Monday, May 10, 2021

Folk/Folk Rock: Top 100 Songs

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.

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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 Byrds “Mr. Tambourine Man” (1965)
7. The Weavers “Goodnight Irene” (1950)
8. Buffalo Springfield “For What It’s Worth” (1966)
9. The Mamas & Papas “California Dreamin’” (1966)
10. Simon & Garfunkel “Mrs. Robinson” (1968)

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

21. The Pipes & Drums & Military Band of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards “Amazing Grace” (1972)
22. The Carter Family “Wildwood Flower” (1928)
23. Bob Dylan “The Times They Are A-Changin’” (1964)
24. America “A Horse with No Name” (1971)
25. Bob Dylan “Tangled Up in Blue” (1975)
26. Jeff Buckley “Hallelujah” (1994)
27. The Lovin’ Spoonful “Summer in the City” (1966)
28. The Jimi Hendrix Experience “Hey Joe” (1966)
29. Scott McKenzie “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair)” (1967)
30. Crosby, Stills & Nash “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” (1969)

31. Bob Dylan “Subterranean Homesick Blues” (1965)
32. The Youngbloods “Get Together” (1967)
33. The Mamas & the Papas “Monday Monday” (1966)
34. The Beatles “Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)” (1965)
35. Joni Mitchell “Big Yellow Taxi” (1970)
36. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young “Ohio” (1970)
37. The Highwaymen “Michael Row the Boat Ashore” (1961)
38. Simon & Garfunkel “The Boxer” (1969)
39. Bill Monroe & the Blue Grass Boys “Blue Moon of Kentucky” (1947)
40. Donovan “Sunshine Superman” (1966)

41. Gordon Lightfoot “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” (1976)
42. The Carter Family “Will the Circle Be Unbroken (Bye and Bye)” (1935)
43. Barry McGuire “Eve of Destruction” (1965)
44. Simon & Garfunkel “Scarborough Fair” (1966)
45. The Lovin’ Spoonful “Do You Believe in Magic?” (1965)
46. Tracy Chapman “Give Me One Reason” (1995)
47. Harry Belafonte “Banana Boat (Day-O)” (1957)
48. The Searchers “Needles and Pins” (1964)
49. Janis Ian “At Seventeen” (1975)
50. Mumford & Sons “I Will Wait” (2012)

51. Bob Dylan “Positively 4th Street” (1965)
52. Leonard Cohen “Suzanne” (1967)
53. Judy Collins “Both Sides Now” (1968)
54. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band “Mr. Bojangles” (1970)
55. America “Ventura Highway” (1972)
56. The Band “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” (1969)
57. Donovan “Mellow Yellow” (1966)
58. Bob Dylan “Just Like a Woman” (1966)
59. Donovan “Catch the Wind” (1965)
60. Neil Young “Old Man” (1972)

61. The Lovin’ Spoonful “Daydream” (1966)
62. The Rooftop Singers “Walk Right In” (1962)
63. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young “Teach Your Children” (1970)
64. The Weavers “On Top of Old Smoky” (1951)
65. Trini Lopez “If I Had a Hammer” (1963)
66. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young “Woodstock” (1970)
67. Bob Dylan “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35” (1966)
68. Bob Dylan “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” (1963)
69. Simon & Garfunkel “Homeward Bound” (1966)
70. Arlo Guthrie “Alice’s Restaurant” (1967)

71. Arlo Guthrie “City of New Orleans” (1972)
72. Peter, Paul & Mary “Puff the Magic Dragon” (1963)
73. Bob Dylan “I Want You” (1966)
74. Peter, Paul & Mary “Leaving on a Jet Plane” (1969)
75. Mumford & Sons “Little Lion Man” (2009)
76. Pete Seeger “We Shall Overcome” (1963)
77. Crosby, Stills & Nash “Marrakesh Express” (1969)
78. Love “Alone Again Or” (1967)
79. The Kingston Trio “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” (1962)
80. Simon & Garfunkel “I Am a Rock” (1966)

81. Lonnie Donegan “Rock Island Line” (1956)
82. The Grass Roots “Let’s Live for Today” (1967)
83. The Mamas & the Papas “Creeque Alley” (1967)
84. Huddie “Leadbelly” Ledbetter “The Midnight Special” (1940)
85. The Who “The Kids Are Alright” (1965)
86. The Byrds “So You Want to Be a Rock and Roll Star” (1967)
87. The Byrds “My Back Pages” (1967)
88. The Brothers Four “Greenfields” (1960)
89. Bobby Bare “500 Miles Away from Home” (1962)
90. Country Joe & the Fish “I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-to-Die Rag” (1967)

91. Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard “Pancho and Lefty” (1983)
92. Bob Dylan “Masters of War” (1963)
93. John Prine “Angel from Montgomery” (1972)
94. Four Tops “If I Were a Carpenter” (1967)
95. The Soggy Bottom Boys “Man of Constant Sorrow” (2001)
96. The Byrds “I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better” (1965)
97. The Association “Along Comes Mary” (1966)
98. The Lovin’ Spoonful “You Didn’t Have to Be So Nice” (1965)
99. Bob Dylan “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue” (1965)
100. Bob Dylan “Desolation Row” (1965)


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First posted 4/19/2020; last updated 5/10/2021.

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