KGNU’s Top 100 Albums of 2019

KGNU’s Top 100 albums of the year, ranked by how many spins each record received. Considering the variety of music programs in our schedule and the sheer number of DJ’s (100+) doing them, it’s no surprise that this is a diverse list. Thanks for listening with open minds and ears. It’s a credit to you, the listeners, that KGNU has been able to offer a true musical alternative for nearly 40 years. You can always check our Top 30 charts as well.

Top 100 Albums on KGNU in 2019:

Tim O'Brien Band


Artist: Tim O’Brien

Album: Tim O’Brien Band

Label: Tim O’Brien

The Butcher Shoppe EP


Artist: Della Mae

Album: The Butcher Shoppe EP

Label: Rounder

Songs Of Our Native Daughters


Artist: Our Native Daughters

Album: Songs Of Our Native Daughters

Label: Smithsonian Folkways

Live in London


Artist: Mavis Staples

Album: Live in London

Label: Anti/Epitaph

October In The Railroad Earth


Artist: Tom Russell

Album: October In The Railroad Earth

Label: Frontera



Artist: Angélique Kidjo

Album: Celia

Label: Decca

We Get By


Artist: Mavis Staples

Album: We Get By

Label: Anti

What It Is


Artist: Hayes Carll

Album: What It Is

Label: Dualtone



Artist: Y La Bamba

Album: Mujeres

Label: Tender Loving Empire

Ilana (The Creator)


Artist: Mdou Moctar

Album: Ilana (The Creator)

Label: Sahel Sounds

Amazing Grace: The Complete Recordings (Live)


Artist: Aretha Franklin

Album: Amazing Grace: The Complete Recordings (Live)

Label: Rhino Records

Call Me Lucky


Artist: Dale Watson

Album: Call Me Lucky

Label: Red House Records

Doko Mien


Artist: Ibibio Sound Machine

Album: Doko Mien

Label: Merge

American Love Call


Artist: Durand Jones & The Indications

Album: American Love Call

Label: Dead Oceans

Tall, Dark, And Handsome


Artist: Delbert McClinton & Self-Made Men

Album: Tall, Dark, And Handsome

Label: Hotshot Records

Remind Me Tomorrow


Artist: Sharon Van Etten

Album: Remind Me Tomorrow

Label: Jagjaguwar

Once a Day


Artist: April Verch

Album: Once a Day

Label: Slab Tone Records

Tales Of America


Artist: J.S. Ondara

Album: Tales Of America

Label: Verve Records

If You Can't Stand the Heat


Artist: Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

Album: If You Can’t Stand the Heat

Label: Compass Records



Artist: Brittany Howard

Album: Jaime

Label: ATO Records



Artist: Rising Appalachia

Album: Leylines

Label: Cometolife Records

Mass Manipulation


Artist: Steel Pulse

Album: Mass Manipulation

Label: Rootfire Cooperative

Rise Sun


Artist: The Infamous Stringdusters

Album: Rise Sun

Label: Tape Time Records

Cash Cabin Sessions, Vol. 3


Artist: Todd Snider

Album: Cash Cabin Sessions, Vol. 3

Label: Aimless Records



Artist: Alt?n Gün

Album: Gece

Label: ATO Records

Twentieth Century Oboe Sonatas


Artist: Alex Klein & Phillip Bush

Album: Twentieth Century Oboe Sonatas

Label: Cedille Records

Patty Griffin


Artist: Patty Griffin

Album: Patty Griffin

Label: Thirty Tigers

Live on the East Coast


Artist: The Lee Boys

Album: Live on the East Coast

Label: M.C. Records



Artist: Son Volt

Album: Union

Label: Transmit Sound



Artist: Rodrigo y Gabriela

Album: Mettavolution

Label: ATO Records

Joni 75: A Joni Mitchell Birthday Celebration (Live)


Artist: Various Artists

Album: Joni 75: A Joni Mitchell Birthday Celebration (Live)

Label: Decca

Lux Prima


Artist: Karen O & Danger Mouse

Album: Lux Prima

Label: Lux Prima



Artist: Combo Chimbita

Album: Ahomale

Label: Anti



Artist: Rodney Crowell

Album: Texas

Label: RC1 Records



Artist: Africa Express

Album: EGOLI

Label: !K7 Records

Rearrange My Heart


Artist: Che Apalache

Album: Rearrange My Heart

Label: Free Dirt Records



Artist: Leo Leobons

Album: Ritual REMIXED

Label: Kafundo Records

Years To Burn


Artist: Calexico & Iron & Wine

Album: Years To Burn

Label: Sub Pop Records



Artist: Christone “Kingfish” Ingram

Album: Kingfish

Label: Alligator Records

When You're Ready


Artist: Molly Tuttle

Album: When You’re Ready

Label: Compass Records



Artist: Nicola Cruz

Album: Siku

Label: ZZK Records

All for Money


Artist: Greensky Bluegrass

Album: All for Money

Label: Big Blue Zoo Records

To Everyone in All the World: A Celebration of Pete Seeger


Artist: John McCutcheon

Album: To Everyone in All the World: A Celebration of Pete Seeger

Label: Appalsongs



Artist: Blue Canyon Boys

Album: 7

Label: Self Produced

Walking to New Orleans


Artist: George Benson

Album: Walking to New Orleans

Label: Provogue



Artist: KOKOKO!

Album: Fongola

Label: Transgressive

The Great Divide


Artist: Gary Nicholson

Album: The Great Divide

Label: Blue Corn Music

The Mauskovic Dance Band


Artist: The Mauskovic Dance Band

Album: The Mauskovic Dance Band

Label: Soundway Records

Africa Speaks


Artist: Santana

Album: Africa Speaks

Label: Concord



Artist: Flying Lotus

Album: Flamagra

Label: Warp Records UK

Gnomes & Badgers


Artist: Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe

Album: Gnomes & Badgers

Label: Seven Spheres Records

From Another World


Artist: Jim Lauderdale

Album: From Another World

Label: Yep Roc Records

Putumayo Presents World Peace


Artist: Various Artists

Album: Putumayo Presents World Peace

Label: Putumayo

Talk To A Human


Artist: Terri Hendrix

Album: Talk To A Human

Label: Self Produced

Black Pumas


Artist: Black Pumas

Album: Black Pumas

Label: ATO Records

Assiniboine & The Red


Artist: The Small Glories

Album: Assiniboine & The Red

Label: Compass Records



Artist: Rickie Lee Jones

Album: Kicks.

Label: The Other Side Of Desire





Label: Brownswood Recordings

Nick Waterhouse


Artist: Nick Waterhouse

Album: Nick Waterhouse

Label: Innovative Leisure

Beats of Zion


Artist: Rocky Dawuni

Album: Beats of Zion

Label: Aquarian Records



Artist: Tinariwen

Album: Amadjar

Label: Anti

Electric Lady Sessions


Artist: LCD Soundsystem

Album: Electric Lady Sessions

Label: DFA Records/Columbia

The Highwomen


Artist: The Highwomen

Album: The Highwomen

Label: 2019 Highwomen LLC Under Exclusive License To Elektra Records

Son of the Drum Song


Artist: Mustafa Khaliq Ahmed

Album: Son of the Drum Song

Label: Chaos Music

Livin' With the Blues Again


Artist: Mary Flower

Album: Livin’ With the Blues Again

Label: Little Village Foundation

Reggae Now!


Artist: The Aggrolites

Album: Reggae Now!

Label: Pirates Press Records

Human Question


Artist: The Yawpers

Album: Human Question

Label: Bloodshot



Artist: Fontaines D.C.

Album: Dogrel

Label: Partisan Records

Mountains, Mamas and Memories


Artist: Big Country Bluegrass

Album: Mountains, Mamas and Memories

Label: Rebel Records

Survivor Blues


Artist: Walter Trout

Album: Survivor Blues

Label: Provogue

It Rains Love


Artist: Lee Fields & The Expressions

Album: It Rains Love

Label: Big Crown Records



Artist: Hama Sankare

Album: Niafunke

Label: Clermont Music



Artist: Natalie Padilla

Album: Fireweed

Label: Heartseed Music



Artist: Avery R. Young

Album: Tubman.

Label: FPE Records



Artist: Keb’ Mo’

Album: Oklahoma

Label: Concord Records

A Journey Through Cuban Music


Artist: Aymee Nuviola

Album: A Journey Through Cuban Music

Label: Top Stop Music

This Mess Is A Place


Artist: Tacocat

Album: This Mess Is A Place

Label: Sub Pop

Alone Together


Artist: Catherine Russell

Album: Alone Together

Label: Dot Time Records

American Music: Volume 7


Artist: Grupo Fantasma

Album: American Music: Volume 7

Label: Blue Corn Music

Sky Blue


Artist: Townes Van Zandt

Album: Sky Blue

Label: Fat Possum

Better Oblivion Community Center


Artist: Better Oblivion Community Center

Album: Better Oblivion Community Center

Label: Dead Oceans

Echoes Of Japan (????????????)


Artist: Minyo Crusaders

Album: Echoes Of Japan (????????????)

Label: Mais Um Discos

Nobody Told Me


Artist: John Mayall

Album: Nobody Told Me

Label: Forty Below Records

Mall Of Fortune


Artist: Harriet Brown

Album: Mall Of Fortune

Label: Innovative Leisure

Bobbie Gentry's The Delta Sweete Revisited


Artist: Mercury Rev

Album: Bobbie Gentry’s The Delta Sweete Revisited

Label: Partisan Records

Tip Of The Sphere


Artist: Cass McCombs

Album: Tip Of The Sphere

Label: Anti/Epitaph



Artist: Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba

Album: Miri

Label: OutHere Records



Artist: Neil Young & Crazy Horse

Album: Colorado

Label: Reprise

Already Ready Already


Artist: Galactic

Album: Already Ready Already

Label: Tchoup-Zilla Records

Honest Work


Artist: Ethyl and the Regulars

Album: Honest Work

Label: Sweet Crude Records

Western Stars


Artist: Bruce Springsteen

Album: Western Stars

Label: Columbia

Tides Of A Teardrop


Artist: Mandolin Orange

Album: Tides Of A Teardrop

Label: Yep Roc Records

Hotel Last Resort


Artist: Violent Femmes

Album: Hotel Last Resort

Label: Pias America

Begin Again


Artist: Norah Jones

Album: Begin Again

Label: Blue Note

Atlantic Oscillations


Artist: Quantic

Album: Atlantic Oscillations

Label: Tru Thoughts

Too Much Tension!


Artist: The Mystery Lights

Album: Too Much Tension!

Label: Wick Records



Artist: Big Thief

Album: U.F.O.F.

Label: 4AD

The Hard Way


Artist: Dale Ann Bradley

Album: The Hard Way

Label: Pinecastle

Hasta El Cielo (Con Todo El Mundo In Dub)


Artist: Khruangbin

Album: Hasta El Cielo (Con Todo El Mundo In Dub)

Label: Late Night Tales



Artist: Beirut

Album: Gallipoli

Label: 4AD

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