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KGNU's Top 100 Albums of 2022

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KGNU's Top 100 albums of the year, ranked by number of spins. 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 true freeform, ecclectic, music since 1978.

Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway - Crooked Tree

1.
Artist: Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway
Album: Crooked Tree
Label: Nonesuch


Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder - Get on Board

2.
Artist: Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder
Album: Get on Board
Label: Nonesuch


Robert Plant & Alison Krauss - Raise The Roof

3.
Artist: Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
Album: Raise The Roof
Label: Rounder


Mavis Staples & Levon Helm - Carry Me Home

4.
Artist: Mavis Staples & Levon Helm
Album: Carry Me Home
Label: Anti-


Calexico - El Mirador

5.
Artist: Calexico
Album: El Mirador
Label: Anti-


Emmylou Harris & The Nash Ramblers - Ramble in Music City: The Lost Concert (Live)

6.
Artist: Emmylou Harris & The Nash Ramblers
Album: Ramble in Music City: The Lost Concert (Live)
Label: Nonesuch


Peter Rowan - Calling You From My Mountain

7.
Artist: Peter Rowan
Album: Calling You From My Mountain
Label: Rebel Records


The Del McCoury Band - Almost Proud

8.
Artist: The Del McCoury Band
Album: Almost Proud
Label: McCoury Music


Delbert McClinton - Outdated Emotion

9.
Artist: Delbert McClinton
Album: Outdated Emotion
Label: Hot Shot Records


Punch Brothers - Hell On Church Street

10.
Artist: Punch Brothers
Album: Hell On Church Street
Label: Warner Music Group


Various Artists - Sacred Soul of North Carolina

11.
Artist: Various Artists
Album: Sacred Soul of North Carolina
Label: Bible And Tire Recording Company


Wilco - Cruel Country

12.
Artist: Wilco
Album: Cruel Country
Label: dBpm Records Inc.


Bonnie Raitt - Just Like That...

13.
Artist: Bonnie Raitt
Album: Just Like That...
Label: Redwing


Willie Nelson - A Beautiful Time

14.
Artist: Willie Nelson
Album: A Beautiful Time
Label: Legacy


Congotronics International - Where's The One? (feat. Deerhoof, Juana Molina, Kasai Allstars, Konono No 1, Wildbirds & Peacedrums & Skeletons)

15.
Artist: Congotronics International
Album: Where's The One? (feat. Deerhoof, Juana Molina, Kasai Allstars, Konono No 1, Wildbirds & Peacedrums & Skeletons)
Label: Crammed Disc US


Rokia Koné & Jacknife Lee - Bamanan

16.
Artist: Rokia Koné & Jacknife Lee
Album: Bamanan
Label: Rokia Kone


Big Thief - Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You

17.
Artist: Big Thief
Album: Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You
Label: 4AD


Billy Strings - Renewal

18.
Artist: Billy Strings
Album: Renewal
Label: Rounder


Monophonics & Kelly Finnigan - Sage Motel

19.
Artist: Monophonics & Kelly Finnigan
Album: Sage Motel
Label: Colemine Records


Catherine Russell - Send For Me

20.
Artist: Catherine Russell
Album: Send For Me
Label: Dot Time Records


Protoje - Third Time's The Charm

21.
Artist: Protoje
Album: Third Time's The Charm
Label: in.Digg.Nation Collective


Steve Earle - Jerry Jeff

22.
Artist: Steve Earle
Album: Jerry Jeff
Label: New West Records


Old Crow Medicine Show - Paint This Town

23.
Artist: Old Crow Medicine Show
Album: Paint This Town
Label: ATO Records


Asleep At The Wheel - Half A Hundred Years

24.
Artist: Asleep At The Wheel
Album: Half A Hundred Years
Label: Home Records Marketed And Distributed By Thirty Tigers


L'Entourloop - La clarté dans la confusion

25.
Artist: L'Entourloop
Album: La clarté dans la confusion
Label: L'Entourloop


Mary Gauthier - Dark Enough To See The Stars

26.
Artist: Mary Gauthier
Album: Dark Enough To See The Stars
Label: In the Black Records


Noori & His Dorpa Band - Beja Power! Electric Soul & Brass from Sudan's Red Sea Coast

27.
Artist: Noori & His Dorpa Band
Album: Beja Power! Electric Soul & Brass from Sudan's Red Sea Coast
Label: Ostinato Records


Leyla McCalla - Breaking The Thermometer

28.
Artist: Leyla McCalla
Album: Breaking The Thermometer
Label: Anti


Eliza Gilkyson - Songs From The River Wind

29.
Artist: Eliza Gilkyson
Album: Songs From The River Wind
Label: Howlin Dog Records


Cimafunk - El Alimento

30.
Artist: Cimafunk
Album: El Alimento
Label: Terapia Productions


Vieux Farka Touré & Khruangbin - Ali

31.
Artist: Vieux Farka Touré & Khruangbin
Album: Ali
Label: Dead Oceans - Night Time Stories, Ltd


The Harlem Gospel Travelers - Look Up!

32.
Artist: The Harlem Gospel Travelers
Album: Look Up!
Label: Colemine


Various Artists - A Guide To The Birdsong Of Western Africa

33.
Artist: Various Artists
Album: A Guide To The Birdsong Of Western Africa
Label: Shika Shika


Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - Dirt Does Dylan

34.
Artist: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Album: Dirt Does Dylan
Label: MRI


Oumou Sangaré - Timbuktu

35.
Artist: Oumou Sangaré
Album: Timbuktu
Label: World Circuit


Keb' Mo' - Good To Be...

36.
Artist: Keb' Mo'
Album: Good To Be...
Label: Rounder


Andrew Bird - Inside Problems

37.
Artist: Andrew Bird
Album: Inside Problems
Label: Loma Vista


Ibibio Sound Machine - Electricity

38.
Artist: Ibibio Sound Machine
Album: Electricity
Label: Ibibio Sound Machine


Various Artists - Rough Guide to Texas Blues

39.
Artist: Various Artists
Album: Rough Guide to Texas Blues
Label: World Music Network


Trombone Shorty - Lifted

40.
Artist: Trombone Shorty
Album: Lifted
Label: Blue Note


King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Butterfly 3001

41.
Artist: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
Album: Butterfly 3001
Label: KGLW


Bonobo - Fragments

42.
Artist: Bonobo
Album: Fragments
Label: Ninja Tune


Thee Sacred Souls - Thee Sacred Souls

43.
Artist: Thee Sacred Souls
Album: Thee Sacred Souls
Label: Daptone Records


Deca - Smoking Gun

44.
Artist: Deca
Album: Smoking Gun
Label: Deca


Brennen Leigh - Obsessed With The West (feat. Asleep At The Wheel)

45.
Artist: Brennen Leigh
Album: Obsessed With The West (feat. Asleep At The Wheel)
Label: Signature Sounds


Wet Leg - Wet Leg

46.
Artist: Wet Leg
Album: Wet Leg
Label: Domino Record Company


The Spy from Cairo - Animamundi

47.
Artist: The Spy from Cairo
Album: Animamundi
Label: Zeb the Spy from Cairo


Fantastic Negrito - White Jesus Black Problems

48.
Artist: Fantastic Negrito
Album: White Jesus Black Problems
Label: Storefront Records


Adrian Quesada - Boleros Psicodélicos

49.
Artist: Adrian Quesada
Album: Boleros Psicodélicos
Label: ATO


Neko Case - Wild Creatures

50.
Artist: Neko Case
Album: Wild Creatures
Label: Anti/Epitaph


The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble - Step Down

51.
Artist: The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble
Album: Step Down
Label: Colemine Records


Death by Dub - Abundance

52.
Artist: Death by Dub
Album: Abundance
Label: Color Red Records


Dr. John - Things Happen That Way

53.
Artist: Dr. John
Album: Things Happen That Way
Label: Low A9 LLC / Rounder


Wood Belly - Great Big Skies

54.
Artist: Wood Belly
Album: Great Big Skies
Label: Americana Vibes


Patty Griffin - Tape

55.
Artist: Patty Griffin
Album: Tape
Label: PGM


Vieux Farka Touré - Les Racines

56.
Artist: Vieux Farka Touré
Album: Les Racines
Label: World Circuit


Third Coast Percussion - Perspectives

57.
Artist: Third Coast Percussion
Album: Perspectives
Label: Cedille


Kikagaku Moyo - Kumoyo Island

58.
Artist: Kikagaku Moyo
Album: Kumoyo Island
Label: Guruguru Brain


Tuba Skinny - Magnolia Stroll

59.
Artist: Tuba Skinny
Album: Magnolia Stroll
Label: Tuba Skinny


Yonder Mountain String Band - Get Yourself Outside

60.
Artist: Yonder Mountain String Band
Album: Get Yourself Outside
Label: Frog Pad Records


Khruangbin & Leon Bridges - Texas Moon - EP

61.
Artist: Khruangbin & Leon Bridges
Album: Texas Moon - EP
Label: Dead Oceans


Spoon - Lucifer On The Sofa

62.
Artist: Spoon
Album: Lucifer On The Sofa
Label: Matador


Gonora Sounds - Hard Times Never Kill

63.
Artist: Gonora Sounds
Album: Hard Times Never Kill
Label: The Vital Record


Los Bitchos - Let The Festivities Begin!

64.
Artist: Los Bitchos
Album: Let The Festivities Begin!
Label: City Slang


Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Barn

65.
Artist: Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Album: Barn
Label: Reprise


Ernest Honny - Essiebons Special 1973 - 1984 / Ghana Music Power House

66.
Artist: Ernest Honny
Album: Essiebons Special 1973 - 1984 / Ghana Music Power House
Label: Analog Africa


Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats - The Future

67.
Artist: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Album: The Future
Label: Stax


Sturgill Simpson - Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs Of John Prine, Vol. 2

68.
Artist: Sturgill Simpson
Album: Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs Of John Prine, Vol. 2
Label: Oh Boy Records


Gillian Welch & David Rawlings - Something Borrowed, Something New: A Tribute To John Anderson

69.
Artist: Gillian Welch & David Rawlings
Album: Something Borrowed, Something New: A Tribute To John Anderson
Label: Easy Eye Sound


The Bongo Hop - La Napa

70.
Artist: The Bongo Hop
Album: La Napa
Label: Underdog Records


Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul - Topical Dancer

71.
Artist: Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul
Album: Topical Dancer
Label: Because Music


Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio - Cold As Weiss

72.
Artist: Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio
Album: Cold As Weiss
Label: Colemine Records


Norman Blake - Day By Day

73.
Artist: Norman Blake
Album: Day By Day
Label: Smithsonian Folkways


James McMurtry - The Horses And The Hounds

74.
Artist: James McMurtry
Album: The Horses And The Hounds
Label: New West Records


Various Artists - Putumayo Presents Afro - Cubano

75.
Artist: Various Artists
Album: Putumayo Presents Afro - Cubano
Label: Putumayo


King Jammy - King Jammy Destroys The Virus With Dub

76.
Artist: King Jammy
Album: King Jammy Destroys The Virus With Dub
Label: Greensleeves Records Ltd


Project Gemini - The Children Of Scorpio

77.
Artist: Project Gemini
Album: The Children Of Scorpio
Label: Mr Bongo


Tank And The Bangas - Red Balloon

78.
Artist: Tank And The Bangas
Album: Red Balloon
Label: Verve


King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Omnium Gatherum

79.
Artist: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
Album: Omnium Gatherum
Label: KGLW - King Gizzard and Lizard Wizard


Fontaines D.C. - Skinty Fia

80.
Artist: Fontaines D.C.
Album: Skinty Fia
Label: Parisan Records


Junior Y Su Equipo - Saturno 2000: La Rebajada De Los Sonideros 1962 - 1983

81.
Artist: Junior Y Su Equipo
Album: Saturno 2000: La Rebajada De Los Sonideros 1962 - 1983
Label: Analog Africa


Kurt Vile - Watch My Moves

82.
Artist: Kurt Vile
Album: Watch My Moves
Label: Verve


Juanita Euka - Mabanzo

83.
Artist: Juanita Euka
Album: Mabanzo
Label: Strut Records


Mr. Sun - Extrovert

84.
Artist: Mr. Sun
Album: Extrovert
Label: Compass Records


The Diasonics - Origin Of Forms

85.
Artist: The Diasonics
Album: Origin Of Forms
Label: Record Kicks


Anaïs Mitchell - Anaïs Mitchell

86.
Artist: Anaïs Mitchell
Album: Anaïs Mitchell
Label: BMG Rights Management (US) LLC


Cat Power - Covers

87.
Artist: Cat Power
Album: Covers
Label: Domino Recording Co


Parquet Courts - Sympathy For Life

88.
Artist: Parquet Courts
Album: Sympathy For Life
Label: Rough Trade


Quantic & Nidia Góngora - Almas Conectadas

89.
Artist: Quantic & Nidia Góngora
Album: Almas Conectadas
Label: Tru Thoughts


Makaya McCraven - Deciphering The Message

90.
Artist: Makaya McCraven
Album: Deciphering The Message
Label: Blue Note


Balsam Range - Moxie And Mettle

91.
Artist: Balsam Range
Album: Moxie And Mettle
Label: Mountain Home Music Company


J Rocc - A Wonderful Letter

92.
Artist: J Rocc
Album: A Wonderful Letter
Label: Stones Throw Records


Daniel Villarreal - Panamá 77

93.
Artist: Daniel Villarreal
Album: Panamá 77
Label: International Anthem Recording Co


Seratones - Love & Algorhythms

94.
Artist: Seratones
Album: Love & Algorhythms
Label: New West Records


Father John Misty - Chloë And The Next 20th Century

95.
Artist: Father John Misty
Album: Chloë And The Next 20th Century
Label: Sub Pop


Animal Collective - Time Skiffs

96.
Artist: Animal Collective
Album: Time Skiffs
Label: Domino Record Company


Curtis Harding - If Words Were Flowers

97.
Artist: Curtis Harding
Album: If Words Were Flowers
Label: Anti


Jake Blount - The New Faith

98.
Artist: Jake Blount
Album: The New Faith
Label: Smithsonian Folkways


Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen - Hold On

99.
Artist: Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
Album: Hold On
Label: Compass Records


Al-Qasar - Who Are We?

100.
Artist: Al-Qasar
Album: Who Are We?
Label: Glitterbeat Records





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