Checkout the below listed latest and best top 10 best Folk songs of all time 2017, Folk music is a musical style that is birthed from the people who reside within a particular region of a nation. This music usually “evolves” from the songs and rhythms that people create among their cultural and social groups. These songs are usually classical or traditional songs that have been passed down for hundreds of years.
Many folk songs do not have an original composer. Instead, there might be some individuals who perform a folk song in such a way, that their version is best known to people. For example, This Land is Your Land by Woody Guthrie is a folk song that was around before he made it famous. However, his version of the tune is what people remember the most, because he composed and performed it in his own unique way. The following folk songs are among the greatest in existence today.
- 10. The Times They Are A’Changin by Bob Dylan
- 9. Woodstock by Joni Mitchell
- 8. Where Have All the Flowers Gone by Pete Seeger
- 7. Tom Dooley by The Kingston Trio
- 6. For the Sake of the Song by Townes Van Zandt
- 5. I Ain’t Marching Anymore by Phil Ochs
- 4. Down the Road by Steve Earle
- 3. Stay by Alison Krauss
- 2. Not a Pretty Girl by Ani DiFranco
- 1. This Land is Your Land by Woody Guthrie
Here we present the list of top 10 best Folk songs of all time 2017.
10. The Times They Are A’Changin by Bob Dylan
The Times They Are A’Changing is a folk song that was made by Bob Dylan back in 60s. This song was often used with the protest movements that were prevalent during the time. The song was about how young people felt about the world and how they wanted to change it for the better. The Times They Are A’Changing also connected with people on a grassroots level. No, it was not a huge commercial hit song but it was popular enough to garner attention from the many activists that used this music to inspire people.
9. Woodstock by Joni Mitchell
Joni Mitchell made the folk jam Woodstock in 1970 shortly after this great music festival took place. This song was a slow and emotional presentation about this significant cultural event and why it was so important to people during the time. Joni Mitchell was a famous artist who was influential during her day. Her music is timeless and it helped to define a generation. The folk song Woodstock is a testament to her importance as a music artist.
8. Where Have All the Flowers Gone by Pete Seeger
Where Has All the Flowers Gone? This is a question that a hipster would ask when they wanted to know what is going on in the world around them. Folk singer Pete Seeger was a huge success during the 50’s and 60’s. Seeger actually wrote this song as a musical piece to protest war. He knew that there are consequences to armed conflict. He did not want people to have to experience that type of situation if they did not have to. Where Have All the Flowers Gone is a perfect song for that particular era.
7. Tom Dooley by The Kingston Trio
The Kingston Trio performed this song in 1958 and it was a number one hit in the country. Tom Dooley is a song about a young man who is sentenced to die for some type of crime. In the song, Dooley’s fate is sealed and there is nothing that he can do about it. While the song has very sad and daunting lyrics; the melody, harmony and beat is very uplifting. This song moves with a folk music appeal and people can dance to it even if they do not like what the song is saying.
6. For the Sake of the Song by Townes Van Zandt
For The Sake Of The Song was written and performed by Townes Van Zandt in 1968. This song is a slow moving piece about a man who is dealing with problems of his own and cannot help a troubled woman to handle her issues. This song is like a love song without the normal emotional involvement that takes place between lovebirds. Townes Van Zandt wanted this song to be the flagship tune for a newly emerging record company at the time. The song did rather well when it was released.
5. I Ain’t Marching Anymore by Phil Ochs
Phil Ochs was a folk singer who liked to protest the bad things that were happening in the world at the time. He wrote a song called I Ain’t Marching Anymore which was an anti-protest tune against war and destruction. This song was important because many people of the time were protesting war and America’s involvement in armed conflict. I Ain’t Marching anymore still remains a great folk tune that people sometimes play when they want to protest violent conflict.
4. Down the Road by Steve Earle
Steve Earle was a folk singer that specialized in love and romance. Many of his tunes were made for that purpose. Keep in mind that Steve Earl was considered an alternative country artist as opposed to being a true folk singer. So, his music was more country and appealed to that type of audience. However, Down the Road was more of a folk tune than it was a country piece. This song is truly one of the best folk songs in existence.
3. Stay by Alison Krauss
Alison Krauss is considered a bluegrass folk musician. Her song Stay is a huge modern folk hit today. Yes, there is a new breed of folk artists who are singing their great tunes in modern times. Krause has many hits to her name and Stay is a song that is helping to make folk music popular again. Remember, most people do not like folk music and it remains a huge underground favorite. Even among country music fans, this type of music is not that well appreciated by the modern generation. However, the song Stay is ensuring that it does.
2. Not a Pretty Girl by Ani DiFranco
Ani DiFranco made Not a Pretty Girl to let people know that she is not a weak female who needs a man to help her out in life. DiFranco wants to let men know that she can do it all on her own. This song was made in 2013 and it is a part of the modern folk movement that is trying to bring this genre of music back into vogue. Not a Pretty Girl is an independent folk woman theme song.
1. This Land is Your Land by Woody Guthrie
When it comes to folk music Woody Guthrie is and was the man. He is considered one of the most influential folk singers in the history of this music style. Guthrie made the ever popular folk song This Land is Your Land. This song is also considered a patriotic tune as well. It is commonly played on the 4th of July. The song is just a great tune about America and all that it has to offer.
Folk music is simply the people’s music. These songs truly represent some of the best folk tunes that emerged during the 1800’s and early 1900’s. All these songs are considered classical pieces that will remain a part of the historical musical landscape for many years into the future.