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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
Kings March
Soulive
02
This Is America
Childish Gambino
03
Kool Aid
Parliament
04
PYNK
Janelle Monáe
05
Golden Wings
Gabriel Garzón
06
Shy
Tuxedo
07
Oil Jones
Parliament 
08
SuperStudio
Calibro 35
09
I'm Gon Make U Sick O'Me
Parliament
10
I Got The Juice
Janelle Monáe
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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
Thank You
Sly & The Family Stone
02
Family Affair
Sly & The Family Stone
03
Superstition
Stevie Wonder
04
Play that Funky music
Wild Cherry
05
Shining Star
Earth
06
Hollywood Swinging
Kool & The Gang
07
Give Up The Funk
Parliament
08
Pick Up The Pieces
Average White Band
09
Soul Power 74
Maceo & The Macks
10
Jungle Boogie
Kool & The Gang
11
Brick House
The Commodores
12
Higher Ground
Stevie Wonder
13
Don’t Stop 'Til You Get Enough
Michael Jackson
14
Funkytown
Lipps Inc
15
Papa Was A Rolling Stone
The Temptations 
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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
When Doves Cry
Prince 
02
Juicy fruit
Mtume
03
Get Down On It
Kool & The Gang
04
All Night Long
Mary Jane Girls
05
Funky Sensation
Gwen McCrae
06
Billie Jean
Michael Jackson
07
You're Lying
Linx 
08
Forget Me Nots
Patrice Rushen 
09
Let's Groove
Earth
10
Just An Illusion
Imagination
11
Treat Her Like A Lady
The Temptations
12
Don't Stop Dancing
France Joli 
13
Burn Rubber On Me
The Gap Band
14
I'll Be Good
Rene & Angela 
15
We Got The Funk
Positive Force
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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
Uptown Funk
Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars
02
24K Magic
Bruno Mars
03
September
Earth
04
Get Lucky
Daft Punk
05
Regulate
Warren G
06
Freestyler
BomFunk MC's
07
Lose Yourself To Dance
Daft Punk
08
Fresh
Kool & The Gang
09
Give It To Me Baby
Rick James
10
Flash Light
Parliament 
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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
All This Time
Tiffany
02
Dreaming of You
Selena
03
Dance With My Father
Luther Vandross
04
Crazy For You
Madonna
05
Wala Na Bang Pag ibig
Jaya
06
It Must Have Been Love
Roxette
07
Torn
Natalie Imbruglia
08
Beautiful In My Eyes
Joshua Kadison
09
From A Distance
Bette Midler
10
Hero
Mariah Carey
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Conclusion


Time flies! Did you enjoy the folk music?

Our introduction is coming to an end.

Have you gotten more knowledge about folk music after reading?

Are you satisfied with our recommended folk music lists?

Leave your feedback below and we’ll read them seriously.

Hope you have a nice day!

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