The Top 100 Americana Albums Played on Radio in 2014

americana-music-awards-associationThough 2014 still has another month to go, the end of November traditionally marks the end of the radio calendar in music, allowing us to look back and see who had the greatest impact on the format throughout the year. The Americana Music Association has just unveiled their list for the most played albums in 2014, and there’s quite a few surprises, and quite a few names traditionally considered country filling out the ranks.

Rosanne Cash leads all participants with her album The River & The Thread, followed by the much-anticipated comeback album from progressive bluegrass group Nickel Creek called A Dotted Line. Up-and-comers Nikki Lane, Lake Street Dive, and Shovels & Rope also made the Top 10, while Sturgill Simpson’s Metamodern Sounds in Country Music came in at #10 on the list.

Along with many of the well-recognized Americana names, country greats like Willie Nelson came in at #14, Johnny Cash at #32, Billy Joe Shaver at #42, Ray Benson at #67, Marty Stuart at #79, and Dolly Parton at #92. Americana stalwart Jim Lauderdale was the only name with multiple entries, with albums coming in at both #58 and #98.

The Americana airplay numbers are aggregated from 70 terrestrial radio stations, nationally syndicated radio shows, Sirius/XM satellite radio, and internet radio stations to come up with the final tallies.

Top 100 Most-Played Albums in Americana

  1. Rosanne Cash – The River & The Thread
  2. Nickel Creek – A Dotted Line
  3. Rodney Crowell – Tarpaper Sky
  4. Hard Working Americans – Hard Working Americans
  5. Old Crow Medicine Show – Remedy
  6. Nikki Lane – All Or Nothin’
  7. Lake Street Dive – Bad Self Portraits
  8. Shovels And Rope – Swimmin’ Time
  9. John Hiatt – Terms Of My Surrender
  10. Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds In Country Music
  11. Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin – Common Ground
  12. St. Paul & The Broken Bones – Half The City
  13. Parker Millsap – Parker Millsap
  14. Willie Nelson – Band Of Brothers
  15. Paul Thorn – Too Blessed To Be Stressed
  16. Lucinda Williams – Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone
  17. Trampled By Turtles – Wild Animals
  18. Various – A Tribute To Jackson Browne – Looking Into You
  19. Keb Mo – BLUESAmericana
  20. Secret Sisters – Put Your Needle Down
  21. John Fullbright – Songs
  22. Amos Lee – Mountains Of Sorrow, Rivers Of Song
  23. Jamestown Revival – Utah
  24. Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison – Our Year
  25. Jason Eady – Daylight & Dark
  26. Infamous Stringdusters – Let It Go
  27. Chuck Mead – Free State Serenade
  28. Sarah Jarosz – Build Me Up From Bones
  29. Billie Joe & Norah Jones – Foreverly
  30. Justin Townes Earle – Single Mothers
  31. Ryan Adams – Ryan Adams
  32. Johnny Cash – Out Among The Stars
  33. First Aid Kit – Stay Gold
  34. Carlene Carter- Carter Girl
  35. Devil Makes Three – I’m A Stranger Here
  36. Red Molly – The Red Album
  37. Duhks – Beyond The Blue
  38. Mastersons – Good Luck Charm
  39. Will Hoge – Never Give In
  40. Blackie and the Rodeo Kings – South
  41. Puss N Boots – No Fools, No Fun
  42. Billy Joe Shaver – Long In The Tooth
  43. Brandy Clark – 12 Stories
  44. Drive-By Truckers – English Oceans
  45. Carolina Story – Chapter Two
  46. Lee Ann Womack – The Way I’m Livin’
  47. Will Kimbrough – Sideshow Love
  48. Irene Kelley – Pennsylvania Coal
  49. Trigger Hippy – Trigger Hippy
  50. Shakey Graves – And The War Came
  51. Carolina Story – Chapter One
  52. Hurray For The Riff Raff – Small Town Heroes
  53. Chuck Prophet – Night Surfer
  54. Girls Guns & Glory – Good Luck
  55. Howlin’ Brothers – Trouble
  56. Blue Highway – The Game
  57. Amy LaVere – Runaway’s Diary
  58. Jim Lauderdale – I’m A Song
  59. Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – Give The People What They Want
  60. Black Prairie – Fortune
  61. Ruthie Foster – Promise Of A Brand New Day
  62. Whiskey Myers – Early Morning Shakes
  63. Robert Ellis – The Lights From The Chemical Plant
  64. Suzy Bogguss – Lucky
  65. Seth Walker – Sky Still Blue
  66. Felice Brothers – Favorite Waitress
  67. Ray Benson – A Little Piece
  68. Scott Miller – Big Big World
  69. String Cheese Incident – Song In My Head
  70. Lydia Loveless – Somewhere Else
  71. Mingo Fishtrap – On Time
  72. Haden Triplets – Haden Triplets
  73. Robert Cray Band – In My Soul
  74. Mike Farris – Shine For All The People
  75. Tommy Malone – Poor Boy
  76. Zoe Muth – World Of Strangers
  77. Greg Trooper – Incident on Willow Street
  78. Charlie Robison – High Life
  79. Marty Stuart – Saturday Night/Sunday Morning
  80. Various – Inside Llewyn Davis – Inside Llewyn Davis
  81. Old 97s – Most Messed Up
  82. Chris Smither – Still On The Levee
  83. Various – A Tribute To Born in the USA – Dead Man’s Town
  84. Deep Dark Woods – Jubilee
  85. Rod Picott – Hang Your Hopes On A Crooked Nail
  86. Steve Martin And The Steep Canyon Rangers – LIVE featuring Edie Brickell
  87. Janiva Magness  – Original
  88. Otis Gibbs – Souvenirs Of A Misspent Youth
  89. Avett Brothers – Magpie And The Dandelion
  90. Candi Staton – Life Happens
  91. Blue Rodeo – In Our Nature
  92. Dolly Parton – Blue Smoke
  93. Head And The Heart – Let’s Be Still
  94. Peter Mulvey – Silver Ladder
  95. John Mellencamp – Plain Spoken
  96. Laura Cantrell – No Way There From Here
  97. Band Of Heathens – Sunday Morning Record
  98. Jim Lauderdale  – Black Roses
  99. Mary Gauthier – Trouble & Love
  100. Hannah Aldridge – Razor Wire