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2016 is behind us. But it was nice enough to leave us with a ton of fantastic albums from some truly great artists. Here’s a look back at the 100 albums that got the most playtime on CKUA in the past year.

 

CKUA’s top-played album of 2016: Basia Bulat – Good Advice (Image: basiabulat.com)

CKUA’s 25 Top-Played Albums of 2016

Albertan Artist=Albertan
Canadian Artist=Canadian

1. Canadian Artist Basia Bulat – Good Advice (Secret City)
2. Various Artists – Day Of The Dead (4AD)
3. Canadian Artist Jason Collett – Song And Dance Man (Arts & Crafts)
4. Albertan Artist Shuyler Jansen – The Long Shadow (Big White Cloud)
5. Lake Street Dive – Side Pony (Nonesuch)
6. Canadian Artist Danny Michel – Matadora (Six Shooter)
7. Canadian Artist Andy Shauf – The Party (Arts & Crafts)
8. Canadian Artist Plants & Animals – Waltzed In From The Rumbling (Secret City)
9. Canadian Artist Hannah Georgas – For Evelyn (Dine Alone)
10. Andrew Bird – Are You Serious (Loma Vista)
11. The James Hunter Six – Hold On! (Daptone)
12. Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop – Love Letter For Fire (Sub Pop)
13. Tedeschi Trucks Band – Let Me Get By (Fantasy)
14. Bonnie Rait – Dig In Deep (Redwing)
15. Young Gun Silver Fox – West End Coast (Wax Poetic)
16. Canadian Artist Kacy & Clayton – Strange Country (Big White Cloud)
17. The Jayhawks – Paging Mr. Proust (Sham)
18. Canadian Artist case/lang/veirs – case/lang/veirs (ANTI)
19. Mavis Staples – Livin’ On A High Note (ANTI)
20. Aoife O’Donovan – In The Magic Hour (Yep Roc)
21. Paul Simon – Stranger To Stranger (Concord)
22. Canadian Artist Royal Wood – Ghost Light (Independent)
23. Canadian Artist Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker (Sony)
24. Charles Bradley – Changes (Daptone)
25. Dori Freeman – Dori Freeman (Free Dirt)

26 – 50

Teddy Thompson & Kelly Jones — Little Windows (Image: Teddy Thompson.net)

26. Teddy Thompson & Kelly Jones – Little Windows (Cooking Vinyl)
27. Canadian Artist David Francey – Empty Train (Laker)
28. Canadian Artist Ron Hawkins – Spit Sputter And Sparkle (Pheromone)
29. Shawn Colvin & Steve Earle – Colvin & Earle (Fantasy)
30. Albertan Artist Matt Patershuk – I Was So Fond Of You (Black Hen)
31. Canadian Artist Steven Page – Heal Thyself Pt. 1: Instinct (Warner)
32. Albertan Artist Hutchinson Andrew Trio – Hollow Trees (Chronograph)
33. Canadian Artist Matthew Barber & Jill Barber – The Family Album (Outside)
34. The Avett Brothers – True Sadness (Republic)
35. Lera Lynn – Resistor (Resistor)
36. Canadian Artist The Highest Order – Still Holding (Idee Fixe)
37. Canadian Artist Son Of Dave – Explosive Hits (Independent)
38. The Cat Empire – Rising With The Sun (Two Shoes)
39. Albertan Artist Maria Dunn – Gathering (Independent)
40. Luther Dickinson – Blues & Ballads (A Folksinger’s Songbook), Vol. I & II (New West)
41. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool (XL)
42. Joe Bonamassa – Blues Of Desperation (J&R Adventures)
43. Nick Waterhouse – Never Twice (Innovative Leisure)
44. Aaron Neville – Apache (Tell It)
45. Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide To Earth (Atlantic)
46. Loretta Lynn – Full Circle (Legacy)
47. Canadian Artist Roger Roger – Fairweather (Independent)
48. Wilco – Schmilco (dBpm)
49. Canadian Artist Corin Raymond – Hobo Jungle Fever Dreams (Local Rascal)
50. The Sachal Ensemble – Song Of Lahore (Universal)

51 – 75

The Stray Birds — Magic Fire (Image: Yep Roc Records)

51. The Stray Birds – Magic Fire (Yep Roc)
52. Canadian Artist Matt Andersen – Honest Man (True North)
53. The Cactus Blossoms – You’re Dreaming (Red House)
54. Albertan Artist Altameda – Dirty Rain (Independent)
55. Rhiannon Giddens – Factory Girl (Nonesuch)
56. Albertan Artist Tanika Charles – Soul Run (Independent)
57. Canadian Artist Coco Love Alcorn – Wonderland (Independent)
58. Canadian Artist Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne – Jumpin’ & Boppin’ (Stony Plain)
59. Norah Jones – Day Breaks (Blue Note)
60. Canadian Artist David Myles – Here Now (Little Tiny)
61. Canadian Artist Jim Bryson – Somewhere We Will Find Our Place (MapleMusic)
62. Band Of Horses – Why Are You OK (Interscope)
63. The Head & The Heart – Signs Of Light (Warner)
64. Canadian Artist Erin Costelo – Down Below, The Status Quo (Venue)
65. Albertan Artist Derina Harvey Band – Rove & Go (Independent)
66. M. Ward – More Rain (Merge)
67. Albertan Artist Al Muirhead – Oop! (Chronograph)
68. Anthony D’Amato – Cold Snap (New West)
69. Beth Orton – Kidsticks (ANTI)
70. Lucius – Good Grief (Dine Alone)
71. James Vincent McMorrow – We Move (Dine Alone)
72. The Tibbs – Takin’ Over (Record Kicks)
73. Canadian Artist Whitehorse – The Northern South Vol. 1 (Six Shooter)
74. Mumford & Sons – Johannesburg (Glassnote)
75. Canadian Artist The Tragically Hip – Man Machine Poem (Universal)

 76 – 100

Amos Lee – Spirit (Image: Amazon Music)

76. Amos Lee – Spirit (Republic)
77. Albertan Artist 100 Mile House – Hiraeth (Independent)
78. David Bowie – Blackstar (ISO)
79. The Cave Singers – Banshee (Independent)
80. The Maytags – Love Lines (Independent)
81. Canadian Artist Haley Bonar – Impossible Dream (GNDWIRE)
82. Margaret Glaspy – Emotions & Math (Cadence)
83. Oh Pep! – Stadium Cake (Dualtone)
84. Albertan Artist Rae Spoon – Armour (Coax)
85. Ane Brun – When I’m Free (Balloon Ranger)
86. Parker Millsap – The Very Last Day (Okra Home)
87. Eric Clapton – I Still Do (Surfdog)
88. Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – Miss Sharon Jones! (Daptone)
89. Sarah Jarosz – Undercurrent (Sugar Hill)
90. The Pines – Above The Praire (Red House)
91. Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno – 1000 Watts (Tru Thoughts)
92. Albertan Artist Cheryl Fisher – Quietly There (OA2)
93. Lucinda Williams – The Ghosts On Highway 20 (Highway 20)
94. Madeleine Peyroux – Secular Hymns (Universal)
95. Michael Franti & Spearhead – Soulrocker (Concord)
96. Kula Shaker – K2.0 (Strange Folk)
97. Canadian Artist MonkeyJunk – Time To Roll (Stony Plain)
98. Canadian Artist Daniel Romano – Mosey (New West)
99. Shovels & Rope – Little Seeds (New West)
100. Canadian Artist Michael Kaeshammer – No Filter (eOne)