TOP ALBUMS OF DECEMBER 2003

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 13278 airplays from 146 different DJs

  1: "The Runaway Christmas Tree," Christine Lavin And The Mistletones [Appleseed, new] (62)
        "Christmas/Kwanzaa/Solstice/Chanukah/Ramadan/Boxing Day Song" (15)
        "Tacobel Canon" (14)
        "Runaway Christmas Tree" (8)
        "All Purpose Carol" (7)
  2: "Wonderland," Various Artists [Signature, 2001] (53)
        "American Noel," Dave Carter And Tracy Grammer (12)
        "River," Peter Mulvey (9)
        "This Ain't No Time Of Year To Be Alone," Mark Erelli (6)
  3: "The House Carpenter's Daughter," Natalie Merchant [Myth America, 8/03] (52)
        "Poor Wayfaring Stranger" (9)
        "Down On Penny's Farm" (6)
        "Crazy Man Michael" (5)
  4: "Christmas In The Mountains," Various Artists [Rebel, 9/03] (43)
        "Beautiful Star Of Bethlehem," Ralph Stanley (6)
        "Christmas In Virginia," Lost And Found (6)
        "Christmas Time Back Home," Country Gentlemen (6)
        "Christmas Time Time's A-Comin'," Larry Sparks (5)
  5: "O Christmas Tree," Various Artists [Rounder, 12/02] (40)
        "Call Collect On Christmas," James King (5)
        "Christmas Time's A Comin'," Rhonda Vincent (5)
        "O Christmas Tree," Rhonda Vincent (4)
  6: "Pinecastle Christmas Gatherin'," Various Artists [Pinecastle, 10/03] (37)
        "Oh Come All Ye Faithful," Ross Nickerson (6)
        "Frosty The Snowman," W. Benson And S. Vestal (4)
        "My Christmas Dream," Josh Williams (4)
        "White Christmas," Charlie Waller And The Country Gentlemen (4)
  7: "Seeds: The Songs Of Pete Seeger, Vol. 3," Pete Seeger & Friends [Appleseed, 9/03] (36)
        "Bring Them Home," Pete Seeger (6)
        "Flowers Of Peace," Pete Seeger And Anne Hills (4)
  7: "Voices Of Winter," Herdman, Hills And Mangsen [Gadfly, 1997] (36)
        "Frozen Logger And Proper Cup Of Coffee" (6)
        "Hanerot Halalu" (5)
        "Voices Of Winter/Red And Green" (4)
  7: "Winter's Grace," Laurie Lewis And Tom Rozum [Signature, 1999] (36)
        "If We Make It Through December" (7)
        "Cold Frosty Morning" (5)
        "Hot Buttered Rum" (5)
        "Messenger" (4)
 10: "Birds Fly South," Zoe Speaks [Redbird, 10/03] (35)
        "Just A Rose Will Do" (7)
        "Cadillac Queen" (5)
        "Shady Grove" (5)
 11: "Last Month Of The Year," Magpie [Sliced Bread, 12/02] (34)
        "Solstice Carol" (9)
        "Chanukah Chase" (7)
        "Ballad Of Chanukah" (5)
 12: "Beautiful: A Tribute To Gordon Lightfoot," Various Artists [Borealis, 10/03] (33)
        "Song For A Winter's Night," Quartette (8)
        "For Lovin' Me," Terry Tufts (5)
 12: "Christmas," Carol Noonan [Self, new] (33)
        "Christmas Of '64" (9)
        "I Saw 3 Ships" (4)
        "O Come O Come Emmanuel - What Child Is This" (4)
 14: "Traveler," Tim O'Brien [Sugar Hill, 7/03] (32)
        "I've Endured" (8)
        "Kelly Joe's Shoes" (6)
        "Another Day" (5)
 15: "Old Futures Gone," John Gorka [Red House, 9/03] (30)
        "Make Them Crazy" (4)
        "Old Future" (4)
        "Riverside" (4)
        "Soldier After All" (4)
        "War Makes War" (3)
 16: "How Like The Holly," Joel Mabus [Fossil, 1999] (28)
        "Let's Do Christmas Right" (9)
        "How Like The Holly" (8)
 16: "Modern Art," Tom Russell [Hightone, 3/03] (28)
        "Modern Art" (8)
        "Kid From Spavinaw" (4)
        "Crucifix In A Death Hand / Carmelita" (3)
        "Dutchman" (3)
 18: "Gift Of The Magi," Darryl Purpose [Self, 12/02] (27)
        "American Noel" (4)
        "You Must Go Home For Christmas" (4)
 19: "Christmas On The Mountain," Various Artists [Universal South, 12/02] (26)
        "Bah Humbug," Tim O'Brien (8)
        "Bluegrass Christmas," Del McCoury Band (5)
        "Christmas On Rocky Top," Osborne Brothers (3)
        "Christmas Time's A Comin'," Mac Wiseman, Doc Watson And Del McCoury (3)
        "I'll Be Home For Christmas," Cyndi Wheeler And Del McCoury Band (3)
 20: "At The Turning Of The Year," Herdman, Hills And Mangsen [Hand And Heart, 2000] (24)
        "At The Turning Of The Year" (5)
        "Corn, Water And Wood" (5)
        "Solstice Round" (4)
        "Uncle Dave's Grace" (3)
 20: "Just Because I'm A Woman: Songs Of Dolly Parton," Various Artists [Sugar Hill, 10/03] (24)
        "Little Sparrow," Kasey Chambers (5)
        "Grass Is Blue," Norah Jones (3)
        "Jolene," Mindy Smith (3)
 20: "Righteousness And Humidity," Martin Simpson [Red House, 9/03] (24)
        "This World Is A Trouble And A Trial" (5)
        "Horn Island" (3)
 20: "Silks And Spices," Finest Kind [Fallen Angle, 9/03] (24)
        "Bright Shining Morning" (3)
        "Shepherds Arise" (3)
        "Times They Are A Changin'" (3)
 24: "Leela And Ellie Grace," Leela And Ellie Grace [Self, new] (23)
        "Song That Bird Sings" (5)
        "Echoes Of The Ancients" (4)
        "More Love" (4)
 25: "Continental Stomp," Hot Club Of Cowtown [Hightone, 10/03] (22)
        "Deed I Do" (4)
        "Exactly Like You" (4)
        "Crazy Cause I Love You" (3)
 25: "Heading For Home," Peggy Seeger [Appleseed, 10/03] (22)
        "Girl Of Constant Sorrow" (5)
        "Dear Companion" (4)
        "Heading For Home" (3)
 25: "Season Of My Heart," Rick Lang And Friends [Haley Anna, new] (22)
        "Season Of My Heart" (5)
        "Heavenly Peace" (4)
        "Sleigh Bells" (4)
        "Christmas Every Day Of The Year" (3)
 28: "Renaissance Of The Steel String Guitar," Dan Crary [Thunderation, 11/03] (21)
        "In Flagrante" (3)
        "On The Fritz" (3)
        "Reedie's Blues" (3)
        "Senso Unico" (3)
 28: "Songs For A Hurricane," Kris Delmhorst [Signature, 7/03] (21)
        "Waiting Under The Waves" (4)
        "Come Home" (3)
        "Wasted Word" (3)
        "You're No Train" (3)
 28: "Soul Journey," Gillian Welch [Acony, 6/03] (21)
        "No One Knows My Name" (5)
        "Wayside/Back In Time" (5)
        "Look At Miss Ohio" (4)
 28: "Tinsel Tunes," Various Artists [Sugar Hill, 1997] (21)
        "Sleigh Ride," Sam Bush (5)
        "Bring A Torch, Jeanette Isabella," Chris Thile (3)
        "Christmas Is Coming To Town," Laurel Canyon Ramblers (3)
 32: "Prime Cuts Of Bluegrass 66," Various Artists [KBC, 11/03] (20)
        "Blue Ridge," Virginia Run (3)
 32: "Another Day," Solas [Shanachie, 10/03] (20)
        "This Love Will Carry" (6)
        "Bird In The Tree" (4)
 32: "Christmas," Bruce Cockburn [Columbia, 1998] (20)
        "Mary Had A Baby" (7)
 32: "One Step Ahead," Rhonda Vincent [Rounder, 4/03] (20)
        "One Step Ahead Of The Blues" (7)
        "Kentucky Borderline" (5)
        "You Can't Take It With You When You Go" (4)
 32: "Side Of The Road," Ellis Paul And Vance Gilbert [Philo, 9/03] (20)
        "Citizen Of The World" (7)
        "May I Suggest" (7)
 32: "This Train," The Wayfaring Strangers [Rounder, 9/03] (20)
        "Don't Put Off Til Tomorrow" (4)
        "Cluck Old Hen" (3)
        "Who'll Sing For Me?" (3)
 32: "Tradition," Burns Sisters [Philo, 1998] (20)
        "Songs We Love" (7)
        "Shaloo Shalom" (6)
        "Children Go Where I Send Thee" (3)
 39: "Paper Angels," Artisan [Bedspring, 1998] (19)
        "Paper Angels" (4)
        "Christmas Carol" (3)
 40: "Welcome To Pagan Place," Laura Love [Koch, 4/03] (18)
        "I Want You Gone" (4)
        "Pagan Place" (4)
        "Fly Like An Eagle - Come Together" (3)
        "Trickle Down" (3)
 40: "The Wheel," David Olney [Loudhouse, 3/03] (18)
        "Big Cadillac" (3)
        "Wheels" (3)
 40: "12 Steps Of Christmas," Various Artists [Providence, 1997] (18)
        "Menorah," Laura Berkson (6)
        "Winter Solstice Blessing," Marcia Taylor (3)
 40: "Dark Chords On A Big Guitar," Joan Baez [Koch, 8/03] (18)
        "Christmas In Washington" (10)
        "Sleeper" (3)
 40: "Gambling Eden," Rani Arbo And Daisy Mayhem [Signature, 5/03] (18)
        "Big Black Bird" (4)
        "Farewell To Saint Dolores" (3)
 40: "Listen To The Angels," Neal And Leandra [Uncle Gus, 1999] (18)
        "I'll Be Home For Christmas" (4)
        "Listen To The Angels" (3)
        "Tell Me The Old Old Story" (3)
 40: "Live At The Charleston Music Hall," Ricky Skaggs And Kentucky Thunder [Skaggs Family, 3/03] (18)
        "Simple Life" (7)
 40: "Road Home," Priscilla Herdman [Redwing, 5/03] (18)
        "Prayer 2000" (3)
 40: "Rosinators," Rosinators [PDC, 7/03] (18)
        "Looking For The Stone" (3)
        "Old Joe Clark" (3)
 40: "Stumble Into Grace," Emmylou Harris [Nonesuch, 9/03] (18)
        "Cup Of Kindness" (3)
        "I Will Dream" (3)
        "Little Bird" (3)
 40: "Train Home," Chris Smither [Hightone, 7/03] (18)
        "Desolation Row" (4)
        "Crocodile Man" (3)
        "Train Home" (3)
 51: "Bells Of Dublin," The Chieftains [RCA, 1999] (17)
        "Bells Of Dublin" (3)
        "Rebel Jesus," Jackson Browne With The Chieftains (3)
 51: "Book Of Days," Susan Crowe [Corvus, new] (17)
        "Whippoorwill" (7)
        "Dreamless" (3)
        "Love's Pure Gold" (3)
 51: "Go Tell It On The Mountain," Blind Boys Of Alabama [Realworld, 9/03] (17)
        "Go Tell It On The Mountain" (5)
        "Last Month Of The Year" (4)
 51: "The Road Less Traveled," Danu [Shanachie, 10/03] (17)
        "Farewell Farewell" (5)
        "Co. Down" (3)
        "County Down" (3)
 55: "Artist In Me," David Mallett [North Road, 10/03] (16)
        "Angel Standin' By" (5)
        "So Far, So Good" (3)
 55: "Farm Fresh Onions," Robert Earl Keen [Audium, 10/03] (16)
        "So Sorry Blues" (4)
        "Farm Fresh Onions" (3)
 55: "Guitar," Peter Lang [Horus, 11/03] (16)
        "After The Fall" (3)
        "Emily's Waltz" (3)
        "John Hurt In The 21st Century" (3)
        "Little Cairo" (3)
 55: "Livin', Lovin', Losin': Songs Of The Louvin Brothers," Various Artists [Universal South, 9/03] (16)
        "Let Us Travel, Travel On," Marty Stuart And Del McCoury (3)
 55: "Merrily Greet The Time," Sue Richards And Maggie Sansone [Maggie's, 10/03] (16)
        "Christ Child Lullaby" (3)
        "Drive The Cold Winter Away" (3)
        "Simple Gifts/Jingle Bells" (3)
 55: "O Brother, Where Art Thou? Soundtrack," Various Artists [Mercury, 2000] (16)
        "Po Lazarus," James Carter And The Prisoners (6)
        "I'll Fly Away," Alison Krauss And Gillian Welch (3)
 55: "Remember Who I Am," Girlyman [Clever Shark, new] (16)
        "My Sweet Lord" (4)
        "Viola" (4)
 55: "Saints And Strangers," Chris Stuart And Backcountry [Backcountry, 10/03] (16)
        "Silver Quarter" (3)
 63: "Christmas Island," Leon Redbone [Private, 12/02] (15)
        "Blue Christmas" (2)
 63: "Filth And Fire," Mary Gauthier [Signature, 6/02] (15)
        "Christmas In Paradise" (11)
 63: "It's Just The Night," The Del McCoury Band [McCoury, 8/03] (15)
        "Dry My Tears And Move On" (4)
        "It's Just The Night" (3)
        "Let An Old Racehorse Run" (3)
 63: "One More Christmas," Albert And Gage [Moon House, 2001] (15)
        "Baby It's Cold Outside" (3)
        "Little Toy Trains" (3)
 63: "Spain In My Heart: Songs Of The Spanish Civil War," Various Artists [Appleseed, 9/03] (15)
        "Abraham Lincoln Brigade," John McCutcheon (2)
 63: "Sugar Plums," Various Artists [Sugar Hill, 1993] (15)
        "Making Plans" (7)
 69: "Two Year Winter," Bill Jones [Compass, 9/03] (14)
        "2 Brothers" (4)
 69: "Christmas Heritage," Heritage [Koch, 1998] (14)
        "Newgrange" (4)
        "Christmas Eve" (3)
 69: "Comfort And Joy," Various Artists [Rounder, 11/03] (14)
        "3 Kings," Robbie O'Connell (2)
 69: "Dancing The Strings," El McMeen [Piney Ridge, 10/03] (14)
        "Kid On The Mountain" (3)
 69: "Earth Town Square," Peter Mayer [Blue Boat, 7/03] (14)
        "Earth Town Square" (3)
        "Elijah Jones" (3)
 69: "Hello Starling," Josh Ritter [Signature, 8/03] (14)
        "Snow Is Gone" (3)
        "Wings" (3)
 69: "Magic Hour," Mad Agnes [Mad Agnes, 6/03] (14)
        "Dimming Of The Day" (3)
        "Manic-Depressive Madrigal" (3)
 69: "Playing For Keeps," Deidre McCalla [Maiden Rock, 8/03] (14)
        "As Tall As Grandpa Stands" (4)
 69: "Radio," Chuck Brodsky [Red House, 1998] (14)
        "On Christmas I Got Nothing" (10)
 69: "Songs Of Love, Lust And Loathing," Enoch Kent [Second Avenue, 9/03] (14)
        "They Sent A Wumman" (3)
 69: "When I See Winter Return," William Pint And Felicia Dale [Waterbug, 1998] (14)
        "Ring In The New Year" (4)
        "Trees Are All Bare" (3)
 69: "Winter's Eve," Various Artists [Compass, 2/03] (14)
        "Carol Of The Kings" (4)
        "While Roving On A Winter's Night," Andrea Zonn (3)
 69: "Wintersongs," John McCutcheon [Rounder, 12/02] (14)
        "Julvisa Fran Alvadalen," Triakel (2)


TOP SONGS OF DECEMBER 2003

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 13278 airplays from 146 different DJs

1. "American Noel" (23)
        by Dave Carter And Tracy Grammer
        from "Wonderland"
        also "Gentle Arms Of Eden EP"
2. "Christians And The Pagans" (18)
        by Dar Williams
        from "Mortal City"
        also "Out There Live"
3. "Christmas/Kwanzaa/Solstice/Chanukah/Ramadan/Boxing Day Song" (16)
        by Christine Lavin And The Mistletones
        from "The Runaway Christmas Tree"
4. "Merry Christmas From The Family" (15)
        by Robert Earl Keen
        from "The Party Never Ends"
5. "Tacobel Canon" (14)
        by Christine Lavin And The Mistletones
        from "The Runaway Christmas Tree"
6. "Christmas In Paradise" (13)
        by Mary Gauthier
        from "Filth And Fire"
7. "Christmas In Washington" (12)
        by Joan Baez
        from "Dark Chords On A Big Guitar"
8. "Christmas In The Trenches" (11)
        by John McCutcheon
        from "Live At Wolf Trap"
        also "Winter Solstice"
8. "On Christmas I Got Nothing" (11)
        by Chuck Brodsky
        from "Radio"
8. "Poor Wayfaring Stranger" (11)
        by Natalie Merchant
        from "The House Carpenter's Daughter"
8. "River" (11)
        by Peter Mulvey
        from "Wonderland"
8. "Soldier's Christmas" (11)
        by Jeff Talmadge
        from "Soldier's Christmas"
13. "Christmas Of '64" (10)
        by Carol Noonan
        from "Christmas"
13. "Christmas Time's A Comin'" (10)
        by Rhonda Vincent
        from "O Christmas Tree"
13. "Let's Do Christmas Right" (10)
        by Joel Mabus
        from "How Like The Holly"
16. "Ballad Of Chanukah" (9)
        by Magpie
        from "Last Month Of The Year"
16. "How Like The Holly" (9)
        by Joel Mabus
        from "How Like The Holly"
16. "Solstice Carol" (9)
        by Magpie
        from "Last Month Of The Year"
16. "You Must Go Home For Christmas" (9)
        by Darryl Purpose
        from "Gift Of The Magi"
20. "All Purpose Carol" (8)
        by Christine Lavin And The Mistletones
        from "The Runaway Christmas Tree"
20. "Another Day" (8)
        by Tim O'Brien
        from "Traveler"
20. "Bah Humbug" (8)
        by Tim O'Brien
        from "Christmas On The Mountain"
20. "Chanukah Chase" (8)
        by Magpie
        from "Last Month Of The Year"
20. "Christmas In Prison" (8)
        by John Prine
        from "John Prine Christmas"
20. "Christmas Time Back Home" (8)
        by Country Gentlemen
        from "Christmas In The Mountains"
20. "I've Endured" (8)
        by Tim O'Brien
        from "Traveler"
20. "If We Make It Through December" (8)
        by Laurie Lewis And Tom Rozum
        from "Winter's Grace"
20. "Modern Art" (8)
        by Tom Russell
        from "Modern Art"
20. "One Step Ahead Of The Blues" (8)
        by Rhonda Vincent
        from "One Step Ahead"
20. "Runaway Christmas Tree" (8)
        by Christine Lavin And The Mistletones
        from "The Runaway Christmas Tree"
20. "Song For A Winter's Night" (8)
        by Quartette
        from "Beautiful: A Tribute To Gordon"
20. "Songs We Love" (8)
        by Burns Sisters
        from "Tradition"


TOP ARTISTS OF DECEMBER 2003

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 13278 airplays from 146 different DJs

1. Christine Lavin (70)
2. Tim O'Brien (69)
3. Herdman, Hills And Mangsen (63)
4. Natalie Merchant (57)
5. John McCutcheon (55)
6. Johnny Cash (52)
7. Gillian Welch (50)
8. Bruce Cockburn (48)
8. John Gorka (48)
10. Carol Noonan (42)
10. Dave Carter And Tracy Grammer (42)
10. Laurie Lewis And Tom Rozum (42)
13. Magpie (41)
13. Rhonda Vincent (41)
13. Robert Earl Keen (41)
16. Dan Crary (40)
16. Joel Mabus (40)
18. Alison Krauss (38)
18. Dar Williams (38)
20. Zoe Speaks (37)
21. Finest Kind (35)
21. Johnny Cunningham (35)
21. Solas (35)
24. Emmylou Harris (34)
24. Joan Baez (34)
24. Tom Russell (34)
27. Bob Dylan (33)
27. Harvey Reid (33)
27. Pete Seeger (33)
30. Artisan (32)
30. Darryl Purpose (32)
30. Loreena McKennitt (32)
30. Stan Rogers (32)
34. Bill Jones (29)
35. Lucinda Williams (28)
35. Ricky Skaggs (28)
37. Enoch Kent (27)
37. Rick Lang (27)
39. Brooks Williams (26)
39. Greg Brown (26)
39. Ralph Stanley (26)



TOP LABELS OF DECEMBER 2003

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 13278 airplays from 146 different DJs

1. Rounder (539)
2. Sugar Hill (333)
3. Signature (205)
4. Appleseed (182)
5. Columbia (175)
6. Red House (134)
7. Green Linnet (124)
8. Rebel (119)
9. Philo (114)
10. Warner (111)
11. Compass (108)
12. Greentrax (99)
13. Rhino (93)
14. Shanachie (91)
15. Borealis (89)
16. Smithsonian/Folkways (86)
17. Pinecastle (82)
18. Hightone (74)
19. Gadfly (67)
20. Vanguard (63)
21. Flying Fish (62)
22. Capitol (58)
23. Koch (45)
24. Folk-Legacy (44)
25. Mercury (43)
26. Myth America (39)
26. Waterbug (39)
28. Elektra (38)
28. Maggie's (38)
28. RCA (38)
31. Fallen Angle (37)
32. MCA (35)
33. Hungry For (34)
34. Lost Highway (32)
35. Blix Street (31)
35. Razor And Tie (31)
35. Woodpecker (31)
38. Sliced Bread (30)
38. Topic (30)
40. A&M (28)
40. Fossil (28)


These lists are compiled and posted to the FOLKDJ-L web site every month
(since October 1997).  The archive of past Top Album lists is available
at http://folkradio.org (the official FOLKDJ-L web site) and also at
http://nwfolk.com (my web site).

The process of compiling the Top Albums list is automated (I do hand
correct some obvious errors and typos). The results are based on
playlists posted to FOLKDJ-L during the calendar month. I wrote a pair
of programs that work with the Eudora email program's filtering feature.
One program parses each playlist as it comes in and adds it to a
spreadsheet. The second program processes the spreadsheet into a readable
report. Playlists have to include artist, song and album name (label is
optional) and be in a reasonably regular format for my program to be able
to parse them. My programs wind up identifying about 65% of the songs
actually posted.

The Top Albums list is sorted in descending order by number of plays
recorded for each album. Within an album, the number of times each of
the more popular tracks were played is shown. If a single DJ is the only
one mostly playing an album, the count of plays is adjusted downwards;
otherwise the raw counts are used. The top 70 albums are listed.

The release dates tracked are usually the first month the CD appeared
on the Top Album chart.

Richard Gillmann                                 http://www.nwfolk.com
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