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KXCI’s Top 100 Countdown of 2020

December 30, 2020
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KXCI’s Top 100 Countdown of 2020 was broadcast on the last day of the year, Thursday, December 31st!

We analyzed the playlists of every music program over the course of 2020 to determine the 100 most played new albums, as selected by KXCI DJ’s throughout the year.
On December 31st we worked our way through these selections, from #100 down to #1. We also featured our Top 10 non-album singles, tributes to musicians we lost in 2020 and other notable musical moments.
KXCI’s Annual Top 100 Countdown ran all day, from 7am – 6pm, with a one-hour break at noon for Democracy Now!
I’m wishing you the best during this season and hope you’ll tune in on Thursday, December 31st to enjoy our Top 100 Countdown of 2020 as Coach Corr, Amy A., Casey and I bring you memories of a year filled with music. Here’s to a happier, healthier, and better new year.
Duncan Hudson
KXCI Music Director
KXCI’s Top 100 of 2020
1 The Rifle Honeyden Burger
2 Just Najima Queenie Jiantt
3 Tame Impala The Slow Rush Universal
4 Drive-By Truckers The Unraveling ATO
5 Phoebe Bridgers Punisher Dead Oceans
6 Fontaines D.C. A Hero’s Death Partisan
7 Fiona Apple Fetch The Bolt Cutters Epic
8 Orkesta Mendoza Curandero Cosmica
9 Khruangbin Mordechai Dead Oceans
10 Margo Price That’s How Rumors Get Started Loma Vista
11 Bombay Bicycle Club Everything Else Has Gone Wrong Mmm…Records
12 Gabrielle Pietrangelo On My Way Back Home Gabrielle Pietrangelo
13 Pieta Brown Freeway Righteous Babe
14 Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit Reunions Southeastern/30 Tigers
15 Waxahatchee Saint Cloud Merge
16 of Montreal UR FUN Polyvinyl
17 Toots & The Maytals Got to Be Tough Trojan Jamaica/BMG
18 The Wood Brothers Kingdom in My Mind Honey Jar/30 Tigers
19 Ezra Furman Sex Education Original Soundtrack Bella Union
20 Caribou Suddenly City Slang
21 Nada Surf Never Not Together Barsuk
22 Khruangbin & Leon Bridges Texas Sun – EP Dead Oceans
23 AJJ Good Luck Everybody AJJ Unlimited
24 Best Coast Always Tomorrow Concord
25 Wolf Parade Thin Mind Sub Pop
26 Isobel Campbell There is No Other… Cooking Vinyl
27 Destroyer Have We Met Merge
28 Katie Haverly Matter Katie Haverly
29 Calexico Seasonal Shift Anti-
30 Bob Dylan Rough and Rowdy Ways Columbia
31 Perfume Genius Set My Heart On Fire Immediately Matador
32 Lido Pimienta Miss Colombia Anti-
33 Chicano Batman Invisible People ATO
34 Lucinda Williams Good Souls Better Angels Highway 20/30 Tigers
35 Son Little Aloha Anti-
36 Willie Nelson First Rose of Spring Legacy
37 POLIÇA When We Stay Alive Memphis Industries
38 Songhoy Blues Optimisme Transgressive
39 Fantastic Negrito Have You Lost Your Mind yet? Cooking Vinyl
40 Christine and the Queens La vita nuova – EP Because
41 The Robert Cray Band That’s What I Heard Nozzle
42 Natalia Lafourcade Un Canto por México, Vol. 1 Sony Music Mexico
43 Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings Just Dropped In (To See What Condition…) Daptone
44 Laura Marling Song For Our Daughter Chrysalis/Partisan
45 Chuck Prophet The Land That Time Forgot Yep Roc
46 Washed Out Purple Noon Sub Pop
47 G. Love The Juice Philadelphonic
48 Caroline Rose Superstar New West
49 Car Seat Headrest Making a Door Less Open Matador
50 Yves Tumor Heaven To a Tortured Mind Warp
51 The Strokes The New Abnormal RCA
52 X Alphabetland Fat Possum
53 Marcus King El Dorado Fantasy
54 Courtney Marie Andrews Old Flowers Fat Possum
55 Lianne La Havas Lianne La Havas Warner
56 Moses Sumney græ Jagjaguwar
57 HAIM Women In Music Pt. III Columbia
58 Algiers There Is No Year Matador
59 Thao & The Get Down Stay Down Temple Ribbon
60 Sotomayor Orígenes Wonderwheel
61 Thundercat It Is What It Is Brainfeeder
62 Fleet Foxes Shore Anti-
63 Sylvan Esso Free Love Loma Vista
64 Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever Sideways To New Italy Sub Pop
65 Mark Anthony Febbo Dry River Redemption Mark Anthony Febbo
66 Bill Callahan Gold Record Drag City
67 Drive-By Truckers The New OK ATO
68 My Morning Jacket The Waterfall II ATO
69 Norah Jones Pick Me Up off the Floor Blue Note
70 Soccer Mommy color theory Loma Vista
71 The Allman Betts Band Bless Your Heart BMG
72 The Beths Jump Rope Gazers Carpark
73 Nathaniel Rateliff And It’s Still Alright Stax
74 Various Artists Angelheaded Hipster: Songs of Marc Bolan & T. Rex BMG
75 S.G. Goodman Old Time Feeling Verve/UMG
76 U.S. Girls Heavy Light 4AD
77 Phish Sigma Oasis Phish
78 Jeff Tweedy Love Is The King dBpm
79 Lydia Loveless Daughter Honey, You’re Gonna Be Late
80 Andy Shauf The Neon Skyline Anti-
81 Buscabulla Regresa Ribbon
82 Various Artists If You’re Going To The City: Tribute To Mose Allison Fat Possum
83 The Jayhawks XOXO SHAM/30 Tigers
84 Kurt Vile Speed, Sound, Lonely KV – EP Matador
85 Lettuce Resonate Round Hill
86 The Secret Sisters Saturn Return New West
87 Neil Young Homegrown Silver Bow Productions
88 Bob Mould Blue Hearts Merge
89 XIXA Genesis (advance tracks) Jullian
90 Sarah Jarosz World On The Ground Rounder
91 Shopping All or Nothing Fat Cat
92 Dawes Good Luck with Whatever Rounder
93 Tennis Swimmer Mutually Detrimental/30 Tigers
94 Ela Minus acts of rebellion Domino
95 Papago Warrior Our Passion Papago Warrior
96 Mark Lanegan Straight Songs of Sorrow Heavenly
97 Torres Silver Tongue Merge
98 The Exbats Kicks, Hits and Fits Budget Tapes & Records
99 Sufjan Stevens The Ascension Asthmatic Kitty
100 Devon Gilfillian Black Hole Rainbow Capitol
KXCI’s Top 10 non-album singles
Rank Artist Song
1 XIXA El Condor Pasa (If I Could)
2 Mavis Staples All In It Together
3 Jillian Bessett When There Are Nine
4 Rosalia Juro Que
5 The Exbats Revolution All The Time
6 Adia Victoria South Gotta Change
7 Sharon Van Etten Beaten Down
8 Janelle Monae Turntables (edited)
9 Stevie Rose
Into Me (featuring Shekinah & Mattea)
10 Leon Bridges Sweeter (fet. Terrace Martin)

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