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Top 100 Albums of 2014

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Check out the top 100 albums of 2014 on KGNU. This list represents the most played recordings on the station from January 1st through December 1st. Some of these recordings came out toward the end of 2013 but were still red hot for us in the first part of the new year. You can check out our weekly Top 30 charts throughout the year to keep up on what we're digging at the moment.



Top 100 Albums on KGNU in 2014:


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Rank: #1
Artist: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
Album: Give the People What They Want
Label: Daptone Records
Genre: Soul


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Rank: #2
Artist: Courtney Barnett
Album: The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas
Label: House Anxiety
Genre: Rock


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Rank: #3
Artist: Beck
Album: Morning Phase
Label: Capitol
Genre: Rock


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Rank: #4
Artist: The Black Keys
Album: Turn Blue
Label: Nonesuch Records
Genre: Rock


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Rank: #5
Artist: The Railsplitters
Album: The Railsplitters
Label: Self Produced
Genre: Bluegrass


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Rank: #6
Artist: Quantic
Album: Magnetica
Label: TruThoughts
Genre: World


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Rank: #7
Artist: Mollie O'Brien & Rich Moore
Album: Love Runner
Label: Remington Road Records
Genre: Folk


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Rank: #8
Artist: Various Artists
Album: A Tribute To Bob Dylan In the 80s: Volume One
Label: ATO Records
Genre: Rock


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Rank: #9
Artist: Tinariwen
Album: Emmaar
Label: Anti
Genre: World


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Rank: #10
Artist: Juana Molina
Album: Wed 21
Label: Crammed Discs
Genre: Rock


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Rank: #11
Artist: Tim O'Brien & Darrell Scott
Album: Memories and Moments
Label: Full Skies Records
Genre: Folk


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Rank: #12
Artist: Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison
Album: Our Year
Label: Premium Records
Genre: Folk


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Rank: #13
Artist: Regina Carter
Album: Southern Comfort
Label: Sony Music
Genre: Jazz


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Rank: #14
Artist: Jolie Holland
Album: Wine Dark Sea
Label: Anti
Genre: Rock


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Rank: #15
Artist: Lucinda Williams
Album: Lucinda Williams
Label: Thirty Tigers
Genre: Folk


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Rank: #16
Artist: Rodney Crowell
Album: Tarpaper Sky
Label: New West Records
Genre: Folk


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Rank: #17
Artist: Damien Jurado
Album: Brothers And Sisters Of The Eternal Son
Label: Secretly Canadian
Genre: Rock


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Rank: #18
Artist: Del McCoury Band
Album: The Streets of Baltimore
Label: McCoury Music
Genre: Bluegrass


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Rank: #19
Artist: Nickel Creek
Album: A Dotted Line
Label: Nonesuch Records
Genre: Bluegrass


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Rank: #20
Artist: Billie Joe + Norah
Album: Foreverly
Label: Reprise Records
Genre: Folk


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Rank: #21
Artist: Noam Pikelny
Album: Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe
Label: Compass Records
Genre: Bluegrass


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Rank: #22
Artist: Tune-Yards
Album: Nikki Nack
Label: 4AD
Genre: Rock


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Rank: #23
Artist: Meridian Brothers
Album: Salvadora Robot
Label: Sound Way
Genre: Rock


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Rank: #24
Artist: Various Artists
Album: The Soul Fire Box Set
Label: Truth & Soul
Genre: Soul


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Rank: #25
Artist: Old Crow Medicine Show
Album: Remedy
Label: ATO Records
Genre: Rock


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Rank: #26
Artist: St. Vincent
Album: St. Vincent
Label: Loma Vista
Genre: Rock


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Rank: #27
Artist: The Head And The Heart
Album: Let's Be Still
Label: Sub Pop
Genre: Rock


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Rank: #28
Artist: Various Artists
Album: Country Funk Volume II 1967-1974
Label: Light in the Attic
Genre: Soul


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Rank: #29
Artist: Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin
Album: Common Ground: Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Play And Sing The Songs Of Big Bill Broonzy
Label: Yep Roc Records
Genre: Blues


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Rank: #30
Artist: Rodrigo y Gabriela
Album: 9 Dead Alive
Label: ATO Records
Genre: World


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Rank: #31
Artist: Dolly Parton
Album: Blue Smoke
Label: Sony Masterworks
Genre: Country


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Rank: #32
Artist: William Onyeabor
Album: World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor?
Label: Luaka Bop
Genre: World


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Rank: #33
Artist: Neil Young
Album: Live At The Cellar Door
Label: Reprise Records
Genre: Folk


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Rank: #34
Artist: Sly & Robbie
Album: Underwater Dub
Label: Groove Attack
Genre: Reggae


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Rank: #35
Artist: Hot Rize
Album: When I'm Free
Label: Ten In Hand Records
Genre: Bluegrass


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Rank: #36
Artist: Mungo's Hi Fi & Prince Fatty
Album: Prince Fatty Versus Mungo's Hi-Fi
Label: Mr. Bongo
Genre: Reggae


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Rank: #37
Artist: David Grisman
Album: Muddy Roads
Label: Acoustic Disc
Genre: Bluegrass


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Rank: #38
Artist: Andrew Bird
Album: I Want to See Pulaski at Night
Label: Grimsey Records
Genre: Rock


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Rank: #39
Artist: Nikki Lane
Album: All Or Nothin'
Label: New West Records
Genre: Rock


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Rank: #40
Artist: Temples
Album: Sun Structures
Label: Fat Possum
Genre: Rock


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Rank: #41
Artist: Alsarah And The Nubatones
Album: Silt
Label: Wonderwheel Recordings
Genre: World


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Rank: #42
Artist: William Onyeabor
Album: What?!
Label: Luaka Bop
Genre: Electronic


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Rank: #43
Artist: Eccodek
Album: Singing In Tongues
Label: Eccodek
Genre: Electronic


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Rank: #44
Artist: Bryan Sutton
Album: Into My Own
Label: Sugar Hill Records
Genre: Bluegrass


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Rank: #45
Artist: Kasai Allstars
Album: Beware the Fetish (Congotronics 5)
Label: Crammed Discs
Genre: World


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Rank: #46
Artist: Ibibio Sound Machine
Album: Ibibio Sound Machine
Label: Sound Way
Genre: World


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Rank: #47
Artist: Various Artists
Album: Studio One Ska Fever!
Label: Soul Jazz
Genre: Reggae


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Rank: #48
Artist: Dom La Nena
Album: Golondrina - EP
Label: Six Degrees Records
Genre: Rock


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Rank: #49
Artist: The Plates
Album: Punky Reggae
Label: Self Produced
Genre: Reggae


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Rank: #50
Artist: Dexter Payne Quartet + 1
Album: Pra Voce
Label: Dexofon Records
Genre: Jazz


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Rank: #51
Artist: Shovels & Rope
Album: Swimmin' Time
Label: Dualtone Records
Genre: Folk


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Rank: #52
Artist: Sonny Knight & The Lakers
Album: I'm Still Here
Label: Secret Stash
Genre: Soul


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Rank: #53
Artist: The Devil Makes Three
Album: I'm a Stranger Here
Label: New West Records
Genre: Rock


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Rank: #54
Artist: Various Artists
Album: Delmark 60 Years of Blues
Label: Delmark Records
Genre: Blues


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Rank: #55
Artist: The Haden Triplets
Album: The Haden Triplets
Label: Third Man Records
Genre: Folk


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Rank: #56
Artist: Bahamas
Album: Bahamas Is Afie
Label: Brushfire
Genre: Rock


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Rank: #57
Artist: Various Artists
Album: This Is the Town: A Tribute to Nilsson, Vol. 1
Label: The Royal Potato Family
Genre: Rock


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Rank: #58
Artist: Lake Street Dive
Album: Bad Self Portraits
Label: Signature Sounds
Genre: Rock


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Rank: #59
Artist: Steve Martin And The Steep Canyon Rangers feat. Edie Brickell
Album: Live
Label: Rounder
Genre: Bluegrass


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Rank: #60
Artist: Johnny Cash
Album: Out Among The Stars
Label: Sony Music
Genre: Country


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Rank: #61
Artist: Various Artists
Album: Finding Fela (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Label: Knitting Factory
Genre: World


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Rank: #62
Artist: Son Palenque
Album: Afro-Colombian Sound Modernizers
Label: VampiSoul
Genre: World


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Rank: #63
Artist: Various Artists
Album: New Orleans Funk 3
Label: Soul Jazz
Genre: Soul


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Rank: #64
Artist: Chris Smither
Album: Still On the Levee
Label: Homonculus Music
Genre: Folk


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Rank: #65
Artist: Nathaniel Rateliff
Album: Falling Faster Than You Can Run
Label: Mod y Vi Records
Genre: Rock


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Rank: #66
Artist: Halden Wofford And The Hi-Beams
Album: Rocky Mountain Honky Tonk
Label: Self Produced
Genre: Country


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Rank: #67
Artist: Willie Nelson
Album: To All The Girls...
Label: Legacy
Genre: Country


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Rank: #68
Artist: Neil Young
Album: A Letter Home
Label: Reprise Records
Genre: Folk


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Rank: #69
Artist: The Infamous Stringdusters
Album: Let It Go
Label: Thirty Tigers
Genre: Bluegrass


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Rank: #70
Artist: Catherine Russell
Album: Bring It Back
Label: Jazz Village
Genre: Jazz


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Rank: #71
Artist: Mary Flower
Album: When My Bluebird Sings
Label: Bluesette Records
Genre: Blues


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Rank: #72
Artist: Cibo Matto
Album: Hotel Valentine
Label: Chimera Music
Genre: Rock


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Rank: #73
Artist: Mogwai
Album: Rave Tapes
Label: Kranky
Genre: Rock


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Rank: #74
Artist: Jaune Toujours
Album: Routes
Label: Choux De Bruxelles
Genre: World


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Rank: #75
Artist: Various Artists
Album: Six Degrees of Brazil, Vol. 2
Label: Six Degrees
Genre: World


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Rank: #76
Artist: Lucinda Williams
Album: Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone
Label: Thirty Tigers
Genre: Rock


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Rank: #77
Artist: Leon Russell
Album: Life Journey
Label: Universal Music Group
Genre: Blues


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Rank: #78
Artist: Suzy Bogguss
Album: Lucky
Label: Loyal Dutchess Records
Genre: Country


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Rank: #79
Artist: Carlene Carter
Album: Carter Girl
Label: Rounder
Genre: Country


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Rank: #80
Artist: The Budos Band
Album: Burnt Offering
Label: Daptone Recording
Genre: Soul


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Rank: #81
Artist: Diane Coffee
Album: My Friend Fish
Label: Western Vinyl
Genre: Rock


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Rank: #82
Artist: Mr. Scruff
Album: Friendly Bacteria
Label: Ninja Tune
Genre: Electronic


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Rank: #83
Artist: Sarah Jarosz
Album: Build Me Up From Bones
Label: Sugar Hill Records
Genre: Bluegrass


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Rank: #84
Artist: Pretty Lights
Album: A Color Map of the Sun (Remixes)
Label: 8 Minutes 20 Seconds
Genre: Electronic


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Rank: #85
Artist: Monty Alexander
Album: Harlem Kingston Express, Vol. 2: The River Rolls On
Label: Motema Music
Genre: Jazz


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Rank: #86
Artist: Thievery Corporation
Album: Saudade
Label: ESL
Genre: World


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Rank: #87
Artist: Ana Tijoux
Album: Vengo
Label: Nacional Records
Genre: World


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Rank: #88
Artist: Red Molly
Album: The Red Album
Label: Self Produced
Genre: Folk


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Rank: #89
Artist: Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars
Album: Libation
Label: Cumbancha
Genre: World


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Rank: #90
Artist: Jim & Jesse And The Virginia Boys
Album: Radio Shows
Label: Rural Rhythm
Genre: Bluegrass


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Rank: #91
Artist: First Aid Kit
Album: Stay Gold
Label: Columbia
Genre: Rock


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Rank: #92
Artist: Beats Antique
Album: A Thousand Faces - Act 1
Label: Self Produced
Genre: Rock


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Rank: #93
Artist: Les Claypool's Duo De Twang
Album: Four Foot Shack
Label: ATO Records
Genre: Rock


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Rank: #94
Artist: Amos Lee
Album: Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song
Label: Blue Note
Genre: Folk


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Rank: #95
Artist: Various Artists
Album: Angola Soundtrack 2: Hypnosis, Distortions & Other Sonic Innovations 1969-1978
Label: Analog Africa
Genre: World


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Rank: #96
Artist: Bob Dylan & The Band
Album: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes Complete
Label: Legacy
Genre: Rock


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Rank: #97
Artist: Toumani Diabate & Sidiki Diabate
Album: Toumani & Sidiki
Label: World Circuit
Genre: World


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Rank: #98
Artist: The Souljazz Orchestra
Album: Inner Fire
Label: Strut
Genre: Jazz


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Rank: #99
Artist: Dilated Peoples
Album: Directors of Photography
Label: Rhymesayers
Genre: Hip Hop


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Rank: #100
Artist: Ry Cooder & Corridos Famosos
Album: Live In San Francisco
Label: Nonesuch Records
Genre: Folk






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KGNU's First Live Broadcast

Posted on May 21, 2014
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The day was May 22, 1978. The place, a modest cottage along the banks of Boulder Creek. The clock struck 10:00 am and KGNU's first General Manager, Glen Gerberg dropped the needle on "It's a Long Way There" from The Little River Band. With a small crowd of KGNU's earliest core of volunteers lending moral support, he turned on the microphone and uttered the first words on KGNU. Please enjoy this video clip, a historic moment in broadcasting and stunning document of late 70's Colorado fashion.