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KGNU's Top 100 of 2017

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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