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Dec 27

The Top 50 Americana Albums of the Year

The Americana Music Association announced its year end Top 100 Albums of the Year.  The Top 100 albums are based on those records reported to the Americana Airplay Chart during the period of November 17, 2009 through November 15, 2010.  We’ll serve up the first half of the list and you can visit the Americana Music Association website to access the full list of all 100 albums…

The Top 50 most played albums, as charted on the Americana Airplay Chart are:

1.       Various Artists, Crazy Heart Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, New West

2.       Rosanne Cash, The List, Manhattan

3.       John Hiatt, The Open Road, New West

4.       Carolina Chocolate Drops, Genuine Negro Jig, Nonesuch

5.       Ray Wylie Hubbard, A Enlightenment B Endarkenment Hint There Is No C, Bordello/Thirty Tigers

6.       Robert Earl Keen, The Rose Hotel, Lost Highway

7.       Band Of Heathens, One Foot In The Ether, BOH Records

8.       Avett Brothers, I And Love And You, Columbia

9.       Patty Griffin, Downtown Church, Credential

10.   Reckless Kelly, Somewhere In Time, Yep Roc

11.   John Mellencamp, No Better Than This, Rounder

12.   Darrell Scott, A Crooked Road, Full Light

13.   Merle Haggard, I Am What I Am, Vanguard

14.   Alejandro Escovedo, Street Songs of Love, Fantasy

15.   Willie Nelson, Country Music, Rounder

16.   Lyle Lovett, Natural Forces, Curb/Lost Highway

17.   Carrie Rodriguez, Love And Circumstance, Ninth Street Opus

18.   Robert Plant, Band of Joy, Rounder

19.   Paul Thorn, Pimps & Preachers, Perpetual Obscurity

20.   Los Lobos, Tin Can Trust, Shout! Factory

21.   Jim Lauderdale, Patchwork River, Thirty Tigers

22.   Cross Canadian Ragweed, Happiness And All The Other Things, Universal Records South

23.   Red Molly, James, Independent

24.   Chip Taylor, Yonkers NY, Train Wreck

25.   Yarn, Come On In, UFO

26.   John Prine, In Person & On Stage, Oh Boy

27.   Tift Merritt, See You On The Moon, Concord

28.   Various Artists, Twistable Turnable Man, A Musical Tribute To The Songs Of Shel Silverstein, Sugar Hill

29.   Dave Rawlings Machine, A Friend Of A Friend, Acony

30.   Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Speed Of Life, NGDB

31.   Kevin Welch, A Patch Of Blue Sky, Music Road

32.   Johnny Cash, American VI: Ain’t No Grave, American/Lost Highway

33.   Elliot Randall & The Deadmen, Caffeine & Gasoline, ER

34.   Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs, God Willin’ & The Creek Don’t Rise, RCA

35.   Shelby Lynne, Tears, Lies & Alibis , Everso/Fontana/CO5

36.   Marty Stuart, Studio B Sessions, Sugar Hill

37.   Sam Bush, Circles Around Me, Sugar Hill

38.   Will Kimbrough, Wings, Daphne

39.   Corb Lund, Losin’ Lately Gambler, New West

40.   Elizabeth Cook, Welder, Thirty Tigers

41.   Kevin Deal, 7 Seven, Blind Nello

42.   Allison Moorer, Crows, Ryko

43.   Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses, Junky Star, Lost Highway

44.   Eleven Hundred Springs, This Crazy Life, Smith Entertainment

45.   Guy Clark, Somedays The Song Writes You, Dualtone

46.   Dierks Bentley, Up On The Ridge, Capitol / Sugar Hill

47.   Patty Loveless, Mountain Soul II, Saguaro Road

48.   Drive-By Truckers, The Big To-Do, ATO/RED

49.   Tim O’Brien, Chicken & Egg, Howdy Skies

50.   Eilen Jewell, Butcher Holler – A Tribute To Loretta Lynn, Signature Sounds

Click here to see the rest of the Top 100 Americana Albums of the Year »

And, don’t forget to tune in for GAC’s Top 50 Videos of the Year as selected by you, the fans, who voted here at!  Click here for the complete schedule of airtimes »


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