Top 100 Albums of 2017

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 2017:

Freedom Highway


Artist: Rhiannon Giddens

Album: Freedom Highway

Label: Nonesuch

Where the River Meets the Road


Artist: Tim O’Brien

Album: Where the River Meets the Road

Label: Howdy Skies Records

Cradle To The Grave


Artist: Cary Morin

Album: Cradle To The Grave

Label: Maple Street Music Agency

Way Out West


Artist: Marty Stuart And His Fabulous Superlatives

Album: Way Out West

Label: Superlatone Records

Dale & Ray


Artist: Dale Watson & Ray Benson

Album: Dale & Ray

Label: Ameripolitan/Home Records

Dark Matter


Artist: Randy Newman

Album: Dark Matter

Label: Nonesuch



Artist: Oumou Sangaré

Album: Mogoya

Label: No Format!

So You Wannabe An Outlaw


Artist: Steve Earle & The Dukes

Album: So You Wannabe An Outlaw

Label: Warner Brothers



Artist: Juana Molina

Album: Halo

Label: Crammed Discs

Happy Little Trees


Artist: KC Groves

Album: Happy Little Trees

Label: Self Produced

Poor David's Almanack


Artist: David Rawlings

Album: Poor David’s Almanack

Label: Acony Records



Artist: Vieux Farka Touré

Album: Samba

Label: Six Degrees

Freedom Is Free


Artist: Chicano Batman

Album: Freedom Is Free

Label: ATO Records

Prick Of The Litter


Artist: Delbert McClinton & Self-Made Men

Album: Prick Of The Litter

Label: Hot Shot Records

Close Ties


Artist: Rodney Crowell

Album: Close Ties

Label: New West

Black Irish


Artist: Shannon McNally

Album: Black Irish

Label: Compass Records

Kids In the Street


Artist: Justin Townes Earle

Album: Kids In the Street

Label: New West

Lift Me Up


Artist: Chicago Gospel Keyboard Masters

Album: Lift Me Up

Label: The Sirens Records

Tribute To Ndiouga Dieng


Artist: Orchestra Baobab

Album: Tribute To Ndiouga Dieng

Label: World Circuit



Artist: Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’

Album: TajMo

Label: Concord Records

The Life & Songs Of Emmylou Harris: An All-Star Concert Celebration (Live)


Artist: Various

Album: The Life & Songs Of Emmylou Harris: An All-Star Concert Celebration (Live)

Label: Rounder Records

Best of Proverb & Gospel Corner Records 1959-1969


Artist: Various

Album: Best of Proverb & Gospel Corner Records 1959-1969

Label: Narro Way

République Amazone


Artist: Les Amazones D’Afrique

Album: République Amazone

Label: Real World

Baile Bucanero


Artist: Ondatrópica

Album: Baile Bucanero

Label: Sound Way

The Temple Of I & I


Artist: Thievery Corporation

Album: The Temple Of I & I

Label: Ingrooves

Ginny Mules


Artist: Ginny Mules

Album: Ginny Mules

Label: (self)



Artist: Tinariwen

Album: Elwan

Label: Anti/Epitaph



Artist: Songhoy Blues

Album: Résistance

Label: Fat Possum



Artist: Daymé Arocena

Album: Cubafonía

Label: Brownswood Recordings



Artist: Morgan Heritage

Album: Avrakedabra

Label: CTBC Music Group

The Nashville Sound


Artist: Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit

Album: The Nashville Sound

Label: Southeastern Records

This Old Dog


Artist: Mac DeMarco

Album: This Old Dog

Label: Captured Tracks

Devil In The Seat


Artist: Foghorn Stringband

Album: Devil In The Seat

Label: Self Produced

Masontown - EP


Artist: Masontown

Album: Masontown – EP

Label: Self Produced

This Sweet Old World


Artist: Lucinda Williams

Album: This Sweet Old World

Label: Highway 20 Records

With You In Mind


Artist: Stanton Moore

Album: With You In Mind

Label: Mascot Music Productions

Super Ape Returns To Conquer


Artist: Lee “Scratch” Perry & Subatomic Sound System

Album: Super Ape Returns To Conquer

Label: Subatomic Sound

Recorded Live in Lafayette


Artist: Sonny Landreth

Album: Recorded Live in Lafayette

Label: Provogue

London Southern


Artist: Jim Lauderdale

Album: London Southern

Label: Sky Crunch Records

Parking Lot Symphony


Artist: Trombone Shorty

Album: Parking Lot Symphony

Label: Blue Note Records



Artist: Chuck Berry

Album: Chuck

Label: Dualtone



Artist: Slowdive

Album: Slowdive

Label: Dead Oceans

In This Time


Artist: Masontown

Album: In This Time

Label: Self Produced

Stove Up


Artist: Danny Barnes

Album: Stove Up

Label: Wendell Records

Joy Comes Back


Artist: Ruthie Foster

Album: Joy Comes Back

Label: Stone Truth Music

Highway Queen


Artist: Nikki Lane

Album: Highway Queen

Label: New West

Beast Epic


Artist: Iron & Wine

Album: Beast Epic

Label: Sub Pop

Move Upstairs


Artist: The Como Mamas

Album: Move Upstairs

Label: Daptone Records

Build Music


Artist: Janka Nabay & The Bubu Gang

Album: Build Music

Label: Luaka Bop

New Orleans Banjo Vol. 1: Musieu Bainjo


Artist: Seva Venet

Album: New Orleans Banjo Vol. 1: Musieu Bainjo

Label: Self Produced



Artist: Thundercat

Album: Drunk

Label: Brainfeeder Records

I Sang the Song (Life of the Voice with a Heart)


Artist: Mac Wiseman

Album: I Sang the Song (Life of the Voice with a Heart)

Label: Mountain Fever Records



Artist: Msafiri Zawose

Album: Uhamiaji

Label: Soundway

Run Kitty Run


Artist: The Bombay Royale

Album: Run Kitty Run

Label: HopeStreet Recordings

Salón, Lágrimas Y Deseo


Artist: Lila Downs

Album: Salón, Lágrimas Y Deseo

Label: Sony Music

Putumayo Presents African Rumba


Artist: Various

Album: Putumayo Presents African Rumba

Label: Putumayo

Rebel Frequency


Artist: Nattali Rize

Album: Rebel Frequency

Label: Rootfire Cooperative

American Dream


Artist: LCD Soundsystem

Album: American Dream

Label: Columbia



Artist: Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly & James McAlister

Album: Planetarium

Label: 4AD

Satan's Graffiti Or God's Art?


Artist: Black Lips

Album: Satan’s Graffiti Or God’s Art?

Label: Vice Music

Wild Orchid


Artist: Colcannon

Album: Wild Orchid

Label: Colcannon



Artist: Sunny Sweeney

Album: Trophy

Label: Self Produced

Folk Songs


Artist: Kronos Quartet

Album: Folk Songs

Label: Nonesuch

You Don't Own Me Anymore


Artist: The Secret Sisters

Album: You Don’t Own Me Anymore

Label: New West Records

The Dustbowl Revival


Artist: The Dustbowl Revival

Album: The Dustbowl Revival

Label: Signature Sounds

Let Them Fall in Love


Artist: CeCe Winans

Album: Let Them Fall in Love

Label: Pure Springs Gospel



Artist: Lord Echo

Album: Harmonies

Label: Sound Way

When the People Move, The Music Moves Too


Artist: Meklit

Album: When the People Move, The Music Moves Too

Label: Six Degrees

Modern Pressure


Artist: Daniel Romano

Album: Modern Pressure

Label: New West



Artist: Gorillaz

Album: Humanz

Label: Parlophone/Warner Brothers

Last Place


Artist: Grandaddy

Album: Last Place

Label: 30th Century Records

Everybody Works


Artist: Jay Som

Album: Everybody Works

Label: Polyvinyl

Occult Architecture, Vol. 1


Artist: Moon Duo

Album: Occult Architecture, Vol. 1

Label: Sacred Bones



Artist: Bonobo

Album: Migration

Label: Ninja Tune

What If


Artist: The Jerry Douglas Band

Album: What If

Label: Rounder Records

Through the Years...Favorite Songs and Requests


Artist: Bluegrass Patriots

Album: Through the Years…Favorite Songs and Requests

Label: Self Produced

Blues with Horns, Vol. 1 (feat. Freddi Gowdy)


Artist: Chris Daniels & The Kings

Album: Blues with Horns, Vol. 1 (feat. Freddi Gowdy)

Label: Moon Voyage Records

With A Lampshade On


Artist: The Dustbowl Revival

Album: With A Lampshade On

Label: Signature Sounds



Artist: The Wailin’ Jennys

Album: Fifteen

Label: Red House Records

Songs of Bob Dylan


Artist: Joan Osborne

Album: Songs of Bob Dylan

Label: Womanly Hips



Artist: Ray Davies

Album: Americana

Label: Legacy

Almost Home


Artist: Blind Boys of Alabama

Album: Almost Home

Label: BBOA Records

All the Beauty in This Whole Life


Artist: Brother Ali

Album: All the Beauty in This Whole Life

Label: Rhymesayers



Artist: Trio Da Kali & Kronos Quartet

Album: Ladilikan

Label: World Circuit

Zaire 74: The African Artists


Artist: Various

Album: Zaire 74: The African Artists

Label: Wrasse Records

Half Century Dub


Artist: Vibronics meets Conscious Sounds

Album: Half Century Dub

Label: Self Produced

Waiting On A Song


Artist: Dan Auerbach

Album: Waiting On A Song

Label: Easy Eye Sound

City Music


Artist: Kevin Morby

Album: City Music

Label: Dead Oceans



Artist: Beach Fossils

Album: Somersault

Label: Bayonet

Manic Revelations


Artist: Pokey LaFarge

Album: Manic Revelations

Label: Rounder

Bunker Funk


Artist: Damaged Bug

Album: Bunker Funk

Label: Castle Face

Hot Thoughts


Artist: Spoon

Album: Hot Thoughts

Label: Matador

Laws Of Gravity


Artist: The Infamous Stringdusters

Album: Laws Of Gravity

Label: Compass Records

The Hazel and Alice Sessions


Artist: Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands

Album: The Hazel and Alice Sessions

Label: Spruce and Maple Music

The Railsplitters


Artist: The Railsplitters

Album: The Railsplitters

Label: Self Produced



Artist: Ibibio Sound Machine

Album: Uyai

Label: Merge

Before That Rooster Crows


Artist: Felonius Smith

Album: Before That Rooster Crows

Label: Lipeery Fish Music

Montana Moon


Artist: Dan McCorison

Album: Montana Moon

Label: Musikode Records

The Order Of Time


Artist: Valerie June

Album: The Order Of Time

Label: June Tunes

Memories Are Now


Artist: Jesca Hoop

Album: Memories Are Now

Label: Sub Pop Records

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