DIY Readers Poll 2016: The Results

The votes have been counted and verified, etc.

We’ve used up all our fingers and toes, brought in a few abacuses (abaci??) and covered the entire office wall in tally marks, and worked out what you, readers, thought made 2016 one great year (of music, anyway).


Having capped off their pretty-damn-ace 2016 with a giant arena tour - after headlining the summer’s Reading & Leeds no less - Biffy Clyro’s ‘Ellipsis’ was your tearaway winner for Album of the Year. The late David Bowie’s ‘Blackstar’ also gets a nod, as does the return of JAWS with ‘Simplicity’, Christine and the Queens’ ‘Chaleur Humaine’ (which we’ve allowed in ‘cause the UK release was this year), and May cover stars The Kills with ‘Ash & Ice’.

1. Biffy Clyro - Ellipsis
2. David Bowie - Blackstar
3. Parquet Courts - Human Performance
4. Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
5. JAWS - Simplicity
6. Christine and the Queens - Chaleur Humaine
7. Mystery Jets - Curve of the Earth
8. The 1975 - I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It
9. The Kills - Ash & Ice
10. Bon Iver - 22, A Million


The Chloe-led Inheaven single ‘Treats’ is your pick of the 2016 pops, the grunge number pipping Sundara Karma’s ‘90s throwback ‘She Said’ and Class of 2017 stars Blaenavon’s ‘My Bark Is Your Bite’ to the post. The xx’s comeback track ‘On Hold’ is up there - despite its relative recent release, as is Black Honey’s ‘Hello Today’.

1. Inheaven - Treats
2. Sundara Karma - She Said
3. Blaenavon - My Bark Is Your Bite
4. Black Honey - Hello Today
5. The xx - On Hold
6. Christine and the Queens - Tilted
7. VANT - Peace and Love
8. The 1975 - Somebody Else
9. Biffy Clyro - People
10. Radiohead - Daydreaming


Starting their year smashing the red carpet at both the BRITs and GRAMMYs, finishing it with an all-star indie shindig in support of the refugee crisis, and slotting a casual appearance on Glastonbury's Pyramid Stage in the middle, Wolf Alice's 2016 has been nothing if not varied. On top of that they're already hard at work on the follow-up to 'My Love Is Cool'. Ber-limey.

1. Wolf Alice
2. Inheaven
3. The 1975
4. Black Honey
5. The Magic Gang
6. Slaves
7. Biffy Clyro
8. Christine and the Queens
9. Foals
10. Sunflower Bean

Best Live Act

Another one for Wolf Alice, with Reading & Leeds headliners Foals and Biffy Clyro also getting a shoutout, plus newbies Black Honey, Sundara Karma and VANT.

1. Wolf Alice
2. Sundara Karma
3. Foals
4. Inheaven
5. Black Honey
6. Biffy Clyro
7. Slaves
9. Sunflower Bean
10. The 1975


There was one name on the vast majority of voters' fingertips when coming to who really made their mark on 2016. Opening the Main Stage at hometown festival Reading (and Leeds, too, obv), Sundara Karma's debut 'Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect' is all set to be 2017's first smash hit.

1. Sundara Karma
2. Black Honey
4. The Big Moon
5. Blaenavon
6. The Japanese House
7. The Magic Gang
9. Christine and the Queens
10. Yak


Will it be Blaeners' year this time around? They're your pick for who'll set 2017 alight - along with fellow Class of 2017 stars Dream Wife, Declan McKenna, Trudy and the Romance - and December / January cover star, Loyle Carner.

1. Blaenavon
2. Dream Wife
3. Declan McKenna
5. Trudy and the Romance
6. Catholic Action
7. King Nun
8. Loyle Carner
9. Cabbage
10. Goat Girl

Best Person in (or outside of) a Band

DIY Readers Poll 2016: The Results

1. Mattie Vant
2. Ellie Rowsell
3. Oscar Lulu


1. Sundara Karma - She Said
2. Black Honey - Hello Today
3. Inheaven - Treats

Best Cover Version

1. Sundara Karma - Never Too Much (Luther Vandross)
2. The Big Moon - Beautiful Stranger (Madonna)
3. The 1975 - Sorry (Justin Bieber)

Sauciest Warbler

DIY Readers Poll 2016: The Results

1. Oscar Lulu
2. Alex Turner
3. Ellie Rowsell

Most WTF Lyric

1. “My girl eats mayonnaise from the jar while she’s getting blazed” - Glass Animals - Season 2, Episode 3

2. “Keep sucking my dick while my friend fucks your mother” - VANT - The Answer

3. “You look shit and you smell a bit” - The 1975 - A Change of Heart


DIY Readers Poll 2016: The Results

1. James Taylor (September)
2. Declan McKenna (November)
3. Tom Dewhurst (October)

Prat of the Year

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1. Donald Trump
2. Nigel Farage
3. The USA

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