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Top 10 in 2021

Coming at Number 1 - We Are from Jon Batiste

Compiling our end of year top played list always brings out some surprising, and not-so-surprising results. Surprising? Of the four Beatles, Paul McCartney had the most play (not surprising), but the 2nd most played of the Beatles? Ringo! Not-so-surprising? Bob Dylan hit the top of our list of played overall for the umpteenth year in a row.

Some notable results from of our top 20 artists played: 14 were from women and 11 were BIPOC artists! Hearing a cast of diverse voices (in all definitions) on the radio or any streaming service is near impossible. I am so proud of KAXE/KBXE and our listeners for embracing and supporting equitable airwaves.

Top 10 New Artists in 2021 on KAXE/KBXE

10) Yola - Stand for Myself

9) Paul McCartney - McCartney III & McCartney III Imagined

8) Leon Bridges - Gold-Diggers Sound

7) Brandi Carlile - In These Silent Days

6) Valerie June - In the Moon and Stars: Prescriptions for Dreamers

5) St. Vincent - Daddy's Home

4) Allison Russell - Outside Child

3) Arlo Parks - Collapsed in Sunbeams

2) Lake Street Dive - Hypotheticals

Jon Batiste - We Are

Top 10 MN Albums Played in 2021

10) Buffalo Gals Band - Where the Heart Wants To Go

9) Lanue - Lanue

8) Sugar on the Roof - Hat Drop

7) Sarah Streitz - Cut Flowers

6) Charlie Parr - Last of the Better Days Ahead (3rd most played Minnesotan overall if you count all of his albums)

5) David Huckfelt - Room Enough, Time Enough

4) Dessa - Idles

3) Prince (2nd most played Minnesotan overall with all records combined)

2) Annie Mack - Testify

1) Bob Dylan - ALL THE RECORDS

And that's a wrap on 2021!

The music director at KAXE since 2014, Kari (pronounced Car-ee) Hedlund reviews music on the daily. She also hosts New Music every Wednesday (2 and 10 p.m.) and Sunday (noon), along with the KAXE Morning Show on Thursdays.