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KXCI’s Top 100 Countdown of 2021

January 7, 2022
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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 form the same playlisting link.
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 Released
1 Various Tribute to Al Foul 2021 local
2 Japanese Breakfast Jubilee 2021
3 Courtney Barnett Things Take Time, Take Time 2021
4 Yola Stand For Myself 2021
5 Leon Bridges Gold-Diggers Sound 2021
6 Arlo Parks Collapsed In Sunbeams 2021
7 Jose Gonzalez Local Valley 2021
8 Various I’ll Be Your Mirror: A Tribute to the Velvet Underground & Nico 2021
9 Bomba Estereo Deja 2021
10 XIXA Genesis 2021 local
11 Valerie June The Moon And Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers 2021
12 Los Lobos Native Sons 2021
13 Lucy Dacus Home Video 2021
14 Amythyst Kiah Wary + Strange 2021
15 Lake Street Dive Obviously 2021
16 Los Esplifs Estraik Back 2021 local
17 Various Luz de Vida II: A Compilation to Benefit Homicide Survivors 2021 local (mostly)
18 Jon Batiste WE ARE 2021
19 Dry Cleaning New Long Leg 2021
20 Durand Jones & The Indications Private Space 2021
21 The War On Drugs I Don’t Live Here Anymore 2021
22 Helado Negro Far In 2021
23 La Luz La Luz 2021
24 The Avalanches We Will Always Love You 2020
25 Julien Baker Little Oblivions 2021
26 The Black Keys Delta Kream 2021
27 St. Vincent Daddy’s Home 2021
28 Curtis Harding If Words Were Flowers 2021
29 Robert Plant & Alison Krauss Raise The Roof 2021
31 Mdou Moctar Afrique Victime 2021
32 The Felice Brothers From Dreams to Dust 2021
33 Lord Huron Long Lost 2021
34 Yves Tumor The Asymptotical World – EP 2021
35 Shannon & The Clams Year Of The Spider 2021
36 Hiss Golden Messenger Quietly Blowing It 2021
37 Modest Mouse The Golden Casket 2021
38 Fruit Bats The Pet Parade 2021
39 The Exbats Now Where Were We 2021 local
40 TORRES Thirstier 2021
41 The Colorist Orchestra & Howe Gelb Not On The Map 2021 local
42 Bachelor Doomin’ Sun 2021
43 Freddy Parish A Cold July – EP 2021 local
44 Parquet Courts Sympathy for Life 2021
45 Little Simz Sometimes I Might Be Introvert 2021
46 Tune-Yards sketchy. 2021
47 Molly Burch Romantic Images 2021
48 Lorde Solar Power 2021
49 Chai WINK 2021
50 Allison Russell Outside Child 2021
51 Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real A Few Stars Apart 2021
52 Karima Walker Waking the Dreaming Body 2021 local
53 Arooj Aftab Vulture Prince 2021
54 Angelique Kidjo Mother Nature 2021
55 Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats The Future 2021
56 Heartless Bastards A Beautiful Life 2021
57 Israel Nash Topaz 2021
58 Natalia LaFourcade Un Canto por Mexico, Vol. II 2021
59 Big Thief Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You (advance tracks) 2022
60 Robert Finley Sharecropper’s Son 2021
61 Sault Nine 2021
62 Ryanhood Under the Leaves 2021 local
63 Juana Molina ANRMAL (Live in Mexico) 2020
64 Paul McCartney McCartney III 2020
65 Loretta Lynn Still Woman Enough 2021
66 Glacier.Wav Glaciar.Wav 2021 local
67 King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Butterfly 3000 2021
68 My Morning Jacket My Morning Jacket 2021
69 The Weather Station Ignorance 2021
70 The Mountain Goats Dark in Here 2021
71 Various The Metallica Blacklist 2021
72 Sharkk Heartt Wars Our Mothers Fought 2021 local
73 The Go! Team Get Up Sequences Part One 2021
74 Flor de Nopal EP 2 – EP 2021 local
76 Jungle Loving In Stereo 2021
77 Paul McCartney McCartney III Imagined 2021
78 Lana Del Rey Chemtrails Over the Country Club 2021
79 TV Priest Uppers 2021
80 Faye Webster I Know I’m Funny haha 2021
81 Flock of Dimes Head of Roses 2021
82 Langhorne Slim Strawberry Mansion 2020
83 Ani DiFranco Revolutionary Love 2021
84 Various The Daptone Super Soul Revue (Live at the Apollo) 2021
85 serpentwithfeet DEACON 2021
86 Wolf Alice Blue Weekend 2021
87 Brandi Carlile In These Silent Days 2021
88 Django Django Glowing in the Dark 2021
89 Billie Eilish Happier Than Ever 2021
90 Dinosaur Jr. Sweep It Into Space 2021
91 Leftover Salmon Brand New Good Old Days 2021
92 Jackson Browne Downhill From Everywhere 2021
93 Vox Urbana Relatos En Caravana 2021 local
94 Polo & Pan Cyclorama 2021
95 La Santa Cecilia Quiero Verte Feliz 2021
96 David Huckfelt Room Enough, Time Enough 2021
97 U-Roy Solid Gold 2021
98 The Hold Steady Open Door Policy 2021
99 Orquesta Akokon 16 Rayos 2021
100 Son Volt Electro Melodie 2021

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