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

#1

Artist: Ry Cooder

Album: The Prodigal Son

Label: Perro Verde Records


The Tree Of Forgiveness

#2

Artist: John Prine

Album: The Tree Of Forgiveness

Label: Cowboy Records


Landfall

#3

Artist: Kronos Quartet & Laurie Anderson

Album: Landfall

Label: Nonesuch


Hot Rize's 40th Anniversary Bash (Live)

#4

Artist: Hot Rize

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

Label: Ten in Hand Records


Tell Me How You Really Feel

#5

Artist: Courtney Barnett

Album: Tell Me How You Really Feel

Label: Mom + Pop


Last Man Standing

#6

Artist: Willie Nelson

Album: Last Man Standing

Label: Legacy


Con Todo El Mundo

#7

Artist: Khruangbin

Album: Con Todo El Mundo

Label: Dead Oceans


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

#8

Artist: Various

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

Label: City Hall Records


Deran

#9

Artist: Bombino

Album: Deran

Label: Partisan Records


Carter Stanley's Eyes

#10

Artist: Peter Rowan

Album: Carter Stanley’s Eyes

Label: Rebel Records


Appleseed's 21st Anniversary: Roots and Branches

#11

Artist: Various

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

Label: Appleseeds Records


See You Around

#12

Artist: I’m With Her

Album: See You Around

Label: Rounder Records


American Utopia

#13

Artist: David Byrne

Album: American Utopia

Label: Video Music Inc


Free Yourself Up

#14

Artist: Lake Street Dive

Album: Free Yourself Up

Label: Nonesuch


Call Me Lucky

#15

Artist: Chris Smither

Album: Call Me Lucky

Label: Signature Sounds Recordings


Whatever It Takes

#16

Artist: The James Hunter Six

Album: Whatever It Takes

Label: Daptone


King Size Dub

#17

Artist: Dubmatix

Album: King Size Dub

Label: Echo Beach


West

#18

Artist: Tish Hinojosa

Album: West

Label: Tish Records


Call It Home Vol. 1 & 2

#19

Artist: The California Honeydrops

Album: Call It Home Vol. 1 & 2

Label: Tubtone Records


Johnny Cash: Forever Words

#20

Artist: Various

Album: Johnny Cash: Forever Words

Label: Sony Legacy


There's A Riot Going On

#21

Artist: Yo La Tengo

Album: There’s A Riot Going On

Label: Matador Records


Temet

#22

Artist: Imarhan

Album: Temet

Label: Wedge


Wide Awake!

#23

Artist: Parquet Courts

Album: Wide Awake!

Label: Rough Trade


Shine Bright

#24

Artist: Marcia Ball

Album: Shine Bright

Label: Alligator Records


Whistle Down the Wind

#25

Artist: Joan Baez

Album: Whistle Down the Wind

Label: Razor & Tie


King Of The Road: A Tribute To Roger Miller

#26

Artist: Various

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

Label: BMG Records


Out of the Blues

#27

Artist: Boz Scaggs

Album: Out of the Blues

Label: Concord Records


Remain In Light

#28

Artist: Angélique Kidjo

Album: Remain In Light

Label: Kravenworks


Bienaventuranza

#29

Artist: Chancha Via Circuito

Album: Bienaventuranza

Label: Wonderwheell Recordings


A Matter Of Time

#30

Artist: Protoje

Album: A Matter Of Time

Label: Easy Star Records


Fear Of A Brown Planet

#31

Artist: Brownout

Album: Fear Of A Brown Planet

Label: Fat Beats


Treasures from the Temple

#32

Artist: Thievery Corporation

Album: Treasures from the Temple

Label: ESL Music


Volunteer

#33

Artist: Old Crow Medicine Show

Album: Volunteer

Label: Columbia


Freedom's Goblin

#34

Artist: Ty Segall

Album: Freedom’s Goblin

Label: Drag City Records


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

#35

Artist: Various

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

Label: B-Boy Bungus


Back Being Blue

#36

Artist: Kelly Willis

Album: Back Being Blue

Label: Thirty Tigers


Sex & Food

#37

Artist: Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Album: Sex & Food

Label: Jagjaguwar


Kin Sonic

#38

Artist: Jupiter & Okwess

Album: Kin Sonic

Label: Everloving Records


Orquesta Akokán

#39

Artist: Orquesta Akokán

Album: Orquesta Akokán

Label: Daptone


I'll Be Your Girl

#40

Artist: The Decemberists

Album: I’ll Be Your Girl

Label: Capitol


New Routes

#41

Artist: Asleep at the Wheel

Album: New Routes

Label: Bixmeaux Records


Del Mccoury Still Sings Bluegrass

#42

Artist: The Del McCoury Band

Album: Del Mccoury Still Sings Bluegrass

Label: McCoury Music


Dial It In

#43

Artist: Reverend Freakchild

Album: Dial It In

Label: Floating Records


A Heart Never Knows

#44

Artist: The Price Sisters

Album: A Heart Never Knows

Label: Rebel Records


Hard Core Broken Heart

#45

Artist: Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams

Album: Hard Core Broken Heart

Label: CD Baby


The Magic Tree

#46

Artist: Steve Forbert

Album: The Magic Tree

Label: Blue Rose Music


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

#47

Artist: David Starobin

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

Label: Bridge Records


Black Noise 2084

#48

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

#49

Artist: Monkey Marc

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

Label: Digikillaz


Wande

#50

Artist: Samba Touré

Album: Wande

Label: Glitterbeat


Dime Stories, Vol. 2

#51

Artist: The Carolyn Sills Combo

Album: Dime Stories, Vol. 2

Label: Self Produced


Jazz for All

#52

Artist: Dexter Payne Quintet

Album: Jazz for All

Label: Dexofon Records


True in Time

#53

Artist: John Gorka

Album: True in Time

Label: Blue Chalk Records


Something Smells Funky 'Round Here

#54

Artist: Elvin Bishop

Album: Something Smells Funky ‘Round Here

Label: Alligator Records


Acoustic Classics

#55

Artist: Rodney Crowell

Album: Acoustic Classics

Label: RC1 Records


Secularia

#56

Artist: Eliza Gilkyson

Album: Secularia

Label: Red House Records


North Of Despair

#57

Artist: Wood & Wire

Album: North Of Despair

Label: Blue Corn Music


7

#58

Artist: Beach House

Album: 7

Label: Sub Pop


My Future Is My Past

#59

Artist: Walter “Wolfman” Washington

Album: My Future Is My Past

Label: Anti


Superorganism

#60

Artist: Superorganism

Album: Superorganism

Label: Domino


I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life

#61

Artist: Tune-Yards

Album: I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life

Label: 4AD


Wild! Wild! Wild!

#62

Artist: Robbie Fulks & Linda Gail Lewis

Album: Wild! Wild! Wild!

Label: Bloodshot


Overdubbed

#63

Artist: Sly & Robbie & Dubmatix

Album: Overdubbed

Label: Echo Beach


Spyboy

#64

Artist: Cha Wa

Album: Spyboy

Label: UPT Music


Fenfo (Something To Say)

#65

Artist: Fatoumata Diawara

Album: Fenfo (Something To Say)

Label: Shanchie


Floating Features

#66

Artist: La Luz

Album: Floating Features

Label: Hardly Art


Sweet Old Religion

#67

Artist: Pharis & Jason Romero

Album: Sweet Old Religion

Label: Lula Records


The Forgotten

#68

Artist: Joe Jencks

Album: The Forgotten

Label: Turtle Bear Music


Both Sides Of The Sky

#69

Artist: Jimi Hendrix

Album: Both Sides Of The Sky

Label: Legacy


The Turbans

#70

Artist: The Turbans

Album: The Turbans

Label: Six Degrees


By The Way, I Forgive You

#71

Artist: Brandi Carlile

Album: By The Way, I Forgive You

Label: Elektra


Tearing at the Seams

#72

Artist: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

Album: Tearing at the Seams

Label: Stax


Toubalbero

#73

Artist: Sidi Touré

Album: Toubalbero

Label: Thrill Jockey


The Thread That Keeps Us

#74

Artist: Calexico

Album: The Thread That Keeps Us

Label: Anti


The Way These Things Go

#75

Artist: FY5

Album: The Way These Things Go

Label: Swingfingers Records


Live ! At The Isleton Crawdad Festival

#76

Artist: Edward Poullard & Jesse Lege

Album: Live ! At The Isleton Crawdad Festival

Label: Arhoolie Productions


Healing Tide

#77

Artist: The War And Treaty

Album: Healing Tide

Label: Strong World Entertainment


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

#78

Artist: Various

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

Label: Africa Seven


Dyna-Mite

#79

Artist: Jon Cleary

Album: Dyna-Mite

Label: FHQ Records


Soul Side of Town

#80

Artist: Tower Of Power

Album: Soul Side of Town

Label: Mack Avenue


Rebellion Rises

#81

Artist: Ziggy Marley

Album: Rebellion Rises

Label: Tuff Gong


The Deconstruction

#82

Artist: Eels

Album: The Deconstruction

Label: E-Works/PIAS


The Gospel Truth Live

#83

Artist: Marie Knight

Album: The Gospel Truth Live

Label: M. C. Records


One People One World

#84

Artist: Femi Kuti

Album: One People One World

Label: Knitting Factory Records


Scarlett Roses

#85

Artist: Grayson Capps

Album: Scarlett Roses

Label: Royal Potato Family


Iphupho

#86

Artist: Afrika Mamas

Album: Iphupho

Label: ARC Music


Vessel Of Love

#87

Artist: Hollie Cook

Album: Vessel Of Love

Label: Merge Records


Roll With the Punches

#88

Artist: Van Morrison

Album: Roll With the Punches

Label: Universal


Evening Machines

#89

Artist: Gregory Alan Isakov

Album: Evening Machines

Label: Dualtone Music 2018


Years in the Making

#90

Artist: Loudon Wainwright III

Album: Years in the Making

Label: Storysound Records


At King Electric

#91

Artist: Ray Bonneville

Album: At King Electric

Label: Stonefly Records


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

#92

Artist: Various

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

Label: VampiSoul


Opal

#93

Artist: Vinyl Williams

Album: Opal

Label: Requiem Pour Un Twister


Where Lights Are Low

#94

Artist: Bill Hearne

Album: Where Lights Are Low

Label: Howlin’ Dog Records


Maghreb United

#95

Artist: Ammar 808

Album: Maghreb United

Label: Glitterbeat Records


Hardly Electronic

#96

Artist: The Essex Green

Album: Hardly Electronic

Label: Merge Records


Red White and Blues

#97

Artist: MojoMama

Album: Red White and Blues

Label: Self Produced


The Travelin' McCourys

#98

Artist: The Travelin’ McCourys

Album: The Travelin’ McCourys

Label: McCoury Music


Fried Rice & Chicken

#99

Artist: Little Freddie King

Album: Fried Rice & Chicken

Label: Orleans Records


Panic Blooms

#100

Artist: Black Moth Super Rainbow

Album: Panic Blooms

Label: Rad Cult


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