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Four Acts Dominate 2019 Airplay Charts

Updated: Jan 2, 2020

Hayes Carll tops album airplay.

Four acts dominated the ratings for Americana radio airplay in 2019.

Texas troubadour Hayes Carll scored top spot in the prestigious Americana Radio Airplay Albums of 2019 with What It Is, released in February. The album’s opening track, the quirky “None’ya,” was placed at number 10 on the Americana singles list in the last 12 months.

The number one spot for Americana singles airplay went to the Colorado folk/rock band The Lumineers with “Gloria,” off the album III which was the third most played Americana album during the year.

Sharing the honors was singer-songwriter Josh Ritter who scored runner-up spot on both albums and singles charts with Fever Breaks – his tenth studio album - and its single “Old Black Magic.”

Completing the top four was the high-profile Lukas Nelson and his outfit Promises of the Real. They placed third on the singles list, with “Bad Case,” off Turn Off the News (Build a Garden) which was fourth on the most-played-albums chart.

Top 100 lists were compiled by the Americana Music Association from records reported to the Americana Radio Airplay Albums and Singles Charts for the period of December 18, 2018, through to December 17, 2019.

Despite their airplay popularity, none of these four acts was nominated in the applicable categories – Best Americana Album/Best Americana Roots Performance/Best Americana Roots Song – at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards to be announced on January 26.

The only Grammy contender to reach the top ten of either the album or singles airplay list was British sensation Yola, whose Grammy-nominated album Walk Through Fire was the ninth-most-played album on radio during 2019. This has been a good year for Yola, who, in fact, has four Grammy nominations, including the all-genre Best New Artist category.

Top 10 Americana Radio Airplay Albums of 2019

1. What It Is - Hayes Carll

2. Fever Breaks - Josh Ritter

3. III - The Lumineers

4. Turn Off the News (Build a Garden) - Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real

5. Signs -Tedeschi Trucks Band

6. Jade Bird - Jade Bird

7. We Get By - Mavis Staples

8. American Love Song - Ryan Bingham

9. Walk Through Fire - Yola

10. Closer Than Together – The Avett Brothers

Top 10 Americana Radio Airplay Singles of 2019

1. "Gloria" - The Lumineers (Appears on III)

2. "Old Black Magic" - Josh Ritter (Appears on Fever Breaks)

3. "Bad Case" - Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real (Appears on Turn Off the News [Build a Garden)

4. "Stay High" - Brittany Howard (Appears on Jaime)

5. "High Steppin'" - The Avett Brothers (Appears on Closer Than Together)

6. "Hard Case" - Tedeschi Trucks Band (Appears on Signs)

7. "Change" - Mavis Staples (Appears on We Get By)

8. "Jingle and Go" - Ryan Bingham (Appears on American Love Song)

9. "All Your'n" - Tyler Childers (Appears on Country Squire)

10. “None’ya” - Hayes Carll (Appears on What it is)


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