Top 100 Albums of 2016

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 2016


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Rank: #1

Artist: Mavis Staples

Album: Livin’ On A High Note

Label: Anti

Genre: Gospel


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Rank: #2

Artist: Lucinda Williams

Album: The Ghosts Of Highway 20

Label: Highway 20 Records

Genre: Folk


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Rank: #3

Artist: Bombino

Album: Azel

Label: Partisan

Genre: International


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Rank: #4

Artist: Loretta Lynn

Album: Full Circle

Label: Legacy

Genre: Country


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Rank: #5

Artist: Various Artists

Album: God Don’t Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson

Label: Alligator

Genre: Blues


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Rank: #6

Artist: Bonnie Raitt

Album: Dig in Deep

Label: Redwing Records

Genre: Blues


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Rank: #7

Artist: Mollie O’Brien, Rich Moore, Brigid Moore & Lucy Moore

Album: Daughters

Label: Remington Road Records

Genre: Folk


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Rank: #8

Artist: Baaba Maal

Album: The Traveller

Label: Palm Recordings

Genre: International


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Rank: #9

Artist: Elephant Revival

Album: Petals

Label: Thirty Tigers

Genre: Folk


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Rank: #10

Artist: Buddy Miller

Album: Cayamo Sessions at Sea

Label: New West

Genre: Country


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Rank: #11

Artist: Allen Toussaint

Album: American Tunes

Label: Nonesuch

Genre: Jazz


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Rank: #12

Artist: Charles Bradley

Album: Changes

Label: Daptone

Genre: R & B


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Rank: #13

Artist: Ziggy Marley

Album: Ziggy Marley

Label: Tuff Gong

Genre: Reggae


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Rank: #14

Artist: Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands

Album: The Hazel and Alice Sessions

Label: Spruce and Maple Music

Genre: Bluegrass


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Rank: #15

Artist: Imarhan

Album: Imarhan

Label: City Slang

Genre: International


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Rank: #16

Artist: Sam Bush

Album: Storyman

Label: Sugar Hill

Genre: Bluegrass


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Rank: #17

Artist: Del McCoury & David Grisman

Album: Del & Dawg Live (Live Version)

Label: Acoustic Disc

Genre: Bluegrass


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Rank: #18

Artist: Willie Nelson

Album: Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin

Label: Legacy

Genre: Folk


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Rank: #19

Artist: Rokia Traore

Album: Ne So

Label: Nonesuch Records

Genre: International


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Rank: #20

Artist: David Bowie

Album: Blackstar

Label: Columbia

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #21

Artist: The Blue Canyon Boys

Album: The Blue Canyon Boys

Label: Self Produced

Genre: Bluegrass


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Rank: #22

Artist: Sturgill Simpson

Album: A Sailor’s Guide To Earth

Label: Atlantic Records

Genre: Country


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Rank: #23

Artist: John Long

Album: Stand Your Ground

Label: Delta Groove

Genre: Blues


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Rank: #24

Artist: Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell

Album: The Traveling Kind

Label: Nonesuch Records

Genre: Folk


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Rank: #25

Artist: Various Artists

Album: The Rough Guide to Ethiopian Jazz

Label: World Music Network

Genre: International


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Rank: #26

Artist: Esme Patterson

Album: We Were Wild

Label: Grand Jury Music

Genre: Folk


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Rank: #27

Artist: The Infamous Stringdusters

Album: Ladies & Gentlemen

Label: Compass Records

Genre: Bluegrass


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Rank: #28

Artist: Ceu

Album: Tropix

Label: Six Degrees

Genre: International


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Rank: #29

Artist: The James Hunter Six

Album: Hold On!

Label: Daptone Recording Co

Genre: R & B


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Rank: #30

Artist: Konono No. 1

Album: Konono No. 1 Meets Batida

Label: Crammed Discs

Genre: International


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Rank: #31

Artist: Shpongle

Album: Ineffable Mysteries From Shpongleland

Label: Twisted Records

Genre: Techno


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Rank: #32

Artist: Darrell Scott

Album: Couchville Sessions

Label: Full Light

Genre: Folk


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Rank: #33

Artist: Luther Dickinson

Album: Blues & Ballads (A Folksinger’s Songbook), Vols. I & II

Label: New West

Genre: Folk


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Rank: #34

Artist: Anchorsong

Album: Ceremonial

Label: Tru Thoughts Records

Genre: Techno


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Rank: #35

Artist: Liz Masterson

Album: Mood Swings

Label: Self Produced

Genre: Country


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Rank: #36

Artist: M. Ward

Album: More Rain

Label: Merge Records

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #37

Artist: Parker Millsap

Album: The Very Last Day

Label: Okrahoma Records

Genre: Country


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Rank: #38

Artist: Debo Band

Album: Ere Gobez

Label: Debo Band

Genre: International


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Rank: #39

Artist: Alsarah & The Nubatones

Album: Manara

Label: Wonderwheel Recordings

Genre: International


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Rank: #40

Artist: John Prine

Album: For Better, or Worse

Label: Oh Boy Records

Genre: Country


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Rank: #41

Artist: DJ Shadow

Album: The Mountain Will Fall

Label: Mass Appeal

Genre: Hip Hop


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Rank: #42

Artist: John Doe

Album: The Westerner

Label: Thirty Tigers

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #43

Artist: Anoushka Shankar

Album: Land of Gold

Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Genre: International


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Rank: #44

Artist: Michael Daves

Album: Orchids And Violence

Label: Nonesuch

Genre: Bluegrass


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Rank: #45

Artist: Eva Salina

Album: Lema Lema: Eva Salina Sings Šaban Bajramovi?

Label: Vogiton Records

Genre: International


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Rank: #46

Artist: Joan Baez

Album: Joan Baez 75th Birthday Celebration

Label: Razor & Tie

Genre: Folk


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Rank: #47

Artist: Cyndi Lauper

Album: Detour

Label: Sire

Genre: Country


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Rank: #48

Artist: Paul Simon

Album: Stranger To Stranger

Label: Concord Music Group

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #49

Artist: Colvin & Earle

Album: Colvin & Earle

Label: Concord Music Group

Genre: Folk


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Rank: #50

Artist: Janiva Magness

Album: Love Wins Again

Label: Blu Elan Records

Genre: Blues


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Rank: #51

Artist: Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble

Album: Sing Me Home

Label: Sony Masterworks

Genre: International


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Rank: #52

Artist: Gregory Porter

Album: Take Me to the Alley

Label: Blue Note

Genre: Jazz


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Rank: #53

Artist: Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals

Album: Call It What It Is

Label: Stax

Genre: R & B


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Rank: #54

Artist: Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop

Album: Love Letter For Fire

Label: Sub Pop

Genre: Folk


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Rank: #55

Artist: Margo Price

Album: Midwest Farmer’s Daughter

Label: Third Man Records

Genre: Country


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Rank: #56

Artist: Lonesome River Band

Album: Bridging the Tradition

Label: Mountain Home Music Company

Genre: Bluegrass


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Rank: #57

Artist: Acid Arab

Album: Musique De France

Label: Crammed Discs

Genre: Techno


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Rank: #58

Artist: Bossacucanova

Album: The Best Of Bossacucanova

Label: Six Degrees

Genre: International


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Rank: #59

Artist: Aesop Rock

Album: The Impossible Kid

Label: Rhymesayers

Genre: Hip Hop


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Rank: #60

Artist: Thao & The Get Down Stay Down

Album: A Man Alive

Label: Ribbon Music

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #61

Artist: Sainkho Namtchylak

Album: Like a Bird or Spirit, Not a Face

Label: Ponderosa

Genre: International


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Rank: #62

Artist: The Yawpers

Album: American Man

Label: Bloodshot Records

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #63

Artist: Andrew Bird

Album: Are You Serious

Label: Loma Vista

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #64

Artist: Shara Worden, Brad Lubman & Signal

Album: Snider: Penelope

Label: New Amsterdam

Genre: Classical


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Rank: #65

Artist: Norah Jones

Album: Day Breaks

Label: Blue Note Records

Genre: Jazz


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Rank: #66

Artist: M.I.A.

Album: AIM (Deluxe)

Label: Interscope

Genre: International


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Rank: #67

Artist: De La Soul

Album: and the Anonymous Nobody…

Label: Kobalt Label Services

Genre: Hip Hop


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Rank: #68

Artist: Chatham County Line

Album: Autumn

Label: Yep Roc Records

Genre: Bluegrass


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Rank: #69

Artist: The Claypool Lennon Delirium

Album: Monolith Of Phobos

Label: ATO Records

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #70

Artist: Del McCoury Band

Album: Del & Woody

Label: Self Produced

Genre: Folk


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Rank: #71

Artist: ZMEI3

Album: Rough Romanian Soul

Label: Six Degrees

Genre: International


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Rank: #72

Artist: Sierra Hull

Album: Weighted Mind

Label: Rounder Records

Genre: Bluegrass


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Rank: #73

Artist: Karsh Kale

Album: Up

Label: Six Degrees

Genre: International


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Rank: #74

Artist: Mateo Kingman

Album: Respira

Label: AYA

Genre: International


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Rank: #75

Artist: OSHUN

Album: Asase Yaa

Label:

Genre: International


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Rank: #76

Artist: Aziza Brahim

Album: Abbar El Hamada

Label: Glitterbeat

Genre: International


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Rank: #77

Artist: Fred Frith, Ensemble Modern, Ikue Mori & Zeena Parkins

Album: Traffic Continues

Label:

Genre: Classical


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Rank: #78

Artist: Dom La Nena

Album: Cantando – EP

Label: Six Degrees

Genre: International


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Rank: #79

Artist: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

Album: Miss Sharon Jones! (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Label: Daptone

Genre: R & B


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Rank: #80

Artist: Quantic Presents Flowering Inferno

Album: 1000 Watts

Label: Tru Thoughts

Genre: Reggae


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Rank: #81

Artist: Gregory Alan Isakov

Album: Gregory Alan Isakov with the Colorado Symphony

Label: Suitcase Town Music

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #82

Artist: Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate

Album: Monistic Theory

Label: Cumbancha

Genre: International


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Rank: #83

Artist: Mayer Hawthorne

Album: Man About Town

Label: Vagrant

Genre: R & B


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Rank: #84

Artist: Esperanza Spalding

Album: Emily’s D+ Evolution

Label: Concord Records

Genre: Jazz


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Rank: #85

Artist: Various Artists

Album: A Salute To The Thin White Duke – The Songs Of David Bowie

Label: Cleopatra

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #86

Artist: Tedeschi Trucks Band

Album: Let Me Get By

Label: Swamp Family

Genre: Blues


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Rank: #87

Artist: Corb Lund

Album: Things That Can’t Be Undone

Label: New West

Genre: Country


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Rank: #88

Artist: Igor Stravinsky & Columbia Symphony Orchestra

Album: Stravinsky Conducts Firebird Suite (1945 Version) & Petrushka Suite (1945 Revised Version)

Label:

Genre: Classical


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Rank: #89

Artist: Robbie Fulks

Album: Upland Stories

Label: Bloodshot Records

Genre: Folk


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Rank: #90

Artist: Allah-Las

Album: Calico Review

Label: Kemado Records

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #91

Artist: The Bad Plus

Album: It’s Hard

Label: Okeh

Genre: Jazz


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Rank: #92

Artist: Car Seat Headrest

Album: Teens Of Denial

Label: Matador

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #93

Artist: Various Artists

Album: Rough Guide To Blues Women

Label: World Music Network

Genre: Blues


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Rank: #94

Artist: Professor Longhair

Album: Live In Chicago

Label: Orleans Records

Genre: Blues


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Rank: #95

Artist: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

Album: Nonagon Infinity

Label: ATO Records

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #96

Artist: Avery Sharpe

Album: Sharpe Meets Tharpe a Tribute to Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Label: JKNM Records

Genre: Gospel


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Rank: #97

Artist: Tacocat

Album: Lost Time

Label: Hardly Art

Genre: Rock


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Rank: #98

Artist: Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass

Album: Weary River

Label: Patuxent Music

Genre: Bluegrass


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Rank: #99

Artist: Bill Frisell

Album: When You Wish Upon A Star

Label: Sony

Genre: Jazz


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Rank: #100

Artist: Carrie Rodriguez

Album: Lola

Label: Thirty Tigers

Genre: International


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