Folk Alley Lists 100 Essential Folk Songs

These are the 100 essential folk songs as voted by Folk Alley listeners. A good list for developing student repertoire.

1. This Land is Your Land – Woody Guthrie
2. Blowin’ in the Wind – Bob Dylan
3. City of New Orleans – Steve Goodman
4. If I Had a Hammer – Pete Seeger
5. Where Have All The Flowers Gone – The Kingston Trio
6. Early Morning Rain – Gordon Lightfoot
7. Suzanne – Leonard Cohen
8. We Shall Overcome – Pete Seeger
9. Four Strong Winds – Ian and Sylvia
10. Last Thing On My Mind – Tom Paxton

11. The Circle Game – Joni Mitchell
12. Tom Dooley – The Kingston Trio (Trad)
13. Both Sides Now – Joni Mitchell
14. Who Knows Where The Time Goes – Sandy Denny
15. Goodnight Irene – The Weavers (Trad)
16. Universal Soldier – Buffy St Marie
17. Don’t Think Twice – Bob Dylan
18. Diamonds and Rust – Joan Baez
19. Sounds of Silence – Simon & Garfunkel
20. The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald – Gordon Lightfoot

21. Alice’s Restaurant – Arlo Guthrie
22. Turn, Turn, Turn – The Byrds (Pete Seeger)
23. Puff The Magic Dragon – Peter, Paul and Mary
24. Thirsty Boots – Eric Andersen
25. There But For Fortune – Phil Ochs
26. Across The Great Divide – Kate Wolf
27. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down – The Band (Robbie Robertson)
28. The Dutchman – Steve Goodman
29. Matty Groves – Fairport Convention (Trad)

30. Pastures of Plenty – Woody Guthrie
31. Canadian Railroad Trilogy – Gordon Lightfoot
32. Ramblin’ Boy – Tom Paxton
33. Hello In There – John Prine
34. The Mary Ellen Carter – Stan Rogers
35. Scarborough Fair – Martin Carthy (Trad)
36. Freight Train – Elizabeth Cotton
37. Like a Rolling Stone – Bob Dylan
38. Paradise – John Prine
39. Northwest Passage – Stan Rogers

40. And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda – Eric Bogle
41. Changes – Phil Ochs
42. Streets of London – Ralph McTell
43. Gentle On My Mind – John Hartford
44. Barbara Allen – Shirley Collins (Trad)
45. Little Boxes – Malvina Reynolds
46. The Water is Wide – Traditional
47. Blue Moon of Kentucky – Bill Monroe
48. No Regrets – Tom Rush
49. Amazing Grace – Odetta (Trad)

50. Catch The Wind – Donovan
51. If I Were a Carpenter – Tim Hardin
52. Big Yellow Taxi – Joni Mitchell
53. House of the Rising Sun – Doc & Richard Watson (Trad)
54. Kisses Sweeter Than Wine – The Weavers
55. Tangled Up In Blue – Bob Dylan
56. The Boxer – Simon and Garfunkel
57. Someday Soon – Ian and Sylvia
58. 500 Miles – Peter, Paul and Mary
59. Masters of War – Bob Dylan

60. Wildwood Flower – Carter Family
61. Will The Circle Be Unbroken – Carter Family
62. Can’t Help But Wonder Where I’m Bound – Tom Paxton
63. Teach Your Children – Crosby, Stills Nash & Young
64. Deportee – Woody Guthrie
65. Tecumseh Valley – Towns Van Zandt
66. Mr. Bojangles – Jerry Jeff Walker
67. Cold Missouri Waters – James Keeleghan
68. The Crucifixion – Phil Ochs
69. Angel from Montgomery – John Prine

70. Christmas in the Trenches – John McCutcheon
71. John Henry – Traditional
72. Pack Up Your Sorrows – Richard and Mimi Farina
73. Dirty Old Town – Ewan MacColl
74. Caledonia – Dougie MacLean
75. Gentle Arms of Eden – Dave Carter
76. My Back Pages – Bob Dylan
77. Arrow – Cheryl Wheeler
78. Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen
79. Eve of Destruction – Barry McGuire

80. Man of Constant Sorrow – Ralph Stanley (Trad)
81. Shady Grove – Traditional
82. Pancho and Lefty – Townes Van Zandt
83. Old Man – Neil Young
84. Mr. Tambourine Man – Bob Dylan
85. American Tune – Paul Simon
86. At Seventeen – Janis Ian
87. Bridge Over Troubled Water – Simon & Garfunkel
88. Road – Nick Drake
89. Tam Lin – Fairport Convention (Trad)

90. Ashokan Farewell – Jay Ungar and Molly Mason
91. Desolation Row – Bob Dylan
92. Love Is Our Cross To Bear – John Gorka
93. Hobo’s Lullaby – Woody Guthrie
94. Urge For Going – Tom Rush
95. Return of the Grievous Angel – Gram Parsons
96. Chilly Winds – The Kingston Trio
97. Fountain of Sorrow – Jackson Browne
98. The Times They Are A Changing – Bob Dylan
99. Our Town – Iris Dement
100. Leaving on a Jet Plane – John Denver

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