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Top 100 Albums of 2021


Friday Dec 31 2021, from 6am to 6pm MT, Oskar Zybart, Amy van Keeken, and Brian Golightly shared the best music of 2021! Here are the most played albums of the year.

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    100. Crystal Shawanda: Church House Blues (New Sun / Linus)
    99. GA-20: GA-20 Does Hound Dog Taylor: Try It…You Might Like It! (Alligator / Colemine)
    98. OXLIP: Your Mother Was A Peacock (Garment District)
    97. Boy Golden: Church Of Better Daze (Six Shooter / Universal)
    96. Fruit Bats: The Pet Parade (Merge)
    95. Jr. Gone Wild: Still Got The Jacket (Stony Plain / weewerk)
    94. Amy Helm: What The Flood Leaves Behind (BMG)
    93. Burnstick: Kîyânaw (Independent)
    92. T. Buckley: Frame by Frame (Fallen Tree)
    91. Evan Cheadle: Fault Line Serenade (Victory Pool)

    90. Shovels & Rope: Busted Jukebox: Volume 3 (Dualtone)
    89. Del Barber: Stray Dogs (Acronym)
    88. Dione Taylor: Spirits In The Water (Matay)
    87. Laura Niquay: Waska Matisiwin (Musique nomade)
    86. Hiss Golden Messenger: Quietly Blowing It (Merge)
    85. Son Volt: Electro Melodier (Transmit Sound/Thirty Tigers)
    84. The Weather Station: Ignorance (Deluxe) (Next Door)
    83. Cedric Burnside: I Be Trying (Single Lock)
    82. Greg Keelor: Share The Love (Warner)
    81. Aaron Frazer: Introducing… (Dead Oceans / Easy Eye Sound)

    80. Slow Leaves: Holiday (Birthday Cake)
    79. Brandon Isaak: Modern Primitive (Independent)
    78. Spencer Burton: Coyote (Still)
    77. Charles Spearin: My City Of Starlings (Arts & Crafts)
    76. The Heavyweights Brass Band: Stir Crazy (Slammin)
    75. Joan Armatrading: Consequences (BMG)
    74. Daniel Romano: Cobra Poems (You’ve Changed)
    73. Colin Linden: bLow (Highway 20/Thirty Tigers)
    72. Mdou Moctar: Afrique Victime (Matador)
    71. Christone “”Kingfish”” Ingram: 662 (Alligator)


Spencer Burton shakes things up with 'Coyote'

Back in the Top 10 of CKUA's weekly Top 30, 'Coyote' marks a distinctive shift in sonic pallet compared to Burton's days with band Attack in Black.Listen

    70. Curtis Harding: If Words Were Flowers (ANTI-)
    69. Bahamas: Live To Tape: Volume I (EP) (Barchords/ Brushfire)
    68. Dobet Gnahoré: Couleur (Cumbancha)
    67. El Michels Affair: Yeti Season (Big Crown)
    66. Robert Plant & Alison Krauss: Raise The Roof (Rounder / Concord)
    65. David Wax Museum: Euphoric Ouroboric (Mark Of The Leopard)
    64. St. Vincent: Daddy’s Home (Loma Vista)
    63. Electric Religious: Tragic Lover (Crystal Baby)
    62. Begonia: The Fear Tour (Live) (Rex Baby)
    61. Brandi Carlile: In These Silent Days (Warner)

    60. Sue Foley: Pinky’s Blues (Stony Plain)
    59. Michael Wimberly: Afrofuturism (Temple Mountain)
    58. Phyllis Sinclair: Ghost Bones (Independent)
    57. TUNS: Duly Noted (Murderecords)
    56. Anoushka Shankar: Love Letters P.S. (Mercury KX)
    55. The Band: Stage Fright (50th Anniversary Remaster) (Capitol/ Universal)
    54. Curtis Salgado: Damage Control (Alligator)
    53. Bernice: Eau de Bonjourno (Telephone Explosion)
    52. John Hiatt with The Jerry Douglas Band: Leftover Feelings (New West)
    51. Lydia Ainsworth: Sparkles & Debris (Zombie Cat)

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    50. Lucy Dacus: Home Video (Matador)
    49. Crowded House: Dreamers Are Waiting (EMI)
    48. Serena Ryder: The Art Of Falling Apart (Warner)
    47. David Myles: That Tall Distance (Tiny Little)
    46. Astral Swans: Astral Swans (Independent)
    45. Ronald Nyandoro: Sabhuku (Independent)
    44. Kimberley MacGregor: Sitting, with Uncomfortable Feelings (Independent)
    43. Bobby Dove: Hopeless Romantic (Independent)
    42. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats: The Future (Stax / Fantasy / Concord)
    41. The Black Keys: Delta Kream (Easy Eye Sound)

    40. Layten Kramer: Dear Apathy (Oscar St)
    39. Amythyst Kiah: Wary + Strange (Rounder / Concord)
    38. Steve Earle: J.T. (New West)
    37. Son Of Dave: Call Me A Cab (Goddamn)
    36. Cat Clyde & Jeremie Albino: Blue Blue Blue (Majesticsilk)
    35. Menahan Street Band: The Exciting Sounds Of Menahan Street Band (Daptone)
    34. The McDades: The Empress (Independent)
    33. Mariel Buckley: 97 Riverdale (EP) (Birthday Cake)
    32. Whitehorse: Modern Love (Six Shooter)
    31. Arlo Parks: Collapsed in Sunbeams (Transgressive)

    30. Willie Nelson: That’s Life (Legacy)
    29. Maria Muldaur with Tuba Skinny: Let’s Get Happy Together (Stony Plain)
    28. Durand Jones & The Indications: Private Space (Dead Oceans)
    27. Meggie Lennon: Sounds From Your Lips (Mothland)
    26. Trevor Tchir: Sun & Moon (Independent)
    25. Los Lobos: Native Sons (New West)
    24. Lake Street Dive: Obviously (Nonesuch)
    23. Alex Cuba: Mendó (Caracol)
    22. Willie Dunn: Creation Never Sleeps, Creation Never Dies: The Willie Dunn Anthology (Light In The Attic)
    21. Angélique Kidjo: Mother Nature (Verve)

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    20. Charlotte Day Wilson: Alpha (Stone Woman)
    19. Jon Batiste: WE ARE (Verve / Universal)
    18. k.d. lang: Makeover (Nonesuch / Warner)
    17. The Fretless: Open House (Birthday Cake)
    16. Steve Marriner: Hope Dies Last (Stony Plain)
    15. Chad VanGaalen: World’s Most Stressed Out Gardener (Flemish Eye)
    14. Whitehorse: Strike Me Down (Six Shooter / Universal)
    13. Daniel Romano: Kissing The Foe (You’ve Changed)
    12. Yola: Stand For Myself (Easy Eye Sound)
    11. The Bamboos: Hard Up (BMG)

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    10. Valerie June: The Moon And Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers (Fantasy / Concord)
    9. Daniel Lanois: Heavy Sun (eOne)
    8. Allison Russell: Outside Child (Fantasy)
    7. VISSIA: With Pleasure (Hurry Hard)
    6. Maria Dunn: Joyful Banner Blazing (Distant Whisper)
    5. D’orjay The Singing Shaman: New Kind of Outlaw (Independent)
    4. Shaela Miller: Big Hair Small City (Independent)
    3. Kat Danser: One Eye Open (Black Hen)
    2. Dominique Fils-Aimé: Three Little Words (Ensoul)
    1. The Weather Station: Ignorance (Next Door)


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