Top 100 Albums of 2015


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Check out the top 100 albums of 2015 on KGNU. This list represents the most played recordings on the station from January 1st through December 1st. You can check out our Top 30 charts throughout the year to keep up on what we’re digging at the moment.



Top 100 Albums on KGNU in 2015:


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Rank: #1

Artist: Rhiannon Giddens

Album: Tomorrow Is My Turn

Label: Nonesuch Records

Genre: Folk


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Rank: #2

Artist: Robert Earl Keen

Album: Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions (Deluxe Edition)

Label: Dualtone Music Group

Genre: Bluegrass


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Rank: #3

Artist: The New Basement Tapes

Album: Lost On the River

Label: Harvest Records

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #4

Artist: Bomba Estereo

Album: Amanecer

Label: Sony

Genre: World


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Rank: #5

Artist: Courtney Barnett

Album: Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit

Label: Mom & Pop Music

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #6

Artist: Sturgill Simpson

Album: Metamodern Sounds In Country Music

Label: High Top Mountain Records

Genre: Country


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Rank: #7

Artist: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

Album: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

Label: Concord Music Group

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #8

Artist: Dom La Nena

Album: Soyo

Label: Six Degrees

Genre: World


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Rank: #9

Artist: Yo La Tengo

Album: Stuff Like That There

Label: Matador

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #10

Artist: Steve Earle & The Dukes

Album: Terraplane

Label: New West Records

Genre: Folk


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Rank: #11

Artist: Jason Isbell

Album: Something More Than Free

Label: Thirty Tigers

Genre: Folk


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Rank: #12

Artist: Shakey Graves

Album: And The War Came

Label: Dualtone Music Group

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #13

Artist: Luke Winslow-King

Album: Everlasting Arms

Label: Bloodshot Records

Genre: Folk


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Rank: #14

Artist: Asleep At the Wheel

Album: Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys

Label: Bismeaux Records

Genre: Country


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Rank: #15

Artist: Tony Allen

Album: Film Of Life

Label: Jazz Village

Genre: World


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Rank: #16

Artist: Dengue Fever

Album: The Deepest Lake

Label: MRI

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #17

Artist: Dayme Arocena

Album: Nueva Era

Label: Brownswood Recordings

Genre: World


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Rank: #18

Artist: A Tribe Called Red

Album: Suplex – EP

Label: Radicalized Records

Genre: World


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Rank: #19

Artist: Various Artists

Album: Signature Sounds 20th Anniversary Collection: Favorites and Rarities from the Second Decade

Label: Signature Sounds

Genre: Folk


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Rank: #20

Artist: Papa Mali

Album: Music Is Love

Label: 429 Records

Genre: Blues


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Rank: #21

Artist: Hot Rize

Album: When I’m Free

Label: Ten In Hand Records

Genre: Bluegrass


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Rank: #22

Artist: Various Artists

Album: Funk Soul Brothers & Sisters: Ghetto Funk Classics & Southern Fried Soul Killers

Label: Imports

Genre: R & B


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Rank: #23

Artist: Buena Vista Social Club

Album: Lost And Found

Label: World Circuit

Genre: World


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Rank: #24

Artist: Father John Misty

Album: I Love You, Honeybear

Label: Sub Pop

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #25

Artist: Richard Thompson

Album: Still

Label: Fantasy Records

Genre: Folk


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Rank: #26

Artist: Giant Sand

Album: Heartbreak Pass

Label: New West

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #27

Artist: Tweedy

Album: Sukierae

Label: dBpm Records

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #28

Artist: Various Artists

Album: The Afrosound of Colombia, Vol. 2

Label: VampiSoul

Genre: World


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Rank: #29

Artist: Joe Pug

Album: Windfall

Label: Lightning Rod Records

Genre: Folk


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Rank: #30

Artist: Ratatat

Album: Magnifique

Label: XL

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #31

Artist: Mark Knopfler

Album: Tracker

Label: Verve Records

Genre: Folk


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Rank: #32

Artist: The Paradise Bangkok Molam World Band

Album: 21st Century Molam

Label: World Circuit

Genre: World


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Rank: #33

Artist: Pine Hill Project

Album: Tomorrow You’re Going

Label: Signature Sounds

Genre: Folk


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Rank: #34

Artist: Lucinda Williams

Album: Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone

Label: Thirty Tigers

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #35

Artist: La Luz

Album: Weirdo Shrine

Label: Hardly Art

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #36

Artist: Bill Frisell

Album: Guitar in the Space Age

Label: Okeh

Genre: Jazz


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Rank: #37

Artist: Punch Brothers

Album: The Phosphorescent Blues

Label: Nonesuch Records

Genre: Bluegrass


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Rank: #38

Artist: Wilco

Album: Star Wars

Label: Anti

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #39

Artist: The Budos Band

Album: Burnt Offering

Label: Daptone Recording

Genre: R & B


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Rank: #40

Artist: Brandi Carlile

Album: The Firewatcher’s Daughter

Label: ATO Records

Genre: Folk


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Rank: #41

Artist: Trout Steak Revival

Album: Brighter Every Day

Label: Self Produced

Genre: Bluegrass


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Rank: #42

Artist: Django Django

Album: Born Under Saturn

Label: Ribbon Music

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #43

Artist: Alabama Shakes

Album: Sound & Color

Label: ATO Records

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #44

Artist: Sun Ra

Album: Marshall Allen presents Sun Ra and His Arkestra: In the Orbit of Ra

Label: Strut Records

Genre: Jazz


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Rank: #45

Artist: Ballake Sissoko & Vincent Segal

Album: Musique de Nuit

Label: Six Degrees

Genre: World


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Rank: #46

Artist: Panda Bear

Album: Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper

Label: Domino Records

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #47

Artist: Various Artists

Album: Truckers, Kickers, Cowboy Angels: The Blissed Out Birth of Country Rock: Volume 6

Label: Bear Family

Genre: Country


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Rank: #48

Artist: Seckou Keita

Album: 22 Strings

Label: ARC Music

Genre: World


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Rank: #49

Artist: Khaira Arby

Album: Gossip

Label: Clermont Music

Genre: World


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Rank: #50

Artist: Seva Venet

Album: Revisiting New Orleans String Bands: 1880-1949

Label: Threadhead Cultural Foundation

Genre: Jazz


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Rank: #51

Artist: Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard

Album: Django And Jimmie

Label: Legacy

Genre: Country


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Rank: #52

Artist: Goat

Album: Commune

Label: Sub Pop

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #53

Artist: Tame Impala

Album: Currents

Label: Interscope

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #54

Artist: Danielle Ate the Sandwich

Album: The Drawing Back of Curtains (Music from the Film “Packed in a Trunk: The Lost Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson”)

Label: Youngest Daughter Records

Genre: Folk


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Rank: #55

Artist: Taarka

Album: Making Tracks Home

Label: Self Produced

Genre: Folk


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Rank: #56

Artist: Tin Men

Album: On The Shady Side

Label: Self Produced

Genre: Blues


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Rank: #57

Artist: Mbongwana Star

Album: From Kinshasa

Label: World Circuit

Genre: World


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Rank: #58

Artist: Great Lake Swimmers

Album: A Forest of Arms

Label: Nettwerk Productions

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #59

Artist: Toto la Momposina y Sus Tambores

Album: Tambolero

Label: Real World

Genre: World


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Rank: #60

Artist: El Ten Eleven

Album: Fast Forward

Label: Fake Record Label

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #61

Artist: Chris Daniels & The Kings

Album: Funky to the Bone (feat. Freddi Gowdy)

Label: Moon Voyage

Genre: Blues


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Rank: #62

Artist: Nostalgia 77 & Prince Fatty

Album: In the Kingdom of Dub

Label: Tru Thoughts

Genre: Reggae


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Rank: #63

Artist: Kacey Musgraves

Album: Pageant Material

Label: Mercury Records

Genre: Country


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Rank: #64

Artist: Dale Watson

Album: Call Me Insane

Label: Audium

Genre: Country


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Rank: #65

Artist: Yonder Mountain String Band

Album: Black Sheep

Label: Frog Pad Records

Genre: Bluegrass


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Rank: #66

Artist: Kamasi Washington

Album: The Epic

Label: Brainfeeder

Genre: Jazz


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Rank: #67

Artist: Calexico

Album: Edge Of The Sun

Label: Anti

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #68

Artist: Pokey LaFarge

Album: Something In the Water

Label: Rounder Records

Genre: Folk


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Rank: #69

Artist: Snake Rattle Rattle Snake

Album: Totem

Label: Self Produced

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #70

Artist: The Decemberists

Album: What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World

Label: Capitol

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #71

Artist: Amara Toure

Album: Amara Toure (1973 – 1980)

Label: Analog Africa

Genre: World


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Rank: #72

Artist: Grupo Fantasma

Album: El Existential

Label: Nat Geo Music

Genre: World


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Rank: #73

Artist: Dave Rawlings Machine

Album: Nashville Obsolete

Label: Acony

Genre: Folk


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Rank: #74

Artist: Rapidgrass

Album: Crooked Road

Label: Self Produced

Genre: Bluegrass


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Rank: #75

Artist: They Might Be Giants

Album: Glean

Label: Idlewild Recordings

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #76

Artist: Modou Toure & Ramon Goose

Album: The West African Blues Project

Label: ARC Music

Genre: World


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Rank: #77

Artist: Quitapenas

Album: Quitapenas

Label: Mas Tropical

Genre: World


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Rank: #78

Artist: Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley

Album: Before the Sun Goes Down

Label: Compass Records

Genre: Country


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Rank: #79

Artist: Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

Album: In Session

Label: Mountain Home Music Company

Genre: Bluegrass


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Rank: #80

Artist: Hot Chip

Album: Why Make Sense?

Label: Domino Records

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #81

Artist: The Tallest Man On Earth

Album: Dark Bird Is Home

Label: Dead Oceans

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #82

Artist: Alex Cuba

Album: Healer

Label: Caracol Records

Genre: World


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Rank: #83

Artist: Foxygen

Album: …And Star Power

Label: Jagjaguwar

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #84

Artist: El Naan

Album: Codigo de Barros

Label: ARC Music

Genre: World


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Rank: #85

Artist: Reverend Freakchild

Album: Hillbilly Zen-Punk Blues

Label: Treated And Released

Genre: Blues


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Rank: #86

Artist: Morgan Heritage

Album: Strictly Roots

Label: CTBC Music Group

Genre: Reggae


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Rank: #87

Artist: Itchy-O

Album: Burn the Navigator

Label: Alternative Tentacles

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #88

Artist: Chui Wan

Album: Chui Wan

Label: Maybe Mars

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #89

Artist: Bob Dylan & The Band

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

Label: Legacy

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #90

Artist: Viet Cong

Album: Viet Cong

Label: Jagjaguwar

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #91

Artist: Monophonics

Album: Sound of Sinning

Label: Transistor Sound

Genre: R & B


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Rank: #92

Artist: Dwight Yoakam

Album: Second Hand Heart

Label: Reprise Records

Genre: Country


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Rank: #93

Artist: Otis Taylor

Album: Hey Joe Opus/Red Meat

Label: Trance Blues Festival

Genre: Blues


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Rank: #94

Artist: Ligeia Mare

Album: Amplifier

Label: Self Produced

Genre: Modern


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Rank: #95

Artist: St Germain

Album: St Germain

Label: Primary Society

Genre: Electronic


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Rank: #96

Artist: Bostich + Fussible

Album: Motel Baja

Label: Nacional Records

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #97

Artist: Justin Townes Earle

Album: Single Mothers

Label: Vagrant

Genre: Folk


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Rank: #98

Artist: Flavia Coelho

Album: Mundo Meu

Label: Mr Bongo

Genre: World


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Rank: #99

Artist: The Souljazz Orchestra

Album: Resistance

Label: Strut

Genre: World


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Rank: #100

Artist: Cassandra Wilson

Album: Coming Forth by Day

Label: Legacy

Genre: Jazz



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