Lyrics & Knowledge Personal Pages Record Shop Auction Links Radio & Media Kids Membership Help
The Mudcat Cafeawe

Post to this Thread - Sort Descending - Printer Friendly - Home


Top 100 folk songs

GUEST,Robert 24 Nov 02 - 09:34 AM
saulgoldie 24 Nov 02 - 09:40 AM
Nathan in Texas 24 Nov 02 - 09:44 AM
GUEST,Robert 24 Nov 02 - 09:50 AM
GUEST,Robert 24 Nov 02 - 09:51 AM
Night Owl 24 Nov 02 - 10:00 AM
Jeri 24 Nov 02 - 10:01 AM
saulgoldie 24 Nov 02 - 10:12 AM
mmb 24 Nov 02 - 10:17 AM
saulgoldie 24 Nov 02 - 10:34 AM
saulgoldie 24 Nov 02 - 10:38 AM
GUEST 24 Nov 02 - 10:43 AM
GUEST,Robert 24 Nov 02 - 10:58 AM
Jeri 24 Nov 02 - 10:58 AM
GUEST,.gargoyle 24 Nov 02 - 11:00 AM
GUEST,Robert 24 Nov 02 - 11:07 AM
Jeri 24 Nov 02 - 11:10 AM
saulgoldie 24 Nov 02 - 11:21 AM
greg stephens 24 Nov 02 - 11:30 AM
Jeri 24 Nov 02 - 11:34 AM
greg stephens 24 Nov 02 - 11:42 AM
saulgoldie 24 Nov 02 - 12:17 PM
Peter T. 24 Nov 02 - 01:18 PM
Rick Fielding 24 Nov 02 - 01:20 PM
Little Hawk 24 Nov 02 - 01:48 PM
Don Firth 24 Nov 02 - 02:01 PM
saulgoldie 24 Nov 02 - 02:15 PM
greg stephens 24 Nov 02 - 02:50 PM
saulgoldie 24 Nov 02 - 03:23 PM
GUEST,Robert 24 Nov 02 - 03:48 PM
GUEST,Robert 24 Nov 02 - 03:55 PM
mmb 24 Nov 02 - 04:01 PM
GUEST,lardingo 24 Nov 02 - 05:58 PM
Hrothgar 25 Nov 02 - 03:30 AM
GUEST,Arkie 25 Nov 02 - 11:34 AM
Share Thread
more
Lyrics & Knowledge Search [Advanced]
DT  Forum
Sort (Forum) by:relevance date
DT Lyrics:




Subject: Top 100 folk songs
From: GUEST,Robert
Date: 24 Nov 02 - 09:34 AM

Where would I be able to find a reliable list
of the top 100 folk songs played on the radio
in the last 50 years.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Top 100 folk songs
From: saulgoldie
Date: 24 Nov 02 - 09:40 AM

Robert,
"Played on the radio" and "top 100" are not necessarily the same thing, not in my book, anyway. But perhaps you were looking for "most played" or "most copies sold." I am sure many 'Catters will offer their assistance. A large part of mine own lisht would include some that might even qualify as obscure. Do you care, or are you asking literally?


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Top 100 folk songs
From: Nathan in Texas
Date: 24 Nov 02 - 09:44 AM

Don't know, but here are a few questions arising from yours. By "top 100" do you mean by number of times they were played? Number of records sold? Or by some less objective standard? And what do you mean by "folk" songs? Does that include songs by singer song-writers such as Bob Dylan?


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Top 100 folk songs
From: GUEST,Robert
Date: 24 Nov 02 - 09:50 AM

I am looking for a list of music that would have been "Top 100 Played Folk Songs" in the last 50 years..... it might include, music by Peter, Paul and Mary, James Taylor, Arlo Guthrie, Gordon Lighfoot...., Cat Stevens......etc. It would include "Protest" music from the 60's by Joan Biaz....etc etc.   Am I making sense?


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Top 100 folk songs
From: GUEST,Robert
Date: 24 Nov 02 - 09:51 AM

Yes, definately Bob Dylan and Neil Young


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Top 100 folk songs
From: Night Owl
Date: 24 Nov 02 - 10:00 AM

welcome to Mudcats Robert.   UMass. Boston radio just finished playing their top 100 folk performers for the last 20 years.
Click wumb.org for more information.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Top 100 folk songs
From: Jeri
Date: 24 Nov 02 - 10:01 AM

Since there's is no universally accepted definition of "folk," I don't know that it's possible to track airplay. Someone might leave out one singer or group another list-compile would include and vice versa.

I'm counting the seconds before someone decides to completely ignore your question in favor of arguing about whether the people you've mentioned fit their definitions. I'm cynical, though.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Top 100 folk songs
From: saulgoldie
Date: 24 Nov 02 - 10:12 AM

OK, then. But this will likely be difficult to properly document, being based on our memories, yes? Is that allright? Here are some of mine, in what order I cannot truthfully say:

Blowing in the Wind (Dylan, but probably the PPM version)
Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald (by himself, El Gordo)
If you Could Read My Mind (again)
Early Morning Rain (and again)
Marvelous Toy (Paxton, but probably PPM version)
Puff (amazingly not actually about *that* "puff" by PPM)
Banana Boat Song (Harry Belafonte--sp?)
Jamaica Farewell (Kingston Trio?)
This Land is Your Land (Guthrie; Weavers version, maybe? But without that "problem verse!")

Not on the list: "How the hell could a country of presumably decent people allow so many genuinely caring folksingers and other artists to be denounced and hounded as 'enemies of the state'?"

Oh, sorry. I let that slip out. That thought is inextricably intertwied with my on-topic thoughts. Yes, the list...

Morningtown Ride (Seekers?)
Never Find Another You (them, fer shur)
You Were On My Mind (Sylvia Tyson, but the We Five version, I 'spect)
Hobo's Lullaby (Hearing Unca Petey singing in my mind)
Hard, Ain't it Hard (K-3o?)

Oh, goodness, memory blanking. Let's see what the others contribute. Might trigger some other thoughts.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Top 100 folk songs
From: mmb
Date: 24 Nov 02 - 10:17 AM

Geri - -

Or recordings by the true "roots" performers, vs. those by "revivalists," vs. those doing their own new-fangled interpretations.   (Oops! That discussion was between a state folklore society and university academics, not here on MC. Or have I missed it here?)    M.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Top 100 folk songs
From: saulgoldie
Date: 24 Nov 02 - 10:34 AM

As I and Nathan both asked, Robert clarified his request to be "those played most often played on the radio." That does not de-legitimize all the other important components of the folk music world. It was just his request, and he clarified that it was specific. The list of top 100 "played on the radio" vs "the real top 100 most important" would likely differ as much as these two lists with regard to folk.

Sixteen Tons (Tennessee Ernie Ford)
Sounds of Silence--sans drums, puleeze! (Simon and Garfarkel)
Amazing Grace (Joan Baez?)
Alice's Restaurant (Arlo)
Fire and Rain (JT)
Suzanne (Leonard Cohen)
Both Sides Now (Joni, sung by Judy Collins)
Circle Game (Joni)
Will The Circle be Unbroken? (dunno hoo)
Wedding Song (PPM)
Give Yourself to Love (Kate Wolf)
Mary Ellen Carter (Stan Rogers)


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Top 100 folk songs
From: saulgoldie
Date: 24 Nov 02 - 10:38 AM

Oopsie, I forgot that when I wrap something in "less than" and "greater than" it gets deleted.

This:
The list of top 100 "played on the radio" vs "the real top 100 most important" would likely differ as much as these two lists with regard to folk.

Should have read:
The list of top 100 "played on the radio" vs "the real top 100 most important" in (fill in any music genre) would likely differ as much as these two lists with regard to folk.

Techno-shtuff...sheesh!


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Top 100 folk songs
From: GUEST
Date: 24 Nov 02 - 10:43 AM

Gee, what a question!

Simon and Garfunkel's string of hits would surely have to be included, and a couple of my favourites from the sixties - Whistling Gypsey Rover by the Highwaymen and Feel-Like-I'm-Fixing-To-Die Rag by Country Joe McDonald immediatlely come to mind.

Great to see Nanci Griffith top that radio station's list.

I await further responses with interest.

Allan


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Top 100 folk songs
From: GUEST,Robert
Date: 24 Nov 02 - 10:58 AM

Thank you very much.....this has really helped more than you know.

I realize there are many answers to my original question, but you have
given me a great deal of info.

I will continue checking your answers. I am trying to compile a list
for a radio program. I am adding songs like "Good Night Irene", etc...some songs from the 40's, 50's.....many many from the 60's (just
because there were sooooooo many great ones then (I am 52).

Thank you again for your help, I really do appreciate it.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Top 100 folk songs
From: Jeri
Date: 24 Nov 02 - 10:58 AM

Didn't NPR compile a list in the past year or two?
I vaguely remember a thread about Tom Dooley/Dula discussing their list.

(I'm also assuming Robert is looking for US airplay statistics and not UK, Canadian, etc.)

Mmb, I can't recall ANY 'roots' performers being exceptionally commercially successful!


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Top 100 folk songs
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 24 Nov 02 - 11:00 AM

Just curious - why do you ask?

Well asuming you mean American commercial recordings.



You could start with the Grammy Award page - and search the Folk catagories....HERE are some examples .... you can par-mutate the listings into many more catagories.

http://www.grammy.com/awards/search/index.html





FOLK - FOLK gives you:


GRAMMY Winner   Joni Mitchell,artist.
Genre   Folk
GRAMMY Category   Best Folk Performance
Year   1969 - 12th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   Clouds
Artist Performing Work   Joni Mitchell
      
      
GRAMMY Winner   Judy Collins,artist.
Genre   Folk
GRAMMY Category   Best Folk Performance
Year   1968 - 11th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   Both Sides Now (Single)
Artist Performing Work   Judy Collins
      
      
GRAMMY Winner   John Hartford,artist.
Genre   Folk
GRAMMY Category   Best Folk Performance
Year   1967 - 10th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   Gentle On My Mind (Single)
Artist Performing Work   John Hartford
      
      
GRAMMY Winner   Cortelia Clark,artist.
Genre   Folk
GRAMMY Category   Best Folk Recording
Year   1966 - 9th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   Blues In The Street
Artist Performing Work   Cortelia Clark
      
      
GRAMMY Winner   Harry Belafonte & Miriam Makeba,artists.
Genre   Folk
GRAMMY Category   Best Folk Recording
Year   1965 - 8th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   An Evening With Belafonte/Makeba (Album)
Artist Performing Work   Harry Belafonte, Miriam Makeba
      
      
GRAMMY Winner   Gale Garnett,artist.
Genre   Folk
GRAMMY Category   Best Folk Recording
Year   1964 - 7th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   We'll Sing In The Sunshine
Artist Performing Work   Gale Garnett

GRAMMY Winner   Peter Paul And Mary (Paul Stooky, Mary Travers, Peter Yarrow),artist.
Genre   Folk
GRAMMY Category   Best Folk Recording
Year   1963 - 6th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   Blowin' In The Wind
Artist Performing Work   Peter, Paul And Mary
      
      
GRAMMY Winner   Peter Paul And Mary (Paul Stooky, Mary Travers, Peter Yarrow),artist.
Genre   Folk
GRAMMY Category   Best Folk Recording
Year   1962 - 5th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   If I Had A Hammer
Artist Performing Work   Peter, Paul And Mary
      
      
GRAMMY Winner   Belafonte Folk Singers,artist.
Genre   Folk
GRAMMY Category   Best Folk Recording
Year   1961 - 4th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   Belafonte Folk Singers At Home And Abroad
Artist Performing Work   Belafonte Folk Singers
      
      
GRAMMY Winner   Harry Belafonte,artist.
Genre   Folk
GRAMMY Category   Best Performance - Folk
Year   1960 - 3rd Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   Swing Dat Hammer
Artist Performing Work   Harry Belafonte
      
      
GRAMMY Winner   Kingston Trio (Nick Reynolds, Bob Shane),artist.
Genre   Folk
GRAMMY Category   Best Performance - Folk
Year   1959 - 2nd Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   The Kingston Trio At Large
Artist Performing Work   The Kingston Trio




FOLK - TRADITIONAL FOLK gives you:



GRAMMY Winner   T Bone Burnett,producer. Various Artists,artist. Mike Piersante,engineer.
Genre   Folk
GRAMMY Category   Best Traditional Folk Album
Year   2001 - 44th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   Down From The Mountain
Artist Performing Work   (Various Artists)
      
      
GRAMMY Winner   Dave Alvin,artist. Mark Linett,engineer. Dave Alvin,producer.
Genre   Folk
GRAMMY Category   Best Traditional Folk Album
Year   2000 - 43rd Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   Public Domain - Songs From The Wild Land (Album)
Artist Performing Work   Dave Alvin
      
      
GRAMMY Winner   June Carter Cash,artist.
Genre   Folk
GRAMMY Category   Best Traditional Folk Album
Year   1999 - 42nd Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   Press On (Album)
Artist Performing Work   June Carter Cash
      
      
GRAMMY Winner   Chieftains (Derek Bell, Kevin Conneff, Martin Fay, Sean Keane, Matt Molloy, Paddy Moloney),artist.
Genre   Folk
GRAMMY Category   Best Traditional Folk Album
Year   1998 - 41st Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   Long Journey Home (Album)
Artist Performing Work   The Chieftains With Various Artists
      
      
GRAMMY Winner   Beausoleil (Tommy Alesi, Jimmy Breaux, David Doucet, Michael Doucet, Al Tharp, Billy Ware),artist.
Genre   Folk
GRAMMY Category   Best Traditional Folk Album
Year   1997 - 40th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   L'amour Ou La Folie (Album)
Artist Performing Work   BeauSoleil
      
      
GRAMMY Winner   Pete Seeger,artist.
Genre   Folk
GRAMMY Category   Best Traditional Folk Album
Year   1996 - 39th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   Pete (Album)
Artist Performing Work   Pete Seeger


GRAMMY Winner   Ramblin' Jack Elliott,artist.
Genre   Folk
GRAMMY Category   Best Traditional Folk Album
Year   1995 - 38th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   South Coast (Album)
Artist Performing Work   Ramblin' Jack Elliott
      
      
GRAMMY Winner   Bob Dylan,artist.
Genre   Folk
GRAMMY Category   Best Traditional Folk Album
Year   1994 - 37th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   World Gone Wrong (Album)
Artist Performing Work   Bob Dylan
      
      
GRAMMY Winner   Chieftains (Derek Bell, Kevin Conneff, Martin Fay, Sean Keane, Matt Molloy, Paddy Moloney),artist.
Genre   Folk
GRAMMY Category   Best Traditional Folk Album
Year   1993 - 36th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   The Celtic Harp (Album)
Artist Performing Work   The Chieftains
      
      
GRAMMY Winner   Chieftains (Derek Bell, Kevin Conneff, Martin Fay, Sean Keane, Matt Molloy, Paddy Moloney),artist.
Genre   Folk
GRAMMY Category   Best Traditional Folk Album
Year   1992 - 35th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   An Irish Evening Live At The Grand Opera House, Belfast (Album)
Artist Performing Work   The Chieftains
      
      
GRAMMY Winner   John Colby & Ken Burns,producers.
Genre   Folk
GRAMMY Category   Best Traditional Folk Album
Year   1991 - 34th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   The Civil War (Original Soundtrack Recording) (Album)
Artist Performing Work   (Various Artists)
      
      
GRAMMY Winner   Doc Watson,artist.
Genre   Folk
GRAMMY Category   Best Traditional Folk Recording
Year   1990 - 33rd Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   On Praying Ground (Album)
Artist Performing Work   Doc Watson
      
GRAMMY Winner   Marcel Cellier,producer.
Genre   Folk
GRAMMY Category   Best Traditional Folk Recording
Year   1989 - 32nd Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares, Vol. II (Album)
Artist Performing Work   (Bulgarian State Female Vocal Choir)
      
      
GRAMMY Winner   Don DeVito, Harold Leventhal, Joe McEwen & Ralph Rinzler,producers.
Genre   Folk
GRAMMY Category   Best Traditional Folk Recording
Year   1988 - 31st Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   Folkways: A Vision Shared - A Tribute To Woody Guthrie And Leadbelly (Album)
Artist Performing Work   (Various Artists)
      
      
GRAMMY Winner   Ladysmith Black Mambazo,artist.
Genre   Folk
GRAMMY Category   Best Traditional Folk Recording
Year   1987 - 30th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   Shaka Zulu (Album)
Artist Performing Work   Ladysmith Black Mambazo
      
      
GRAMMY Winner   Doc Watson,artist.
Genre   Folk
GRAMMY Category   Best Traditional Folk Recording
Year   1986 - 29th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   Riding The Midnight Train (Album)
Artist Performing Work   Doc Watson
      
      
GRAMMY Winner   Rockin' Sidney,artist.
Genre   Folk
GRAMMY Category   Best Ethnic Or Traditional Folk Recording
Year   1985 - 28th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   My Toot Toot (Single)
Artist Performing Work   Rockin' Sidney
      
      
GRAMMY Winner   Elizabeth Cotten,artist.
Genre   Folk
GRAMMY Category   Best Ethnic Or Traditional Folk Recording
Year   1984 - 27th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   Elizabeth Cotten Live! (Album)
Artist Performing Work   Elizabeth Cotten


GRAMMY Winner   Clifton Chenier,artist.
Genre   Folk
GRAMMY Category   Best Ethnic Or Traditional Folk Recording
Year   1983 - 26th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   I'm Here (Album)
Artist Performing Work   Clifton Chenier And his Red Hot Louisiana Band
      
      
GRAMMY Winner   Queen Ida (Guillary),artist.
Genre   Folk
GRAMMY Category   Best Ethnic Or Traditional Folk Recording
Year   1982 - 25th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   Queen Ida And The Bon Temps Zydeco Band On Tour
Artist Performing Work   Queen Ida
      
      
GRAMMY Winner   B.B. King,artist.
Genre   Folk
GRAMMY Category   Best Ethnic Or Traditional Recording
Year   1981 - 24th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   There Must Be A Better World Somewhere (Album)
Artist Performing Work   B.B. King
      
      
GRAMMY Winner   Norman Dayron,producer.
Genre   Folk
GRAMMY Category   Best Ethnic Or Traditional Recording
Year   1980 - 23rd Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   Rare Blues (Album)
Artist Performing Work   (Various Artists)
      
      
GRAMMY Winner   Muddy Waters,artist.
Genre   Folk
GRAMMY Category   Best Ethnic Or Traditional Recording
Year   1979 - 22nd Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   Muddy "Mississippi" Waters Live (Album)
Artist Performing Work   Muddy Waters
      
      
GRAMMY Winner   Muddy Waters,artist.
Genre   Folk
GRAMMY Category   Best Ethnic Or Traditional Recording
Year   1978 - 21st Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   I'm Ready (Album)
Artist Performing Work   Muddy Waters
      
GRAMMY Winner   Muddy Waters,artist.
Genre   Folk
GRAMMY Category   Best Ethnic Or Traditional Recording
Year   1977 - 20th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   Hard Again (Album)
Artist Performing Work   Muddy Waters
      
      
GRAMMY Winner   John Hartford,artist.
Genre   Folk
GRAMMY Category   Best Ethnic Or Traditional Recording
Year   1976 - 19th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   Mark Twang (Album)
Artist Performing Work   John Hartford
      
      
GRAMMY Winner   Muddy Waters,artist.
Genre   Folk
GRAMMY Category   Best Ethnic Or Traditional Recording
Year   1975 - 18th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   The Muddy Waters Woodstock Album (Album)
Artist Performing Work   Muddy Waters
      
      
GRAMMY Winner   Doc Watson & Merle Watson,artists.
Genre   Folk
GRAMMY Category   Best Ethnic Or Traditional Recording
Year   1974 - 17th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   Two Days In November (Album)
Artist Performing Work   Merle Watson, Doc Watson
      
      
GRAMMY Winner   Doc Watson,artist.
Genre   Folk
GRAMMY Category   Best Ethnic Or Traditional Recording (Including Traditional Blues)
Year   1973 - 16th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   Then And Now (Album)
Artist Performing Work   Doc Watson
      
      
GRAMMY Winner   Muddy Waters,artist.
Genre   Folk
GRAMMY Category   Best Ethnic Or Traditional Recording (Including Traditional Blues)
Year   1972 - 15th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   The London Muddy Waters Session (Album)
Artist Performing Work   Muddy Waters

GRAMMY Winner   Muddy Waters,artist.
Genre   Folk
GRAMMY Category   Best Ethnic Or Traditional Recording
Year   1971 - 14th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   They Call Me Muddy Waters
Artist Performing Work   Muddy Waters
      
      
GRAMMY Winner   T-Bone (Aaron) Walker,artist.
Genre   Folk
GRAMMY Category   Best Ethnic Or Traditional Recording (Including Traditional Blues)
Year   1970 - 13th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   Good Feelin'
Artist Performing Work   T. Bone Walker

FOLK - CONTEMPORARY FOLK gives you:

GRAMMY Winner   Bob Dylan,artist. Chris Shaw,engineer. Bob Dylan,producer.
Genre   Folk
GRAMMY Category   Best Contemporary Folk Album
Year   2001 - 44th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   Love And Theft
Artist Performing Work   Bob Dylan
      
      
GRAMMY Winner   Emmylou Harris,artist. Jim Watts & Malcolm Burn,engineers. Malcolm Burn,producer.
Genre   Folk
GRAMMY Category   Best Contemporary Folk Album
Year   2000 - 43rd Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   Red Dirt Girl (Album)
Artist Performing Work   Emmylou Harris
      
      
GRAMMY Winner   Tom Waits,artist.
Genre   Folk
GRAMMY Category   Best Contemporary Folk Album
Year   1999 - 42nd Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   Mule Variations (Album)
Artist Performing Work   Tom Waits
      
      
GRAMMY Winner   Lucinda Williams,artist.
Genre   Folk
GRAMMY Category   Best Contemporary Folk Album
Year   1998 - 41st Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   Car Wheels On A Gravel Road (Album)
Artist Performing Work   Lucinda Williams
      
      
GRAMMY Winner   Bob Dylan,artist.
Genre   Folk
GRAMMY Category   Best Contemporary Folk Album
Year   1997 - 40th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   Time Out Of Mind (Album)
Artist Performing Work   Bob Dylan
      
      
GRAMMY Winner   Bruce Springsteen,artist.
Genre   Folk
GRAMMY Category   Best Contemporary Folk Album
Year   1996 - 39th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   The Ghost Of Tom Joad (Album)
Artist Performing Work   Bruce Springsteen
      
GRAMMY Winner   Emmylou Harris,artist.
Genre   Folk
GRAMMY Category   Best Contemporary Folk Album
Year   1995 - 38th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   Wrecking Ball (Album)
Artist Performing Work   Emmylou Harris
      
      
GRAMMY Winner   Johnny Cash,artist.
Genre   Folk
GRAMMY Category   Best Contemporary Folk Album
Year   1994 - 37th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   American Recordings (Album)
Artist Performing Work   Johnny Cash
      
      
GRAMMY Winner   Nanci Griffith,artist.
Genre   Folk
GRAMMY Category   Best Contemporary Folk Album
Year   1993 - 36th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   Other Voices/Other Rooms (Album)
Artist Performing Work   Nanci Griffith
      
      
GRAMMY Winner   Chieftains (Derek Bell, Kevin Conneff, Martin Fay, Sean Keane, Matt Molloy, Paddy Moloney),artist.
Genre   Folk
GRAMMY Category   Best Contemporary Folk Album
Year   1992 - 35th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   Another Country (Album)
Artist Performing Work   The Chieftains
      
      
GRAMMY Winner   John Prine,artist.
Genre   Folk
GRAMMY Category   Best Contemporary Folk Album
Year   1991 - 34th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   The Missing Years (Album)
Artist Performing Work   John Prine
      
      
GRAMMY Winner   Shawn Colvin,artist.
Genre   Folk
GRAMMY Category   Best Contemporary Folk Recording
Year   1990 - 33rd Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   Steady On (Album)
Artist Performing Work   Shawn Colvin

GRAMMY Winner   Indigo Girls (Amy Ray, Emily Saliers),artist.
Genre   Folk
GRAMMY Category   Best Contemporary Folk Recording
Year   1989 - 32nd Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   Indigo Girls (Album)
Artist Performing Work   Indigo Girls
      
      
GRAMMY Winner   Tracy Chapman,artist.
Genre   Folk
GRAMMY Category   Best Contemporary Folk Recording
Year   1988 - 31st Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   Tracy Chapman (Album)
Artist Performing Work   Tracy Chapman
      
      
GRAMMY Winner   Steve Goodman,artist.
Genre   Folk
GRAMMY Category   Best Contemporary Folk Recording
Year   1987 - 30th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   Unfinished Business (Album)
Artist Performing Work   Steve Goodman
      
      
GRAMMY Winner   Al Bunetta, Dan Einstein & Hank Neuberger,producers.
Genre   Folk
GRAMMY Category   Best Contemporary Folk Recording
Year   1986 - 29th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   Tribute To Steve Goodman (Album)
Artist Performing Work   (Arlo Guthrie, John Hartford, Richie Havens, Bonnie Koloc, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, John Prine, And Others)

FOLK -NATIVE AMERICAN FOLK gives you:



GRAMMY Winner   Johnny Mike & Verdell Primeaux,artists. Jack Miller,engineer. Giuli Doyle & Robert Doyle,producers.
Genre   Folk
GRAMMY Category   Best Native American Music Album
Year   2001 - 44th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   Bless The People - Harmonized Peyote Songs
Artist Performing Work   Verdell Primeaux & Johnny Mike
      
      
GRAMMY Winner   Douglas Spotted Eagle & Tom Bee,producers. Douglas Spotted Eagle,engineer/mixer.
Genre   Folk
GRAMMY Category   Best Native American Music Album
Year   2000 - 43rd Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   Gathering Of Nations Pow Wow (Album)
Artist Performing Work   (Various Artists)

        SOUTHERN COUNTRY BLUEGRASS GOSPEL gives you:

GRAMMY Winner   Bill & Gloria Gaither And The Homecoming Friends,artist. Chad Evans,engineer. Bill Gaither,producer.
Genre   Gospel
GRAMMY Category   Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel Album
Year   2001 - 44th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   Bill & Gloria Gaither Present A Billy Graham Music Homecoming
Artist Performing Work   Bill & Gloria Gaither And The Homecoming Friends
      
      
GRAMMY Winner   Ricky Skaggs And Kentucky Thunder (Paul Brewster, Luke Bulla, Mark Fain, Clay Hess, Bobby Hicks, Ricky Skaggs, Darrin Vincent),artist. Alan Shulman & Brent King,engineers. Ricky Skaggs,producer.
Genre   Gospel
GRAMMY Category   Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel Album
Year   2000 - 43rd Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   Soldier Of The Cross (Album)
Artist Performing Work   Ricky Skaggs And Kentucky Thunder
      
      
GRAMMY Winner   Bill Gaither & Gloria Gaither,artists.
Genre   Gospel
GRAMMY Category   Best Southern, Country, Or Bluegrass Gospel Album
Year   1999 - 42nd Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   Kennedy Center Homecoming (Album)
Artist Performing Work   Bill And Gloria Gaither And Their Homecoming Friends
      
      
GRAMMY Winner   John Huie, Ken Levitan & Peter Afterman,producers.
Genre   Gospel
GRAMMY Category   Best Southern, Country, Or Bluegrass Gospel Album
Year   1998 - 41st Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   The Apostle - Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture (Album)
Artist Performing Work   (Various Artists)
      
      
GRAMMY Winner   David Corlew & Peter York,compilation producers.
Genre   Gospel
GRAMMY Category   Best Southern, Country Or Bluegrass Gospel Album
Year   1997 - 40th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   Amazing Grace 2: A Country Salute To Gospel (Album)
Artist Performing Work   (Various Artists)
      
      
GRAMMY Winner   Andy Griffith,artist.
Genre   Gospel
GRAMMY Category   Best Southern Gospel, Country Gospel Or Bluegrass Gospel Album
Year   1996 - 39th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   I Love To Tell The Story - 25 Timeless Hymns (Album)
Artist Performing Work   Andy Griffith


GRAMMY Winner   Bill Hearn,compilation producer.
Genre   Gospel
GRAMMY Category   Best Southern Gospel, Country Gospel Or Bluegrass Gospel Album
Year   1995 - 38th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   Amazing Grace - A Country Salute To Gospel (Album)
Artist Performing Work   (Various Artists)
      
      
GRAMMY Winner   Alison Krauss & Cox Family (Evelyn Cox, Lynn Cox, Sidney Cox, Suzanne Cox, Willard Cox),artists.
Genre   Gospel
GRAMMY Category   Best Southern Gospel, Country Gospel Or Bluegrass Gospel Album
Year   1994 - 37th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   I Know Who Holds Tomorrow (Album)
Artist Performing Work   Alison Krauss, The Cox Family
      
      
GRAMMY Winner   Kathy Mattea,artist.
Genre   Gospel
GRAMMY Category   Best Southern Gospel, Country Gospel Or Bluegrass Gospel Album
Year   1993 - 36th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   Good News (Album)
Artist Performing Work   Kathy Mattea
      
      
GRAMMY Winner   Bruce Carroll,artist.
Genre   Gospel
GRAMMY Category   Best Southern Gospel Album
Year   1992 - 35th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   Sometimes Miracles Hide (Album)
Artist Performing Work   Bruce Carroll
      
      
GRAMMY Winner   Gaither Vocal Band (Bill Gaither),artist.
Genre   Gospel
GRAMMY Category   Best Southern Gospel Album
Year   1991 - 34th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   Homecoming (Album)
Artist Performing Work   The Gaither Vocal Band
      
      
GRAMMY Winner   Bruce Carroll,artist.
Genre   Gospel
GRAMMY Category   Best Southern Gospel Album
Year   1990 - 33rd Annual GRAMMY Awards
Title of the Work   The Great Exchange (Album)
Artist Performing Work   Bruce Carroll


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Top 100 folk songs
From: GUEST,Robert
Date: 24 Nov 02 - 11:07 AM

Night Owl....thank you.....that web site is great....

Guest.Gargyole.....Thank you also....these are the things I am looking
for.

You are helping me sooooo much. You have given me more information
here in the last hour than I have received in the last month. I
appreciate it to no end.....


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Top 100 folk songs
From: Jeri
Date: 24 Nov 02 - 11:10 AM

I don't believe Grammy awards are based on airplay (?) over a 50 year time period.

I was wrong about the NPR Top 100 list is here,
but it's the "The 100 most important American musical works of the 20th century." It's also the results of a listener survey as is the WUMB list, not a list of musical works with the greatest amount of airplay.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Top 100 folk songs
From: saulgoldie
Date: 24 Nov 02 - 11:21 AM

Joe Hill (dunno hoo wrote or sung the popular version--perhaps Joan Baez, like at Woodstock?)
Kumbaya (again, dunno who wrote or sung)
Turn, Turn, Turn (as sung by The Byrds, no doubt--was it written by Unca Petey?)
If I Had A Hammer (as sung by PPM, of course)
Battle of New Orleans (who wrote/sung?)
Tom Dooley (As sung by K-3o)
Universal Soldier (Buffy Saint-Marie)
M.T.A. (K-3o)
Pack Up Your Sorrows (Mimi and Richard Farina)
It Takes a Worried Man (who wrote/sung?)
Mr. Bojangles (Jerry Jeff Walker, but sung by who?)
Freight Train (Elizabeth Cotten)
Last Thing On My Mind (Tom Paxton)
Ramblin Boy (Tom Paxton)
Wonder Where I'm Bound (Tom Paxton)
Goodnight Irene (Weavers)
Violets of Dawn (Eric Andersen)
Walk Right In (Rooftop Singers)

Got to admit that I copied many of these right off the discography of the Vanguard Roots of Folk CD set. But I am confident that these songs have all received enough airplay to qualify. But what order? I am still waiting for others to get out of the gate and *contribute some songs*. Then we can order them. Oh, goody!

Oh, and can't forget:
Country Roads (sung by John Denver; written by Bill Danoff)

Oh, oh, another vignette arising...Yes, Bill and Taffy (then, still married) played that song at a McGovern for President rally in Columbia, MD in 1972. I stood on the stage right *next to him* with his designated delegate slate from Anne Arundel County, along with Mom, one of two "family acts" in that election. That was the last time I voted for a presidential candidate I truly believed in. Can't leave that song off of *any* list, even if it is over-played and over-requested! (Oh, and there are a couple of lines never recorded that I will share when I find them again among my papers.)

Hey, they left Bryan Bowers off'n that list, among other notables! Why can't "they" *ever* get the lists right?!! ;-)


Next?


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Top 100 folk songs
From: greg stephens
Date: 24 Nov 02 - 11:30 AM

Well taking this thread literally its probably asking about American folksongs played on American radio., but I'll try to give a Brit perspective. I have no statistics to hand on radio play, but I would guess that the most radio-played American folk songs in Britain in the last fifty years would be Rock Island Line, Cumberland Gap, Amazing Grace, Tom Dooley and Iko Iko. If you use a broad definition and include contemporary writers who have been influenced by folksong then Blowing in the Wind is bound to be near the top. If you want to throw in British/Irish folk song as well, then Wild Rover,Black velvet Band and Whisky in the Jar will pop into the frame. If you want to inlude Bahaman folksong, I wouldnt be surprised if The Sloop John B doesnt beat them all, given the consistent popularity of the Beachboys for 40 years.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Top 100 folk songs
From: Jeri
Date: 24 Nov 02 - 11:34 AM

Hard to put them in any order other than popularity without statistics. Gotta be numbers somewhere out there!

It may be possible (but a lot of work) to find listings of top 100 records for each year and then select the folk recording.
It's also possible that a magazine has done a "top 100 of all time" listing. I think I once (years ago) saw a listing like that in Rolling Stone, and it was broken down into top 100 R&B, top 100 country, top 100 folk, etc.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Top 100 folk songs
From: greg stephens
Date: 24 Nov 02 - 11:42 AM

All the ones I quoted made the charts, by the way( as we are talking commercial/airplay success rather than value judgements as to song quality). However, I reckon they are all brilliant songs.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Top 100 folk songs
From: saulgoldie
Date: 24 Nov 02 - 12:17 PM

Four Strong Winds (Ian & Sylvia)


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Top 100 folk songs
From: Peter T.
Date: 24 Nov 02 - 01:18 PM

We have had many threads on this theme. You should check the Forum search. yours, Peter T.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Top 100 folk songs
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 24 Nov 02 - 01:20 PM

Wow...a thread that is both hilarious AND informative. Been a while for that on Mudcat.

Thank you GG for those charts. Fascinating to see what the mainstream considers the best of folk, Gospel etc.

So here's my suggestion, instead of saying "Folk Songs" let's just say "songs without drums"!!

Cheers

Rick


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Top 100 folk songs
From: Little Hawk
Date: 24 Nov 02 - 01:48 PM

Also by Ian Tyson: Summer Wages, 24 Hours From Tulsa, Navajo Rug, and numerous others.

Also by Buffy Sainte-Marie: Piney Wood Hills, Cripple Creek, etc...

Also by Leonard Cohen: Bird On A Wire, etc...

And Kris Kristofferson: Me And Bobbie McGee, Help Me Make It Through The Night, Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down, and numerous others.

And Willie Nelson: On The Road Again, You Were Always On My Mind, Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground, and NUMEROUS others.

It's really endless.

- LH


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Top 100 folk songs
From: Don Firth
Date: 24 Nov 02 - 02:01 PM

Here we go, trying to nail Jell-O to the wall again. Another excellent example that the term "folk music" has become totally meaningless.

Don Firth


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Top 100 folk songs
From: saulgoldie
Date: 24 Nov 02 - 02:15 PM

Well, Don (and not meaning to start a fistfight like I just witnessed on another thread) can we start by suggesting that if it is played by a sax-a-mo-phone, vibes, and an anorexic pastey white guy wearing a beret singing obscure poetry, that it is likely not folk? How 'bout a 120-piece orchestra that has to read its music from pages and be led by a conductor? Or how about if there're three or four barely-dressed (and also anorexic) men with lots of body piercings and paint prancing wildly 'round the stage and projected by 2 dozen of the biggest Marshall stacks? (I may have that number wrong; I don't know Marshall stacks from bung stacks. I just remember hearing the term from some rockers, is all.) Would that not probably *not* be folk to most of us?

I concede that a very tight and workable definition is allusive. But I also assert that it is possible to have a general sense of it. And I think that most of what has been suggested fits. So how do *you* give meaning to the term "folk music?" No, seriously.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Top 100 folk songs
From: greg stephens
Date: 24 Nov 02 - 02:50 PM

Well I'm with Don.i tried to list songs that would be generally agreed to be folksongs by the consensus of Mudcatters. cant say many of those listed so far would fit that description.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Top 100 folk songs
From: saulgoldie
Date: 24 Nov 02 - 03:23 PM

I am not trying to be argumentative, but I am truly wondering, now. I thought I had an idea, but perhaps I really don't. What might it be about the songs that disqualify them as "folk songs" and on what basis do you suggest that other 'Catters would also disqualify them?

Is it who wrote it? The circumstances of how, when, where, and for what reason it was written? Is it a question of who sings it and how much money they make, or if they are in it for the "wrong" reason? Does having it played on the radio make it *less* of a folk song? Does Is it a question of what instruments are used or specifically excluded? If it has the blessing of some academic entity, does that disqualify it as a tru folk song? Is it a matter of where it is played and under what circumstances? Flip side: what constitutes a "legitimate" folk song? Anyone else? If the songs I listed are not folk songs, than I have to seriously rethink my life.

Didn't really mean to devolve into this, as it is not really (I think) what Robert was asking, and it has probably already been beaten pretty well to death and beyond in other threads that I have not searched for yet. But it came up here, so I am going with it.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Top 100 folk songs
From: GUEST,Robert
Date: 24 Nov 02 - 03:48 PM


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Top 100 folk songs
From: GUEST,Robert
Date: 24 Nov 02 - 03:55 PM

You have all given me the answers I need. I have received more answers than I had ever hoped for. I will compile all of it and let you know what I came up with.

I am trying to put together the top 100 best recognized "folk" songs from the last 50 years. As I myself am 52, I think of the songs from the 60's...the Joan Biaz, James Taylor, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Peter, Paul and Mary, Judy Collins, Simon and Garfunkel, Arlo, etc.

Thank you sooooo much....keep it coming.....


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Top 100 folk songs
From: mmb
Date: 24 Nov 02 - 04:01 PM

Jeri - -
    Re: your 10:28 AM posting - the only "roots" performance(s) I can think of as commerically successful in recent times is those on the Sound Track of "O Brother, Where Art Thou?". I heard interviews on NPR with an elderly man whose version of one of the songs was used, and also with the young girls who have learned all of their singing directly through their family tradition. Sorry I don't have the CD, and can't recall the names.

      It was really enlightening to see Saulgoldie's posting mentioning the "Vanguard Roots of Folk CD." I didn't look to see "how many seconds passed" before the thread drifted, but thanks to those who contributed additional info.   

    Now, off to Springsteen in Tampa. (Would any of his acoustic material make the list?)    M.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Top 100 folk songs
From: GUEST,lardingo
Date: 24 Nov 02 - 05:58 PM

My old buddy Max Hunter used to say, If you write me a folk song, I'll make you an antique."


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Top 100 folk songs
From: Hrothgar
Date: 25 Nov 02 - 03:30 AM

Those Grammy awards cast a wide net, don't they?

Can we turn this around into a discussion of what is folk music?

Running, faster and faster ....


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Top 100 folk songs
From: GUEST,Arkie
Date: 25 Nov 02 - 11:34 AM

Ran on to this a little late, but would like to add a few more titles I do not recall seeing in the above lists -



On Top Of Old Smoky

Lavender's Blue

Tennessee Stud

Long Chain On

Blue Tail Fly

Sloop John B.

In the Jailhouse Now

House of the Rising Sun


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate
  Share Thread:
More...

Reply to Thread
Subject:  Help
From:
Preview   Automatic Linebreaks   Make a link ("blue clicky")


Mudcat time: 1 November 2:06 AM EDT

[ Home ]

All original material is copyright © 1998 by the Mudcat Café Music Foundation, Inc. All photos, music, images, etc. are copyright © by their rightful owners. Every effort is taken to attribute appropriate copyright to images, content, music, etc. We are not a copyright resource.