Top 100 Albums of 2018

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 2018:

The Prodigal Son


Artist: Ry Cooder

Album: The Prodigal Son

Label: Perro Verde Records

The Tree Of Forgiveness


Artist: John Prine

Album: The Tree Of Forgiveness

Label: Cowboy Records



Artist: Kronos Quartet & Laurie Anderson

Album: Landfall

Label: Nonesuch

Hot Rize's 40th Anniversary Bash (Live)


Artist: Hot Rize

Album: Hot Rize’s 40th Anniversary Bash (Live)

Label: Ten in Hand Records

Tell Me How You Really Feel


Artist: Courtney Barnett

Album: Tell Me How You Really Feel

Label: Mom + Pop

Last Man Standing


Artist: Willie Nelson

Album: Last Man Standing

Label: Legacy

Con Todo El Mundo


Artist: Khruangbin

Album: Con Todo El Mundo

Label: Dead Oceans

Soul Don't Worry! Black Gospel During the Civil Rights Era 1953-1967


Artist: Various

Album: Soul Don’t Worry! Black Gospel During the Civil Rights Era 1953-1967

Label: City Hall Records



Artist: Bombino

Album: Deran

Label: Partisan Records

Carter Stanley's Eyes


Artist: Peter Rowan

Album: Carter Stanley’s Eyes

Label: Rebel Records

Appleseed's 21st Anniversary: Roots and Branches


Artist: Various

Album: Appleseed’s 21st Anniversary: Roots and Branches

Label: Appleseeds Records

See You Around


Artist: I’m With Her

Album: See You Around

Label: Rounder Records

American Utopia


Artist: David Byrne

Album: American Utopia

Label: Video Music Inc

Free Yourself Up


Artist: Lake Street Dive

Album: Free Yourself Up

Label: Nonesuch

Call Me Lucky


Artist: Chris Smither

Album: Call Me Lucky

Label: Signature Sounds Recordings

Whatever It Takes


Artist: The James Hunter Six

Album: Whatever It Takes

Label: Daptone

King Size Dub


Artist: Dubmatix

Album: King Size Dub

Label: Echo Beach



Artist: Tish Hinojosa

Album: West

Label: Tish Records

Call It Home Vol. 1 & 2


Artist: The California Honeydrops

Album: Call It Home Vol. 1 & 2

Label: Tubtone Records

Johnny Cash: Forever Words


Artist: Various

Album: Johnny Cash: Forever Words

Label: Sony Legacy

There's A Riot Going On


Artist: Yo La Tengo

Album: There’s A Riot Going On

Label: Matador Records



Artist: Imarhan

Album: Temet

Label: Wedge

Wide Awake!


Artist: Parquet Courts

Album: Wide Awake!

Label: Rough Trade

Shine Bright


Artist: Marcia Ball

Album: Shine Bright

Label: Alligator Records

Whistle Down the Wind


Artist: Joan Baez

Album: Whistle Down the Wind

Label: Razor & Tie

King Of The Road: A Tribute To Roger Miller


Artist: Various

Album: King Of The Road: A Tribute To Roger Miller

Label: BMG Records

Out of the Blues


Artist: Boz Scaggs

Album: Out of the Blues

Label: Concord Records

Remain In Light


Artist: Angélique Kidjo

Album: Remain In Light

Label: Kravenworks



Artist: Chancha Via Circuito

Album: Bienaventuranza

Label: Wonderwheell Recordings

A Matter Of Time


Artist: Protoje

Album: A Matter Of Time

Label: Easy Star Records

Fear Of A Brown Planet


Artist: Brownout

Album: Fear Of A Brown Planet

Label: Fat Beats

Treasures from the Temple


Artist: Thievery Corporation

Album: Treasures from the Temple

Label: ESL Music



Artist: Old Crow Medicine Show

Album: Volunteer

Label: Columbia

Freedom's Goblin


Artist: Ty Segall

Album: Freedom’s Goblin

Label: Drag City Records

The Soul of Songbird (1963-1973) Volume One & Two


Artist: Various

Album: The Soul of Songbird (1963-1973) Volume One & Two

Label: B-Boy Bungus

Back Being Blue


Artist: Kelly Willis

Album: Back Being Blue

Label: Thirty Tigers

Sex & Food


Artist: Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Album: Sex & Food

Label: Jagjaguwar

Kin Sonic


Artist: Jupiter & Okwess

Album: Kin Sonic

Label: Everloving Records

Orquesta Akokán


Artist: Orquesta Akokán

Album: Orquesta Akokán

Label: Daptone

I'll Be Your Girl


Artist: The Decemberists

Album: I’ll Be Your Girl

Label: Capitol

New Routes


Artist: Asleep at the Wheel

Album: New Routes

Label: Bixmeaux Records

Del Mccoury Still Sings Bluegrass


Artist: The Del McCoury Band

Album: Del Mccoury Still Sings Bluegrass

Label: McCoury Music

Dial It In


Artist: Reverend Freakchild

Album: Dial It In

Label: Floating Records

A Heart Never Knows


Artist: The Price Sisters

Album: A Heart Never Knows

Label: Rebel Records

Hard Core Broken Heart


Artist: Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams

Album: Hard Core Broken Heart

Label: CD Baby

The Magic Tree


Artist: Steve Forbert

Album: The Magic Tree

Label: Blue Rose Music

New Music with Guitar, Vol. 11: Poul Ruders – Occam's Razor


Artist: David Starobin

Album: New Music with Guitar, Vol. 11: Poul Ruders – Occam’s Razor

Label: Bridge Records

Black Noise 2084


Artist: Khalab

Album: Black Noise 2084

Label: On The Corner

Yaad N Abraad Riddim (feat. Dre Island, 5 Star, Iba Mahr, Aza Lineage & Earth And The Fullness) - EP


Artist: Monkey Marc

Album: Yaad N Abraad Riddim (feat. Dre Island, 5 Star, Iba Mahr, Aza Lineage & Earth And The Fullness) – EP

Label: Digikillaz



Artist: Samba Touré

Album: Wande

Label: Glitterbeat

Dime Stories, Vol. 2


Artist: The Carolyn Sills Combo

Album: Dime Stories, Vol. 2

Label: Self Produced

Jazz for All


Artist: Dexter Payne Quintet

Album: Jazz for All

Label: Dexofon Records

True in Time


Artist: John Gorka

Album: True in Time

Label: Blue Chalk Records

Something Smells Funky 'Round Here


Artist: Elvin Bishop

Album: Something Smells Funky ‘Round Here

Label: Alligator Records

Acoustic Classics


Artist: Rodney Crowell

Album: Acoustic Classics

Label: RC1 Records



Artist: Eliza Gilkyson

Album: Secularia

Label: Red House Records

North Of Despair


Artist: Wood & Wire

Album: North Of Despair

Label: Blue Corn Music



Artist: Beach House

Album: 7

Label: Sub Pop

My Future Is My Past


Artist: Walter “Wolfman” Washington

Album: My Future Is My Past

Label: Anti



Artist: Superorganism

Album: Superorganism

Label: Domino

I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life


Artist: Tune-Yards

Album: I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life

Label: 4AD

Wild! Wild! Wild!


Artist: Robbie Fulks & Linda Gail Lewis

Album: Wild! Wild! Wild!

Label: Bloodshot



Artist: Sly & Robbie & Dubmatix

Album: Overdubbed

Label: Echo Beach



Artist: Cha Wa

Album: Spyboy

Label: UPT Music

Fenfo (Something To Say)


Artist: Fatoumata Diawara

Album: Fenfo (Something To Say)

Label: Shanchie

Floating Features


Artist: La Luz

Album: Floating Features

Label: Hardly Art

Sweet Old Religion


Artist: Pharis & Jason Romero

Album: Sweet Old Religion

Label: Lula Records

The Forgotten


Artist: Joe Jencks

Album: The Forgotten

Label: Turtle Bear Music

Both Sides Of The Sky


Artist: Jimi Hendrix

Album: Both Sides Of The Sky

Label: Legacy

The Turbans


Artist: The Turbans

Album: The Turbans

Label: Six Degrees

By The Way, I Forgive You


Artist: Brandi Carlile

Album: By The Way, I Forgive You

Label: Elektra

Tearing at the Seams


Artist: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

Album: Tearing at the Seams

Label: Stax



Artist: Sidi Touré

Album: Toubalbero

Label: Thrill Jockey

The Thread That Keeps Us


Artist: Calexico

Album: The Thread That Keeps Us

Label: Anti

The Way These Things Go


Artist: FY5

Album: The Way These Things Go

Label: Swingfingers Records

Live ! At The Isleton Crawdad Festival


Artist: Edward Poullard & Jesse Lege

Album: Live ! At The Isleton Crawdad Festival

Label: Arhoolie Productions

Healing Tide


Artist: The War And Treaty

Album: Healing Tide

Label: Strong World Entertainment

Mothers Garden (The Funky Sounds of Female Africa 1975 - 1984)


Artist: Various

Album: Mothers Garden (The Funky Sounds of Female Africa 1975 – 1984)

Label: Africa Seven



Artist: Jon Cleary

Album: Dyna-Mite

Label: FHQ Records

Soul Side of Town


Artist: Tower Of Power

Album: Soul Side of Town

Label: Mack Avenue

Rebellion Rises


Artist: Ziggy Marley

Album: Rebellion Rises

Label: Tuff Gong

The Deconstruction


Artist: Eels

Album: The Deconstruction

Label: E-Works/PIAS

The Gospel Truth Live


Artist: Marie Knight

Album: The Gospel Truth Live

Label: M. C. Records

One People One World


Artist: Femi Kuti

Album: One People One World

Label: Knitting Factory Records

Scarlett Roses


Artist: Grayson Capps

Album: Scarlett Roses

Label: Royal Potato Family



Artist: Afrika Mamas

Album: Iphupho

Label: ARC Music

Vessel Of Love


Artist: Hollie Cook

Album: Vessel Of Love

Label: Merge Records

Roll With the Punches


Artist: Van Morrison

Album: Roll With the Punches

Label: Universal

Evening Machines


Artist: Gregory Alan Isakov

Album: Evening Machines

Label: Dualtone Music 2018

Years in the Making


Artist: Loudon Wainwright III

Album: Years in the Making

Label: Storysound Records

At King Electric


Artist: Ray Bonneville

Album: At King Electric

Label: Stonefly Records

Czech Up! Vol. 2: We'd Be Happy


Artist: Various

Album: Czech Up! Vol. 2: We’d Be Happy

Label: VampiSoul



Artist: Vinyl Williams

Album: Opal

Label: Requiem Pour Un Twister

Where Lights Are Low


Artist: Bill Hearne

Album: Where Lights Are Low

Label: Howlin’ Dog Records

Maghreb United


Artist: Ammar 808

Album: Maghreb United

Label: Glitterbeat Records

Hardly Electronic


Artist: The Essex Green

Album: Hardly Electronic

Label: Merge Records

Red White and Blues


Artist: MojoMama

Album: Red White and Blues

Label: Self Produced

The Travelin' McCourys


Artist: The Travelin’ McCourys

Album: The Travelin’ McCourys

Label: McCoury Music

Fried Rice & Chicken


Artist: Little Freddie King

Album: Fried Rice & Chicken

Label: Orleans Records

Panic Blooms


Artist: Black Moth Super Rainbow

Album: Panic Blooms

Label: Rad Cult

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