Sunday, April 19, 2020

Folk/Folk Rock: Top 100 Songs

First posted 4/19/2020.

Folk/Folk Rock:

Top 100 Songs

This list was created by aggregating multiple lists focused on folk and/or folk rock music. All those titles which appeared on 2 or more lists were than ranked according to their overall status in Dave’s Music Database. In many cases, more than one version of a song made the lists. In that case, only the highest-ranked version in Dave’s Music Database is included. Here are the results:

1. Simon & Garfunkel “Bridge Over Troubled Water” (1970)
2. Bob Dylan “Like a Rolling Stone” (1965)
3. The Animals “The House of the Rising Sun” (1964)
4. Rod Stewart “Maggie May” (1971)
5. Simon & Garfunkel “The Sounds of Silence” (1965)
6. The Weavers “Goodnight Irene” (1950)
7. Simon & Garfunkel “Mrs. Robinson” (1968)
8. The Byrds “Mr. Tambourine Man” (1965)
9. The Mamas & Papas “California Dreamin’” (1966)
10. Buffalo Springfield “For What It’s Worth” (1966)

11. The Kingston Trio “Tom Dooley” (1958)
12. Bob Dylan “Blowin’ in the Wind” (1963)
13. Woody Guthrie “This Land Is Your Land” (1940)
14. Roy Acuff “Wabash Cannonball” (1938)
15. The Turtles “Happy Together” (1967)
16. The Beatles “In My Life” (1965)
17. The Byrds “Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season) (1965)
18. The Lumineers “Ho Hey” (2012)
19. Neil Young “Heart of Gold” (1972)
20. Sonny & Cher “I Got You Babe” (1965)

21. The Carter Family “Wildwood Flower” (1928)
22. Bob Dylan “Tangled Up in Blue” (1975)
23. Bob Dylan “The Times They Are A-Changin’” (1964)
24. The Lovin’ Spoonful “Summer in the City” (1966)
25. America “A Horse with No Name” (1971)
26. Bob Dylan “Subterranean Homesick Blues” (1965)
27. Crosby, Stills & Nash “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” (1969)
28. Simon & Garfunkel “The Boxer” (1969)
29. The Jimi Hendrix Experience “Hey Joe” (1966)
30. The Carter Family “Will the Circle Be Unbroken (Bye and Bye)” (1935)

31. The Lovin’ Spoonful “Do You Believe in Magic?” (1965)
32. The Mamas & the Papas “Monday Monday” (1966)
33. Scott McKenzie “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair)” (1967)
34. Tracy Chapman “Give Me One Reason” (1995)
35. Bill Monroe & the Blue Grass Boys “Blue Moon of Kentucky” (1947)
36. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young “Ohio” (1970)
37. Simon & Garfunkel “Scarborough Fair” (1966)
38. Barry McGuire “Eve of Destruction” (1965)
39. The Searchers “Needles and Pins” (1964)
40. Mumford & Sons “I Will Wait” (2012)

41. Bob Dylan “Positively 4th Street” (1965)
42. The Youngbloods “Get Together” (1967)
43. Jeff Buckley “Hallelujah” (1994)
44. Donovan “Sunshine Superman” (1966)
45. Harry Belafonte “Banana Boat (Day-O)” (1957)
46. The Pipes & Drums & Military Band of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards “Amazing Grace” (1972)
47. Joni Mitchell “Big Yellow Taxi” (1970)
48. Gordon Lightfoot “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” (1976)
49. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band “Mr. Bojangles” (1970)
50. The Rooftop Singers “Walk Right In” (1962)

51. The Highwaymen “Michael Row the Boat Ashore” (1961)
52. Bob Dylan “Just Like a Woman” (1966)
53. The Beatles “Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)” (1965)
54. Trini Lopez “If I Had a Hammer” (1963)
55. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young “Woodstock” (1970)
56. The Band “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” (1969)
57. Peter, Paul & Mary “Leaving on a Jet Plane” (1969)
58. Simon & Garfunkel “Homeward Bound” (1966)
59. The Weavers “On Top of Old Smoky” (1951)
60. Donovan “Mellow Yellow” (1966)

61. Bob Dylan “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35” (1966)
62. Janis Ian “At Seventeen” (1975)
63. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young “Teach Your Children” (1970)
64. Judy Collins “Both Sides Now” (1968)
65. Bob Dylan “I Want You” (1966)
66. Bob Dylan “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” (1963)
67. America “Ventura Highway” (1972)
68. Leonard Cohen “Suzanne” (1967)
69. Mumford & Sons “Little Lion Man” (2009)
70. Arlo Guthrie “City of New Orleans” (1972)

71. The Lovin’ Spoonful “Daydream” (1966)
72. Arlo Guthrie “Alice’s Restaurant” (1967)
73. Simon & Garfunkel “I Am a Rock” (1966)
74. Love “Alone Again Or” (1967)
75. Crosby, Stills & Nash “Marrakesh Express” (1969)
76. Lonnie Donegan “Rock Island Line” (1956)
77. Peter, Paul & Mary “Puff the Magic Dragon” (1963)
78. Donovan “Catch the Wind” (1965)
79. The Byrds “So You Want to Be a Rock and Roll Star” (1967)
80. Neil Young “Old Man” (1972)

81. The Brothers Four “Greenfields” (1960)
82. Four Tops “If I Were a Carpenter” (1967)
83. Bobby Bare “500 Miles” (1962)
84. The Who “The Kids Are Alright” (1965)
85. Pete Seeger “We Shall Overcome” (1963)
86. Country Joe & the Fish “I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-to-Die Rag” (1967)
87. Huddie “Leadbelly” Ledbetter “The Midnight Special” (1940)
88. The Byrds “My Back Pages” (1967)
89. The Byrds “I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better” (1965)
90. Bob Dylan “Masters of War” (1963)

91. The Grass Roots “Let’s Live for Today” (1967)
92. The Soggy Bottom Boys “I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow” (2001)
93. The Association “Along Comes Mary” (1966)
94. Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard “Pancho and Lefty” (1983)
95. Bob Dylan “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue” (1965)
96. The Lovin’ Spoonful “You Didn’t Have to Be So Nice” (1965)
97. The Kingston Trio “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” (1962)
98. John Prine “Angel from Montgomery” (1972)
99. The Mamas & the Papas “Creeque Alley” (1967)
100. Bob Dylan “Desolation Row” (1965)

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