KGNU’s Top Albums of 2020

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 2020


Good Souls Better Angels

1

Artist: Lucinda Williams

Album: Good Souls Better Angels

Label: Highway 20 Records


Dockside Saints

2

Artist: Cary Morin

Album: Dockside Saints

Label: Self Produced


Nick Of Time

3

Artist: The James Hunter Six

Album: Nick Of Time

Label: Daptone


Mordechai

4

Artist: Khruangbin

Album: Mordechai

Label: Dead Oceans


And Laurie Lewis

5

Artist: Laurie Lewis

Album: And Laurie Lewis

Label: Spruce and Maple Music


Waltz For Abilene

6

Artist: Cindy Cashdollar

Album: Waltz For Abilene

Label: Silver Shot Records


Rock Bottom Rhapsody

7

Artist: Pokey LaFarge

Album: Rock Bottom Rhapsody

Label: New West Records


Soul Food: Cooking With Maceo

8

Artist: Maceo Parker

Album: Soul Food: Cooking With Maceo

Label: The Funk Garage


Untitled (Black Is)

9

Artist: Sault

Album: Untitled (Black Is)

Label: Forever Living Originals


Invisible People

10

Artist: Chicano Batman

Album: Invisible People

Label: ATO Records


All The Good Times

11

Artist: Gillian Welch & David Rawlings

Album: All The Good Times

Label: Acony Records


To Know Without Knowing

12

Artist: Mulatu Astatke & Black Jesus Experience

Album: To Know Without Knowing

Label: Agogo


We No Be Machine

13

Artist: Onipa

Album: We No Be Machine

Label: Strut Records


RTJ4

14

Artist: Run The Jewels

Album: RTJ4

Label: BMG Rights Management


The Rough Guide to Blues Divas

15

Artist: Various

Album: The Rough Guide to Blues Divas

Label: World Music Network


Song For Our Daughter

16

Artist: Laura Marling

Album: Song For Our Daughter

Label: Chrysalis Records


Nayda!

17

Artist: Bab L’ Bluz

Album: Nayda!

Label: Real World Records


Blacktop Run

18

Artist: Sonny Landreth

Album: Blacktop Run

Label: Provogue


Valentine

19

Artist: Bill Frisell

Album: Valentine

Label: Bill Frisell


Anchovies & Ice Cream

20

Artist: Only The Righteous

Album: Anchovies & Ice Cream

Label: Budo Kiba


Headlight

21

Artist: Della Mae

Album: Headlight

Label: Rounder Records


Rough and Rowdy Ways

22

Artist: Bob Dylan

Album: Rough and Rowdy Ways

Label: Columbia


A Hero's Death

23

Artist: Fontaines D.C.

Album: A Hero’s Death

Label: Partisan’s Records


Texas Sun - EP

24

Artist: Khruangbin & Leon Bridges

Album: Texas Sun – EP

Label: Dead Oceans


Ghetto Kumbé

25

Artist: Ghetto Kumbé

Album: Ghetto Kumbé

Label: ZZK Records


A Guide to the Birdsong of México, Central América & the Car
ibbean

26

Artist: Various

Album: A Guide to the Birdsong of México, Central América & the Caribbean

Label: Shika Shika


Suddenly

27

Artist: Caribou

Album: Suddenly

Label: Merge Records


Black Woman's Glory

28

Artist: Kimmy Gold

Album: Black Woman’s Glory

Label: Duke Production


Alambari

29

Artist: DakhaBrakha

Album: Alambari

Label: Self Produced


Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Rendition Was In)

30

Artist: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

Album: Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Rendition Was In)

Label: Daptone Records


...but I'd Rather Be With You

31

Artist: Molly Tuttle

Album: …but I’d Rather Be With You

Label: Compass Records


Boots No. 2: The Lost Songs, Vol. 1

32

Artist: Gillian Welch

Album: Boots No. 2: The Lost Songs, Vol. 1

Label: Acony Records


You Make Me Feel

33

Artist: DON BRYANT

Album: You Make Me Feel

Label: Fat Possum


World On The Ground

34

Artist: Sarah Jarosz

Album: World On The Ground

Label: Rounder


Fetch The Bolt Cutters

35

Artist: Fiona Apple

Album: Fetch The Bolt Cutters

Label: Epic


Man On Fire

36

Artist: Danny Barnes

Album: Man On Fire

Label: ATO Records


Note To Self

37

Artist: Jah9

Album: Note To Self

Label: VP Records


Control

38

Artist: Natalie Slade

Album: Control

Label: Eglo Records UK


No Visa

39

Artist: Captain Planet & Alsarah

Album: No Visa

Label: Bastard Jazz


Mystic Familiar

40

Artist: Dan Deacon

Album: Mystic Familiar

Label: Domino


Xoxo

41

Artist: The Jayhawks

Album: Xoxo

Label: Sham


Siti Of Unguja (Romance Revolution On Zanzibar)

42

Artist: Siti Muharam

Album: Siti Of Unguja (Romance Revolution On Zanzibar)

Label: On The Corner


Take Me Back to the Range: Selections from Western Jubilee R
ecording Company

43

Artist: Various

Album: Take Me Back to the Range: Selections from Western Jubilee Recording Company

Label: Jubilee Record Company


Bad For You

44

Artist: The SteelDrivers

Album: Bad For You

Label: Rounder Records


American Standard

45

Artist: James Taylor

Album: American Standard

Label: Fantasy Records


Arrows

46

Artist: Bowregard

Album: Arrows

Label: Self Produced


Pick Me Up Off The Floor

47

Artist: Norah Jones

Album: Pick Me Up Off The Floor

Label: Blue Note


Lindé

48

Artist: Afel Bocoum

Album: Lindé

Label: World Circuit


Tamotaït

49

Artist: Tamikrest

Album: Tamotaït

Label: Glitterbeat


Fu Chronicles

50

Artist: Antibalas

Album: Fu Chronicles

Label: Daptone


All the Misery Money Can Buy

51

Artist: Gasoline Lollipops

Album: All the Misery Money Can Buy

Label: Self Produced


Kobugi

52

Artist: Etienne de la Sayette

Album: Kobugi

Label: Muju Records


That's What I Heard

53

Artist: Robert Cray

Album: That’s What I Heard

Label: Nozzle Records


Regresa

54

Artist: Buscabulla

Album: Regresa

Label: Ribbon Music


Man On The Radio

55

Artist: Wood Belly

Album: Man On The Radio

Label: Self Produced


The Family Songbook

56

Artist: The Haden Triplets

Album: The Family Songbook

Label: Trimeter Records


Lianne La Havas

57

Artist: Lianne La Havas

Album: Lianne La Havas

Label: Nonesuch


Umoja

58

Artist: Skinshape

Album: Umoja

Label: Lewis


Bohemia After Dawn

59

Artist: The Bahama Soul Club

Album: Bohemia After Dawn

Label: Buyu Records


Say the Word

60

Artist: The Allergies

Album: Say the Word

Label: Jalapeno Records


Undercover

61

Artist: Bronwynne Brent

Album: Undercover

Label: Self Produced


Harmony Avenue

62

Artist: Jade Hairpins

Album: Harmony Avenue

Label: Merge Records


Africa Airways Six (Mile High Funk 1974 - 81)

63

Artist: Various

Album: Africa Airways Six (Mile High Funk 1974 – 81)

Label: Africa Seven


The Night You Wrote That Song: The Songs of Mickey Newbury

64

Artist: Gretchen Peters

Album: The Night You Wrote That Song: The Songs of Mickey Newbury

Label: Scarlet Letter Records


Bird in a Cage

65

Artist: Patty Larkin

Album: Bird in a Cage

Label: Road Narrows Records


We Are Sent Here By History

66

Artist: Shabaka And The Ancestors

Album: We Are Sent Here By History

Label: Impulse!


Me Redesenho

67

Artist: Numa Gama

Album: Me Redesenho

Label: VOODOOHOP


Chicago Barn Dance

68

Artist: Special Consensus

Album: Chicago Barn Dance

Label: Compass Records


Joni Mitchell Archives – Vol. 1: The Early Years (1963-1967)

69

Artist: Joni Mitchell

Album: Joni Mitchell Archives – Vol. 1: The Early Years (1963-1967)

Label: Rhino


White Power Outage, Vol. 1

70

Artist: Free Radicals

Album: White Power Outage, Vol. 1

Label: RWE


Have You Lost Your Mind Yet?

71

Artist: Fantastic Negrito

Album: Have You Lost Your Mind Yet?

Label: Cooking Vinyl Limited


Record Kicks Chartbusters

72

Artist: Various

Album: Record Kicks Chartbusters

Label: Record Kicks


Spiritual Vegas

73

Artist: PAINT

Album: Spiritual Vegas

Label: Mexican Summer


APKÁ!

74

Artist: Céu

Album: APKÁ!

Label: Six Degrees Records


Record Kicks Funk Soul Sisters

75

Artist: Various

Album: Record Kicks Funk Soul Sisters

Label: Record Kicks


Spider Tales

76

Artist: Jake Blount

Album: Spider Tales

Label: Free Dirt Records


Reunions

77

Artist: Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit

Album: Reunions

Label: Southeastern Records


ANRMAL (Live In México)

78

Artist: Juana Molina

Album: ANRMAL (Live In México)

Label: Crammed Disc US


Untitled (Rise)

79

Artist: Sault

Album: Untitled (Rise)

Label: Forever Living Originals


WHAT WE DREW ??? ????

80

Artist: Yaeji

Album: WHAT WE DREW ??? ????

Label: XL Recordings


The Texicana Mamas

81

Artist: The Texicana Mamas

Album: The Texicana Mamas

Label: Self Produced


Not Our First Goat Rodeo

82

Artist: Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile

Album: Not Our First Goat Rodeo

Label: Sony Classical


Bobby Joe Hope

83

Artist: Jon McKiel

Album: Bobby Joe Hope

Label: You’ve Changed Records


Heartbreaker Please

84

Artist: Teddy Thompson

Album: Heartbreaker Please

Label: Chalky Sounds


Blues Comin' On

85

Artist: Joe Louis Walker

Album: Blues Comin’ On

Label: Cleopatra Blues


Float Back To You

86

Artist: Holy Hive

Album: Float Back To You

Label: Big Crown Records


Early Works: Funk, Soul & Afro Rarities from the Archives

87

Artist: Various

Album: Early Works: Funk, Soul & Afro Rarities from the Archives

Label: ATA Records


Step Up

88

Artist: Tower Of Power

Album: Step Up

Label: Mack Avenue


2020

89

Artist: Eliza Gilkyson

Album: 2020

Label: Red House


Heaven To A Tortured Mind

90

Artist: Yves Tumor

Album: Heaven To A Tortured Mind

Label: Warp Records


Soya LP

91

Artist: Mowgan

Album: Soya LP

Label: Mow Records


Bull Frogs Croon (And Other Songs) - EP

92

Artist: Aoife O’Donovan

Album: Bull Frogs Croon (And Other Songs) – EP

Label: Yep Roc


It's a Mighty Hard Road

93

Artist: Popa Chubby

Album: It’s a Mighty Hard Road

Label: Self Produced


Color Theory

94

Artist: Soccer Mommy

Album: Color Theory

Label: Loma Vista


Skulltaste II

95

Artist: Mux Mool

Album: Skulltaste II

Label: Young Heavy Souls


Son of Sun - EP

96

Artist: Guedra Guedra

Album: Son of Sun – EP

Label: On The Corner


The True Story Of Bananagun

97

Artist: Bananagun

Album: The True Story Of Bananagun

Label: Full Time Hobby


Spacescapes

98

Artist: Imaginary Persons

Album: Spacescapes

Label: Imaginary Persons


Safe Passage

99

Artist: Gitkin

Album: Safe Passage

Label: Wonderwheel Recordings


Promise Of Tomorrow

100

Artist: Turkeyfoot

Album: Promise Of Tomorrow

Label: Self Produced


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