The Top 100 Americana Albums and Songs on Radio in 2019

The Americana Music Association has released the Top 100 Albums and Songs for 2019 according to the amount of radio play each album and song received. The annual report gives listeners a glimpse into the albums, songs, and artists that gained traction in the format over the year, and is a good tool to see what you might have missed in the year’s releases.

These charts reflect records reported to the Americana Radio Airplay Albums and Singles Charts during the period of Dec. 18, 2018 through Dec. 17, 2019. The CDX TRACtion system uses the online streams of Americana radio stations and a proprietary song identification system to track plays of Americana songs in real time, and aggregate them into weekly charts.

83 total radio and online stations feed into the index, including well-known public radio stations such as KEXP in Portland, WAMU in Washington, KUTX in Austin, and WMOT in Nashville, as well as internet-only stations like Americana Boogie Radio and Folk Alley. To see the full list of participating radio stations, click here.

Also important to note: Since these numbers reflect the radio activity over a calendar year, it includes some titles released in 2018, while titles released later in 2019 may appear to be downgraded because they didn’t have a full year to accumulate spins.

Top 100 Americana Albums

1 – Hayes Carll – What It Is
2 – Josh Ritter – Fever Breaks
3 – The Lumineers – III
4 – Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real – Turn Off the News (Build a Garden)
5 – Tedeschi Trucks Band – Signs
6 – Jade Bird – Jade Bird
7 – Mavis Staples – We Get By
8 – Ryan Bingham – American Love Song
9 – Yola – Walk Through Fire
10 – The Avett Brothers – Closer Than Together
11 – The Revivalists – Take Good Care
12 – Molly Tuttle – When You’re Ready
13 – Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – Tearing At the Seams
14 – Tyler Childers – Country Squire
15 – Shovels & Rope – By Blood
16 – Son Volt – Union
17 – Brittany Howard – Jaime
18 – Mandolin Orange – Tides of a Teardrop
19 – Patty Griffin – Patty Griffin
20 – Jamestown Revival – San Isabel
21 – Bruce Springsteen – Western Stars
22 – Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour
23 – Buddy & Julie Miller – Breakdown on 20th Ave South
24 – Mark Knopfler – Down the Road Wherever
25 – The Cactus Blossoms – Easy Way
26 – Rosanne Cash – She Remembers Everything
27 – Hiss Golden Messenger – Terms of Surrender
28 – Willie Nelson – Ride Me Back Home
29 – Justin Townes Earle – The Saint of Lost Causes
30 – Lula Wiles – What Will We Do
31 – Todd Snider – Cash Cabin Sessions, Vol. 3
32 – Christone Kingfish Ingram – Kingfish
33 – Our Native Daughters – Songs of Our Native Daughters
34 – The Infamous Stringdusters – Rise Sun
35 – Keb’ Mo’ – Oklahoma
36 – JJ Cale – Stay Around
37 – Steve Earle & The Dukes – GUY
38 – Black Pumas – Black Pumas
39 – Delbert McClinton and Self-Made Men + Dana – Tall, Dark & Handsome
40 – Dylan LeBlanc – Renegade
41 – Rodney Crowell – TEXAS
42 – Calexico and Iron & Wine – Years to Burn
43 – Ruston Kelly – Dying Star
44 – Various Artists – Muscle Shoals: Small Town, Big Sound
45 – Grace Potter – Daylight
46 – The Record Company – All of This Life
47 – Gregory Alan Isakov – Evening Machines
48 – Tanya Tucker – While I’m Livin’
49 – Bailen – Thrilled to Be Here
50 – The Teskey Brothers – Run Home Slow
51 – Eilen Jewell – Gypsy
52 – Chuck Mead – Close to Home
53 – Charley Crockett – Lil G.L.’s Blue Bonanza
54 – The War and Treaty – Healing Tide
55 – The Marcus King Band – Carolina Confessions
56 – Jade Jackson – Wilderness
57 – Jamie Lin Wilson – Jumping Over Rocks
58 – Greensky Bluegrass – All for Money
59 – Sean McConnell – Secondhand Smoke
60 – Andrew Bird – My Finest Work Yet
61 – Sheryl Crow – Threads
62 – Nick Waterhouse – Nick Waterhouse
63 – The Gibson Brothers – Mockingbird
64 – Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors – Dragons
65 – Orville Peck – Pony
66 – Pistol Annies – Interstate Gospel
67 – John Hiatt – The Eclipse Sessions
68 – Ben Dickey – A Glimmer On the Outskirts
69 – Whiskey Myers – Whiskey Myers
70 – Blackberry Smoke – The Southern Ground Sessions EP
71 – Paul Cauthen – Room 41
72 – Jason Eady – I Travel On
73 – Robert Randolph & The Family Band – Brighter Days
74 – The Highwomen – The Highwomen
75 – Jim Lauderdale – From Another World
76 – Allison Moorer – Blood
77 – Amos Lee – My New Moon
78 – Caroline Spence – Mint Condition
79 – Rhett Miller – The Messenger
80 – Joy Williams – Front Porch
81 – Sarah Borges & The Broken Singles – Love’s Middle Name
82 – Ian Noe – Between the Country
83 – Vandoliers – Forever
84 – Santana – Africa Speaks
85 – The Mavericks – Play the Hits
86 – Gary Clark Jr. – This Land
87 – The Steel Woods – Old News
88 – Rising Appalachia – Leylines
89 – Robert Ellis – Texas Piano Man
90 – Chatham County Line – Sharing the Covers
91 – John Prine – The Tree of Forgiveness
92 – Tyler Ramsey – For the Morning
93 – Charley Crockett – The Valley
94 – Will Kimbrough – I Like It Down Here
95 – Brandi Carlile – By the Way, I Forgive You
96 – Lake Street Dive – Free Yourself Up
97 – Randy Rogers Band – Hellbent
98 – The Allman Betts Band – Down to the River
99 – The Suitcase Junket – Mean Dog, Trampoline
100 – The Devil Makes Three – Chains Are Broken

Top 100 Americana Songs

1 – The Lumineers – “Gloria”
2 – Josh Ritter – “Old Black Magic”
3 – Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real – “Bad Case”
4 – Brittany Howard – “Stay High”
5 – The Avett Brothers – “High Steppin'”
6 – Tedeschi Trucks Band – “Hard Case”
7 – Mavis Staples – “Change”
8 – Ryan Bingham – “Jingle and Go”
9 – Tyler Childers – “All Your’n”
10 – Hayes Carll – “None’ya”
11 – Son Volt – “Devil May Care”
12 – Jade Bird – “I Get No Joy”
13 – Dylan LeBlanc – “Renegade”
14 – The Revivalists – “Change”
15 – Grace Potter – “Love Is Love”
16 – Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – “Hey Mama”
17 – Josh Ritter – “Losing Battles”
18 – Buddy & Julie Miller – “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me”
19 – The Teskey Brothers – “So Caught Up”
20 – Yola – “Love All Night (Work All Day)”
21 – Hiss Golden Messenger – “I Need a Teacher”
22 – Todd Snider – “Like a Force of Nature”
23 – Patty Griffin – “Where I Come From”
24 – The Lumineers – “Life In the City”
25 – Whiskey Myers – “Rolling Stone”
26 – Calexico and Iron & Wine – “Father Mountain”
27 – The Marcus King Band – “Homesick”
28 – Shovels & Rope – “The Wire”
29 – The Infamous Stringdusters – “Rise Sun”
30 – Mandolin Orange – “The Wolves”
31 – Jamestown Revival – “This Too Shall Pass”
32 – Bailen – “I Was Wrong”
33 – Gregory Alan Isakov – “Dark, Dark, Dark”
34 – Hayes Carll – “Times Like These”
35 – Allison Moorer – “The Rock and the Hill”
36 – JJ Cale – “Chasing You”
37 – Bruce Springsteen – “Hello Sunshine”
38 – Robert Randolph & The Family Band – “Baptise Me”
39 – Justin Townes Earle – “Ain’t Got No Money”
40 – Christone Kingfish Ingram – “Outside of This Town”
41 – Rosanne Cash – “Not Many Miles to Go”
42 – Delbert McClinton and Self-Made Men + Dana – “If I Hock My Guitar”
43 – Rodney Crowell – “Flatland Hillbillies”
44 – Andrew Bird – “Sisyphus”
45 – Grace Potter – “I’d Rather Go Blind”
46 – Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real – “Turn Off the News (Build a Garden)”
47 – Jade Jackson – “Bottle It Up”
48 – Our Native Daughters – “Black Myself”
49 – Greensky Bluegrass – “Do It Alone”
50 – The Cactus Blossoms – “Please Don’t Call Me Crazy”
51 – Nick Waterhouse – “Song for Winners”
52 – Ruston Kelly – “Mockingbird”
53 – Kacey Musgraves – “Rainbow”
54 – Ben Dickey – “I Think It’s All Different”
55 – Willie Nelson – “Ride Me Back Home”
56 – Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors – “End of the World”
57 – Shovels & Rope – “C’mon Utah!”
58 – Blackberry Smoke – “Run Away from It All (Acoustic)”
59 – Santana – “Breaking Down the Door”
60 – Eilen Jewell – “Crawl”
61 – Hayes Carll – “American Dream”
62 – Amos Lee – “Little Light”
63 – Black Pumas – “Colors”
64 – Molly Tuttle – “Messed with My Mind”
65 – Joy Williams – “Front Porch”
66 – Rhett Miller – “Total Disaster”
67 – Mark Knopfler – “Good On You Son”
68 – Tanya Tucker – “Hard Luck”
69 – Jamestown Revival – “Crazy World (Judgement Day)”
70 – Lula Wiles – “Love Gone Wrong”
71 – Black Pumas – “Black Moon Rising”
72 – Chris Knight – “I’m William Callahan”
73 – Tyler Ramsey – “A Dream of Home”
74 – The Record Company – “Make It Happen”
75 – Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – “You Worry Me”
76 – Jim Lauderdale – “Some Horses Run Free”
77 – The Revivalists – “Oh No”
78 – Caroline Spence – “Who’s Gonna Make My Mistakes”
79 – Gary Clark Jr. – “When I’m Gone”
80 – Chuck Mead – “Big Bear in the Sky”
81 – Ian Noe – “Irene (Ravin’ Bomb)”
82 – The Highwomen – “The Chain”
83 – I’m With Her – “Call My Name”
84 – Chris Stapleton – “Millionaire”
85 – John Hiatt – “Cry to Me”
86 – The Mavericks – “Swingin'”
87 – Anders Osborne – “Running”
88 – The Steel Woods – “All of These Years”
89 – Kacey Musgraves – “Slow Burn”
90 – Molly Tuttle – “Take the Journey”
91 – Marcus King – “The Well”
92 – The Gibson Brothers – “Everybody Hurts”
93 – Lake Street Dive – “Shame, Shame, Shame”
94 – The Avett Brothers – “Tell the Truth”
95 – Sheryl Crow (feat. Bonnie Raitt & Mavis Staples) – “Live Wire”
96 – Jade Bird – “Uh Huh”
97 – Rhiannon Giddens (with Franceso Turrisi) – “I’m On My Way”
98 – Jason Eady – “I Lost My Mind in Carolina”
99 – The Suitcase Junket – “Everything I Like”
100 – Hayes Carll – “If I May Be So Bold”

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