Poll: Twain, McGraw Are 2003's Top Albums
Fans of Shania Twain and Tim McGraw stepped up to the ballot box en masse for the first of Billboard.com's Year In Music polls. A whopping 116,723 votes were cast to crown Twain's "Up!" as the favoritFans of Shania Twain and Tim McGraw stepped up to the ballot box en masse for the first of Billboard.com's Year In Music polls. A whopping 116,723 votes were cast to crown Twain's "Up!" as the favorite album of the year. The Mercury set, which also topped Billboard's year-end Top Country Albums tally and was No. 3 on The Billboard 200 wrap-up, drew 40% of the vote.
"Tim McGraw & the Dancehall Doctors" (Curb) was close behind with 36% of the tally. McGraw's collection pulled in fourth on the country tally and No. 9 on The Billboard 200.
The enthusiasm of country fans left the rest of the top 14 entries on the year-end version of The Billboard 200 in the dust. Evanescence's Wind-Up debut, "Fallen," drew 10% of the tally, while Justin Timberlake's "Justified" (Jive) pulled in 4% and 50 Cent's "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope) netted 3%.
R. Kelly's "Chocolate Factory" (Jive) and Norah Jones' "Come Away With Me" (Blue Note) grabbed 1% each. Releases by Eminem, the Dixie Chicks, Avril Lavigne, Linkin Park and Jennifer Lopez, as well as the "8 Mile" soundtrack, received less than 1% of the votes cast.
Polling now moves on to singles and the top 15 finishers of 2003 on Billboard's Hot 100 year-end wrap-up. Stop by the Voting Booth and cast a vote for your favorite today!