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The Best Folk Bands/Artists

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Folk music is one of the most renowned genres of music in the world. Every country has its own version and derivative of the genre, which is broad in its appeal. But what makes the best folk singers and folk music artists resonate with listeners. The message reflected in folk music artist's songs is originally supposed to come from folklore, hence the name, but as of late, folk songs have retained a more populist message, with the genre's mainstream pinnacle coming in the 1960s. Usually, folk singers and folk bands play acoustic instruments.

So, who are the best folk music artists and best folk singers? That's not an easy question to answer. But if you're a fan of folk music, you'll know that artists like Woody Guthrie, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell deserve to be at or near the top of this list of folk music bands. This list should include all folk music bands, including the most popular folk musicians and folk singers, and if you notice this isn't the case, feel free to add them to this list. All of the best folk music artists need to be accounted for, and the goal of this list of folk music bands is to do exactly that.

That said it's up to you to decide who are the best folk music artists and best folk singers. This list answers the questions "who are the best folk music bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest folk music musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular folk music bands that you might've heard of. (275 items)


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    Highway 61 Revisited, Blood on the Tracks, Blonde on Blonde

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    Blue, Court and Spark, Ladies of the Canyon

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    Speaking of Dreams, Gracias a la Vida, The Joan Baez Country Music Album ...

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    Miss Kalabash, Zola à vélo, Portraits

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    It's Christmas Once Again, His Golden Year, The Best of Jimmie Rodgers

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    The Collection, Dubliners (with Luke Kelly), The Best Of

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