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KXCI’s Top 100 Albums of 2015

January 2, 2016
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edge of the sun

On New Year’s Day KXCI did a countdown from 7am to 6pm of the top 100 most played albums of 2015. This list was compiled by looking at all the KXCI DJ’s playlists over a year’s worth of airplay, 24 hours a day. Number one was Edge of the Sun by Calexico. There were 18 local releases in the Top 100. Here are the four playlists from the countdown that include cover art, links to buy and listen, notes and the other DJ selections and dedications to musicians passed on in 2015. Your Morning Brew, morning Music Mix, afternoon Music Mix, and The Home Stretch.

In case you missed the countdown, here’s a link to listen to the archived audio stream – click on the station archive and select January 1st to play any of the programs between 7am and 6pm (or any other programs, all are archived for a two week period).

Top 100 of 2015

Rank Artist Album Name
1 Calexico Edge of the Sun
2 My Morning Jacket The Waterfall
3 The Decemberists What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World
4 Father John Misty I Love You, Honeybear
5 Kurt Vile B’lieve I’m Goin Down…
6 Death Cab for Cutie Kintsugi
7 Alabama Shakes Sound & Color
8 Belle and Sebastian Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance
9 Modest Mouse Strangers to Ourselves
10 Courtney Barnett Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit
11 Sleater-Kinney No Cities To Love
12 The New Basement Tapes Lost On the River
13 Best Coast California Nights
14 Dengue Fever The Deepest Lake
15 Vox Urbana La Pitaya
16 Giant Sand Heartbreak Pass
17 Yo La Tengo Stuff Like That There
18 Blur The Magic Whip
19 Israel Nash Israel Nash’s Silver Season
20 The Tallest Man On Earth Dark Bird Is Home
21 Brandi Carlile The Firewatcher’s Daughter
22 Leon Bridges COMING HOME
23 Louise Le Hir Louise Le Hir
24 Tame Impala Currents
25 Head Over Heart I Believe You Liar – EP
26 Django Django Born Under Saturn
27 Jose Gonzalez Vestiges & Claws
28 Wilco Star Wars
29 Destroyer Poison Season
30 Lila Downs Balas y Chocolate
31 Ryan Adams 1989
32 Beirut No No No
33 The Jons El Rey Mojado
34 TV On the Radio Seeds
35 Labryyynth Labryyynth
36 Purity Ring Another Eternity
37 Orkesta Mendoza Live At The Rialto Theatre
38 Rayland Baxter Imaginary Man
39 Warren Haynes Ashes & Dust – Featuring Railroad Earth
40 Sufjan Stevens Carrie & Lowell
41 The Arcs Yours, Dreamily,
42 Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard Django and Jimmie
43 Shannon and The Clams Gone by the Dawn
44 Jackie Greene Back to Birth
45 Built to Spill Untethered Moon
46 ALO Tangle of Time
47 Cracker Berkeley To Bakersfield
48 Katterwaul 15 Forever
49 Glen Hansard Didn’t He Ramble
50 Guster Evermotion
51 Emma Donovan & The Putbacks Dawn
52 Brian Wilson No Pier Pressure
53 Hot Chip Why Make Sense?
54 Foals What Went Down
55 Hop Along Painted Shut
56 Mac Demarco Another One
57 Shakey Graves And the War Came
58 Buena Vista Social Club Lost And Found
59 Unknown Mortal Orchestra Multi-Love
60 Langhorne Slim & The Law The Spirit Moves
61 The Wanda Junes Hi Fi Record Album
62 Beach House Depression Cherry
63 The Dodos Individ
64 Lord Huron Strange Trails
65 Mariachi El Bronx Mariachi El Bronx (III)
66 LOW Ones and Sixes
67 Ezra Furman Perpetual Motion People
68 Bomba Estéreo Amanecer
69 The Helio Sequence The Helio Sequence
70 Forest Fallows At Home
71 Los Lobos Gates of Gold
72 Ratatat Magnifique
73 Carlos Arzate & the Kind Souls Got Me Wrong
74 BRYDES Turquoise
75 Monophonics Sound of Sinning
76 Surfer Blood 1000 Palms
77 Dr. Dog Live At a Flamingo Hotel
78 Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin Lost Time
79 Whitehorse Leave No Bridge Unburned
80 John Coinman Already Are
81 The Bird and the Bee Recreational Love
82 The Mynabirds Lovers Know
83 Gabriel Sullivan Jvpiter
84 Amos Lee Live at Red Rocks
85 Ariel Pink Pom Pom
86 The Districts A Flourish and a Spoil
87 Dawes All Your Favorite Bands
88 Mute Swan Feel How It Sees
89 D’Angelo and the Vanguard Black Messiah
90 Neon Indian VEGA Intl.
91 XIXA Shift and Shadow EP
92 Ryan Bingham Fear and Saturday Night
93 Ben Folds So There
94 Jason Isbell Something More Than Free
95 Toro y Moi What For?
96 Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
97 The Word Soul Food
98 Lily & Madeleine Fumes
99 Pokey LaFarge Something in the Water
100 Sun Bones Sun Bones

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