In probably the biggest upset in Best of Music history, The Persuaders knocked five-time winners Shameless off the podium. But really, these guys deserve a prize for 21 years of performing---almost 3,000 shows since 1989, including nearly 50 sold-out appearances at the Shore Club, and they have several albums of original material to their name. That's pretty persuasive.
First runner-up: Shameless
Second runner-up: The Mellotones