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KXCI’s Top 100 Countdown of 2023

December 28, 2023
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A shelf of albums taken at KXCI's Congress Street Studios with KXCI Logo that says Annual Top 100 Countdown.

On Friday, December 29th we shared songs from KXCI’s Top 100 Albums of 2023. We analyzed and sorted all the data** from the playlists of every music program over the course of 2023 to determine the 100 most played new albums, as selected by each KXCI DJ’s hand curated playlists created throughout the past year. KXCI’s Top 100 Countdown of the most played albums of 2023 started at 7am on Your Morning Brew with the 100th most played album and the countdown continued all the way to number 1 on The Home Stretch. In between, we featured tributes to musicians we lost in 2023 and other notable musical moments. **The data for 2023 included over 104 thousand entries with songs played from over 22 thousand artists and 40 thousand releases.

Here are playlists to view and stream KXCI’s Top 100:
#100-71 with Curt on Your Morning Brew
#70-51 with Susie on the Morning Music Mix
#50-31 with Bridgitte on The Afternoon music mix
#30 t0 #1 with Hannah on The Home Stretch
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KXCI Top 100 on Spotify
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KXCI Top 100 most played new releases of 2023
Rank Artist Release Label
1 Joy Oladokun Proof Of Life Amigo/Verve Forecast/Republic
2 boygenius the record boygenius/Interscope Records
3 Sunny War Anarchist Gospel New West Records
4 Durand Jones Wait Til I Get Over Dead Oceans
5 Arlo Parks My Soft Machine Transgressive
6 Jillian Bessett Joy Black Bag Output
7 The New Pornographers Continue as a Guest Merge Records
8 Brian Lopez Tidal Brian Lopez/Cosmica
9 Yves Tumor Praise A Lord Who Chews But Which Does Not Consume; Warp Records
10 Allison Russell The Returner Fantasy Records
11 Jenny Lewis Joy’All Blue Note Records
12 Young Fathers Heavy Heavy Ninja Tune
13 Y La Bamba Lucha Tender Loving Empire
14 Captain Planet Sounds Like Home Bastard Jazz Recordings
15 Bettye LaVette LaVette! Jay-Vee Records
16 Iris DeMent Workin’ on a World FlariElla Records
17 Margo Price Strays Loma Vista Recordings
18 Rhiannon Giddens You’re the One Nonesuch Records
19 Los Esplifs Chemistry Los Esplifs
20 Blur The Ballad Of Darren Parlophone
21 The Arcs Electrophonic Chronic Easy Eye Sound
22 Black Belt Eagle Scout The Land, The Water, The Sky Saddle Creek
23 The National First Two Pages of Frankenstein 4AD
24 Meshell Ndegeocello The Omnichord Real Book Blue Note
25 The Allergies Reconcile – EP (+singles) Jalapeno Records
26 Say She She Silver Karma Chief Records
27 Little Simz No Thank You Forever Living Originals/AWAL
28 Nickodemus Soul & Science Wonderwheel
29 Los Velvets Azúcar y Miel – EP Los Velvets
30 WITCH Zango Desert Daze; Desert Daze Sound
31 King Tuff Smalltown Stardust Sub Pop Records
32 Dengue Fever Ting Mong Tuk Tuk Records
33 Fever Ray Radical Romantics Mute/Rabid Records
34 Zuco 103 Telenova Six Degrees Records
35 iLe Nacarile Sony
36 Unknown Mortal Orchestra V Jagjaguwar
37 Jungle Volcano Caiola Records/AWAL
38 Rodrigo y Gabriela In Between Thoughts… A New World ATO Records
39 Margaret Glaspy Echo The Diamond ATO Records
40 Wye Oak Every Day Like the Last Merge Records
41 Altin Gün Aşk ATO Records
42 Raye Zaragoza Hold That Spirit Rebel River Records
43 Belle and Sebastian Late Developers Matador Records
44 Portugal. The Man Chris Black Changed My Life Atlantic
45 St. Paul & The Broken Bones Angels In Science Fiction ATO Records
46 Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit Weathervanes Southeastern Records
47 Lucinda Williams Stories from a Rock N Roll Heart Highway 20 Records
48 Hannah Jadagu Aperture Sub Pop Records
49 Black Pumas Chronicles of a Diamond ATO Records
50 Mamma Coal Dance Hall Crush Mamma Coal
51 First Aid Kit Palomino Columbia
52 Tinariwen Amatssou Wedge
53 Katie Haverly Triangulating Line Katie Haverly
54 Adrian Quesada Jaguar Sound ATO Records
55 Death Cab for Cutie Asphalt Meadows Atlantic Records
56 Kelela Raven Warp Records
57 SZA SOS Top Dawg Entertainment/RCA
58 Julie Byrne The Greater Wings Ghostly International
59 M83 Fantasy Mute
60 Jamila Woods Water Made Us Jagjaguwar
61 Death Valley Girls Islands in the Sky Suicide Squeeze Records
62 Raul Malo Say Less Thirty Tigers/Mono Mundo
63 Rufus Wainright Folkocracy BMG
64 Wilco Cousin dBPM Records
65 Beach Fossils Bunny Bayonet Records
66 Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra The Times Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra
67 Grace Potter Mother Road Fantasy Records
68 Object Heavy Love & Gravity Color Red
69 Bombino Sahel Partisan Records
70 Bully Lucky for You Sub Pop Records
71 Feist Multitudes Polydor
72 Geese 3D Country Partisan / Play It Again Sam
73 Nation of Language Strange Disciple Play It Again Sam
74 U.S. Girls Bless This Mess 4AD
75 Say She She Prism Karma Chief Records
76 Stephen Marley Old Soul Ghetto Youth Int./Tuff Gong
77 Rayland Baxter If I Were A Butterfly ATO Records
78 Rubblebucket Earth Worship Grand Jury Music
79 Josh Ritter Spectral Lines Pytheas Recordings
80 Ben Folds What Matters Most New West Records
81 AHNOHNI My Back Was A Bridge For You To Cross Secretly Canadian
82 Elisapie Inuktitut Bonsound
83 Phoenix Alpha Zulu Glassnote
84 Slowdive everything is alive Dead Oceans
85 Pachyman Switched-On ATO Records
86 Taj Mahal Savoy Stony Plain Records
87 Abraham Alexander SEA/SONS Dualtone Music Group
88 Deer Tick Emotional Contracts ATO Records
89 Grian Chatten Chaos For The Fly Partisan Records
90 Hermanos Gutiérrez El Bueno Y El Malo Easy Eye Sound
91 Lydia Loveless Nothing’s Gonna Stand in My Way Again Bloodshot Records
92 Sufjan Stevens Javelin Asthmatic Kitty
93 Eddie Roberts, George Porter Jr. & Floki Sessions Boots In Place Floki Studios
94 Mitski The Land Is Inhospitable and So Are We Dead Oceans
95 Ruthie Foster Healing Time Blue Corn Music
96 Jackie Mendoza Galaxia de Emociones ZZK Records
97 Youth Lagoon Heaven Is a Junkyard Fat Possum Records
98 Jalen Ngonda Come Around and Love Me Daptone Records
99 The Heavy Amen The Heavy
100 Cautious Clay KARPEH Blue Note Records

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