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KXCI’s Top 100 Countdown of 2018

December 30, 2018
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We analyzed all the station playlists from the past year and crunched the numbers to determine the 100 most played albums of 2018, as selected by all the KXCI DJ’s throughout the past year. Then on the last day of 2018 KXCI held its Annual Top 100 Countdown. We started at 100 and worked our way to #1. KXCI DJs also infused their favorite notable musical moments and honored performers who passed away during 2018. We are particularly pleased to note that 15 Local Artists are in the Top 100.  You can also check out individual playlists from December 31st here or listen to a playback of programming here for up to 2 weeks.

Spotify playlist of KXCI’s Top 100 of 2018 created by KXCI fan Matthew Smith

KXCI’s Top 100 of 2018

# artist title local label
1 Calexico The Thread That Keeps Us Yes Anti
2 Neko Case Hell-On No Anti/Epitaph
3 Courtney Barnett Tell Me How You Really Feel No Mom + Pop Music
4 Father John Misty God’s Favorite Customer No Sub Pop Records
5 Cat Power Wanderer No Domino
6 Katie Haverly Pluto Yes Katie Haverly
7 Mavis Staples If All I Was Was Black No Anti/Epitaph
8 The Decemberists I’ll Be Your Girl No Capitol Records
9 First Aid Kit Ruins No Columbia
10 Charlotte Gainsbourg Rest No Because Music
11 Florence + The Machine High As Hope No Virgin
12 Jonathan Wilson Rare Bird No Bella Union
13 Cowboy Junkies All That Reckoning No Latent Recordings
14 Laura Veirs The Lookout No Raven Marching Band
15 Yo La Tengo There’s a Riot Going On No Matador Records
16 The Breeders All Nerve No 4AD
17 Eels The Deconstruction No E Works Records
18 Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings Soul of a Woman No Daptone Records
19 Leon Bridges Good Thing No Columbia
20 Kurt Vile Bottle It In No Matador
21 Phosphorescent C’est La Vie No Dead Oceans
22 Brandi Carlile By the Way, I Forgive You No Elektra Records
23 Beach House 7 No Sub Pop
24 Gorillaz The Now Now No Warner Bros Records
25 Lake Street Dive Free Yourself Up No Nonesuch
26 David Byrne American Utopia No Nonesuch
27 Belle and Sebastian How To Solve Our Human Problems No Matador
28 Israel Nash Lifted No Thirty Tigers
29 Dr Dog Critical Equation No Thirty Tigers
30 La Luz Floating Features No Hardly Art
31 June West June West Yes Broken Circles
32 Birds and Arrows Arbitrary Magic Yes Baby Gas Mask Records
33 Sundust Road Faded  Features Yes xerisound
34 Kyle Craft Full Circle Nightmare No Sub Pop
35 Django Django Marble Skies No Because Records
36 Amos Lee My New Moon No Dualtone
37 Joe Pena Dust of Our Love Yes Desert
38 Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats Tearing at the Seams No Stax
39 Bettye LaVette Things Have Changed No Verve Records
40 The Jayhawks Backroads and abandoned motels No Legacy
41 Thievery Corporation Treasures from the Temple No ESL
42 DeVotchKa This Night Falls Forever No Concord Records
43 Typhoon offerings No Roll Call Records
44 Dawes Passwords No Hub Records
45 Rebekah Rolland Seed & Silo Yes Sky Island Records
46 Brazilian Girls Let’s Make Love No Six Degrees
47 Jim James Uniform Distortion No ATO
48 Paul McCartney Egypt Station No Capitol
49 The Exbats I Got the Hots For Charlie Watts Yes Burger Records
50 Glen Hansard Between Two Shores No Anti-
51 Phoebe Bridgers Stranger in the Alps No Dead Oceans
52 Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks Sparkle Hard No Matador Records
53 Janelle Monae Dirty Computer No bad boy records
54 Mitski Be the Cowboy No Dead Oceans
55 King Tuff The Other No Sub Pop Records
56 Car Seat Headrest Twin Fantasy No Matador
57 Superorganism Superorganism No Domino
58 Brian Lopez Prelude Yes Dust and Stone
59 The Internet Hive Mind No Columbia
60 Golden Boots As You Remember Them Yes Baby Tooth Records
61 Spiritualized And Nothing Hurt No Fat Possum Records
62 Kevin Pakulis Holliday Yes Self Released
63 Jimi Hendrix Both Sides of the Sky No Legacy Recordings
64 Moby Everything Was Beautiful, And Nothing No Mute
65 Shannon Shaw Shannon in Nashville No Easy Eye Sound
66 Jack White Boarding House Reach No Third Man
67 Franz Ferdinand Always Ascending No Domino
68 Caroline Rose Loner No New West Records
69 Eleanor Friedberger Rebound No Frenchkiss Records
70 Ry Cooder The Prodigal Son No Fantasy Records
71 Carlos Arzate Camaleon Yes Sonoran Soul Records
72 Brownout Fear Of A Brown Planet No Fat Beats
73 Eb Eberlein Community/Solitude Yes Eb Eberlein records
74 Elvis Costello & The Imposters Look Now No Concord
75 Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore Downey to Lubbock No Yep Roc Records
76 Lucy Dacus Historian No Matador
77 Ray LaMontagne Part of the Light No RCA Records
78 Damien Jurado The Horizon Just Laughed No Secretly Canadian
79 Shakey Graves Can’t Wake Up No Dualtone
80 Arctic Monkeys Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino No Domino
81 Angelique Kidjo Remain in Light No Kravenworks
82 Ziggy Marley Rebellion Rises No Tuff Gong
83 U.S. Girls In a Poem Unlimited No 4AD
84 The Beths Future Me Hates Me No Carpark
85 Interpol Marauder No Matador Records
86 Margo Price All American Made No Thirdman Records
87 Paul Simon In The Blue Light No Legacy
88 Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite No Mercy In This Land No Anti-
89 Bombino Deran No Partisan
90 Fantastic Negrito Please Don’t Be Dead No Cooking Vinyl
91 Death Cab for Cutie Thank You For Today No Atlantic Records
92 Tom Misch Geography No Beyond The Groove
93 Blood Orange Negro Swan No Domino
94 Ty Segall Freedom’s Goblin No Drag City
95 The Carnivaleros Tallsome Tales Yes Carnivaleros
96 Josh Rouse Love in the Modern Age No Yep Roc Records
97 La Cerca Night Bloom Yes Xemu Records
98 Charles Bradley Black Velvet No Daptone Records
99 Metric Art of Doubt No MMI/Crystal Math Music
100 Molly Burch First Flower No Captured Tracks

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