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Top 100 Albums of 2015

Here are the Top 100 Albums of 2015 voted on by our listeners!


1) Jason Isbell-Something More Than Free

2) Alabama Shakes-Sound & Color

3) Tame Impala-Currents

4) My Morning Jacket-The Waterfall

5) Adele -25

6) The Arcs-Yours, Dreamily

7) Father John Misty-I Love You, Honeybear

8) Courtney Barnett-Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit

9) Punch Brothers-The Phosphorescent Blues

10) Leon Bridges-Coming Home

11) Brandi Carlile-The Firewatcher’s Daughter

12) Beirut-No No No

13) Josh Ritter-Sermon on the Rocks

14) Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats-Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

15) The Bright Light Social Hour-Space Is Still the Place

16) Kurt Vile-b’lieve i’m goin’ down

17) City and Colour-If I Should Go Before You

18) Wilco-Star Wars

19) Chris Stapleton-Traveller

20) The Wood Brothers-Paradise

21) Glen Hansard-Didn’t He Ramble

22) Matthew E. White-Fresh Blood

23) Natalie Prass-Natalie Prass

24) David Wax Museum-Guesthouse

25) Langhorne Slim-The Spirit Moves

26) The Lone Bellow-Then Came the Morning

27) Husky-Ruckers Hill

28) Kacey Musgraves-Pageant Material

29) Ryan Bingham-Fear and Saturday night

30) Lord Huron-Strange Trails

31) Israel Nash -Silver Season

32) Dawes-All Your Favorite Bands

33) Foals-What Went Down

34) BØRNS-Dopamine

35) Anderson East-Delilah

36) Moon Taxi-Daybreaker

37) Lianne La Havas-Blood

38) Drew Holcombe & The Neighbors-Medicine

39) Coldplay-A Head Full of Dreams

40) Warren Haynes feat Railroad Earth-Ashes and Dust

41) Of Monsters and Men-Beneath the Skin

42) Ryan Adams-1989

43) The Oh Hellos-Dear Wormwood

44) Houndmouth-Little Neon Limelight

45) Gary Clark Jr.-The Story of Sonny Boy Slim

46) Jamie xx-In Colour

47) JD McPherson-Let the Good Times Roll

48) Florence + the Machine-How Big How Blue How Beautiful

49) The Steel Wheels-Leave Some Things Behind

50) Modest Mouse-Strangers to Ourselves

51) Galactic-Into the Deep

52) Buddy Guy-Born To Play Guitar

53) James McMurtry-Complicated Game

54) Boy & Bear -Limit of Love

55) Carl Anderson-Risk of Loss

56) Wolf Alice-My Love is Cool

57) Lord Nelson-The County

58) Kendrick Lamar-To Pimp a Butterfly

59) Boxed In-Boxed In

60) Los Lobos-Gates of Gold

61) Catfish and The Bottlemen-The Balcony

62) Lettuce-Crush

63) The Bottle Rockets-South Broadway Athletic Club

64) Widespread Panic-Street Dogs

65) Rhiannon Giddens-Tomorrow Is My Turn

66) Jackie Greene-Back to Birth

67) Calexico-Edge of The Sun

68) The Tallest Man On Earth-Dark Bird Is Home

69) Justin Townes Earle-Absent Father

70) Sleater-Kinney-No Cities to Love

71) Guster-Evermotion

72) Mumford & Sons-Wilder Minds

73) Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell-The Traveling Kind

74) Erin & The Wildfire-Blame the Rain EP

75) G. Love & Special Sauce-Love Saves the Day

76) Mavis Staples-Your Good Fortune EP

77) Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds-The Weather Below

78) Jose Gonzalez-Vestiges & Claws

79) JJ Grey & Mofro-Ol Glory

80) Cage the Elephant-Tell Me I’m Pretty

81) Rayland Baxter-Imaginary Man

82) Mutemath-Vitals

83) Blitzen Trapper-All Across This Land

84) The Helio Sequence-The Helio Sequence

85) Kopecky-Drugs for the Modern Age

86) Dwight Yoakam-Second Hand Heart

87) Christopher Paul Stelling-Labor Against Waste

88) Blur-The Magic Whip

89) The Decemberists-What a Terrible World, What A Beautiful World

90) Beach House-Depression Cherry

91) John Moreland-High on Tulsa Heat

92) X Ambassadors-VHS

93) Death Cab For Cutie-Kintsugi

94) Craig Finn-Faith in the Future

95) Dave Rawlings Machine-Nashville Obsolete

96) Van Morrsion-Duets: Re-Working the Catalogue

97) Other Lives-Rituals

98) Richard Thompson-Still

99) Waxahatchee-Ivy Tripp

100) Liz Vice-There’s a Light

December 29th, 2016|Miscellaneous|

Top 100 Albums of 2014 – Voted by WNRN Listeners


100. KONGOS – Lunatic
99. Paulo Nuttini – Caustic Love
98. Steve Martin & Edie Brickell – Steve Martin and Steep Canyon Rangers
97. Chatham County Line – Tightrope
96. BANKS – Goddess
95. David Gray – Mutineers
94. Wye Oak – Shriek
93. Milky Chance – Sadnecessary
92. Johnny Cash – Out Among the Stars
91. Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots
90. Johnny Marr – Playland
89. OK Go – Hungry Ghosts
88. John Butler Trio – Flesh & Blood
87. Conor Oberst – Upside Down Mountain
86. Cowbell – Beat Stampede
85. Elbow – The Takeoff and Landing of Everything
84. Trigger Hippy – Trigger Hippy
83. Roadkill Ghost Choir – In Tongues
82. The Last Bison – VA
81. John Hiatt – Terms of My Surrender
80. The Barr Brothers – Sleeping Operator

79. The Afghan Whigs – Do to the Beast
78. Boy & Bear – Harlequin Dream
77. Damien Rice – My Favourite Faded Fantasy
76. Eric Clapton & Friends – The Breeze
75. Hurray for the Riff Raff – Small Town Heroes
74. Keb’ Mo’ – Bluesamericana
73. King Tuff – Black Moon Spell
72. Chet Faker – Built on Glass
71. Bryan Ferry – Avonmore
70. Foster The People – Supermodel
69. PHOX – Phox
68. Annie Lennox – Nostalgia
67. London Grammar – If You Wait
66. Sharon Van Etten – Are We There
65. Cold War Kids – Hold My Home
64. The Secret Sisters – Put The Needle Down
63. courtney barnett – The Double EP : A Sea of Split Peas
62. JOHNNYSWIM – Diamonds
61. The Shins – Wish I Was Here Soundtrack
60. Ásgeir– In the Silence

59. Trampled by Turtles – Wild Animals
58. Robert Plant – Lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar
57. U2 – Songs of Innocence
56. Benjamin Booker – Benjamin Booker
55. Steve Earle – Look Again To The Wind: Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Revisited
54. The Infamous Stringdusters – Let Go
53. Rodrigo y Gabriela – 9 Dead Alive
52. Strand of Oaks – Heal
51. tune-yards – Nikki Nack
50. Bryan Elijah Smith – These American Hearts
49. SAM SMITH – In The Lonely Hour
48. Justin Townes Earle – Single Mothers
47. Old Crow Medicine Show – Remedy
46. Real Estate – Atlas
45. The Hold Steady – Teeth Dreams
44. Bruce Springsteen – High Hopes
43. Carl Anderson – Risk of Loss
42. Vance Joy – Dream Your Life Away
41. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Hypnotic Eye
40. Jamestown Revival – Utah

39. Band of Horses – Acoustic at The Ryman
38. Drive-By Truckers – English Oceans
37. TV On The Radio – Seeds
36. Delta Spirit – Into The Wide
35. Shakey Graves – And The War Came
34. Future Islands – Singles
33. Rosanne Cash – The River and the Thread
32. Coldplay – Ghost Stories
31. The New Basement Tapes – Lost On the River
30. Lucinda Williams – Down Where The Spirit Meets the Bone
29. Tweedy – Sukierae
28. The Hill and Wood – Opener EP
27. Phantogram – Voices
26. Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
25. Broken Bells – After The Disco
24. SLEEPWALKERS – Greenwood Shade
23. Hiss Golden Messenger – Lateness of Dancers
22. Sons Of Bill – Love & Logic
21. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings – Give the People What They Want
20. Ray LaMontagne – Supernova

19. Phish – Fuego
18. Jenny Lewis – Voyager
17. The New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers
16. Spoon – They Want My Soul
15. Shovels and Rope – Swimmin’ Time
14. The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream
13. The Black Keys – Turn Blue
12. First Aid Kit (SE) OFFICIAL – Stay Gold
11. Alt-J – This Is All Yours
10. Arctic Monkeys – AM
9. Avers – Empty Light
8. St. Paul and The Broken Bones – Half the City
7. St. Vincent – St. Vincent
6. Nickel Creek – A Dotted Line
5. Ryan Adams – Ryan Adams
4. Hozier – Hozier
3. Jack White – Lazaretto
2. Lake Street Dive – Bad Self Portraits
1. Beck – Morning Phase

December 28th, 2016|Miscellaneous|

This Week’s WNRN VIP Member List!

Each week WNRN VIP members receive an email with offers for tickets to shows and more. Want to become a VIP? Go here!
1. A pair of tickets to Lynchstock Fall Festfeaturing Noah Gunderson, Jeff Carl, Joel Kaiser, and Jacob Ziegler & The Locals at The Academy Center for the Arts in Lynchburg on Saturday, October 15.

2. A pair of tickets to Scott Miller at The Wayne Theater in Waynesboro on Friday, October 14

3. Tickets for you and a friend to Yonder Mountain String Band at The Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville on Friday, October 14.
4. Two tickets to No Scrubs 90s Dance Party at The Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville on Saturday, October 15.

5. A pair of tickets to TR3 at The Harvester Center in Rocky Mount on Sunday, October 16.

6. Two tickets to Beats Antique at The Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville onTuesday, October 18.
7. A pair of tickets to Brett Dennen at The Harvester Center in Rocky Mount onTuesday, October 18  
Club Shows:
8. Two tickets to The Record Company at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall in Charlottesville on Friday, October 14.

9. A pair of tickets to South Hill Banks and Lord Nelson at The Camel in Richmond on Friday, October 14.

10. Tickets for you and a friend to Twitztid at The Broadberry in Richmond on Friday, October 14.

11. A pair of tickets to Will Overman Band at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall in Charlottesville on Saturday, October 15.

12. Tickets for you and a friend to Annabelles Curse at The Camel in Richmond on Saturday, October 15.

13. Two tickets to Rage Richmond Party with DJ Williams Projekt at The Broadberry in Richmond on Sunday, October 16.14. Tickets for you and a friend to Eric Krasno Band and Marco Benevento at The Broadberry in Richmond on Tuesday, October 18.

15. A pair of tickets to John Paul White at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall in Charlottesville on Wednesday, October 19.
16. A pair of tickets to Peyton Tochterman and Man on a Horse at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall in Charlottesville on Thursday, October 20.

17. A $10 gift certificate to Rethreads: Consignment Clothing for Men & Women in Charlottesville.

18. A pair of tickets to tour Agecroft Hall in Richmond.

19. A $10 gift certificate for Fardowners in Crozet.

20. A $10 gift certificate for Telegraph Art and Comics on the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville.

21. A $10 gift certificate for Kegney Brothers in Lynchburg.

22. A $10 gift certificate to Firefly Restaurant + Arcade in Charlottesville.

23. A $10 gift certificate to Crozet Pizza, good to use at locations in Charlottesville and Crozet.
24. A $10 gift card to Stable Craft Brewing in Waynesboro.
25. A $10 gift card to Kardinal Hall in Charlottesville.
26. A $10 gift card to Beer Run in Charlottesville.
October 12th, 2016|Miscellaneous|

Coming up on World Cafe…

Monday, October 10, 2016

Country songwriting powerhous Lori McKenna showcases her latest album, The Bird & The Rifle.

October 10th, 2016|Miscellaneous|

Thank you from all of us at WNRN!

Every single one of our VIP members keeps this listener supported station on the air in Virginia and beyond. If you haven’t had a chance to become a WNRN VIP member you can do it here and also pick out gifts for your support.

Now back to the music!

October 1st, 2016|Miscellaneous|

Fall Fund Drive – Support WNRN!

Without our listeners the last 20 years WNRN has been on air would not be possible. Keep your favorite radio station going for another 20 by becoming a VIP today! 

You can pick up the new WNRN t-shirt designed by Josh Gibson of Giant Step Design, the first ever double disc In Studio at WNRN release, a hoodie, festival blanket, high quality membership, exclusive access to WNRN events, and much more. Become a member here or give us a call at 434.979.0919!


hoodie blanket bluetooth


September 26th, 2016|Miscellaneous|

Les Temps Perdu – WNRN Fall Fund Drive!

When you donate during Bob Mosolgo you can pick up specialty CDs of your choice!


1 CD – $5/month = $60

2 CDs – $10/month = $120

3 CDs – $15/month = $180

5 CD’s – $20/month = $240

CDs Available include:

  • Squeeze – Cradle to the Grave
  • Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
  • David Bowie – Blackstar
  • Death Cab for Cutie – Kintsugi
  • Chris Isaak – First Comes the Night
  • Blur – Magic Whip
  • Dinosaur Jr. – Give A Glimpse of What Yer Not 
September 25th, 2016|Miscellaneous|

Country Feedback – WNRN Fall Fund Drive!

When you donate during Bob Mosolgo you can pick up specialty CDs of your choice!



1 CD – $5/month = $60

2 CDs – $10/month = $120

3 CDs – $15/month = $180

5 CD’s – $20/month = $240

CDs Available include:

  • Loretta Lynn – Full Circle
  • James McMurtry – Complicated Game (signed copies!)
  • The Cactus Blossoms – You’re Dreaming
  • Cody Jinks – I’m Not The Devil
  • Colvin & Earle – Colvin & Earle


September 24th, 2016|Miscellaneous|

Free Weekly Download: Southern Culture on the Skids


After 33 years of making country-fried guitar rock, Southern Culture on the Skids found new inspiration in their alter ego, The Pinecones. Channeling the intense psych-rock side the North Carolina band produced their 14th album The Electric Pinecones that will be released on Friday, September 16. Enjoy something new from Southern Culture on the Skids now with the Weekly Download of “Freak Flag”.


September 14th, 2016|Miscellaneous|

WNRN On Tour – Staunton TONIGHT!

Join us as we debut our In Studio Session IPA, brewed by our friends at South Street Brewery!

We will be at Visulite Cinema – Downtown Staunton from 7-9 PM TONIGHT (Wednesday, September 14) with a short set from Scott Miller, a mini music meeting, and lots of great giveaways. This event is open to the public with no ticket needed!

September 13th, 2016|Miscellaneous|