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100 Greatest Folk Music Artists

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Criteria: These artists were chosen on thier impact, lasting popularity, influence, and talent in Traditional and Contemporary Folk music.

Newly added names are in Red

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Last Updated: 10-21-2014

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100 Greatest Folk Music Artists
  1. Woody Guthrie
  2. The Weavers
  3. Bob Dylan
  4. Odetta
  5. Peter, Paul and Mary
  6. Pete Seeger
  7. Joni Mitchell
  8. Kingston Trio
  9. Joan Baez
10. Leadbelly
11. Ewan McColl
12. Phil Ochs
13. Judy Collins
14. Crosby, Stills & Nash
15. The Byrds
16. Fairport Convention
17. Doc Watson
18. Neil Young
19. Leonard Cohen
20. Simon & Garfunkel
21. Frankie Armstrong
22. Donovan
23. Gordon Lightfoot
24. Steve Goodman
25. Ramblin' Jack Elliott
26. John Fahey
27. Arlo Guthrie
28. Tom Rush
29. Sweet Honey In The Rock
30. The Limeliters
31. Buffy-Saint Marie
32. Loudon Wainwright III
33. Elizabeth Cotten
34. The New Lost City Ramblers
35. Tom Paxton
36. Steeleye Span
37. Utah Phillips
38. Josh White
39. The Chad Mitchell Trio
40. John "Spider John" Koerner
41. Kate & Ann McGarrigle
42. Hazel Dickens
43. Ralph McTell
44. The Highwaymen
45. A.L. Lloyd
46. Townes Van Zandt
47. James Taylor
48. John Denver
49. Harry Chapin
50. Oscar Brand
51. Ian & Sylvia
52. Rory McEwen
53. John Prine
54. The New Christy Minstrels
55. Harry Belafonte
56. Cisco Houston
57. Bob Gibson
58. Mike Seeger
59. Almanac Singers
60. Loreena McKennitt
61. June Tabor
62. Jesse Fuller
63. Joan Armatrading
64. Dock Boggs
65. Dave Van Ronk
66. Suzanne Vega
67. Buell Kazee
68. Fred Neil
69. The Clancy Brothers
70. Sandy Denny
71. The Dubliners
72. Eva Cassidy
73. Iris Dement
74. The Rooftop Singers
75. Gillian Welch
76. Maddie Prior
77. The Roches
78. Alice Gerrard
79. Folksmen
80. Anita Carter
81. Jerry Jeff Walker
82. Christine Lavin
83. Richard Thompson
84. Anne Hills
85. Eric Andersen
86. The Chieftains
87. Pentangle
88. Tracy Chapman
89. Shel Silverstein
90. John Renbourn
91. Judy Henske
92. David Bromberg
93. The Mama's & The Papa's
94. Tim Buckley
95. The Brothers Four
96. Emmylou Harris
97. Burl Ives
98. Cat Stevens
99. The Serendipity Singers
100. The Seekers

Woody Guthrie
Bob Dylan
Odetta
Pete Seeger
Leadbelly
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Ani Difranco
Si Kahn
Nanci Griffith
Christy Moore
John Kirkpatrick
Melanie
Spanky and Our Gang
Michelle Shocked
Nick Drake
Bill Morrisey
Sandpipers
Village Stompers
Smothers Brothers
The Incredible String Band
Victoria Williams
Roger McGuinn
Shawn Colvin
Janis Ian
Leo Kottke
Rod McKuen
Hamilton Camp
Taj Mahal
Gram Parsons
Peggy Seeger
Trini Lopez
Glenn Yarbourough
Bradley Kinkaid
Phoebe Snow
Buffalo Springfield
Flaco Jiminez
Devendra Banhart
Lyle Lovett
Roy Harper
The Beau Brummels
The Holy Modal Rounders
Atwater-Donnelly
The Chenille Sisters
The Tarriers
The Brandywine Singers
Ricki Lee Jones
Robin & Linda Williams
Katty Moffatt
Terry Callier
Mike Cross
Carolyn Hester
Richard & Mimi Farina
The Everly Brothers
The Band
The Lovin' Spoonful
Ellis Paul
Artie Traum
Luka Bloom
Bert Jansch
Happy Traum
The Jolly Rogers
Bad Haggis
Cheryl Wheeler
Burns Sisters
Schooner Faire
Patrick Sky
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Important Non Performers:

Alan Lomax (folklorist, musicologist)
John A. Lomax (folklorist, musicologist)
Francis James Child (educationist, folklorist)
Harry Smith (ethnomusicologist, archivist)
Albert Grossman (manager)
Milt Okun (arranger, record producer)
Ruth Crawford Seeger (modernist composer)
Charles Louis Seeger (musicologist, composer)


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