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The Best Folk Albums Of 2019 

Coley Reed
Updated November 4, 2019 393 votes 123 voters 42 items

List Rules Vote up the folk music albums released in 2019 that you liked the most

The best folk music albums of 2019 have all the finger-picked acoustic guitars, gentle melodies, and intricate harmonies you could want. The top folk albums of 2019 feature a mix of well-known artists proving they are still at the top of their form and young, new artists ready to make a name for themselves.

The Mountain Goats' In League with Dragons, Glen Hansard's This Wild Willing, and Hozier's Wasteland, Baby! are all solid new entries by artists who have been toiling away for years, each achieving some amount of success or fame in the folk world. Meanwhile, newer artists like Julia Jacklin (Crushing) and Stella Donnelly (Beware of the Dogs) are ready to break out into the mainstream.

So what folk albums will dominate 2019? Which ones will be remembered as the best folk albums of 2019? And which will stand the test of time, becoming all-time classics that can stand alongside the best folk music ever?

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1
Lullaby For Nature is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Folk Albums Of 2019
Folk Melody added Lullaby For Nature
Dave Giummo
2
Nighttime Birds And Morn... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Folk Albums Of 2019
Nighttime Birds And Morning Stars
Sarah Louise

"Ancient Intelligence"

"Swarming at the Threshold"

"Late Night Healing Choir"

3
U.F.O.F. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Folk Albums Of 2019
U.F.O.F.
Big Thief

"UFOF"

"Cattails"

"Century"

4
Songs Of Our Native Daug... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Folk Albums Of 2019
Songs Of Our Native Daughters
Our Native Daughters

"Black Myself"

"Moon Meets the Sun"

"Barbados"

5
There Is No Other is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Folk Albums Of 2019
There Is No Other
Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi

"Ten Thousand Voices"

"Gonna Write Me a Letter"

"Wayfaring Stranger"

6
Quiet Signs is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Folk Albums Of 2019
Quiet Signs
Jessica Pratt

"As the World Turns"

"Fare Thee Well"

"Here My Love"

7
Better Oblivion Communit... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Folk Albums Of 2019
Better Oblivion Community Center
Better Oblivion Community Center

"Dylan Thomas"

"Didn't Know What I Was in For"

"Sleepwalkin'"

8
No Words Left is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Folk Albums Of 2019
No Words Left
Lucy Rose

"Solo(w)"

"Treat Me Like a Woman"

"The Confines of This World"

9
The Unseen In Between is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Folk Albums Of 2019
The Unseen In Between
Steve Gunn

"Stonehurst Cowboy"

"Luciano"

"New Familiar"

10
Wasteland, Baby! is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Folk Albums Of 2019
Wasteland, Baby!
Hozier

"Movement"

"Almost (Sweet Music)"

"Dinner & Diatribes"

11
Crushing is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Folk Albums Of 2019
Crushing
Julia Jacklin

"Pressure to Party"

"Don't Know How to Keep Loving You"

"When the Family Flies In"
 

12
Designer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Folk Albums Of 2019
Designer
Aldous Harding

"Zoo Eyes"

"Treasure"

"The Barrel"

13
The Hurting Kind is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Folk Albums Of 2019
The Hurting Kind
John Paul White

"Heart Like a Kite"

"Yesterday’s Love"

"The Long Way Home"

14
Cows On Hourglass Pond ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Folk Albums Of 2019
Cows On Hourglass Pond
Avey Tare

"Eyes On Eyes"

"Nostalgia in Lemonade"

"Saturdays (Again)"

15
III is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Folk Albums Of 2019
The Lumineers

"Gloria"

"It Wasn't Easy to Be Happy for You"

"My Cell"

16
The Big Freeze is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Folk Albums Of 2019
The Big Freeze
Laura Stevenson

"Lay Back, Arms Out"

"Value Inn"

"Living Room, NY"
 

17
In The Shape Of A Storm ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Folk Albums Of 2019
In The Shape Of A Storm
Damien Jurado

"Throw Me Now Your Arms"

"Where You Want Me to Be"

"Silver Ball"

18
Omoiyari is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Folk Albums Of 2019
Omoiyari
Kishi Bashi

"F Delano"

"Marigolds"

"A Song For You"

19
In League With Dragons ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Folk Albums Of 2019
In League With Dragons
The Mountain Goats

"Done Bleeding"

"Younger"

"Passaic 1975"

20
Kiwanuka is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Folk Albums Of 2019
Michael Kiwanuka

"You Ain't The Problem"

"Hero"

"Piano Joint (This Kind Of Love)"

21
Gallipoli is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Folk Albums Of 2019
Gallipoli
Beirut

"When I Die"    

"Varieties of Exile"

"On Mainau Island"

22
Hollowbone is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Folk Albums Of 2019
Hollowbone
Kathryn Tickell and The Darkening

"O-U-T spells out"

"Morpeth"

"Hushabye Birdie / Hexham Lasses"

23
Oh My God is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Folk Albums Of 2019
Oh My God
Kevin Morby

"No Halo"

"Nothing Sacred / All Things Wilds"

"OMG Rock n Roll"

24
Fever Dream is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Folk Albums Of 2019
Fever Dream
Of Monsters and Men

"Alligator"

"Wild Roses"

"Waiting for the Snow"

25
Closer Than Together is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Folk Albums Of 2019
Closer Than Together
The Avett Brothers

"Bleeding White"

"Tell The Truth"

"We Americans"