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Best Folk Bands/Artists

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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    Simply the Best: Time in a Bottle: His Greatest Hits, Jim Croce Smash ...

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

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    The Asch Recordings, Volumes 1-4, Columbia River Collection

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    Endless Wire, If You Could Read My Mind, Summer Side of Life

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    Songs of Leonard Cohen, Songs of Love and Hate, Old Ideas

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    Rocky Mountain Christmas, Christmas Like a Lullaby, A Christmas Together ...

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    Welcome Back, John B. Sebastian, Faithful Virtue: The Reprise Recordings ...

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    John Prine, A John Prine Christmas, Lost Dogs and Mixed Blessings

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    In Our Nature, Veneer, Remain EP

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    A Merry Little Christmas, Heart Like a Wheel, What's New

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    We Were Here, First Between 3rd and 4th, Simple Times

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    Attempted Mustache, Little Ship, Social Studies

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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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    Christmas, Quah, Blue Country Heart

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    Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, Essence, World Without Tears

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    Ancient Heart, Eleven Kinds of Loneliness, Everybody's Angel

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    Ys, Have One on Me, The Milk-Eyed Mender

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    I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got, The Lion and the Cobra, Fire on Babylon ...

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    Taking the Long Way, Home, Wide Open Spaces

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    Army Jacket Winter

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    Liquid Skin, How We Operate, Whatever's on Your Mind

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    Retrograss, Vassar Clements, John Hartford

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    1972, Dressed Up Like Nebraska, Under Cold Blue Stars

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    This Is the Life, Life in a Beautiful Light, A Curious Thing

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    Kristofferson, Full Moon, A Star Is Born

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    Me Myself I, Joan Armatrading, Greatest Hits

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    A Jacket of Batteries, Ballroom, The Star Spangled Molly

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

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    Pieces of You, Joy: A Holiday Collection, Spirit

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    No Angel, Life for Rent, Safe Trip Home

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    A Tapestry of Carols, Summer Solstice, Sing Lustily & With Good ...

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    The Evening of My Best Day, Flying Cowboys, Rickie Lee Jones

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    Russians & Americans, Year of the Cat, Time Passages

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    Another Sky, The Blue Idol, Local Ground

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    Relish, Righteous Love, Little Wild One

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    Introspect / Don't It Make You Want to Go Home, Introspect, Anthology: A ...

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    Before the Poison, Vagabond Ways, Kissin Time

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    An Irish Christmas, Signature, In Christ Alone: New Hymns of Prayer & ...

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    Bound to Love, Wishes Well Disguised, Flattery

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    Infamous Angel, My Life, The Way I Should

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    Miracle Row, Unreleased 1: Mary's Eyes, Hunger

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    Carols for All Seasons, None but One / High Hills and Mountains, ...

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    In Between Dreams, Sleep Through the Static, On and On

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    Trampoline, Fuse, Blood from Stars

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    Strangelet, nineteeneighties, Mobilize

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    The Missing Link, Harmonica Frank Floyd

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    All the Good'uns, Cowboyography, Raven Singer

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