Readers’ Favorite Albums of 2020

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You voted and picked your favorite albums of 2020.  There were so many ties, here’s another example of where every vote counts!   Keep an eye out for our monthly polls and vote for your favorite every month and then at the end of the year too.  Look for some new music on the list.

 

 

1)Marc Miner “Smile When You’re Wasted”

28.67%
12,066

2)The Mavericks “En Espanol”

19.98%
8,408

3)Heather Anne Lomax “All This Time”

19.73%
8,304

4)Jeremy Squires “Many Moons”

6.12%
2,574

5)Whitney Rose “We Still Go To Rodeos”

2.97%
1,251

6) Ward Davis “Black Cats and Crows”

2.38%
1,000

7) The Mavericks’ “Play the Hits”

0.94%
397

8) Arlo McKinley “Die Midwestern”

0.81%
341

9) Justin Wells “The United State”

0.42%
177

10) Robert Vincent “In This Town You’re Owned”

0.41%
174

11) Jason Isbell “Reunions”

0.30%
125

12) Tyler Childers “Long Violent History”

0.27%
114

13)Colter Wall “Western Swing ….”

0.22%
91

14) Bruce Springsteen “Letter To You”

0.21%
89

15) Arielle Silver “A Thousand Tiny Torches”

0.20%
85

16) (tie) Tom Petty “Wildflowers and all the Rest”

0.19%
82

16) (tie)Joselyn and Don “Soar”

0.19%
82

17) John Moreland “LP5”

0.18%
74

18) MarDe Brooks “Running Out of Time”

0.17%
72

19) Marcus King “El Dorado”

0.16%
69

20) Jaime Wyatt “Neon Cross”

0.16%
67

21) Neil Young “Homegrown”

0.15%
64

22)(tie) Drive-By Truckers “The Unraveling”

0.15%
62

22) (tie)Steve Earle “Ghosts of West Virginia”

0.15%
62

23) Larkin Poe “Self Made Man”

0.14%
58

24) (tie) Bela Fleck “The Ripple Effect”

0.13%
55

24) (tie) Molly Tuttle “But I’d Rather Be With You”

0.13%
55

25) (tie) Eliza Gilkyson “2020”

0.13%
53

25) (tie) Blackberry Smoke “Live from Capricorn Sound Studios”

0.13%
53

26) (tie) Sierra Hull “25 Trips”

0.12%
52

26) (tie) Bob Dylan “Rough and Rowdy Ways”

0.12%
52

26) (tie) Dan Friese “Jane Songs”

0.12%
52

27) (tie) Lucinda Williams “Good Souls Better Angels”

0.12%
51

27) (tie) Lilly Hiatt “Walking Proof”

0.12%
51

28) (tie) SteelDrivers “Bad For You”

0.12%
50

28) (tie) Caleb Caudle “Better Hurry Up”

0.12%
50

28) (tie) Fiona Apple “Boltcutters”

0.12%
50

29) (tie) Indigo Girls “Look Long”

0.12%
49

29) (tie) The Avett Brothers “The Third Gleam”

0.12%
49

30) Secret Sisters “Saturn Return”

0.11%
47

31) (tie) Nathaniel Rateliff “And It’s Still Alright”

0.11%
46

31) (tie) Doc Watson & Gaither Carlton

0.11%
46

31) (tie) Zephaniah OHora “Listening to the Music”

0.11%
46

32) (tie) Dean Miller “1965”

0.11%
45

32) (tie) Joe Ely “Love in the Midst of Mayhem”

0.11%
45

32) (tie) Old 97s “Twelfth”

0.11%
45

32) (tie) Shayna Adler “Wander”

0.11%
45

33) Golden Shoals

0.10%
44

34) (tie) Matt Zaddy “Be”

0.10%
43

34) (tie) Izzy Heltai “Father”

0.10%
43

35) (tie) John Anderson “Years”

0.10%
42

35) (tie) Corb Lund “Agricultural Tragic”

0.10%
42

35) (tie) Josh Ritter “See Here…”

0.10%
42

35) (tie) Liz Longley “Funeral For My Past”

0.10%
42

36) (tie) The Danberrys “Shine”

0.10%
41

36) (tie) Black Pumas “Black Pumas”

0.10%
41

37) (tie) Ben de la Cour “Shadowland”

0.10%
40

37) (tie) Tami Neilson “Chickaboom”

0.10%
40

37) (tie)  Jill Andrews “Thirtes”

0.10%
40

37) (tie) Reckless Kelly “Girls” or “American Jackpot”

0.10%
40

37) (tie) Kathleen Edwards “Total Freedom”

0.10%
40

37) (tie) War and Treaty “Hearts Town”

0.10%
40

38) (tie) Tenille Townes “The Lemonade Stand”

0.09%
39

38) (tie) Nikki O’Neill “World is Waiting”

0.09%
39

39) (tie) Wood & Wire “No Matter Where It Goes From Here”

0.09%
38

39) (tie) Emily Zuzik “Torch & Trouble”

0.09%
38

40) (tie) Dom Flemons “Prospect Hill”

0.09%
37

40) (tie) David Bromberg “Big Road”

0.09%
37

40) (tie) Brian Paddock “The Hero We Deserve”

0.09%
37

41) (tie) Brandy Clark “Your Life is a Record”

0.09%
36

41) (tie) Waxahatchee “Saint Cloud”

0.09%
36

41) (tie) Will Sexton “Don’t Walk in the Darkness”

0.09%
36

41) (tie) Jason Wilber “Time Traveler”

0.09%
36

41) (tie) Zach Aaron “Fill Dirt Wanted”

0.09%
36

41) (tie) Mary Chapin Carpenter “Between the Dirt and the Stars”

0.09%
36

41) (tie) Bruce Sudano “Spirals Vol. 2”

0.09%
36

41) (tie) CF Watkins “Baby Girl”

0.09%
36

42) (tie) Lisa Mills “The Triangle”

0.08%
35

42) (tie) Robert Cray “That’s What I Heard”

0.08%
35

42) (tie) Dave Simonett “Red Tail”

0.08%
35

42) (tie) Pam Tillis “Looking For a Feeling”

0.08%
35

42) (tie) Shelby Lynne “Shelby Lynne”

0.08%
35

42) (tie) The White Buffalo “On the Widow’s Walk ”

0.08%
35

42) (tie) Buffalo Rose “Borrowed and Blue”

0.08%
35

42) (tie) Sara Rachele “Scorpio Sun”

0.08%
35

42) “Willie Nile Uncovered”

0.08%
35

42) Bobby Rush “Rawer Than Raw”

0.08%
35

42) Joe Bonamassa “A New Day Now 20th”

0.08%
35

43) (tie) Albert Cummings “Believe”

0.08%
34

43) (tie) Jeff Healey “Heal My Soul”

0.08%
34

43) (tie) Lauren Calve “Widlfire”

0.08%
34

43) (tie) Darlin’ Brando “Also Too”

0.08%
34

43) (tie) Sarah Jarosz “World on the Ground”

0.08%
34

44) (tie) Blackfoot Gypsies “Live at the Basement”

0.08%
33

44) (tie) Gabe Lee “Honky Tonk Hell”

0.08%
33

44) (tie) Joni Mitchell “Shine” reissue

0.08%
33

44) (tie) Webb Wilder “Night Without Love”

0.08%
33

44) (tie) Suzi Ragsdale “Ghost Town”

0.08%
33

45) (tie) The Staple Singers “Family Tree”

0.08%
32

45) (tie) Emma Swift “Blonde on the Tracks”

0.08%
32

45) (tie) Ruston Kelly “Shape and Destroy”

0.08%
32

45) (tie) Sam Morrow “Gettin By on Gettin Down”

0.08%
32

46) (tie) Sarah Beth Terry “Glass Houses”

0.07%
31

46) (tie) Danny Barnes’ “Man on Fire”

0.07%
31

46) (tie) America “Heritage II”

0.07%
31

46) (tie) The Dustbowl Daddies

0.07%
31

46) (tie) Alma Russ “Next Town”

0.07%
31

46) (tie) Dr. John “Louis Armstrong Tribute”

0.07%
31

46) (tie) Dion “Blues With Friends”

0.07%
31

46) (tie) Khruangbin “Mordechai”

0.07%
31

46) (tie) Jenny Reynolds “Any Kind of Angel”

0.07%
31

46)(tie) Jerry Joseph “The Beautiful Madness”

0.07%
31

46) (tie) National Steel “Anemoia”

0.07%
31

47) (tie) The Wood Brothers “Kingdom in my Mind”

0.07%
30

47) (tie) Joel Levi “Opened Fire”

0.07%
30

47) (tie) Tin Toy Cars “Hello Paraiah”

0.07%
30

47) (tie) Nora Jean Wallace “Blueswoman”

0.07%
30

48) (tie) Alan Barnosky “Lonesome Road”

0.07%
29

48) (tie) Spanking Charlene “Find Me Out”

0.07%
29

48) (tie) My Sister, My Brother self-titled

0.07%
29

48) (tie) Gretchen Peters “The Songs of Mickey Newbury”

0.07%
29

48) (tie) Devin B. Thompson “Tales of the Soul”

0.07%
29

49) (tie) George Ducas ” Yellow Rose Motel”

0.07%
28

49) (tie) Ryan Cassata “The Witches Made Me Do It”

0.07%
28

49) (tie) Jess Jocoy “Such a Long Way”

0.07%
28

49) (tie) Hibbs Family Band

0.07%
28

49) (tie) Mary McGuinness “Prodigal”

0.07%
28

49) (tie) The Mammals “Nonet”

0.07%
28

49) (tie) Dirt Reynolds “Scalawag”

0.07%
28

49) (tie) Will Hoge “Tiny Little Movies”

0.07%
28

49) (tie) Chuck Prophet “The Land That Time Forgot”

0.07%
28

49) (tie) The Allman Betts Band “Bless Your Heart”

0.07%
28

50) (tie) Ted Russell Kamp “Down in the Den”

0.06%
27

50) (tie) Chicago Farmer “Flyover Country”

0.06%
27

50) (tie) the Flyin’ As “No Holds Barred”

0.06%
27

50) (tie) The Lone Bellow “Half Moon Light”

0.06%
27

50) (tie) Saints Eleven “This Town”

0.06%
27

50) (tie) Caitlyn Smith “Supernova”

0.06%
27

50) (tie) Gordon Thomas Ward “Eiderdown”

0.06%
27

50) (tie) Josh Okeefe “Bloomin'”

0.06%
27

50) (tie) Chris Smither “More From the Levee”

0.06%
27

51) (tie) Micky and the Motorcars’ “Long Time Coming'”

0.06%
26

51) (tie) Della Mae “Headlight”

0.06%
26

51) (tie) Alex Dixon “The Real McCoy”

0.06%
26

51) (tie) Swamp Dogg “Sorry You Couldn’t Make It’

0.06%
26

51) (tie) Andrew Gold “Something New”

0.06%
26

51) (tie) Debra Devi “A Zillion Stars Overhead”

0.06%
26

51) (tie) Jake Blount “Spider Tales”

0.06%
26

51) (tie) Harmed Brothers ” Across the Waves”

0.06%
26

51) (tie) Josie Bello “Have Purpose Live Long”

0.06%
26

51) (tie) Walter Trout “Ordinary Madness”

0.06%
26

52) (tie) Nate Schweber “Gaps”

0.06%
25

52) (tie) Brian Johannesen “Holster Your Silver”

0.06%
25

52) (tie) Kyle Lacy “The Road to Tomorrow”

0.06%
25

52) (tie) 100 mile house “Love and Leave You”

0.06%
25

52) (tie) Ayla Brook “Desolation Sounds”

0.06%
25

53) (tie) Glenn Brown “25 years Behind”

0.06%
25

53) (tie) Willie Nile “New York at Night”

0.06%
25

53) (tie) Emily Duff “Born on the Ground”

0.06%
25

53) (tie) Andy Baker “North Country Sky”

0.06%
25

53) (tie) Town Meeting “Make It Better”

0.06%
25

53) (tie) Vincent Cross “Life & Times”

0.06%
25

54) (tie) Sara Simmons “Simple Life”

0.06%
24

54) (tie) David Dondero “The Filter Bubble Blues”

0.06%
24

54) (tie) the Claudettes “High Times in the Dark”

0.06%
24

54) (tie) Peter Karp “Magnificent Heart”

0.06%
24

54) (tie) Heidi Newfield “The Barfly Sessions”

0.06%
24

54) (tie) The Northern Belle “We Wither We Bloom”

0.06%
24

54) (tie) The Stooges “Live at Goose Lake”

0.06%
24

54) (tie) Cary Morin “Dockside Saints

0.06%
24

54) (tie) Robert Connelly Farr “Country Supper”

0.06%
24

54) (tie) DL Marble “One Line At A Time”

0.06%
24

55) (tie) Randall Bramblett “Pine Needle Fire”

0.05%
23

55) (tie) Shaun O’Reilly “Turn to Face the Strange”

0.05%
23

55) (tie) Scott Hildebrand “Under Wraps”

0.05%
23

55) (tie) Bonnie Whitmore “Last Will & Testament”

0.05%
23

56) (tie) Melanie Peterson “We Got This”

0.05%
22

56) (tie) John Hartford Fiddle Project

0.05%
22

56) (tie) Bettye LaVette “Blackbirds”

0.05%
22

57) (tie) Thomm Jutz “To Live in Two Worlds”

0.05%
21

57) (tie) Adobe Collective “All the Space That There Is”

0.05%
21

57) (tie) Grant Nesmith “Between the Tides”

0.05%
21

57) (tie) Fruition “Broken at the Break of Day”

0.05%
21

57) (tie) Tessy Lou Williams “self-titled”

0.05%
21

57) (tie) Shannon LaBrie “Building”

0.05%
21

58) (tie) Christine Smith “Meet Me on the Far Side of a Star”

0.05%
20

58) (tie) Jason Piquette “Dance Again”

0.05%
20

58) (tie) Frank and Allie Lee “Treat a Stranger Right”

0.05%
20

58) (tie) Carla Olson “Have Harmony, Will Travel II”

0.05%
20

58) (tie) Ben Noble “Where the Light Comes In”

0.05%
20

58) (tie) Andrew Hibbard “Andrew Hibbard”

0.05%
20

58) (tie) Chelsea Williams “Beautiful and Strange”

0.05%
20

58) (tie) Ruthie Foster “Big Band Live at Paramount”

0.05%
20

58) (tie) Justin Farren “Pretty Free”

0.05%
20

58) (tie) Ryan Hamilton “Nowhere to Go But…”

0.05%
20

59) (tie) Sergio Mendez “In the Key of Joy”

0.05%
19

59) (tie) Brielle Ansems “This New Hurricane”

0.05%
19

59) (tie) George St Clair “Do You Feel Strange”

0.05%
19

59) (tie) The Mastersons “Red, White, and I Love You Too”

0.05%
19

60) (tie) Prinz Grizzley “To My Green Mountains Home”

0.04%
18

60) (tie) Last Year’s Man “Brave the Storm”

0.04%
18

60) (tie) John Salaway “Americana Dreams”

0.04%
18

60) (tie) Jeremiah Johnson “Heavens to Betsy”

0.04%
18

60) (tie) Nathan Evans Fox “Kindness”

0.04%
18

60) (tie) Caitlin Cannon “The TrashCannon Album”

0.04%
18

60) (tie) Ken Dunn “Ashes in the Morning”

0.04%
18

60) (tie) Prison Music Project “Long Time Gone”

0.04%
18

60) (tie) Julian Taylor “The Ridge”

0.04%
18

61) (tie) WB & the Geezers “Bits and Pieces”

0.04%
17

61) (tie) The Nighthawks “Tryin’ to Get to You”

0.04%
17

61) (tie) Sawyer Fredericks “Flowers For You”

0.04%
17

61) (tie) Marshall Chapman “Songs I Can’t Live Without”

0.04%
17

61) (tie) Pharis & Jason Romero “Bet on Love”

0.04%
17

62) (tie) Jayhawks “XOXO”

0.04%
16

62) (tie) David Ball “Thinkin Problem” reissue

0.04%
16

62) (tie) Ron Pope “Bone Structure”

0.04%
16

62) (tie) Rick Shea “Love and Desperation”

0.04%
16

62) (tie) Freddy & Francine “I Am Afraid to Die”

0.04%
16

63) (tie) Jesse Daniel “Rollin On”

0.04%
15

63) (tie) Brent Cobb “Keep ‘Em On They Toes”

0.04%
15

63) (tie) Anthony D’Amato “Five Songs from New Orleans”

0.04%
15

63) (tie) Grant Nesmith “Between the Tides”

0.04%
15

63) (tie) Jack Sledge “Notes of a Drifter”

0.04%
15

63) (tie) Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks “Orange Crate Art Reissue”

0.04%
15

63) (tie) Fantastic Negrito “Have You Lost Your Mind Yet?”

0.04%
15

63) (tie) The Snarlin’ Yarns “Break Your Heart”

0.04%
15

64) (tie) Front Country “Impossible World”

0.03%
14

64) (tie) The Roseline “Good Grief”

0.03%
14

64) (tie) VickiKristinaBarcelona “Pawn Shop Radio”

0.03%
14

64) (tie) Ross Bellenoit “Where Does the Light Go?”

0.03%
14

64) (tie) Suzzy Roche and Lucy Wainwright Roche “I Can Still Hear You”

0.03%
14

65) (tie) Jenna & Martin “Cosmic Western Duets”

0.03%
13

65) (tie) Eric Brace and Last Train Home “Daytime Highs and Overnight Lows”

0.03%
13

65) (tie) Kevin Stonerock “Twilight Town”

0.03%
13

66) (tie) Ashley Ray “Pauline”

0.03%
12

66) (tie) Joshua Ray Walker “Glad You Made It”

0.03%
12

67) (tie) Sturgill Simpson “Cuttin Grass”

0.02%
10

67) (tie) Skip Ewing “Wyoming”

0.02%
10

68) Brian Green “Campfires of the Apocalypse”

0.02%
9

69) Watkins Family Hour “Brother Sister”

0.01%
6

70) Sarah Levecque “Moments of Silver”

0.01%
5

71). Kyle Nix “Lightning On the Mountain…”

0.01%
4

 

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