Americana Music Association Releases the Top 100 Albums of 2015

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The Americana Music Association has compiled their year-end list of the Top 100 albums of 2015. Unlike many of the other lists you’re bludgeoned with this time of year, this one isn’t based off on anyone’s opinion. It’s based on the reporting to the Americana Airplay Chart during the period of December 2, 2014 through November 30, 2015. The list also a good tool to see what you may have missed in 2015.

Leading the pack is Jason Isbell’s album Something More Than Free. It spent a record-setting 20 weeks at the top of the chart in 2015. Isbell’s previous release Southeastern from 2013, and Robert Plant’s Band of Joy album both spent 15 weeks at the top of the charts, and were the co-record holders previously. Major label country artists such as Chris Stapleton and Ashley Monroe also made the list, as did bluegrass artists such as the Yonder Mountain String Band and the Steeldrivers, Texas country acts like the Turnpike Troubadours and Stoney LaRue, and Southern rock bands like Blackberry Smoke, illustrating the diversity and wide tent approach of Americana.

The Americana Top 100

  1. Jason Isbell –  Something More Than Free
  2. JD McPherson – Let The Good Times Roll
  3. Brandi Carlile – The Firewatcher’s Daughter
  4. Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color
  5. Steve Earle & The Dukes – Terraplane
  6. Ray Wylie Hubbard – The Ruffian’s Misfortune
  7. Kacey Musgraves – Pageant Material
  8. Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell – The Traveling Kind
  9. Chris Stapleton – Traveller
  10. Mavericks – Mono
  11. Robert Earl Keen – Happy Prisoner, The Bluegrass Sessions
  12. Ryan Bingham – Fear And Saturday Night
  13. Dwight Yoakam – Second Hand Heart
  14. Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard – Django and Jimmie
  15. James McMurtry – Complicated Game
  16. Richard Thompson – Still
  17. Rhiannon Giddens – Tomorrow Is My Turn
  18. Asleep at the Wheel – Still The King, Celebrating The Music of Bob Wills
  19. Calexico – Edge Of The Sun
  20. Eilen Jewell – Sundown Over Ghost Town
  21. Amy Helm – Didn’t It Rain
  22. Dale Watson – Call Me Insane
  23. Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin – Lost Time
  24. Houndmouth – Little Neon Limelight
  25. Allison Moorer – Down To Believing
  26. Watkins Family Hour – Watkins Family Hour
  27. Rhett Miller – The Traveler
  28. Various Artists – Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes
  29. Pokey LaFarge – Something In The Water
  30. Sonny Landreth – Bound By The Blues
  31. Patty Griffin – Servant Of Love
  32. Kasey Chambers – Bittersweet
  33. Uncle Lucius – The Light
  34. Ashley Monroe – The Blade
  35. Warren Haynes Featuring Railroad Earth – Ashes & Dust
  36. Leon Bridges – Coming Home
  37. John Moreland – High On Tulsa Heat
  38. Punch Brothers – The Phosphorescent Blues
  39. Blackberry Smoke – Holding All The Roses
  40. Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors – Medicine
  41. Sam Outlaw – Angeleno
  42. Don Henley – Cass County
  43. Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams – Self-Titled
  44. Joe Ely Panhandle Rambler
  45. Nathaniel Rateliff and The Nightsweats – Self-Titled
  46. Jimmy LaFave – The Night Tribe
  47. Lucinda Williams – Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone
  48. Los Lobos – Gates Of Gold
  49. Statesboro Revue – Jukehouse Revival
  50. Mark Knopfler – Tracker
  51. The Bros. Landreth – Let It Lie
  52. Josh Ritter – Sermon On The Rocks
  53. Bottle Rockets – South Broadway Athletic Club
  54. The Mike & Ruthy Band – Bright As You Can
  55. Gretchen Peters – Blackbirds
  56. Whitey Morgan & The 78s – Sonic Ranch
  57. Will Hoge – Small Town Dreams
  58. Jorma Kaukonen – Ain’t In No Hurry
  59. Whitehorse – Leave No Bridge Unburned
  60. Langhorne Slim – The Spirit Moves
  61. Justin Townes Earle – Absent Fathers
  62. Turnpike Troubadours – Self-Titled
  63. The Deslondes – Self-Titled
  64. Milk Carton Kids – Monterey
  65. Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line – Wake
  66. Leftover Salmon – High Country
  67. Shelby Lynne – I Can’t Imagine
  68. J.J. Grey And Mofro – Ol’ Glory
  69. Laura Marling – Short Movie
  70. American Aquarium – Wolves
  71. Honeycutters – Me Oh My
  72. Daniel Romano – If I’ve Only One Time Askin’
  73. Jonathan Tyler – Holy Smokes
  74. Black Lillies – Hard To Please
  75. Shakey Graves – And The War Came
  76. Jackie Greene – Back to Birth
  77. Anne McCue – Blue Sky Thinkin’
  78. Wood Brothers – Paradise
  79. Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers – Loved Wild Lost
  80. The Grahams – Glory Bound
  81. Sugarcane Jane – Dirt Road’s End
  82. Glen Hansard – Didn’t He Ramble
  83. Steeldrivers – The Muscle Shoals Recordings
  84. Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds – The Weather Below
  85. Stoney LaRue – Aviator
  86. Sam Lewis – Waiting On You
  87. Honey Honey – 3
  88. Della Mae – Self-Titled
  89. Darrell Scott – 10 Songs of Ben Bullington
  90. Dar Williams – Emerald
  91. Yonder Mountain String Band – Black Sheep
  92. Ryan Adams – Self Titled
  93. William Clark Green – Ringling Road
  94. Whitney Rose – Heartbreaker Of The Year
  95. Underhill Rose – The Great Tomorrow
  96. Liz Longley – Self-Titled
  97. Shawn Colvin – Uncovered
  98. Waifs – Beautiful You
  99. The Lone Bellow – Then Came The Morning
  100. Kentucky HeadHunters – Meet Me In Blues Land