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The Best Folk Artists Of 2020

Updated November 19, 2020 1.1k votes 141 voters 8.9k views26 items

List RulesVote up the artists and bands whose new releases are defining 2020 folk music.

Update: Follow Ranker's official New Folk 2020 playlist on Spotify!

Here are the best folk artists of 2020. From the most popular Americana and bluegrass groups, to the best indie folk singers and best folk bands of 2020, this list of the top folk artists of 2020 spans all subgenres of good folk music.  Many of the best folk music artists today are folk legends, like the Dixie Chicks and John Prine, but this collection also features the best new folk bands and artists of 2020. For instance, the recently-formed folk supergroup Bonny Light Horseman only recently released their self-titled debut album, which already is poised to be one of the best folk albums of 2020

Who are your favorite folk artists of all time? Which modern bands will record the best indie folk albums of 2020?

Vote up the best folk artists and bands of 2020 below, and be sure to add any that you feel we may have missed.

  • Caamp1
    Caamp is an American folk band from Columbus, Ohio, which began as a project between childhood...  more
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  • Nathaniel Rateliff2
    Nathaniel Rateliff, formerly known as Nathaniel Rateliff and The Wheel is a 5-piece...  more
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  • John Prine3
    John Prine (October 10, 1946 – April 7, 2020) was an American country folk singer-songwriter....  more
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  • Leon Bridges4
    Todd Michael Bridges (born July 13, 1989) known professionally as Leon Bridges, is an American...  more
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  • Jason Isbell5
    Michael Jason Isbell (; born February 1, 1979) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist...  more
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  • Margo Price6
    Margo Rae Price (born April 15, 1983) is an American country singer-songwriter based in...  more
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  • Rayland Baxter7

    Rayland Baxter

    Rayland Baxter is an American alternative country musician from Nashville, Tennessee. He is...  more
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  • James Taylor8
    James Vernon Taylor (born March 12, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. A...  more
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  • Rose Cousins9

    Rose Cousins

    Rose Cousins is a Canadian folk-pop singer-songwriter. Born and raised in Prince Edward...  more
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  • Yola10
    Yolanda Quartey (born in 1984), known as Yola, is an English musician, singer, and songwriter...  more
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  • John Moreland11
    John Moreland is an American singer-songwriter from Tulsa, Oklahoma....  more
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  • Bedouine12
    Azniv Korkejian, known by her stage name Bedouine, is a Syrian-American musician. She has...  more
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  • Drive-By Truckers13
    The Drive-By Truckers are an alternative country/Southern rock band based in Athens, Georgia....  more
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  • Andy Shauf15

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  • The Strumbellas16
    The Strumbellas is a Juno-award winning, six-piece Canadian band, whose music has been...  more
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  • Bonny Light Horseman17
    Bonny Light horseman is an American folk music supergroup consisting of Tony Award-winner...  more
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  • Joshua Hyslop18

    Joshua Hyslop

    Joshua Hyslop is a Canadian folk-pop singer-songwriter, currently signed to Nettwerk Records....  more
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  • Chris Knight19
    Chris Knight (born June 24, 1960) is an American singer-songwriter from Slaughters, Kentucky....  more
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  • Altın Gün20
    Altın Gün is an Anatolian rock and Turkish Psychedelic Folk band from Amsterdam, The...  more
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  • Sierra Hull21
    Sierra Dawn Hull (born September 27, 1991) is an American bluegrass singer-songwriter,...  more
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  • The Chicks22
    The Chicks (formerly known as the Dixie Chicks) are an American country pop group composed of...  more
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  • The Lil Smokies23
    The Lil Smokies is a bluegrass band from Missoula, MT consisting of Andy Dunnigan (dobro,...  more
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  • Hamilton Leithauser24

    Hamilton Leithauser

    Hamilton Leithauser is a member of the musical group, The Walkmen....
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  • Chuck Prophet25
    Charles William "Chuck" Prophet is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer. A...  more
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