Americana Music Association Announces Top 100 Radio Albums of 2016

americana-music-associationThe Americana Music Association has announced their year-end Top 100 Albums of the Year based on the records reported to the Americana Airplay Chart during the period of December 1, 2015 through December 5, 2016. For folks looking for albums they may have missed in 2016, this annual list from Americana is always a good place to start.

Something always good to note about the Americana chart list is since it runs on the music calendar year and not around the release cycles of the specific albums, some titles may look unnecessarily downgraded, while others may look too high on the list. For example Jason Isbell’s Something More Than Free would be considered an Americana stalwart, but it was released in the middle part of 2015, meaning it probably would not receive a lot of radio play this year compared to a newer title such as Tedeschi Trucks Band’s Let Me Get By released in January of 2016.

Nonetheless, it’s a good indication of what resonated with Americana’s DJ’s in 2016.

  1. Avett Brothers – True Sadness
  2. Tedeschi Trucks Band – Let Me Get By
  3. Bonnie Raitt – Dig In Deep
  4. Lumineers – Cleopatra
  5. Hayes Carll – Lovers And Leavers
  6. Parker Millsap – The Very Last Day
  7. Mudcrutch – 2
  8. Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide To Earth
  9. Colvin & Earle – Colvin & Earle
  10. Jayhawks – Paging Mr. Proust
  11. Margo Price – Midwest Farmer’s Daughter
  12. Record Company – Give It Back To You
  13. Lucinda Williams – The Ghosts Of Highway 20
  14. Nathaniel Rateliff and The Nightsweats – Nathaniel Rateliff and The Nightsweats
  15. Dylan LeBlanc – Cautionary Tale
  16. Cactus Blossoms – You’re Dreaming
  17. Darrell Scott – Couchville Sessions
  18. Elizabeth Cook – Exodus Of Venus
  19. Bonnie Bishop – Ain’t Who I Was
  20. Aubrie Sellers – New City Blues
  21. Sarah Jarosz – Undercurrent
  22. Loretta Lynn – Full Circle
  23. Sara Watkins – Young In All The Wrong Ways
  24. Shovels & Rope – Little Seeds
  25. Carrie Rodriguez – Lola
  26. Josh Ritter – Sermon On The Rocks
  27. Wynonna & The Big Noise – Wynonna & The Big Noise
  28. Infamous Stringdusters – Ladies & Gentlemen
  29. John Prine – For Better, Or Worse
  30. Hard Working Americans – Rest In Chaos
  31. Paul Simon – Stranger To Stranger
  32. James Hunter Six – Hold On!
  33. Aoife O’Donovan – Magic Hour
  34. Robert Ellis – Robert Ellis
  35. Honeycutters – On The Ropes
  36. Luther Dickinson – Blues & Ballads
  37. Peter Wolf – A Cure For Loneliness
  38. Sam Bush – Storyman
  39. Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals – Call It What It Is
  40. Devil Makes Three – Redemption & Ruin
  41. Joe Ely – Panhandle Rambler
  42. Buddy Miller & Friends – Cayamo Sessions At Sea
  43. Dwight Yoakam – Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars…
  44. Lori McKenna – The Bird & The Rifle
  45. Jason Isbell – Something More Than Free
  46. Yarn – This Is The Year
  47. Wilco – Schmilco
  48. Various – The Songs Of Blind Willie Johnson – God Don’t Never Change
  49. Anderson East – Delilah
  50. Randy Rogers Band – Nothing Shines Like Neon
  51. Corb Lund – Things That Can’t Be Undone
  52. Turnpike Troubadours – Turnpike Troubadours
  53. Willie Sugarcapps – Paradise Right Here
  54. Luke Bell – Luke Bell
  55. Jim Lauderdale – Soul Searching
  56. John Doe – Westerner
  57. Bottle Rockets – South Broadway Athletic Club
  58. Teddy Thompson & Kelly Jones – Little Windows
  59. Miss Tess – Baby, We All Know
  60. Los Lobos – Gates Of Gold
  61. Bill Kirchen & Austin de Lone – Transatlanticana
  62. Southern Culture On The Skids – The Electric Pinecones
  63. Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin – Lost Time
  64. Black Lillies – Hard To Please
  65. Green River Ordinance – Fifteen
  66. Jack Ingram – Midnight Motel
  67. Patty Griffin – Servant Of Love
  68. Amanda Shires – My Piece Of Land
  69. Chris Isaak – First Comes The Night
  70. Charles Bradley – Changes
  71. Sierra Hull – Weighted Mind
  72. Wood Brothers – Paradise
  73. Reckless Kelly – Sunset Motel
  74. Chris Stapleton – Traveller
  75. Shovels & Rope – Busted Jukebox Volume 1
  76. Hackensaw Boys – Charismo
  77. Grant Lee Phillips – The Narrows
  78. Todd Snider – Eastside Bulldog
  79. Seth Walker – Gotta Get Back
  80. Charlie Faye & The Fayettes – Charlie Faye & The Fayettes
  81. Drive-By Truckers – American Band
  82. William Bell – This Is Where I Live
  83. Derek Hoke – Southern Moon
  84. Tim O’Brien – Pompadour
  85. Sarah Borges – Good And Dirty
  86. Frankie Lee – American Dreamer
  87. Steve Martin & Edie Brickell – So Familiar
  88. Earls Of Leicester – Rattle & Roar
  89. Hiss Golden Messenger – Heart Like A Levee
  90. Whiskey Myers – Mud
  91. Billy Bragg & Joe Henry – Shine A Light
  92. Lydia Loveless – Real
  93. Sean McConnell – Sean McConnell
  94. Malcolm Holcombe – Another Black Hole
  95. Billy Gibbons – Perfectamundo
  96. Tim Easton – American Fork
  97. Mary Chapin Carpenter – The Things We Are Made Of
  98. Rob Baird – Wrong Side Of The River
  99. Brent Cobb – Shine On Rainy Day
  100. Janiva Magness – Love Wins Again