The UK's Official Top 40 Biggest Americana Albums of 2019 revealed featuring Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison, Jade Bird, and Kiefer Sutherland

We reveal the best-sellers and most-streamed Americana albums ahead of the 2020 UK Americana Awards.

As the 5th annual UK Americana Awards kicks off tomorrow night in London, Bruce Springsteen’s Western Stars is revealed by the Official Charts Company as the UK’s biggest Americana album of the year, while Van Morrison lands the most popular home-grown Americana release of 2019.

Thursday January 30 sees the cream of the Americana scene gather in east London to celebrate the biggest night in the genre’s calendar – the UK Americana Awards 2020 – taking place this year at London’s Troxy. Tickets are available here.

Springsteen’s Western Stars enjoys runaway success

In a newly unveiled list of the biggest Americana albums of 2019, Bruce “The Boss” Springsteen’s critically-acclaimed 19th studio album, Western Stars, seizes the top spot in style. The cinematic album influenced by Southern California pop music of the 1970s including artists such as Burt Bacharach and Glen Campbell, has enjoyed runaway success in the UK since its summer 2019 release.

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Securing The Boss an 11th Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart back in June, plus a solid 30-week residency on the weekly Official Americana Chart, and now the accolade of the top-selling Americana album of the year by some distance - Western Stars outsells the rest of the Americana Top 10 list combined.

Elsewhere, Van Morrison’s Three Chords And The Truth claims the biggest home-grown Americana record of 2019, while 22 year-old Northumberland singer-songwriter Jade Bird’s self-titled album is the top female Americana release, and the genre's most streamed album by a UK act.

Americana flourishes on vinyl and streaming services

In an otherwise relatively tough year for physical album sales, the Americana genre outperformed the UK market in terms of vinyl growth. Almost 100,000 Americana albums were purchased on wax in 2019, an increase of 7% year on year, compared to the 4.1% increase of the UK vinyl market as a whole.

Elsewhere, the genre’s popularity in the streaming space continues to flourish too; Americana enjoyed a 13% increase in album streams in 2019 v 2018 – streaming now accounts for almost 1/3 of Americana album consumption in Britain (31%), up from 15% just two years ago. 

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Martin Talbot, CEO of the Official Charts Company says: “Official Charts has been proud to partner with the UK Americana industry over the past few years and helped encourage the scene to go from strength to strength. Western Stars deserves all the commercial success it has enjoyed this year, but we also look forward to crowning the UK’s best-selling home-grown Americana album at what is now an undisputed highlight of the UK’s music calendar – the UK Americana Awards.”

Americana music is defined as contemporary music that incorporates elements of various American roots music styles, including country, roots-rock, folk, bluegrass, R&B and blues. The genre is spotlighted with the weekly Official Americana Albums Chart (published every Friday at 5:45pm on OfficialCharts.com), compiled by the Official Charts Company in collaboration with the Americana Music Association UK (AMA UK). The chart, based on sales and streams provides a bespoke, UK-relevant twist featuring traditional Americana artists and contemporary acts whose work is influenced by Americana.

The UK's Official Top 40 biggest Americana Albums of 2019

POS TITLE ARTIST
1 WESTERN STARS BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
2 THREE CHORDS AND THE TRUTH VAN MORRISON
3 JADE BIRD JADE BIRD
4 NO MAN'S LAND FRANK TURNER
5 III LUMINEERS
6 RECKLESS & ME KIEFER SUTHERLAND
7 SO THAT YOU MIGHT HEAR ME BEAR'S DEN
8 DOWN THE ROAD WHEREVER MARK KNOPFLER
9 THREADS SHERYL CROW
10 TITANIC RISING WEYES BLOOD
11 DESIGNER ALDOUS HARDING
12 COLORADO NEIL YOUNG & CRAZY HORSE
13 ADIOS GLEN CAMPBELL
14 NATION OF TWO VANCE JOY
15 ON THE LINE JENNY LEWIS
16 SONGBOOK FRANK TURNER
17 RUINS FIRST AID KIT
18 BE MORE KIND FRANK TURNER
19 U.F.O.F. BIG THIEF
20 WAR IN MY MIND BETH HART
21 CRUSHING JULIA JACKLIN
22 WILD SILENCE WANDERING HEARTS
23 BETTER OBLIVION COMMUNITY CENTER BETTER OBLIVION COMMUNITY
24 RUNAWAY PASSENGER
25 A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING WAR ON DRUGS
26 TWO HANDS BIG THIEF
27 WALK THROUGH FIRE YOLA
28 STRANGER IN THE ALPS PHOEBE BRIDGERS
29 NO WORDS LEFT LUCY ROSE
30 METTAVOLUTION RODRIGO Y GABRIELA
31 RUN HOME SLOW TESKEY BROTHERS
32 FROM A ROOM - VOL 1 CHRIS STAPLETON
33 ISAAC GRACIE ISAAC GRACIE
34 FROM A ROOM - VOL 2 CHRIS STAPLETON
35 ODE TO JOY WILCO
36 ALL OF THIS LIFE RECORD COMPANY
37 STAY AROUND JJ CALE
38 THERE IS NO OTHER RHIANNON GIDDENS/TURRISI
39 GUY STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES
40 WHEN I'M ALONE - THE PIANO RETROSPECTIVE LISSIE

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