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Top 100 Public Radio Songs Week of Oct. 28,2018

Biggest Gainers

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Nightsweats +22
Kurt Vile +21
Toro Y Moi

Biggest Droppers

Billy Raffoul -8
Flora Cash -7
Dave Matthews Band -6

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How this list of the Top 100 Public Radio Songs is created:

Individual public radio stations charts are collected from public means. They are then combined using Microstrategy’s desktop client to tally all the spins per song on the stations.

FAQ

What Public Radio stations are  included?
Stations who are monitored and their charts are listed. Specifically, WFUV, KCMP, KRCL, WXPN, KEXP, KXXT, KCRW, KCSN.

What about all the other stations?
Only Public Radio Stations whose charts are published by one of the services are available. Stations generally don’t post their top spins report on their websites.

How accurate is the list?
Since it represents just a fraction of the AAA Public Radio Music Stations, it’s a general and small snapshot of the overall public radio Triple A community. But it is accurate for these stations.

I can’t believe some of these songs aren’t higher or lower on this list. What’s up with that?
This list is based on spins. Every station has its own rotation strategy and philosophy about how many times a song should be played each week.

For example, one station may play their top spins 23 times a week and some may only play their top spin 7 times a week. Stations that play the same songs more often are likely to have greater influence on the final national ranking.

Does NPR Make This List?

No.  NPR has no affiliation with the this list of the Top 100 Public Radio Songs.

RANK SONG ARTIST SPINS THIS WEEK SPINS LAST WEEK CHANGE
1 Nina Cried Power HOZIER 90 80 10
2 Guiding Light MUMFORD & SONS 76 67 9
3 Shame ELLE KING 64 54 10
4 Apollo ST. PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES 60 46 14
5 Loading Zones KURT VILE 60 39 21
6 New Birth In New England PHOSPHORESCENT 60 54 6
7 Uh Huh JADE BIRD 55 52 3
8 Comeback Kid SHARON VAN ETTEN 52 55 -3
9 Light On MAGGIE ROGERS 49 42 7
10 Woman f/Lana Del Rey CAT POWER 47 42 5
11 All My Friends THE REVIVALISTS 41 36 5
12 Unwanted Number ELVIS COSTELLO & THE IMPOSTERS 41 39 2
13 Mansion Door SHAKEY GRAVES 40 30 10
14 Feed The Fire DAWES 37 32 5
15 Hey Mama NATHANIEL RATELIFF/NIGHTSWEATS 36 14 22
16 I’d Rather Go Blind GRACE POTTER 36 27 9
17 Not Many Miles To Go ROSANNE CASH 36 18 18
18 If It Feels Good. Then It M… LEON BRIDGES 35 27 8
19 Autumn Love DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE 28 15 13
20 Good On You Son MARK KNOPFLER 28 28 0
21 Make It Happen THE RECORD COMPANY 28 22 6
22 Bambi HIPPO CAMPUS 25 21 4
23 Casanova RAYLAND BAXTER 24 22 2
24 A Trick Of The Light VILLAGERS 23 22 1
25 If You Really Love Nothing INTERPOL 22 18 4
26 The River KT TUNSTALL 22 28 -6
27 Last Lion Of Albion NEKO CASE 21 20 1
28 Rolling On ISRAEL NASH 21 24 -3
29 The Spot YOUR SMITH 21 9 12
30 Total Disaster RHETT MILLER 21 19 2
31 Before The Next Teardrop Falls AL GREEN 20 10 10
32 No More Darkness, No More… AMOS LEE 20 21 -1
33 Nobody MITSKI 20 12 8
34 Freelance TORO Y MOI 19 19
35 Tender Offerings FIRST AID KIT 19 12 7
36 A Song With No Name NORAH JONES 18 8 10
37 Again And Again DAVE MATTHEWS BAND 18 24 -6
38 I Feel A Change CHARLES BRADLEY 18 7 11
39 La Di Da THE INTERNET 18 13 5
40 Heavy, California JUNGLE 17 7 10
41 Nevermind DENNIS LLOYD 17 8 9
42 99 BARNS COURTNEY 16 8 8
43 Beyond LEON BRIDGES 16 12 4
44 Bite The Hand BOYGENIUS 16 13 3
45 Let Me Down Easy GANG OF YOUTHS 16 7 9
46 Lover Chanting LITTLE DRAGON 16 21 -5
47 Mockingbird RUSTON KELLY 16 14 2
48 Suspirium THOM YORKE 16 14 2
49 Charcoal Baby BLOOD ORANGE 15 9 6
50 I’m Getting Better (And I’m… THE RECORD COMPANY 15 18 -3
51 The Stove & The Toaster HOLD STEADY 15 12 3
52 Throwback JIM JAMES 15 11 4
53 Bathed In Light THE DIRTY NIL 14 15 -1
54 Cumberland Gap JASON ISBELL & THE 400 UNIT 14 16 -2
55 Forever BILLY RAFFOUL 14 22 -8
56 Four Leaf Clover KOOKS 14 14 0
57 Idea Of You DAVE MATTHEWS BAND 14 14 0
58 Northern Lights DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE 14 9 5
59 Small Victories LEMON TWIGS 14 9 5
60 What Makes You Happy EDIE BRICKELL & NEW BOHEMIANS 14 17 -3
61 You Should See Me In A Crown BILLIE EILISH 14 11 3
62 You’re Somebody Else FLORA CASH 14 21 -7
63 Blue Rose AMEN DUNES 13 1 12
64 Bones Of Gilead RICHARD THOMPSON 13 8 5
65 Can’t Knock The Hustle WEEZER 13 14 -1
66 Clean Eyes SYML 13 13 0
67 Disarray LOW 13 5 8
68 Healing Tide THE WAR AND TREATY 13 17 -4
69 Hollywood GORILLAZ 13 12 1
70 Hymnostic BIG RED MACHINE 13 4 9
71 I’m A Man TY SEGALL 13 11 2
72 Just To Say I Love You MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD 13 0 13
73 Little Light AMOS LEE 13 0 13
74 Mad Love CHASTITY BROWN 13 13 0
75 Pressure MUSE 13 14 -1
76 Crack The Case DAWES 12 12 0
77 Don’t Beat The Girl Out Of My ANNA CALVI 12 8 4
78 Hide RAINBOW KITTEN SURPRISE 12 0 12
79 Homesick MARCUS KING BAND 12 12 0
80 Move MILO GREENE 12 9 3
81 See You At The Movies J MASCIS 12 7 5
82 Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts) SMASHING PUMPKINS 12 10 2
83 Some Birds JEFF TWEEDY 12 5 7
84 5 Dollars CHRISTINE AND THE QUEENS 11 7 4
85 Caesar Rock PAUL MCCARTNEY 11 7 4
86 Don’t Want It To Be Over JOEY DOSIK 11 9 2
87 Girlfriend f/Dam-Funk CHRISTINE AND THE QUEENS 11 7 4
88 I Dreamt We Spoke Again DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE 11 8 3
89 Keep A Little Soul TOM PETTY/HEARTBREAKERS 11 9 2
90 Low LENNY KRAVITZ 11 11 0
91 Lyla BIG RED MACHINE 11 6 5
92 Mariners Apartment Complex LANA DEL REY 11 6 5
93 Million Dollars To Kill Me JOYCE MANOR 11 11 0
94 Now Or Never Now METRIC 11 11 0
95 One More YAEJI 11 9 2
96 Rock Holy HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER 11 8 3
97 Slow Disco ST. VINCENT 11 0 11
98 Bella Ciao (Goodbye Beautiful) MARC RIBOT 10 11 -1
99 My Enemy CHVRCHES 10 13 -3
100 Other Lover MIKAELA DAVIS 10 12 -2

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