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Top 50 Folk Music 2018|Free MP3 Folk Songs Download

By Eva C Levy | Last updated: Sep 18, 2018

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When it comes to your favorite music genre, what do you think of?

And what are the reasons you like it most?

How much do you know about the artists and songs of this genre?

Whether your answer is folk music or not, today’s article will never let you down.

You’ll see what is folk music and some best folk songs of all time here.

Also, you can download any folk music you like for free!

Come with me to enjoy the folk music!



Part 1 What is Folk Music and Outstanding Folk Music Artists


Folk music has a long history which can be traced back to the 19th century.

People call some styles of folk music “world music”.

Traditional folk music is spread orally or performed by unknown musicians.

In the mid-20th century, a new type of popular folk music appeared which developed from traditional folk music.

This type of folk music has characteristics of folk rock, folk metal, and others.

Folk music usually mixes with different cultures and will be performed for a long period of time.

Culture, history, social events are the most common content in folk music.

There are 5 folk music artists and their great works:

1. Bert Jansch

Bert Jansch was a Scottish folk singer and founder of the band Pentangle. His excellent works influenced a lot of musicians. At the BBC Folk Awards, he got 2 Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Folk music works: Angie, Smokey River.

2. Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell is a singer and songwriter comes from Canada. She was called “one of the greatest songwriters ever” by Rolling Stone. During her career, she received lots of awards, such as 9 Grammy Awards, Billboard's Century Award and so on.

Folk music works: Clouds, Down to You.

3. Woody Guthrie

Woody Guthrie is one of the most representative singers in American folk music. He was widely known for the song “The Land Is Your Land”, which talks about social justice and has inspired thousands of people at that time.

Folk music works: This Land Is Your Land, 1913 Massacre.

4. Joan Baez

Joan Baez has released more than 60 albums and many of her songs contain protest and social justice. She participated in many activities to fight for human rights with her music.

Folk music works: Altar Boy and the Thief, Farewell, Angelina.

5. Odetta Holmes

Odetta Holmes was an American singer, actress, lyricists, and guitarist who was regarded as “The Queen of American Folk Music” by Martin Luther King Jr… She played an important role in the American folk music revival.

Folk music works: Waterboy, The House of the Rising Sun.

Part 2 Top 10 American Folk Music of All Time

The following is the introduction of 5 types of folk music in the different region.

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American folk music includes numbers of music genres like roots music, traditional folk music and so on.

Most American folk songs are transmitted orally.

The following is a list of 10 classic American folk songs we pick out for you.

01
The Darlings
Dooley
02
Down in the Valley
Traditional Folk Song
03
Wild World
Cat Stevens
04
The Boxer
Simon & Garfunkel
05
Take Me Home, Country Roads
John Denver
06
This Land Is Your Land
Woody Guthrie
07
Shady Grove Andy
Griffith
08
Wade in the Water
Sweet Honey in The Rock
09
Crawdad Song
Woody Guthrie
10
There Is A Time
The Darlings
More

Part 3 Top 10 Irish Folk Music of All Time

It’s said that there are at least 10 instruments used in Irish folk music.

What’s more, a large number of Irish folk songs are created for dance.

Let’s enjoy and dance together with these songs below!

01
Bright Blue Rose
Mary Black
02
Black Is The Colour
Christy Moore
03
Star Of The County Down
Orthodox Celts
04
Grace
Jim McCann
05
Fields of Athenry
Paddy Reiily
06
The Contender
Tommy Fleming
07
Gravel walk
The Rogues
08
Red Is The Rose
The High Kings
09
Ordinary Man
Christy Moore
10
If I Ever Leave This World Alive
Flogging Molly
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Part 4 Top 10 England Folk Music of All Time

England folk music is based on traditional music, which is spread orally, or through print and recordings.

There are obvious differences among the songs from different regions.

Until now, England folk music is still influencing other music genres.

01
Sovay
Martin Carthy
02
Dance to Your Daddy
Nancy Kerr & James Fagan
03
Old Maui
Spiers & Boden
04
Roll Alabama
Bellowhead
05
Bold Sir Rylas
Spiers & Boden
06
Monks Gate
Bunions
07
Padstow
Steeleye Span
08
House Carpenter
Pentangle
09
All Around My Hat
Steeleye Span
10
Let No Man Steal Your Thyme
Pentangle
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Part 5 Top 10 Scotland Folk Music of All Time

Scotland folk music has a super long history and continues to influence and be influenced by traditional English and Irish music.

Although most music is always changing, folk music in Scotland remains traditional characteristics.

01
Eileen Fhianain
Kaela Rowan Band
02
One for the Ditch
Calum MacPhail
03
Go Your Way
Julie Fowlis
04
Parish of Dunkeld
Silly Wizard
05
In Praise of Home
RURA
06
Otterburn
Tony Cuffe
07
Sae Will We Yet
North Sea Gas
08
The Isle Of Skye
The Corrie
09
Gaelic Medley
The Rankin Family
10
Massacre Of Glencoe
The Corries
More

Part 6 Top 10 Wales Folk Music of All Time

As the same as other music genres, Wales folk music has a very long history.

It is featured by instrumental and vocal styles.

Here we select out 10 best folk songs in Wales for you.

01
Tan yn Llyn
Plethyn
02
Llosgi Yn Fflam
Pererin
03
Slip Jigs
Calan
04
Yma O Hyd
Dafydd Iwan
05
Bwthyn Fy Nain
Annwn
06
Ar Lan y Mor
Elin Fflur
07
Hyddgen
Plethyn
08
Bonnie Dundee
Irish Rovers
09
Adra
Gwyneth Glyn
10
Afon Yr Haf
Carreg Lafar
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Conclusion


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Our introduction is coming to an end.

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