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KGNU's Top Albums of 2021

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Top 100 Albums - 2021


WE ARE

1
Artist: Jon Batiste
Album: WE ARE
Label: Verve Label Group


My People

2
Artist: Cha Wa
Album: My People
Label: Single Lock Records


I Told You So

3
Artist: Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio
Album: I Told You So
Label: Colemine Records


He Walked On

4
Artist: Tim O'Brien
Album: He Walked On
Label: Howdy Skies Records


Native Sons

5
Artist: Los Lobos
Album: Native Sons
Label: New West Records


Let's Get Happy Together

6
Artist: Maria Muldaur & Tuba Skinny
Album: Let's Get Happy Together
Label: Stony Plain


Daddy's Home

7
Artist: St. Vincent
Album: Daddy's Home
Label: Loma Vista


Vol. 2: Baca Sewa

8
Artist: Cochemea
Album: Vol. 2: Baca Sewa
Label: Daptone Records


Devil on My Tail

9
Artist: Hot Texas Swing Band
Album: Devil on My Tail
Label: Hot Texas Swing Band


Alligator Records 50 Years of Genuine Houserockin' Music

10
Artist: Various Artists
Album: Alligator Records 50 Years of Genuine Houserockin' Music
Label: Alligator Records


They're Calling Me Home (with Francesco Turrisi)

11
Artist: Rhiannon Giddens
Album: They're Calling Me Home (with Francesco Turrisi)
Label: Nonesuch


Amblin' Man

12
Artist: Greg Schochet
Album: Amblin' Man
Label: Self Produced


Black To The Future

13
Artist: Sons Of Kemet
Album: Black To The Future
Label: Impulse!


Treasure Of Love (feat. Butch Hancock, Joe Ely & Jimmie Dale Gilmore)

14
Artist: The Flatlanders
Album: Treasure Of Love (feat. Butch Hancock, Joe Ely & Jimmie Dale Gilmore)
Label: Rack 'Em Records


Yeti Season

15
Artist: El Michels Affair
Album: Yeti Season
Label: Big Crown Rwecords


The Shadow of Their Suns

16
Artist: Wax Tailor
Album: The Shadow of Their Suns
Label: Lab'oratoire


Changing Colours

17
Artist: Babe Rainbow
Album: Changing Colours
Label: Eureka Music


Things She Couldn't Get Over

18
Artist: Dale Ann Bradley
Album: Things She Couldn't Get Over
Label: Pinecastle


J.T.

19
Artist: Steve Earle & The Dukes
Album: J.T.
Label: New West Records


Mother Nature

20
Artist: Angelique Kidjo
Album: Mother Nature
Label: Verve


Obviously

21
Artist: Lake Street Dive
Album: Obviously
Label: Nonesuch


Leftover Feelings

22
Artist: John Hiatt & Jerry Douglas
Album: Leftover Feelings
Label: New West Records


Where Do We Go From Here

23
Artist: Dumpstaphunk
Album: Where Do We Go From Here
Label: The Funk Garage


Collapsed In Sunbeams

24
Artist: Arlo Parks
Album: Collapsed In Sunbeams
Label: Transgressive


Yol

25
Artist: Altin Gün
Album: Yol
Label: ATO Records


Sound Ancestors

26
Artist: Madlib
Album: Sound Ancestors
Label: Madlib Invasion


Kologo

27
Artist: Alostmen
Album: Kologo
Label: Strut Records


Corey Ledet Zydeco

28
Artist: Corey Ledet Zydeco
Album: Corey Ledet Zydeco
Label: Nouveau Electric Records


The Lost Mystique Of Being In The Know

29
Artist: Rising Appalachia
Album: The Lost Mystique Of Being In The Know
Label: Rising Appalachia


Greg Belson's Divine Funk

30
Artist: Various Artists
Album: Greg Belson's Divine Funk
Label: Cultures of Soul


Stop The Hate

31
Artist: Femi Kuti
Album: Stop The Hate
Label: PTKF


Local Valley

32
Artist: José González
Album: Local Valley
Label: Mute/Imperial Recordings


Vexillology

33
Artist: Guedra Guedra
Album: Vexillology
Label: On The Corner


Glowing In The Dark

34
Artist: Django Django
Album: Glowing In The Dark
Label: Because Music


That's Life

35
Artist: Willie Nelson
Album: That's Life
Label: Sony


I’ll Be Your Mirror: A Tribute To The Velvet Underground & Nico

36
Artist: Various
Album: I’ll Be Your Mirror: A Tribute To The Velvet Underground & Nico
Label: Verve


Blue Heron Suite

37
Artist: Sarah Jarosz
Album: Blue Heron Suite
Label: Rounder


Expansions

38
Artist: Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band
Album: Expansions
Label: Big Crown Records


What The Flood Leaves Behind

39
Artist: Amy Helm
Album: What The Flood Leaves Behind
Label: Rough Trade


Me and Les

40
Artist: Dan McCorison
Album: Me and Les
Label: Musikode Records


At Home with Southern Culture on the Skids

41
Artist: Southern Culture On the Skids
Album: At Home with Southern Culture on the Skids
Label: Kudzu Records


Rough Guide to the Best Japanese Music You've Never Heard

42
Artist: Various Artists
Album: Rough Guide to the Best Japanese Music You've Never Heard
Label: World Music Network


Binga

43
Artist: Samba Touré
Album: Binga
Label: Glitterbeat


Vulture Prince

44
Artist: Arooj Aftab
Album: Vulture Prince
Label: New Amsterdam


Private Space

45
Artist: Durand Jones & The Indications
Album: Private Space
Label: Colemine


We Famous

46
Artist: Kondi Band
Album: We Famous
Label: Strut Records


Long Time Coming

47
Artist: Sierra Ferrell
Album: Long Time Coming
Label: Rounder


Habibi Funk: An Eclectic Selection Of Music From The Arab World (Part 2) (Habibi Funk 015)

48
Artist: Various Artists
Album: Habibi Funk: An Eclectic Selection Of Music From The Arab World (Part 2) (Habibi Funk 015)
Label: Habibi Funk


What We Did (Live)

49
Artist: Chris Daniels & Hazel Miller
Album: What We Did (Live)
Label: Blind Raccoon


Club Coco

50
Artist: Various Artists
Album: Club Coco
Label: Bongo Joe


Brand New Good Old Days

51
Artist: Leftover Salmon
Album: Brand New Good Old Days
Label: Compass Records


Now Dig This (feat. Lucky Peterson, Chuck Rainey & The Moeller Brothers)

52
Artist: Crystal Thomas
Album: Now Dig This (feat. Lucky Peterson, Chuck Rainey & The Moeller Brothers)
Label: Dialtone Records


There Is No End

53
Artist: Tony Allen
Album: There Is No End
Label: Decca Records


Promenade Blue

54
Artist: Nick Waterhouse
Album: Promenade Blue
Label: Promenade Blue


An East African Journey

55
Artist: Omar Sosa
Album: An East African Journey
Label: Ota Records


Baby, I'm Hollywood!

56
Artist: Judith Hill
Album: Baby, I'm Hollywood!
Label: Regime Music Group


Gold-Diggers Sound

57
Artist: Leon Bridges
Album: Gold-Diggers Sound
Label: Columbia


Butterfly 3000

58
Artist: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
Album: Butterfly 3000
Label: KGLW


Madremonte

59
Artist: Jaguar
Album: Madremonte
Label: Jaguar


Kanawa

60
Artist: Nahawa Doumbia
Album: Kanawa
Label: Awesome Tapes From Africa


Rough Guide to the Roots of Jazz

61
Artist: Various Artists
Album: Rough Guide to the Roots of Jazz
Label: World Music Network


My Bluegrass Heart

62
Artist: Béla Fleck
Album: My Bluegrass Heart
Label: BMG


Wary + Strange

63
Artist: Amythyst Kiah
Album: Wary + Strange
Label: Rounder


Hymne à La Vie

64
Artist: Le Super Mojo & Pat Kalla
Album: Hymne à La Vie
Label: Pure Vida Sounds


Laysongs

65
Artist: Chris Thile
Album: Laysongs
Label: Nonesuch


Tezeta

66
Artist: Hailu Mergia & The Walias
Album: Tezeta
Label: Awesome Tapes From


Stand For Myself

67
Artist: Yola
Album: Stand For Myself
Label: Easy Eye Sound


We Are An Island, But We're Not Alone

68
Artist: Comorian
Album: We Are An Island, But We're Not Alone
Label: Glitterbeat


Hard Up

69
Artist: The Bamboos
Album: Hard Up
Label: BMG


Yaral Sa Doom

70
Artist: Wau Wau Collectif
Album: Yaral Sa Doom
Label: Sahel Sounds


Welcome 2 America

71
Artist: Prince
Album: Welcome 2 America
Label: SMG


Resilience: Songs of Uganda

72
Artist: Rachel Magoola
Album: Resilience: Songs of Uganda
Label: Arc Music


The Moon And Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers

73
Artist: Valerie June
Album: The Moon And Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers
Label: Fantasy


Sketchy.

74
Artist: Tune-Yards
Album: Sketchy.
Label: 4AD


Pissourin

75
Artist: Monsieur Doumani
Album: Pissourin
Label: Glitterbeat


662

76
Artist: Christone "Kingfish" Ingram
Album: 662
Label: Alligator Records


We're OK. But We're Lost Anyway.

77
Artist: Orchestre Tout Puissant Marcel Duchamp
Album: We're OK. But We're Lost Anyway.
Label: Bongo Joe


Smoke From The Chimney

78
Artist: Tony Joe White
Album: Smoke From The Chimney
Label: Easy Eye Sound


Secret Six

79
Artist: Secret Six Jazz Band
Album: Secret Six
Label: Secret Six


La Que Es

80
Artist: Venezonix
Album: La Que Es
Label: National Records


Mood Valiant

81
Artist: Hiatus Kaiyote
Album: Mood Valiant
Label: Brainfeeder


L.W.

82
Artist: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
Album: L.W.
Label: KGLW


Introducing...

83
Artist: Aaron Frazer
Album: Introducing...
Label: Dead Oceans


Sunshine Radio

84
Artist: Tommy Guerrero
Album: Sunshine Radio
Label: Octave Lab


Drama

85
Artist: Rodrigo Amarante
Album: Drama
Label: Polyvinyl Records


The Waylon Sessions

86
Artist: Shannon McNally
Album: The Waylon Sessions
Label: Compass Records


You Gotta Have It

87
Artist: Tia Carroll
Album: You Gotta Have It
Label: Little Village


Outside Child

88
Artist: Allison Russell
Album: Outside Child
Label: Fantasy


Xalam

89
Artist: Ben Aylon
Album: Xalam
Label: Riverboat


Daddy's Country Gold

90
Artist: Melissa Carper
Album: Daddy's Country Gold
Label: Self Produced


Walk In The Woods - EP

91
Artist: Orchard Creek Band
Album: Walk In The Woods - EP
Label: Self Produced


Living In The Last Days

92
Artist: Elizabeth King & The Gospel Souls
Album: Living In The Last Days
Label: Bible & Tire


Matiela Suto - Colombian Singles Series Vol 2

93
Artist: KillaBeatMaker
Album: Matiela Suto - Colombian Singles Series Vol 2
Label: Galletas Calientas Records


Faster

94
Artist: Samantha Fish
Album: Faster
Label: Rounder


The Exciting Sounds of Menahan Street Band

95
Artist: Menahan Street Band
Album: The Exciting Sounds of Menahan Street Band
Label: Daptone


Family Reunion

96
Artist: Della Mae
Album: Family Reunion
Label: Della Mae


Harmony Grits

97
Artist: Ida Red
Album: Harmony Grits
Label: Self Produced


New Long Leg

98
Artist: Dry Cleaning
Album: New Long Leg
Label: 4AD


Mother Sauce

99
Artist: Hot Mustard
Album: Mother Sauce
Label: Color Red Records


Quietly Blowing It

100
Artist: Hiss Golden Messenger
Album: Quietly Blowing It
Label: Merge Records





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