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Genre: old-time

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Old-time music is a genre that originated in the Appalachian region of the United States and is characterized by its traditional folk sound. It often features acoustic instruments such as banjos, fiddles, and guitars, and incorporates elements of blues, gospel, and country music. The lyrics often tell stories of rural life, love, and hardship. This genre has been passed down through generations and has influenced many modern artists.

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Parent Genre: Folk/Acoustic

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Instruments used

Banjo, Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocals, Bass Guitar, Drum Kit, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar, Synthesizer, Piano, Horn Section, Organ, Keyboard/Piano

Releases by year

Here you can see the popularity of Old-time genre over time. This graph shows albums and singles releases count by year and decade.

1920s 2
1925 1
1927 1
1930s 1
1931 1
1950s 45
1954 4
1956 7
1957 1
1958 21
1959 12
1960s 98
1960 2
1961 2
1962 34
1963 18
1964 16
1965 14
1966 2
1967 3
1968 4
1969 3
1970s 51
1970 5
1971 4
1972 2
1973 11
1975 19
1976 3
1978 1
1979 6
1980s 62
1980 13
1981 21
1982 8
1983 4
1985 3
1986 4
1987 4
1988 2
1989 3
1990s 189
1990 1
1991 3
1992 22
1993 4
1994 29
1995 3
1996 25
1997 14
1998 47
1999 41
2000s 320
2000 29
2001 31
2002 18
2003 33
2004 38
2005 27
2006 48
2007 25
2008 49
2009 22
2010s 303
2010 43
2011 48
2012 42
2013 31
2014 22
2015 38
2016 11
2017 23
2018 22
2019 23
2020s 110
2020 22
2021 16
2022 48
2023 24
1181 releases

Popular old-time Songs


Most popular old-time albums

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Super Hits
1981
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Transatlantic Sessions - Series 5: Volume Two
2012
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Broadsides - Songs and Ballads
1964
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Workin's Too Hard
2017
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The Unfortunate Rake, Volume 2: Yellow Mercury
2003
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Genuine Negro Jig
2010
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Earl Johnson Vol. 1 1927
1997
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The New New Lost City Ramblers with Tracy Schwarz: Gone to the Country
1963
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Riveter
2023
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A Passing Glimpse
2011
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Throw Down
2005
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Hard Hitting Songs For Hard Hit People
1980
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Bruce Molsky & Big Hoedown
1997
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Boombox Squaredance
2007
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The Doc Watson Family
1994

old-time music by decade

Explore old-time history by listening to songs from every decade. Click on the decade to view songs.

2020s 2010s 2000s 1990s 1980s 1970s 1960s 1950s 1940s 1930s

List of old-time artists

Here is a list of old-time artists on Spotify, ranked based on popularity, who exemplifies the old-time genre. You can find out what old-time genre sounds like where you can preview artists or sort them the way you want, just click the headers to sort.

#namepopularityfollowers
1 13 1826
2 29 12077
3 13 2213
4 15 5072
5 23 9797
6 25 9585
7 22 7261
8 21 13871
9 22 3218
10 24 14084
11 23 3092
12 10 2048
13 9 1224
14 16 3234
15 3 695
16 8 3075
17 9 2548
18 9 3578
19 11 3440
20 22 4724
21 5 1651
22 11 2946
23 9 2441
24 3 999
25 3 490
26 3 1025
27 6 610
28 31 1015
29 11 1404
30 4 494
31 3 755
32 6 2048
33 9 3549
34 5 1062
35 4 527
36 23 1989
37 9 932
38 15 747
39 41 175740
40 6 622
41 4 1071
42 3 222
43 4 972
44 14 1397
45 10 516
46 4 601
47 4 559
48 7 1307
49 2 408
50 20 2074
51 34 142418
52 12 2350
53 18 1370
54 19 1815
55 20 8406
56 54 432556
57 7 1636
58 6 1206
59 2 350
60 25 6001
61 3 384
62 4 979
63 22 4094
64 6 1349
65 25 5768
66 24 7554
67 6 293
68 3 365
69 3 1060
70 48 132373
71 31 8884
72 16 2883
73 22 3817
74 23 6704
75 8 1123
76 6 637
77 12 1303
78 16 2531
79 3 620
80 12 2303
81 9 319
82 2 516
83 2 751
84 4 840
85 20 3775
86 13 468
87 16 766
88 13 874
89 9 103
90 9 797
91 7 377
92 5 953
93 2 199
94 3 275
95 3 223
96 3 192
97 3 430
98 2 177
99 2 173
100 2 445

old-time playlist created by Chosic

Enjoy this playlist of popular old-time music. We made this playlist using an algorithm created by our team.