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

#1

Artist: Rhiannon Giddens

Album: Freedom Highway

Label: Nonesuch


Where the River Meets the Road

#2

Artist: Tim O’Brien

Album: Where the River Meets the Road

Label: Howdy Skies Records


Cradle To The Grave

#3

Artist: Cary Morin

Album: Cradle To The Grave

Label: Maple Street Music Agency


Way Out West

#4

Artist: Marty Stuart And His Fabulous Superlatives

Album: Way Out West

Label: Superlatone Records


Dale & Ray

#5

Artist: Dale Watson & Ray Benson

Album: Dale & Ray

Label: Ameripolitan/Home Records


Dark Matter

#6

Artist: Randy Newman

Album: Dark Matter

Label: Nonesuch


Mogoya

#7

Artist: Oumou Sangaré

Album: Mogoya

Label: No Format!


So You Wannabe An Outlaw

#8

Artist: Steve Earle & The Dukes

Album: So You Wannabe An Outlaw

Label: Warner Brothers


Halo

#9

Artist: Juana Molina

Album: Halo

Label: Crammed Discs


Happy Little Trees

#10

Artist: KC Groves

Album: Happy Little Trees

Label: Self Produced


Poor David's Almanack

#11

Artist: David Rawlings

Album: Poor David’s Almanack

Label: Acony Records


Samba

#12

Artist: Vieux Farka Touré

Album: Samba

Label: Six Degrees


Freedom Is Free

#13

Artist: Chicano Batman

Album: Freedom Is Free

Label: ATO Records


Prick Of The Litter

#14

Artist: Delbert McClinton & Self-Made Men

Album: Prick Of The Litter

Label: Hot Shot Records


Close Ties

#15

Artist: Rodney Crowell

Album: Close Ties

Label: New West


Black Irish

#16

Artist: Shannon McNally

Album: Black Irish

Label: Compass Records


Kids In the Street

#17

Artist: Justin Townes Earle

Album: Kids In the Street

Label: New West


Lift Me Up

#18

Artist: Chicago Gospel Keyboard Masters

Album: Lift Me Up

Label: The Sirens Records


Tribute To Ndiouga Dieng

#19

Artist: Orchestra Baobab

Album: Tribute To Ndiouga Dieng

Label: World Circuit


TajMo

#20

Artist: Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’

Album: TajMo

Label: Concord Records


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

#21

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

#22

Artist: Various

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

Label: Narro Way


République Amazone

#23

Artist: Les Amazones D’Afrique

Album: République Amazone

Label: Real World


Baile Bucanero

#24

Artist: Ondatrópica

Album: Baile Bucanero

Label: Sound Way


The Temple Of I & I

#25

Artist: Thievery Corporation

Album: The Temple Of I & I

Label: Ingrooves


Ginny Mules

#26

Artist: Ginny Mules

Album: Ginny Mules

Label: (self)


Elwan

#27

Artist: Tinariwen

Album: Elwan

Label: Anti/Epitaph


Résistance

#28

Artist: Songhoy Blues

Album: Résistance

Label: Fat Possum


Cubafonía

#29

Artist: Daymé Arocena

Album: Cubafonía

Label: Brownswood Recordings


Avrakedabra

#30

Artist: Morgan Heritage

Album: Avrakedabra

Label: CTBC Music Group


The Nashville Sound

#31

Artist: Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit

Album: The Nashville Sound

Label: Southeastern Records


This Old Dog

#32

Artist: Mac DeMarco

Album: This Old Dog

Label: Captured Tracks


Devil In The Seat

#33

Artist: Foghorn Stringband

Album: Devil In The Seat

Label: Self Produced


Masontown - EP

#34

Artist: Masontown

Album: Masontown – EP

Label: Self Produced


This Sweet Old World

#35

Artist: Lucinda Williams

Album: This Sweet Old World

Label: Highway 20 Records


With You In Mind

#36

Artist: Stanton Moore

Album: With You In Mind

Label: Mascot Music Productions


Super Ape Returns To Conquer

#37

Artist: Lee “Scratch” Perry & Subatomic Sound System

Album: Super Ape Returns To Conquer

Label: Subatomic Sound


Recorded Live in Lafayette

#38

Artist: Sonny Landreth

Album: Recorded Live in Lafayette

Label: Provogue


London Southern

#39

Artist: Jim Lauderdale

Album: London Southern

Label: Sky Crunch Records


Parking Lot Symphony

#40

Artist: Trombone Shorty

Album: Parking Lot Symphony

Label: Blue Note Records


Chuck

#41

Artist: Chuck Berry

Album: Chuck

Label: Dualtone


Slowdive

#42

Artist: Slowdive

Album: Slowdive

Label: Dead Oceans


In This Time

#43

Artist: Masontown

Album: In This Time

Label: Self Produced


Stove Up

#44

Artist: Danny Barnes

Album: Stove Up

Label: Wendell Records


Joy Comes Back

#45

Artist: Ruthie Foster

Album: Joy Comes Back

Label: Stone Truth Music


Highway Queen

#46

Artist: Nikki Lane

Album: Highway Queen

Label: New West


Beast Epic

#47

Artist: Iron & Wine

Album: Beast Epic

Label: Sub Pop


Move Upstairs

#48

Artist: The Como Mamas

Album: Move Upstairs

Label: Daptone Records


Build Music

#49

Artist: Janka Nabay & The Bubu Gang

Album: Build Music

Label: Luaka Bop


New Orleans Banjo Vol. 1: Musieu Bainjo

#50

Artist: Seva Venet

Album: New Orleans Banjo Vol. 1: Musieu Bainjo

Label: Self Produced


Drunk

#51

Artist: Thundercat

Album: Drunk

Label: Brainfeeder Records


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

#52

Artist: Mac Wiseman

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

Label: Mountain Fever Records


Uhamiaji

#53

Artist: Msafiri Zawose

Album: Uhamiaji

Label: Soundway


Run Kitty Run

#54

Artist: The Bombay Royale

Album: Run Kitty Run

Label: HopeStreet Recordings


Salón, Lágrimas Y Deseo

#55

Artist: Lila Downs

Album: Salón, Lágrimas Y Deseo

Label: Sony Music


Putumayo Presents African Rumba

#56

Artist: Various

Album: Putumayo Presents African Rumba

Label: Putumayo


Rebel Frequency

#57

Artist: Nattali Rize

Album: Rebel Frequency

Label: Rootfire Cooperative


American Dream

#58

Artist: LCD Soundsystem

Album: American Dream

Label: Columbia


Planetarium

#59

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

Album: Planetarium

Label: 4AD


Satan's Graffiti Or God's Art?

#60

Artist: Black Lips

Album: Satan’s Graffiti Or God’s Art?

Label: Vice Music


Wild Orchid

#61

Artist: Colcannon

Album: Wild Orchid

Label: Colcannon


Trophy

#62

Artist: Sunny Sweeney

Album: Trophy

Label: Self Produced


Folk Songs

#63

Artist: Kronos Quartet

Album: Folk Songs

Label: Nonesuch


You Don't Own Me Anymore

#64

Artist: The Secret Sisters

Album: You Don’t Own Me Anymore

Label: New West Records


The Dustbowl Revival

#65

Artist: The Dustbowl Revival

Album: The Dustbowl Revival

Label: Signature Sounds


Let Them Fall in Love

#66

Artist: CeCe Winans

Album: Let Them Fall in Love

Label: Pure Springs Gospel


Harmonies

#67

Artist: Lord Echo

Album: Harmonies

Label: Sound Way


When the People Move, The Music Moves Too

#68

Artist: Meklit

Album: When the People Move, The Music Moves Too

Label: Six Degrees


Modern Pressure

#69

Artist: Daniel Romano

Album: Modern Pressure

Label: New West


Humanz

#70

Artist: Gorillaz

Album: Humanz

Label: Parlophone/Warner Brothers


Last Place

#71

Artist: Grandaddy

Album: Last Place

Label: 30th Century Records


Everybody Works

#72

Artist: Jay Som

Album: Everybody Works

Label: Polyvinyl


Occult Architecture, Vol. 1

#73

Artist: Moon Duo

Album: Occult Architecture, Vol. 1

Label: Sacred Bones


Migration

#74

Artist: Bonobo

Album: Migration

Label: Ninja Tune


What If

#75

Artist: The Jerry Douglas Band

Album: What If

Label: Rounder Records


Through the Years...Favorite Songs and Requests

#76

Artist: Bluegrass Patriots

Album: Through the Years…Favorite Songs and Requests

Label: Self Produced


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

#77

Artist: Chris Daniels & The Kings

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

Label: Moon Voyage Records


With A Lampshade On

#78

Artist: The Dustbowl Revival

Album: With A Lampshade On

Label: Signature Sounds


Fifteen

#79

Artist: The Wailin’ Jennys

Album: Fifteen

Label: Red House Records


Songs of Bob Dylan

#80

Artist: Joan Osborne

Album: Songs of Bob Dylan

Label: Womanly Hips


Americana

#81

Artist: Ray Davies

Album: Americana

Label: Legacy


Almost Home

#82

Artist: Blind Boys of Alabama

Album: Almost Home

Label: BBOA Records


All the Beauty in This Whole Life

#83

Artist: Brother Ali

Album: All the Beauty in This Whole Life

Label: Rhymesayers


Ladilikan

#84

Artist: Trio Da Kali & Kronos Quartet

Album: Ladilikan

Label: World Circuit


Zaire 74: The African Artists

#85

Artist: Various

Album: Zaire 74: The African Artists

Label: Wrasse Records


Half Century Dub

#86

Artist: Vibronics meets Conscious Sounds

Album: Half Century Dub

Label: Self Produced


Waiting On A Song

#87

Artist: Dan Auerbach

Album: Waiting On A Song

Label: Easy Eye Sound


City Music

#88

Artist: Kevin Morby

Album: City Music

Label: Dead Oceans


Somersault

#89

Artist: Beach Fossils

Album: Somersault

Label: Bayonet


Manic Revelations

#90

Artist: Pokey LaFarge

Album: Manic Revelations

Label: Rounder


Bunker Funk

#91

Artist: Damaged Bug

Album: Bunker Funk

Label: Castle Face


Hot Thoughts

#92

Artist: Spoon

Album: Hot Thoughts

Label: Matador


Laws Of Gravity

#93

Artist: The Infamous Stringdusters

Album: Laws Of Gravity

Label: Compass Records


The Hazel and Alice Sessions

#94

Artist: Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands

Album: The Hazel and Alice Sessions

Label: Spruce and Maple Music


The Railsplitters

#95

Artist: The Railsplitters

Album: The Railsplitters

Label: Self Produced


Uyai

#96

Artist: Ibibio Sound Machine

Album: Uyai

Label: Merge


Before That Rooster Crows

#97

Artist: Felonius Smith

Album: Before That Rooster Crows

Label: Lipeery Fish Music


Montana Moon

#98

Artist: Dan McCorison

Album: Montana Moon

Label: Musikode Records


The Order Of Time

#99

Artist: Valerie June

Album: The Order Of Time

Label: June Tunes


Memories Are Now

#100

Artist: Jesca Hoop

Album: Memories Are Now

Label: Sub Pop Records


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