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KXCI’s Top 100 Countdown of 2021

January 7, 2022
A shelf of albums taken at KXCI's Congress Street Studios with KXCI Logo that says Annual Top 100 Countdown.

KXCI’s Top 100 Countdown of 2021 was broadcast on the last day of the year, Friday, December 31st.

We analyzed the playlists of every music program over the course of 2021 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 tributes to musicians we lost in 2020, DJ personal favorites and other notable musical moments.
We are happy to note that 13 Local Releases are in the Top 100.  You can also check out individual playlists from December 31st here and listen to a playback of programming for up to 2 weeks from the same playlist link.  Here is the Spotify playlist.
I’m wishing you the best during this season and hope that KXCI will provide you memories of a year filled with music. Here’s to a happier, healthier, and better new year.
Duncan Hudson – KXCI Music Director
Rank Artist Release Top Song Released
1 Various Tribute to Al Foul Baby Clothes and Dishes (Birds and Arrows) 2021 local
2 Japanese Breakfast Jubilee Be Sweet 2021
3 Courtney Barnett Things Take Time, Take Time Rae Street 2021
4 Yola Stand For Myself Stand For Myself 2021
5 Leon Bridges Gold-Diggers Sound Steam 2021
6 Arlo Parks Collapsed In Sunbeams Hurt 2021
7 Jose Gonzalez Local Valley El Invento 2021
8 Various I’ll Be Your Mirror: A Tribute to the Velvet Underground & Nico Run Run Run (Kurt Vile) 2021
9 Bomba Estereo Deja Deja 2021
10 XIXA Genesis Eclipse 2021 local
11 Valerie June The Moon And Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers Call Me A Fool (feat. Carla Thomas) 2021
12 Los Lobos Native Sons Love Special Delivery 2021
13 Lucy Dacus Home Video Hot & Heavy 2021
14 Amythyst Kiah Wary + Strange Black Myself 2021
15 Lake Street Dive Obviously Hypotheticals 2021
16 Los Esplifs Estraik Back Galaxia 2021 local
17 Various Luz de Vida II: A Compilation to Benefit Homicide Survivors Crystal Road (XIXA) 2021 local (mostly)
18 Jon Batiste WE ARE I NEED YOU 2021
19 Dry Cleaning New Long Leg Scratchcard Lanyard 2021
20 Durand Jones & The Indications Private Space Witchoo (feat. Aaron Frazer) 2021
21 The War On Drugs I Don’t Live Here Anymore I Don’t Live Here Anymore 2021
22 Helado Negro Far In Gemini and Leo 2021
23 La Luz La Luz In the Country 2021
24 The Avalanches We Will Always Love You Interstellar Love (feat. Leon Bridges) 2020
25 Julien Baker Little Oblivions Hardline 2021
26 The Black Keys Delta Kream Crawling Kingsnake 2021
27 St. Vincent Daddy’s Home Pay Your Way In Pain 2021
28 Curtis Harding If Words Were Flowers Hopeful (radio edit) 2021
29 Robert Plant & Alison Krauss Raise The Roof Can’t Let Go 2021
30 Mdou Moctar Afrique Victime Tala Tannam 2021
31 The Felice Brothers From Dreams to Dust Jazz On the Autobahn 2021
32 Lord Huron Long Lost Not Dead Yet 2021
33 Yves Tumor The Asymptotical World – EP Jackie 2021
34 Shannon & The Clams Year Of The Spider Year Of The Spider 2021
35 Hiss Golden Messenger Quietly Blowing It Sanctuary 2021
36 Modest Mouse The Golden Casket We Are Between 2021
37 Fruit Bats The Pet Parade The Pet Parade 2021
38 The Exbats Now Where Were We Coolsville USA 2021 local
39 TORRES Thirstier Hug From a Dinosaur 2021
40 The Colorist Orchestra & Howe Gelb Not On The Map Counting On 2021 local
41 Bachelor Doomin’ Sun Back of My Hand 2021
42 Freddy Parish A Cold July – EP Back Anywhere 2021 local
43 Parquet Courts Sympathy for Life Walking at a Downtown Pace 2021
44 Little Simz Sometimes I Might Be Introvert Introvert 2021
45 Tune-Yards sketchy. hypnotized 2021
46 Molly Burch Romantic Images Emotion (feat. Wild Nothing) 2021
47 Lorde Solar Power Solar Power 2021
48 Chai WINK ACTION 2021
49 Allison Russell Outside Child Nightflyer 2021
50 Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real A Few Stars Apart Perennial Bloom (Back To You) 2021
51 Karima Walker Waking the Dreaming Body Waking the Dreaming Body 2021 local
52 Arooj Aftab Vulture Prince Last Night 2021
53 Angelique Kidjo Mother Nature Dignity (feat. Yemi Alade) 2021
54 Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats The Future Survivor 2021
55 Heartless Bastards A Beautiful Life How Low 2021
56 Israel Nash Topaz Down in the Country 2021
57 Natalia LaFourcade Un Canto por Mexico, Vol. II Tu Si Sabes Quererme 2021
58 Big Thief Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You (advance tracks) Little Things 2022
59 Robert Finley Sharecropper’s Son Country Boy 2021
60 Sault Nine Trap Life 2021
61 Ryanhood Under the Leaves Appy Returns 2021 local
62 Juana Molina ANRMAL (Live in Mexico) Eras – ANRMAL 2020
63 Paul McCartney McCartney III Find My Way 2020
64 Loretta Lynn Still Woman Enough One’s On The Way (feat. Margo Price) 2021
65 Glacier.Wav Glaciar.Wav Glacier 2021 local
66 King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Butterfly 3000 Yours 2021
67 My Morning Jacket My Morning Jacket Regularly Scheduled Programming 2021
68 The Weather Station Ignorance Tried to Tell You 2021
69 The Mountain Goats Dark in Here Mobile 2021
70 Various The Metallica Blacklist Nothing Else Matters (Phoebe Bridgers) 2021
71 Sharkk Heartt Wars Our Mothers Fought Work Fires 2021 local
72 The Go! Team Get Up Sequences Part One World Remember Me Now 2021
73 Flor de Nopal EP 2 – EP Dale Chance 2021 local
74 Jungle Loving In Stereo All Of The Time 2021
75 Paul McCartney McCartney III Imagined Find My Way (feat. Beck) 2021
76 Lana Del Rey Chemtrails Over the Country Club Not All Who Wander Are Lost 2021
77 TV Priest Uppers Press Gang 2021
78 Faye Webster I Know I’m Funny haha Cheers 2021
79 Flock of Dimes Head of Roses Two 2021
80 Langhorne Slim Strawberry Mansion Mighty Soul 2020
81 Ani DiFranco Revolutionary Love Revolutionary Love 2021
82 Various The Daptone Super Soul Revue (Live at the Apollo) Get Up and Get Out (Sharon Jones) 2021
83 serpentwithfeet DEACON Fellowship 2021
84 Wolf Alice Blue Weekend The Last Man On Earth 2021
85 Brandi Carlile In These Silent Days Right on Time 2021
86 Django Django Glowing in the Dark Glowing in the Dark 2021
87 Billie Eilish Happier Than Ever Your Power 2021
88 Dinosaur Jr. Sweep It Into Space I Ain’t 2021
89 Leftover Salmon Brand New Good Old Days Brand New Good Old Days 2021
90 Jackson Browne Downhill From Everywhere My Cleveland Heart 2021
91 Vox Urbana Relatos En Caravana Karolina 2021 local
92 Polo & Pan Cyclorama Feel Good 2021
93 La Santa Cecilia Quiero Verte Feliz Ella Me Enamoro 2021
94 David Huckfelt Room Enough, Time Enough Bury Me Not 2021
95 U-Roy Solid Gold Wake The Town 2021
96 The Hold Steady Open Door Policy Heavy Covenant 2021
97 Orquesta Akokon 16 Rayos Mi Conga Es De Akokon 2021
98 Son Volt Electro Melodie Reverie 2021
99 Allergies Promised Land Move On Baby 2021
100 Tommy Guerrero Sunshine Radio Evolution Revolution 2021


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