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

#1

Artist: Tim O’Brien

Album: Tim O’Brien Band

Label: Tim O’Brien


The Butcher Shoppe EP

#2

Artist: Della Mae

Album: The Butcher Shoppe EP

Label: Rounder


Songs Of Our Native Daughters

#3

Artist: Our Native Daughters

Album: Songs Of Our Native Daughters

Label: Smithsonian Folkways


Live in London

#4

Artist: Mavis Staples

Album: Live in London

Label: Anti/Epitaph


October In The Railroad Earth

#5

Artist: Tom Russell

Album: October In The Railroad Earth

Label: Frontera


Celia

#6

Artist: Angélique Kidjo

Album: Celia

Label: Decca


We Get By

#7

Artist: Mavis Staples

Album: We Get By

Label: Anti


What It Is

#8

Artist: Hayes Carll

Album: What It Is

Label: Dualtone


Mujeres

#9

Artist: Y La Bamba

Album: Mujeres

Label: Tender Loving Empire


Ilana (The Creator)

#10

Artist: Mdou Moctar

Album: Ilana (The Creator)

Label: Sahel Sounds


Amazing Grace: The Complete Recordings (Live)

#11

Artist: Aretha Franklin

Album: Amazing Grace: The Complete Recordings (Live)

Label: Rhino Records


Call Me Lucky

#12

Artist: Dale Watson

Album: Call Me Lucky

Label: Red House Records


Doko Mien

#13

Artist: Ibibio Sound Machine

Album: Doko Mien

Label: Merge


American Love Call

#14

Artist: Durand Jones & The Indications

Album: American Love Call

Label: Dead Oceans


Tall, Dark, And Handsome

#15

Artist: Delbert McClinton & Self-Made Men

Album: Tall, Dark, And Handsome

Label: Hotshot Records


Remind Me Tomorrow

#16

Artist: Sharon Van Etten

Album: Remind Me Tomorrow

Label: Jagjaguwar


Once a Day

#17

Artist: April Verch

Album: Once a Day

Label: Slab Tone Records


Tales Of America

#18

Artist: J.S. Ondara

Album: Tales Of America

Label: Verve Records


If You Can't Stand the Heat

#19

Artist: Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

Album: If You Can’t Stand the Heat

Label: Compass Records


Jaime

#20

Artist: Brittany Howard

Album: Jaime

Label: ATO Records


Leylines

#21

Artist: Rising Appalachia

Album: Leylines

Label: Cometolife Records


Mass Manipulation

#22

Artist: Steel Pulse

Album: Mass Manipulation

Label: Rootfire Cooperative


Rise Sun

#23

Artist: The Infamous Stringdusters

Album: Rise Sun

Label: Tape Time Records


Cash Cabin Sessions, Vol. 3

#24

Artist: Todd Snider

Album: Cash Cabin Sessions, Vol. 3

Label: Aimless Records


Gece

#25

Artist: Alt?n Gün

Album: Gece

Label: ATO Records


Twentieth Century Oboe Sonatas

#26

Artist: Alex Klein & Phillip Bush

Album: Twentieth Century Oboe Sonatas

Label: Cedille Records


Patty Griffin

#27

Artist: Patty Griffin

Album: Patty Griffin

Label: Thirty Tigers


Live on the East Coast

#28

Artist: The Lee Boys

Album: Live on the East Coast

Label: M.C. Records


Union

#29

Artist: Son Volt

Album: Union

Label: Transmit Sound


Mettavolution

#30

Artist: Rodrigo y Gabriela

Album: Mettavolution

Label: ATO Records


Joni 75: A Joni Mitchell Birthday Celebration (Live)

#31

Artist: Various Artists

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

Label: Decca


Lux Prima

#32

Artist: Karen O & Danger Mouse

Album: Lux Prima

Label: Lux Prima


Ahomale

#33

Artist: Combo Chimbita

Album: Ahomale

Label: Anti


Texas

#34

Artist: Rodney Crowell

Album: Texas

Label: RC1 Records


EGOLI

#35

Artist: Africa Express

Album: EGOLI

Label: !K7 Records


Rearrange My Heart

#36

Artist: Che Apalache

Album: Rearrange My Heart

Label: Free Dirt Records


Ritual REMIXED

#37

Artist: Leo Leobons

Album: Ritual REMIXED

Label: Kafundo Records


Years To Burn

#38

Artist: Calexico & Iron & Wine

Album: Years To Burn

Label: Sub Pop Records


Kingfish

#39

Artist: Christone “Kingfish” Ingram

Album: Kingfish

Label: Alligator Records


When You're Ready

#40

Artist: Molly Tuttle

Album: When You’re Ready

Label: Compass Records


Siku

#41

Artist: Nicola Cruz

Album: Siku

Label: ZZK Records


All for Money

#42

Artist: Greensky Bluegrass

Album: All for Money

Label: Big Blue Zoo Records


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

#43

Artist: John McCutcheon

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

Label: Appalsongs


7

#44

Artist: Blue Canyon Boys

Album: 7

Label: Self Produced


Walking to New Orleans

#45

Artist: George Benson

Album: Walking to New Orleans

Label: Provogue


Fongola

#46

Artist: KOKOKO!

Album: Fongola

Label: Transgressive


The Great Divide

#47

Artist: Gary Nicholson

Album: The Great Divide

Label: Blue Corn Music


The Mauskovic Dance Band

#48

Artist: The Mauskovic Dance Band

Album: The Mauskovic Dance Band

Label: Soundway Records


Africa Speaks

#49

Artist: Santana

Album: Africa Speaks

Label: Concord


Flamagra

#50

Artist: Flying Lotus

Album: Flamagra

Label: Warp Records UK


Gnomes & Badgers

#51

Artist: Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe

Album: Gnomes & Badgers

Label: Seven Spheres Records


From Another World

#52

Artist: Jim Lauderdale

Album: From Another World

Label: Yep Roc Records


Putumayo Presents World Peace

#53

Artist: Various Artists

Album: Putumayo Presents World Peace

Label: Putumayo


Talk To A Human

#54

Artist: Terri Hendrix

Album: Talk To A Human

Label: Self Produced


Black Pumas

#55

Artist: Black Pumas

Album: Black Pumas

Label: ATO Records


Assiniboine & The Red

#56

Artist: The Small Glories

Album: Assiniboine & The Red

Label: Compass Records


Kicks.

#57

Artist: Rickie Lee Jones

Album: Kicks.

Label: The Other Side Of Desire


KOKOROKO - EP

#58

Artist: KOKOROKO

Album: KOKOROKO – EP

Label: Brownswood Recordings


Nick Waterhouse

#59

Artist: Nick Waterhouse

Album: Nick Waterhouse

Label: Innovative Leisure


Beats of Zion

#60

Artist: Rocky Dawuni

Album: Beats of Zion

Label: Aquarian Records


Amadjar

#61

Artist: Tinariwen

Album: Amadjar

Label: Anti


Electric Lady Sessions

#62

Artist: LCD Soundsystem

Album: Electric Lady Sessions

Label: DFA Records/Columbia


The Highwomen

#63

Artist: The Highwomen

Album: The Highwomen

Label: 2019 Highwomen LLC Under Exclusive License To Elektra Records


Son of the Drum Song

#64

Artist: Mustafa Khaliq Ahmed

Album: Son of the Drum Song

Label: Chaos Music


Livin' With the Blues Again

#65

Artist: Mary Flower

Album: Livin’ With the Blues Again

Label: Little Village Foundation


Reggae Now!

#66

Artist: The Aggrolites

Album: Reggae Now!

Label: Pirates Press Records


Human Question

#67

Artist: The Yawpers

Album: Human Question

Label: Bloodshot


Dogrel

#68

Artist: Fontaines D.C.

Album: Dogrel

Label: Partisan Records


Mountains, Mamas and Memories

#69

Artist: Big Country Bluegrass

Album: Mountains, Mamas and Memories

Label: Rebel Records


Survivor Blues

#70

Artist: Walter Trout

Album: Survivor Blues

Label: Provogue


It Rains Love

#71

Artist: Lee Fields & The Expressions

Album: It Rains Love

Label: Big Crown Records


Niafunke

#72

Artist: Hama Sankare

Album: Niafunke

Label: Clermont Music


Fireweed

#73

Artist: Natalie Padilla

Album: Fireweed

Label: Heartseed Music


Tubman.

#74

Artist: Avery R. Young

Album: Tubman.

Label: FPE Records


Oklahoma

#75

Artist: Keb’ Mo’

Album: Oklahoma

Label: Concord Records


A Journey Through Cuban Music

#76

Artist: Aymee Nuviola

Album: A Journey Through Cuban Music

Label: Top Stop Music


This Mess Is A Place

#77

Artist: Tacocat

Album: This Mess Is A Place

Label: Sub Pop


Alone Together

#78

Artist: Catherine Russell

Album: Alone Together

Label: Dot Time Records


American Music: Volume 7

#79

Artist: Grupo Fantasma

Album: American Music: Volume 7

Label: Blue Corn Music


Sky Blue

#80

Artist: Townes Van Zandt

Album: Sky Blue

Label: Fat Possum


Better Oblivion Community Center

#81

Artist: Better Oblivion Community Center

Album: Better Oblivion Community Center

Label: Dead Oceans


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

#82

Artist: Minyo Crusaders

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

Label: Mais Um Discos


Nobody Told Me

#83

Artist: John Mayall

Album: Nobody Told Me

Label: Forty Below Records


Mall Of Fortune

#84

Artist: Harriet Brown

Album: Mall Of Fortune

Label: Innovative Leisure


Bobbie Gentry's The Delta Sweete Revisited

#85

Artist: Mercury Rev

Album: Bobbie Gentry’s The Delta Sweete Revisited

Label: Partisan Records


Tip Of The Sphere

#86

Artist: Cass McCombs

Album: Tip Of The Sphere

Label: Anti/Epitaph


Miri

#87

Artist: Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba

Album: Miri

Label: OutHere Records


Colorado

#88

Artist: Neil Young & Crazy Horse

Album: Colorado

Label: Reprise


Already Ready Already

#89

Artist: Galactic

Album: Already Ready Already

Label: Tchoup-Zilla Records


Honest Work

#90

Artist: Ethyl and the Regulars

Album: Honest Work

Label: Sweet Crude Records


Western Stars

#91

Artist: Bruce Springsteen

Album: Western Stars

Label: Columbia


Tides Of A Teardrop

#92

Artist: Mandolin Orange

Album: Tides Of A Teardrop

Label: Yep Roc Records


Hotel Last Resort

#93

Artist: Violent Femmes

Album: Hotel Last Resort

Label: Pias America


Begin Again

#94

Artist: Norah Jones

Album: Begin Again

Label: Blue Note


Atlantic Oscillations

#95

Artist: Quantic

Album: Atlantic Oscillations

Label: Tru Thoughts


Too Much Tension!

#96

Artist: The Mystery Lights

Album: Too Much Tension!

Label: Wick Records


U.F.O.F.

#97

Artist: Big Thief

Album: U.F.O.F.

Label: 4AD


The Hard Way

#98

Artist: Dale Ann Bradley

Album: The Hard Way

Label: Pinecastle


Hasta El Cielo (Con Todo El Mundo In Dub)

#99

Artist: Khruangbin

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

Label: Late Night Tales


Gallipoli

#100

Artist: Beirut

Album: Gallipoli

Label: 4AD


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