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Genre: traditional folk

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Parent Genre: Folk/Acoustic

Traditional folk music is a genre that has been passed down through generations, often telling stories of everyday life and struggles. It typically features acoustic instruments such as guitar, banjo, and fiddle, and is characterized by its simplicity and honesty. The lyrics often touch on themes of social justice, political activism, and the human experience. This genre has been popularized by musicians who have dedicated their lives to preserving and sharing these songs with the world.


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Related instruments

Banjo, Fiddle, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Bass Guitar, Drum Kit, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Pedal Steel Guitar, Harmonica

Popular traditional folk Songs


Most popular traditional folk albums

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Freight Train and Other North Carolina Folk Songs and Tunes
1989
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Doc Watson
1964
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Knoxville Girl
2021
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I'm on My Way
1962
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Texas Worried Blues: Complete Recorded Works 1927-1929
1989
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Bowling Green and Other Folk Songs from the Southern Mountains
1956
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Broadsides - Songs and Ballads
1964
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Elementary Doctor Watson
2002
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A Country Legacy 1930-1939: CD C
2002
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Earl Johnson Vol. 1 1927
1997
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Old Leatherstocking
2021
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The New New Lost City Ramblers with Tracy Schwarz: Gone to the Country
1963
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My Dusty Road
2009
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Close To Home
1975
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Folk Singer (With Bonus Tracks)
2009
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Singing The Traditional Songs Of Her Kentucky Mountain Family
1952

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List of traditional folk artists

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

#namepopularityfollowers
1 22 9700
2 21 3100
3 14 2201
4 18 6609
5 12 1795
6 14 3172
7 26 11693
8 22 9422
9 19 13673
10 13 4986
11 21 13886
12 20 2989
13 10 3401
14 4 1195
15 7 3558
16 7 3019
17 6 2487
18 3 1625
19 7 2019
20 5 2903
21 7 2386
22 5 1285
23 27 995
24 8 3496
25 39 172881
26 44 106839
27 15 725
28 20 1903
29 8 2990
30 8 902
31 3 1049
32 9 1376
33 14 1366
34 6 2026
35 11 513
36 4 601
37 3 1058
38 3 1042
39 29 18475
40 5 593
41 14 7612
42 3 552
43 35 59246
44 2 210
45 2 392
46 19 7723
47 30 33833
48 4 2144
49 6 401
50 29 24879
51 22 8287
52 11 281
53 4 300
54 14 9392
55 7 1107
56 5 1895
57 26 6050
58 20 6709
59 25 11839
60 13 5255
61 22 7029
62 19 3729
63 18 1762
64 19 4657
65 3 1372
66 16 1309
67 5 286
68 3 529
69 37 190284
70 3 952
71 36 69888
72 12 2853
73 36 9314
74 31 32611
75 5 469
76 5 960
77 24 9491
78 22 10553
79 20 3780
80 6 929
81 10 5645
82 23 902
83 11 1505
84 3 229
85 3 452
86 13 993
87 6 1533
88 12 225
89 5 44
90 3 237
91 3 264
92 3 342
93 6 423
94 6 44
95 4 1058
96 5 1771
97 3 958
98 4 647
99 4 211
100 3 39

traditional folk playlist created by Chosic

Enjoy this playlist of popular traditional folk music. We made this playlist using an algorithm created by our team.