” [Remastered] (Hear Music)

BEST NEW CLASSIC ROCK RELEASE
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers — “Mojo” (Reprise / Wea)

BEST SPECIALTY SOUND ISSUE
Chicago — “Chicago Transit Authority”
[DVD - Quadraphonic] (Rhino Handmade)

BEST CONCERT (DVD or Blu-Ray)
The Rolling Stones — “Ladies & Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones” (Eagle Rock)

Best Multi-Artist, Special
Performance (DVD or Blu-Ray)
“The 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Concerts” (Time Life Entertainment)

Best Classic Performance/
Compilation/Anniversary-edition Reissue

“The Best of Soul Train”
(Time Life Entertainment)

Best Boxed Set (DVD or blu-ray)
“The T.A.M.I. Show Collector’s Edition” [1964] (Shout! Factory)

Best Documentary-Style DVD
“When You’re Strange: A Film About The Doors” (Eagle Rock)

Best Book, Music
“Life” by Keith Richards and James Fox (Little, Brown and Company)

Favorite Format
CDs

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