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Top 100 Albums of 2023


Monday, Jan 1 2024, from 9am to 6pm MT, Leo Cripps, Kate Stevens, Tony King, and Lisa Wilton shared the best music of 2023! Here are the most played albums of the year.

    • 🌺 = Albertan
    • 🍁 = Canadian

100. 🍁 Peace Flag Ensemble: Astral Plains (We Are Busy Bodies)
99. 🍁 Katie Tupper: Where To Find Me (Arts & Crafts)
98. Little Dragon: Slugs of Love (Ninja Tune)
97. Old Crow Medicine Show: Jubilee (ATO)
96. The Teskey Brothers: The Winding Way (Glassnote)
95. This Is The Kit: Careful Of Your Keepers (Rough Trade)
94. Hiss Golden Messenger: Jump For Joy (Merge)
93. 🍁 Michael Jerome Browne: Gettin’ Together (Stony Plain)
92. 🍁 Jane Bunnett and Maqueque: Playing With Fire (Linus)
91. 🍁 Miina: Slow Motion (Independent)

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Old Crow Medicine Show: It Started as a Trip

This year marks the silver anniversary of the barn-storming acoustic country music juggernaut known as Old Crow Medicine Show. They're...Listen

90. 🌺 Dana Wylie: How Much Muscle (Independent)
89. Jalen Ngonda: Come Around and Love Me (Daptone)
88. 🌺 Kinjo & Young: Wild Prairie Rose (4FT)
87. Emily King: Special Occasion (ATO)
86. 🌺 Mallory Chipman: As Though I Had Wings (Tunnel Mountain)
85. Joe Louis Walker: Weight of the World (40 Below)
84. The Suffers: It Starts With Love (Missing Piece)
83. Lucinda Williams: Stories From a Rock n Roll Heart (Highway 20)
82. Gia Margaret: Romantic Piano (Jagjaguwar)
81. 🍁 Propter Hawk: Propter Hawk (Independent)

80. 🍁 Hannah Georgas: I’d Be Lying If I Said I Didn’t Care (Real Kind / Arts & Crafts)
79. 🍁 Boogey The Beat: Cousins (Red Music Rising)
78. Son Volt: Day Of The Doug (Transmit Sound)
77. Zuco 103: Telenova (Six Degrees)
76. Whatitdo Archive Group: Palace of a Thousand Sounds (Record Kicks)
75. 🍁 Cinephonic: Visions (Marlow)
74. Arlo Parks: My Soft Machine (Transgessive / PIAS)
73. 🍁 Great Lake Swimmers: Uncertain Country (Harbour Songs / Fontana)
72. 🍁 Cowboy Junkies: Such Ferocious Beauty (Latent)
71. 🌺 Wendy McNeill: First There Were Feathers (Independent)

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Wendy McNeill | Wild Wisdom Wrapped in Verse

She's always had a way of finding those human stories that make us feel connected to some of the very...Listen

70. 🌺 The Lovebullies: Somewhere (Independent)
69. Shana Cleveland: Manzanita (Hardly Art)
68.🍁 Bahamas: Bootcut (Brushfire / Republic)
67. 🍁 U.S. Girls: Bless This Mess (Royal Mountain)
66. 🍁 Ariel Posen: Reasons Why (Soundly)
65.🍁 Russell Louder: Fair-Weather (Lisbon Lux)
64.🌺 Mike Tod: Mike Tod LP (Independent)
63. 🌺 Wilfred Kozub: The Last Vibrations of Summer (Independent)
62. 🌺 Rae Spoon: Not Dead Yet (Coax)
61. Fiona Boyes: Ramblified (Blue Empress)

60. Iris DeMent: Workin’ On A World (Independent)
59. Say She She: Silver (Karma Chief)
58. Tinariwen: Amatssou (Wedge)
57. 🍁 Big Little Lions: AMPM (Fallen Tree)
56. Raul Malo: Say Less (Thirty Tigers)
55. Sona Jobarteh: Badinyaa Kumoo (African Guild)
54. Durand Jones: Wait Til I Get Over (Dead Oceans)
53. 🍁 Jeremie Albino: Tears You Hide (Kill Rock Stars)
52. 🍁 Kid Koala: Creatures of the Late Afternoon (Envision)
51. 🍁 Blood Ceremony: The Old Ways Remain (Rise Above)

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Kid Koala x Lealani | Gather Round

"Hey, you! Come and gather round!" That's one of the lyrics from β€œThings Are Gonna Change,” Lealani's collaboration with Kid...Listen

50. Tony Allen & Adrian Younge: Tony Allen JID018 (Jazz Is Dead)
49. Krasno Moore Project: Book of Queens (Concord Jazz)
48. The Budos Band: Frontier’s Edge (Diamond West)
47. 🍁 The New Pornographers: Continue as a Guest (Merge)
46. Taj Mahal: Savoy (Stony Plain)
45. Margo Price: Strays (Loma Vista)
44. 🌺 Sargeant x Comrade: Lo Fi Future (Mo Gravy)
43. 🌺 Audrey Ochoa: The Head Of a Mouse (Chronograph)
42. 🍁 boygenius: The Record (Interscope / Universal)
41. 🍁 Bruce Cockburn: O Sun O Moon (True North)

40. 🍁 Boy Golden: For Jimmy (Six Shooter)
39. 🍁 Jeremy Dutcher: Motewolonuwok (Secret City)
38. 🍁 Tina Leon: Pull (Ensoul)
37. 🍁 Witch Prophet: Gateway Experience (Heart Lake)
36. 🍁 Dominique Fils-Aimé: Our Roots Run Deep (Ensoul)
35. 🌺 Justine Vandergrift: Mountain Standard Time (Independent)
34.The War And Treaty: Lover’s Game (UMG)
33. 🍁 Andy Shauf: Norm (Arts & Crafts)
32.🍁 Charlotte Cornfield: Could Have Done Anything (Next Door)
31.🍁 Del Barber: Almanac (Acronym)

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Andy Shauf: A Normal Record

At times, the protagonist of Andy Shauf's new album Norm might strike you as a charming, shambling sort of fellow....Listen

30.The Allergies: Reconcile EP (Jalapeno)
29. 🍁 Slow Leaves: Meantime (Birthday Cake)
28. 🍁 Terra Lightfoot: Healing Power (Sonic Unyon)
27. 🍁 Jenn Grant: Champagne Problems (Leo Vela)
26. 🍁 Ron Sexsmith: The Vivian Line (Warner)
25. 🌺 Bella White: Among Other Things (Rounder)
24. 🍁 Shakura S’Aida: Hold On To Love (Independent)
23. Jenny Lewis: Joy’all (Glassnote)
22. 🍁 Half Moon Run: Salt (BMG)
21. Rhiannon Giddens: You’re The One (Nonesuch / Warner)

20. 🍁 Matt Andersen: The Big Bottle of Joy (Sonic)
19. 🍁 Feist: Multitudes (Polydor)
18. David Wax Museum: You Must Change Your Life (Nine Mile)
17. 🍁 Cat Clyde: Down Rounder (Second Prize)
16. 🍁 Apollo Suns: Departures (Do Right!)
15. 🌺 Rubim de Toledo: The Drip (Independent)
14. Joy Oladokun: Proof Of Life (Republic / Verve)
13. 🌺 Doug Organ: Quiet In The Library (Independent)
12. 🌺 Starpainter: Rattlesnake Dream (Neon Moon)
11. 🍁 Claire Davis: Get It Right (LRK)

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Matt Andersen | Uncorked

He's currently traversing the continent, along with a band and a production that are so big, they won't all fit...Listen

10. 🍁 Doug Paisley: Say What You Like (Outside)
9. 🌺 Mac DeMarco: Five Easy Hot Dogs (Royal Mountain)
8. Eric Bibb: Ridin’ (Repute)
7. Sunny War: Anarchist Gospel (New West)
6.🍁 Elisapie: Inuktitut (Bonsound)
5.🍁 Alex Cuba: El Swing Que Yo Tengo (Caracol)
4. 🌺 Shane Ghostkeeper: Songs For My People (Victory Pool)
3.🍁 Begonia: Powder Blue (Birthday Cake)
2.🍁 William Prince: Stand In The Joy (Six Shooter)
1.🍁 Allison Russell: The Returner (Fantasy)

In the summer of 2023, CKUA’s Lisa Wilton had the chance to chat with Allison Russell at the CKUA tent at Canmore Folk Fest. Their conversation is a powerful testament to why this artist is number one at CKUA. Learn more about The Returner, her band of collaborators, and how and why Allison Russell does what she does.


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