The criteria for picking the top albums are as follows:
• Broadly speaking, world music is not traditionally Western. Albums featuring music from a particular region, culture, or heritage were chosen.
• Albums can include lyrics in English and/or Top 40 hits, as long as the music itself draws from non-western rhythms, instruments, or melodies.
• One album per artist
• No EPs or singles - the list is about albums
• No greatest hits collections or compilations except in cases where no actual album was available, or where the collection acts as a proper album.
This is yet another honor for the late, great Andy Palacio, whose life was tragically cut short on January 19, 2008. For the complete list of albums on the top 100, click here.