To no one's surprise, Guns N' Roses was one of the big winners in 2016

To no one's surprise, Guns N' Roses was one of the big winners in 2016

Katarina Benzova

There’s nothing like a good vote that's left to the people. Well, maybe not when it comes to our crumbling and atrophied political system because, no matter what happens in that whole thing, we all get screwed. But when it comes to the low stakes stuff, like music, the fan vote is an amazing tool. It's fun, everyone gets their opinion heard, votes actually mean something, and there are no losers. In fact, we’re willing to bet that this online fan vote thing is one of the last rational and balanced democratic operations remaining in this country (sure, that sounds good) and as 2016 ended, we were excited to hand the levers of power back to the people, presenting them with the weighty question of whether Crying Jordan was better than Harambe. Drumroll, please. Check out the results from our 2016 year-end fan polls below.

AXS end-of-year polls 2016:

Best Tour:

Guns N’ Roses - Not In This Lifetime...Tour

Best Instagram:

Katy Perry - @katyperry

Best Comeback:

Guns N’ Roses

Best Twitter:

Kanye West - @kanyewest

Best Fan Group:

Fifth Harmony - Harmonizers

Best Beef:

Kanye West v. Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Jay Z, Mark Zuckerberg, Deadmau5, Wiz Khalifa, Bob Ezrin

Best Music Video:

Sia - “Cheap Thrills”

Best Rap Video:

Kanye West - “Fade”

Best Album:

Frank Ocean - Blonde

Best Rap Album:

Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition

Most Underrated Album:


Rae Sremmurd - SremmLife 2

Elton John - Wonderful Crazy Night

Best Meme:

Crying Jordan

Best New Artist:


Best No. 1 Single of 2016:

Adele - “Hello”

Best Country Album:

Sturgill Simpson - A Sailor’s Guide To Earth

Best Country Tour:

Carrie Underwood - Storyteller Tour: Stories in the Round

Best Festival:


Best TV Show:


Best Metal Album:

Babymetal - Metal Resistance

Most Anticipated Tour of 2017:

Roger Waters - Us + Them Tour

Biggest Surprise:

Guns N’ Roses Reunion

Best Up And Coming Country Artist:

Runaway June

Best Up And Coming Band:

Public Access TV

Best Up And Coming R&B Artist:


Who Will We Miss Most in 2017?:

David Bowie

Best Americana Album:

Willie Sugarcapps - Paradise Right Here