Top Ranking Albums of August 2017

Damian “Jr. Gong” MarleyStony Hill [Republic Records 2017]

LCD Soundsystemamerican dream [Excelsior 2017]

AlborosieLiving Dread [Forward Recordings 2017]

New KingstonA Kingston Story: Come From Far [Easy Star Records 2017]

Jack JohnsonAll the Light Above It Too [Jack Johnson 2017]

AlborosieFreedom in Dub [VP Records 2017]

Steve WinwoodSteve Windwood’s Greatest Hits Live [Wincraft Records 2017]

Jah9 & Mad ProfessorMad Professor Meets Jah9 in the Midst of the Storm [VP Records 2017]

Iron & WineBeast Epic [Sub Pop Records 2017]

Chronicles Dub TrioChapter 2: Marcus Garvey [Coated in Dub Records 2017]

Various ArtistsPatti Cake$ (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [Twentieth Century Fox 2017]

Dean FraserMelodies of D.E.B. [Tad’s Records 2017]

Wu-Tang Clan & RedmanPeople Say [36 Chambers 2017]

SizzlaI’m Yours [FX Music 2017]

Neil YoungHitchhiker [Silver Bow 2017]

Ziggy MarleyWe Are The People Tour (Live) [Tuff Gong 2017]

Lukas Nelson & The Promise of the RealLukas Nelson & The Promise of the Real [Concord Music 2017]

Sean PaulRolling [Dutty Rock 2017]

Alt-JDeadcrush (Salute Remix) [Infectious Music 2017]

Lutan FyahAfrican Be Proud [Rastar Records 2017]

Dave RawlingsPoor David’s Almanac [Acony Records 2017]

Skip MarleyRefuge [Island Records 2017]

BeckUp All Night [Fonograf Records 2017]

Winston McAnuff, Bost & BimRabbi Son [The Bombist 2017]

Courtney Barnett & Kurt VileOver Everything [Matador Records 2017]

The Tallest Man on Earth with yMusic – The Tallest Man on Earth with yMusic [Rivers/Birds Records 2017]

Fleet FoxesCrack Up [Nonesuch Records 2017]

The War on DrugsA Deeper Understanding [Atlantic 2017]

Top Ranking Albums of August 2017

Top Ranking Albums of July 2017

ChronixxChronology [Virgin 2017]

Jason Isbell & the 400 UnitThe Nashville Sound [Southeastern Records 2017]

Courtney JohnEcosystems [Soul Man Records 2017]

RancidTrouble Maker [Epitaph 2017]

Ziggi RecadoThe Commission [Nayamari Records 2017]

Slaid CleavesGhost on the Car Radio [Slaid Cleaves 2017]

311MOSAIC [311 Band 2017]

Big BoiBoomiverse [Epic Records 2017]

The Movement & Stick FigureSiren [The Movement 2017]

Steve EarleSo You Wanna Be An Outlaw [Warner Brothers 2017]

Mykal RoseStrategy of Rome [Icedrop Records 2017]

DispatchAmerica, Location 12 [Bomber Records 2017]

Snoop Doggy DoggTransition [Doggystyle Records 2017]

Kool G. RapReturn of the Don [Clockwork Music 2017]

Top Ranking Albums of July 2017

Top Ranking Albums of June 2017

The BeatlesSgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Deluxe Edition 50the Anniversary) [Apple 2017]

Bob Marley & The WailersExodus (40th Anniversary) [Island Records 2017]

DJ Shadow & NasSystematic [Mass Appeal Records 2017]

Collie BuddzGood Life [2017 Harper Digital 2017]

Danger Mouse, Run the Jewels, & Big BoiChase Me [Sony 2017]

Jesse RoyalAlways Be Around [Easy Star Records 2017]

alt-JRelaxer [Infectious Music 2017]

ChamLawless [Mad House Records 2017]

Slaid CleavesDrunken Barber’s Hand [Slaid Cleaves 2017]

SOJABad News [ATO Records 2017]

Snoop DoggNeva Left [Doggystyle Records 2017]

Kabaka PyramidCan’t Breathe [Ghetto Youth International 2017]

The Grateful DeadLong Strange Trip (Soundtrack) [Grateful Dead Productions 2017]

Bounty KillerPoor People’s Governor 92-96 [Shaklow 2017]

Steve EarleSo You Wanna Be An Outlaw [Steve Earle 2017]

Sean PaulTo Mi Thing [Khalfani Records 2017]

Ice CubeGood Cop Bad Cop [Interscope 2017]

Morgan HeritageAvrakedabra [EMPIRE 2017]

Taj Mahal & Keb MoTajmo [Tajmo Records 2017]

The ExpendablesMoment [Controlled Substance 2017]

LCD SoundsystemCall the Police [Columbia 2017]

SizzlaFight For Dis [Altafaan Records 2017]

Justin Townes EarleKids in the Street [New West 2017]

Major Lazer – Know No Better [Mad Decent 2017]

Run the JewelsPanther Like A Panther [RTJ Records 2017]

Vybz KartelMash Up the Place [Yard Style 2017]

Dan AuerbachWaiting on a Song [Easy Eye Sound 2017]

Jeff TweedyLaminated Cat [dBPM Records 2017]

The Grateful DeadCornell 5/8/77 [Rhino 2017]

Chuck BerryCHUCK [Dualtone 2017]

Chris StapletonFrom A Room: Volume 1 [Mercury Records 2017]

Top Ranking Albums of June 2017

Top Ranking Music of May 2017

Willie NelsonGod’s Problem Child [Sony 2017]

Gentleman’s Dub ClubDubtopia [Easy Star Records 2017]

GorillazHumanz [Parlophone Records 2017]

Gregory IsaacsDance Curfew [Acid Jazz 2017]

Snoop DoggNeva Left [Doggystyle Records 2017]

Jah SunBetween the Lines [Jason Standiford 2017]

RatboysControl [Top Shelf Records 2017]

KeznamdiSkyline Levels, Vol. 1 [Kezmadi 2017]

DJ QuikRosecrans [Diamond Lane 2017]

AlkalineSon of A Queen [Chimney Records 2017]

Steve EarleLookin’ for a Woman [Steve Earle 2017]

Ivoryman – Culturally Rude [Tusk Records 2017]


Top Ranking Music of May 2017

Top Ranking Music of April 2017

Kendrick LamarDAMN. [Aftermath/Interscope 2017]

Vybz KartelRemember Me [Cr203 Records 2017]

BeckCan’t Help Falling in Love [Fonograf 2017]

Damian “Junior Gong” Marley & Stephen MarleyMedication [Republic Records 2017]

Jeb Loy NicholasCountry Hustle [Jullian Records 2017]

Ziggy MarleySee Dem Fake Leaders [Tuff Gong 2017]

Willie NelsonOld Timer [Sony 2017]

Richie SpicePull It Up [Machete Records 2017]

RaekwonThe Wild [Ice H20 Records 2017]

The Wailing SoulsIsland Girl [Nathan Kipp 2017]

The String Cheese IncidentBelieve [SCI Fidelity Records 2017]



Top Ranking Music of April 2017

The Drinking song that became the Star Spangled Banner

The Jeffersonian Era would transform the nation adding millions of acres to the nation with the Louisiana Purchase.  But, the British were not done with their former colony and in fact they would come back with a vengeance to fight the United States in the War of 1812. After burning Washington, DC to the ground the British soldiers were determined to march onto Baltimore, New Orleans, and other major American cities.

To many it seemed that America’s experiment with democracy would be cut short. Fortunately, the Americans held back the British at Fort McHenry saving Baltimore. Francis Scott Key immortalized this battle in a poem called “The Star Spangled Banner.” Later, it would be set to the music of a song from the tavern, “a drinking tune,” and it would become our national anthem. “The Star Spangled Banner” has been sung, played, and interpreted by millions of artists, including an iconic version by Jimi Hendrix at the Woodstock Music Festival in 1969. Check out the original drinking tune in this video clip:

The Drinking song that became the Star Spangled Banner