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Folk music’s been around forever but made its biggest splash during the 1960s and 1970s. It’s way different from anything you hear pop music-wise these days because music now has a lot of techno-gadgetry thrown in the mix and folk music is all about the voice and the lyrics with minimal instrument accompaniment. This list shows some of the most talented and influential performers of the music from today and yesterday. The photo is of the Carolina Chocolate Drops who aren't on this particular list but who are making a name for themselves as modern folk musicians.

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Odetta Folk music, Spiritual, Jazz blues - One of the most powerful voices and inspiring talents in the history of folk music.

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Arlo Guthrie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 25 Awesome Folk Singers and Groups
Arlo Guthrie Folk music, Folk rock, Talking blues - A folk music trailblazer.

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Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music - Dylan is so iconic as a musician-poet that his body of collected works get nominated every other year for a Nobel Prize.

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Richie Havens Folk rock, Funk - This man who rocked Woodstock like nobody's business and still has people talking about it.

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Peter, Paul and Mary is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 25 Awesome Folk Singers and Groups
Peter, Paul and Mary Folk music, Folk rock

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Joan Baez Americana, Pop music, Rock music

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The Mamas & the Papas is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 25 Awesome Folk Singers and Groups
The Mamas & the Papas Sunshine pop, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 25 Awesome Folk Singers and Groups
Simon and Garfunkel Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music

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Sweet Honey in the Rock Spoken word, Gospel music, Blues

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Emmylou Harris is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 25 Awesome Folk Singers and Groups
Emmylou Harris Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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Gordon Lightfoot Pop music, Rock music, Folk music - Has the soul of a true folk artist and the voice of a poet in love.

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Burl Ives is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 25 Awesome Folk Singers and Groups

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Harry Belafonte Folk music, Calypso music, Vocal music

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Joan Armatrading Pop music, Rock music, Folk music - One of the most amazing singer/songwriter/guitarists of contemporary music.

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James Taylor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 25 Awesome Folk Singers and Groups
James Taylor Blues-rock, Disco, Pop music

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Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 25 Awesome Folk Singers and Groups
Joni Mitchell Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz

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Ben Harper Rock music, Gospel music, Blues

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Judy Collins Pop music, Folk music, Rock and roll

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Ani DiFranco Indie, Folk rock, Alternative rock

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Pete Seeger is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 25 Awesome Folk Singers and Groups
Pete Seeger Folk music

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Yusuf Islam Synthpop, Sufi rock, Nasheed

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Paul Robeson Folk music, Spiritual, Musical theatre

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The Weavers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 25 Awesome Folk Singers and Groups
The Weavers Folk music - Early trailblazers and groundbreakers.

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The Kingston Trio Pop music, Folk music

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Nick Drake Folk music, Folk rock