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100 Greatest Folk Music Artists

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

Edited By: Chris F/Lew
Last Updated: 7-7-08

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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. Phil Ochs
12. Judy Collins
13. Crosby, Stills & Nash
14. The Byrds
15. Fairport Convention
16. Doc Watson
17. Neil Young
18. Leonard Cohen
19. Simon & Garfunkel
20. Frankie Armstrong
21. Donovan
22. Gordon Lightfoot
23. Steve Goodman
24. Ramblin' Jack Elliott
25. John Fahey
26. Arlo Guthrie
27. Tom Rush
28. Sweet Honey In The Rock
29. The Limeliters
30. Buffy-Saint Marie
31. Loudon Wainwright III
32. Elizabeth Cotten
33. The New Lost City Ramblers
34. Tom Paxton
35. Steeleye Span
36. Utah Phillips
37. Josh White
38. The Chad Mitchell Trio
39. John "Spider John" Koerner
40. Kate & Ann McGarrigle
41. Hazel Dickens
42. Ralph McTell
43. The Highwaymen
44. A.L. Lloyd
45. Townes Van Zandt
46. James Taylor
47. Harry Chapin
48. Oscar Brand
49. Ian & Sylvia
50. John Prine
51. The New Christy Minstrels
52. Harry Belafonte
53. Cisco Houston
54. Bob Gibson
55. Mike Seeger
56. Almanac Singers
57. Loreena McKennit
58. June Tabor
59. Jesse Fuller
60. Joan Armatrading
61. Dock Boggs
62. Dave Van Ronk
63. Suzanne Vega
64. Buell Kazee
65. Fred Neil
66. Eva Cassidy
67. The Clancy Brothers
68. Sandy Denny
69. The Dubliners
70. Iris Dement
71. The Rooftop Singers
72. Gillian Welch
73. Maddie Prior
74. The Roches
75. Alice Gerrard
76. Folksmen
77. Anita Carter
78. Jerry Jeff Walker
79. Christine Lavin
80. Richard Thompson
81. Anne Hills
82. Eric Andersen
83. The Chieftains
84. Ani Difranco
85. Pentangle
86. Tracy Chapman
87. Shel Silverstein
88. John Renbourn
89. Judy Henske
90. David Bromberg
91. The Mama's & The Papa's
92. Tim Buckley
93. The Brothers Four
94. Emmylou Harris
95. Si Kahn
96. Burl Ives
97. Cat Stevens
98. Nanci Griffith
99. Christy Moore
100. John Kirkpatrick
Mary Travers
1938 - 2009
Mary Travers
by Robert Benson
Woody Guthrie
Bob Dylan
Pete Seeger

The Serendipity Singers
The Seekers
Spanky and Our Gang
Michelle Shocked
Nick Drake
Bill Morrisey
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
Roy Harper
The Beau Brummels
The Holy Modal Rounders
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
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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Disclaimer: There is nothing 'Official' about these lists. They are compiled by the 'editor' using the
stated criteria, and revised considering the competent suggestions of visitors to this website only.


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