Companies like Hess (NYSE:HES) and Whiting Petroleum (NYSE:WLL) have all done a wonderful job in producing in the Bakken, but neither of these companies can compare to the work that Continental Resources (NYSE:CLR) has done in the region. Not only has Continental stayed ahead of its competitors in terms of overall production, it has been pioneering new methods to better drill the Bakken, and resolve one of the region's biggest issues along the way

Combine these elements with 10 years worth of drilling and a founder-led management team that owns over 68% of the company's shares, and you can see why Continental beat Whiting and Hess to make our favorite energy stocks of the year. Tune into the video below to learn more about this top oil producer.