Top 100 Albums of 2014


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Check out the top 100 albums of 2014 on KGNU. This list represents the most played recordings on the station from January 1st through December 1st. Some of these recordings came out toward the end of 2013 but were still red hot for us in the first part of the new year. You can check out our weekly Top 30 charts throughout the year to keep up on what we’re digging at the moment.



Top 100 Albums on KGNU in 2014:


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Rank: #1

Artist: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

Album: Give the People What They Want

Label: Daptone Records

Genre: Soul


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Rank: #2

Artist: Courtney Barnett

Album: The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas

Label: House Anxiety

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #3

Artist: Beck

Album: Morning Phase

Label: Capitol

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #4

Artist: The Black Keys

Album: Turn Blue

Label: Nonesuch Records

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #5

Artist: The Railsplitters

Album: The Railsplitters

Label: Self Produced

Genre: Bluegrass


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Rank: #6

Artist: Quantic

Album: Magnetica

Label: TruThoughts

Genre: World


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Rank: #7

Artist: Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore

Album: Love Runner

Label: Remington Road Records

Genre: Folk


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Rank: #8

Artist: Various Artists

Album: A Tribute To Bob Dylan In the 80s: Volume One

Label: ATO Records

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #9

Artist: Tinariwen

Album: Emmaar

Label: Anti

Genre: World


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Rank: #10

Artist: Juana Molina

Album: Wed 21

Label: Crammed Discs

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #11

Artist: Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott

Album: Memories and Moments

Label: Full Skies Records

Genre: Folk


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Rank: #12

Artist: Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison

Album: Our Year

Label: Premium Records

Genre: Folk


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Rank: #13

Artist: Regina Carter

Album: Southern Comfort

Label: Sony Music

Genre: Jazz


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Rank: #14

Artist: Jolie Holland

Album: Wine Dark Sea

Label: Anti

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #15

Artist: Lucinda Williams

Album: Lucinda Williams

Label: Thirty Tigers

Genre: Folk


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Rank: #16

Artist: Rodney Crowell

Album: Tarpaper Sky

Label: New West Records

Genre: Folk


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Rank: #17

Artist: Damien Jurado

Album: Brothers And Sisters Of The Eternal Son

Label: Secretly Canadian

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #18

Artist: Del McCoury Band

Album: The Streets of Baltimore

Label: McCoury Music

Genre: Bluegrass


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Rank: #19

Artist: Nickel Creek

Album: A Dotted Line

Label: Nonesuch Records

Genre: Bluegrass


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Rank: #20

Artist: Billie Joe + Norah

Album: Foreverly

Label: Reprise Records

Genre: Folk


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Rank: #21

Artist: Noam Pikelny

Album: Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe

Label: Compass Records

Genre: Bluegrass


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Rank: #22

Artist: Tune-Yards

Album: Nikki Nack

Label: 4AD

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #23

Artist: Meridian Brothers

Album: Salvadora Robot

Label: Sound Way

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #24

Artist: Various Artists

Album: The Soul Fire Box Set

Label: Truth & Soul

Genre: Soul


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Rank: #25

Artist: Old Crow Medicine Show

Album: Remedy

Label: ATO Records

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #26

Artist: St. Vincent

Album: St. Vincent

Label: Loma Vista

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #27

Artist: The Head And The Heart

Album: Let’s Be Still

Label: Sub Pop

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #28

Artist: Various Artists

Album: Country Funk Volume II 1967-1974

Label: Light in the Attic

Genre: Soul


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Rank: #29

Artist: Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin

Album: Common Ground: Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Play And Sing The Songs Of Big Bill Broonzy

Label: Yep Roc Records

Genre: Blues


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Rank: #30

Artist: Rodrigo y Gabriela

Album: 9 Dead Alive

Label: ATO Records

Genre: World


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Rank: #31

Artist: Dolly Parton

Album: Blue Smoke

Label: Sony Masterworks

Genre: Country


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Rank: #32

Artist: William Onyeabor

Album: World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor?

Label: Luaka Bop

Genre: World


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Rank: #33

Artist: Neil Young

Album: Live At The Cellar Door

Label: Reprise Records

Genre: Folk


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Rank: #34

Artist: Sly & Robbie

Album: Underwater Dub

Label: Groove Attack

Genre: Reggae


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Rank: #35

Artist: Hot Rize

Album: When I’m Free

Label: Ten In Hand Records

Genre: Bluegrass


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Rank: #36

Artist: Mungo’s Hi Fi & Prince Fatty

Album: Prince Fatty Versus Mungo’s Hi-Fi

Label: Mr. Bongo

Genre: Reggae


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Rank: #37

Artist: David Grisman

Album: Muddy Roads

Label: Acoustic Disc

Genre: Bluegrass


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Rank: #38

Artist: Andrew Bird

Album: I Want to See Pulaski at Night

Label: Grimsey Records

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #39

Artist: Nikki Lane

Album: All Or Nothin’

Label: New West Records

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #40

Artist: Temples

Album: Sun Structures

Label: Fat Possum

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #41

Artist: Alsarah And The Nubatones

Album: Silt

Label: Wonderwheel Recordings

Genre: World


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Rank: #42

Artist: William Onyeabor

Album: What?!

Label: Luaka Bop

Genre: Electronic


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Rank: #43

Artist: Eccodek

Album: Singing In Tongues

Label: Eccodek

Genre: Electronic


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Rank: #44

Artist: Bryan Sutton

Album: Into My Own

Label: Sugar Hill Records

Genre: Bluegrass


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Rank: #45

Artist: Kasai Allstars

Album: Beware the Fetish (Congotronics 5)

Label: Crammed Discs

Genre: World


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Rank: #46

Artist: Ibibio Sound Machine

Album: Ibibio Sound Machine

Label: Sound Way

Genre: World


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Rank: #47

Artist: Various Artists

Album: Studio One Ska Fever!

Label: Soul Jazz

Genre: Reggae


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Rank: #48

Artist: Dom La Nena

Album: Golondrina – EP

Label: Six Degrees Records

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #49

Artist: The Plates

Album: Punky Reggae

Label: Self Produced

Genre: Reggae


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Rank: #50

Artist: Dexter Payne Quartet + 1

Album: Pra Voce

Label: Dexofon Records

Genre: Jazz


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Rank: #51

Artist: Shovels & Rope

Album: Swimmin’ Time

Label: Dualtone Records

Genre: Folk


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Rank: #52

Artist: Sonny Knight & The Lakers

Album: I’m Still Here

Label: Secret Stash

Genre: Soul


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Rank: #53

Artist: The Devil Makes Three

Album: I’m a Stranger Here

Label: New West Records

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #54

Artist: Various Artists

Album: Delmark 60 Years of Blues

Label: Delmark Records

Genre: Blues


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Rank: #55

Artist: The Haden Triplets

Album: The Haden Triplets

Label: Third Man Records

Genre: Folk


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Rank: #56

Artist: Bahamas

Album: Bahamas Is Afie

Label: Brushfire

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #57

Artist: Various Artists

Album: This Is the Town: A Tribute to Nilsson, Vol. 1

Label: The Royal Potato Family

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #58

Artist: Lake Street Dive

Album: Bad Self Portraits

Label: Signature Sounds

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #59

Artist: Steve Martin And The Steep Canyon Rangers feat. Edie Brickell

Album: Live

Label: Rounder

Genre: Bluegrass


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Rank: #60

Artist: Johnny Cash

Album: Out Among The Stars

Label: Sony Music

Genre: Country


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Rank: #61

Artist: Various Artists

Album: Finding Fela (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Label: Knitting Factory

Genre: World


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Rank: #62

Artist: Son Palenque

Album: Afro-Colombian Sound Modernizers

Label: VampiSoul

Genre: World


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Rank: #63

Artist: Various Artists

Album: New Orleans Funk 3

Label: Soul Jazz

Genre: Soul


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Rank: #64

Artist: Chris Smither

Album: Still On the Levee

Label: Homonculus Music

Genre: Folk


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Rank: #65

Artist: Nathaniel Rateliff

Album: Falling Faster Than You Can Run

Label: Mod y Vi Records

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #66

Artist: Halden Wofford And The Hi-Beams

Album: Rocky Mountain Honky Tonk

Label: Self Produced

Genre: Country


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Rank: #67

Artist: Willie Nelson

Album: To All The Girls…

Label: Legacy

Genre: Country


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Rank: #68

Artist: Neil Young

Album: A Letter Home

Label: Reprise Records

Genre: Folk


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Rank: #69

Artist: The Infamous Stringdusters

Album: Let It Go

Label: Thirty Tigers

Genre: Bluegrass


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Rank: #70

Artist: Catherine Russell

Album: Bring It Back

Label: Jazz Village

Genre: Jazz


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Rank: #71

Artist: Mary Flower

Album: When My Bluebird Sings

Label: Bluesette Records

Genre: Blues


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Rank: #72

Artist: Cibo Matto

Album: Hotel Valentine

Label: Chimera Music

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #73

Artist: Mogwai

Album: Rave Tapes

Label: Kranky

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #74

Artist: Jaune Toujours

Album: Routes

Label: Choux De Bruxelles

Genre: World


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Rank: #75

Artist: Various Artists

Album: Six Degrees of Brazil, Vol. 2

Label: Six Degrees

Genre: World


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Rank: #76

Artist: Lucinda Williams

Album: Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone

Label: Thirty Tigers

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #77

Artist: Leon Russell

Album: Life Journey

Label: Universal Music Group

Genre: Blues


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Rank: #78

Artist: Suzy Bogguss

Album: Lucky

Label: Loyal Dutchess Records

Genre: Country


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Rank: #79

Artist: Carlene Carter

Album: Carter Girl

Label: Rounder

Genre: Country


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Rank: #80

Artist: The Budos Band

Album: Burnt Offering

Label: Daptone Recording

Genre: Soul


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Rank: #81

Artist: Diane Coffee

Album: My Friend Fish

Label: Western Vinyl

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #82

Artist: Mr. Scruff

Album: Friendly Bacteria

Label: Ninja Tune

Genre: Electronic


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Rank: #83

Artist: Sarah Jarosz

Album: Build Me Up From Bones

Label: Sugar Hill Records

Genre: Bluegrass


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Rank: #84

Artist: Pretty Lights

Album: A Color Map of the Sun (Remixes)

Label: 8 Minutes 20 Seconds

Genre: Electronic


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Rank: #85

Artist: Monty Alexander

Album: Harlem Kingston Express, Vol. 2: The River Rolls On

Label: Motema Music

Genre: Jazz


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Rank: #86

Artist: Thievery Corporation

Album: Saudade

Label: ESL

Genre: World


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Rank: #87

Artist: Ana Tijoux

Album: Vengo

Label: Nacional Records

Genre: World


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Rank: #88

Artist: Red Molly

Album: The Red Album

Label: Self Produced

Genre: Folk


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Rank: #89

Artist: Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars

Album: Libation

Label: Cumbancha

Genre: World


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Rank: #90

Artist: Jim & Jesse And The Virginia Boys

Album: Radio Shows

Label: Rural Rhythm

Genre: Bluegrass


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Rank: #91

Artist: First Aid Kit

Album: Stay Gold

Label: Columbia

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #92

Artist: Beats Antique

Album: A Thousand Faces – Act 1

Label: Self Produced

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #93

Artist: Les Claypool’s Duo De Twang

Album: Four Foot Shack

Label: ATO Records

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #94

Artist: Amos Lee

Album: Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song

Label: Blue Note

Genre: Folk


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Rank: #95

Artist: Various Artists

Album: Angola Soundtrack 2: Hypnosis, Distortions & Other Sonic Innovations 1969-1978

Label: Analog Africa

Genre: World


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Rank: #96

Artist: Bob Dylan & The Band

Album: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes Complete

Label: Legacy

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #97

Artist: Toumani Diabate & Sidiki Diabate

Album: Toumani & Sidiki

Label: World Circuit

Genre: World


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Rank: #98

Artist: The Souljazz Orchestra

Album: Inner Fire

Label: Strut

Genre: Jazz


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Rank: #99

Artist: Dilated Peoples

Album: Directors of Photography

Label: Rhymesayers

Genre: Hip Hop


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Rank: #100

Artist: Ry Cooder & Corridos Famosos

Album: Live In San Francisco

Label: Nonesuch Records

Genre: Folk



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