The Roots Music Report's
Top Contemporary Folk Song Chart
for the Year of 2017

 
Rank Song Title Band/Artist Name
1Freedom HighwayRhiannon Giddens
2Come Back DownT Sisters
3Please ExplainCatie Curtis
4It's Your Voodoo WorkingEilen Jewell
5BlessingsDarden Smith
6Pictures on My Phone (Live)John Craigie
7ShakedownValerie June
8Love Will Win the WarDarden Smith
9BustedThe Dustbowl Revival
10Can't Stop WorkingNeil Young
11Worried MindEilen Jewell
12Lucifer and the Fallen AngelsRay Wylie Hubbard
13Better Get It Right the First TimeRhiannon Giddens
14Astral PlaneValerie June
15Guardian AngelTim O'Brien
16Where the River Meets the RoadTim O'Brien
17SpringMouths of Babes
18Strike the BellsRayna Gellert
19Got SoulValerie June
20Workin's Too HardRayna Gellert
21When It Comes My TurnDavid Myles
22Lean into LoveElaine Mahon
23Reach for the StarsElaine Mahon
24I'm a Little Mixed UpEilen Jewell
25Big CreekPint & a Half
26Going HomeJoe Jencks
27Ether's ArmsLenore
28Take You AwayChristian Lopez Band
29DestituteChristopher Paul Stelling
30Way over YonderThe Small Glories
31Sake of the SongHayes Carll
32You Are Not AloneElaine Mahon
33Wondrous TravelerThe Small Glories
34Rolling HomeElaine Mahon
35My Hometown's Not My Hometown AnymoreJim Patton & Sherry Brokus
36Crazy Mixed Up WorldEilen Jewell
37Blindly BelievingThe Waifs
38Shadows DancingElaine Mahon
39A Song for MaryJudy Nazemetz
40WaysideMark Erelli
41The Way BackJudy Nazemetz
42Tell the Devil I'm Gettin' There As Fast As I Can (with Lucinda Williams and Eric Church) [feat. Eric Church & Lucinda Williams]Ray Wylie Hubbard
43Behind That Locked DoorJudy Nazemetz
44Cumberland GapDave Rawlings
45We Sang Our Songs in CaliforniaArt Podell
46You've Heard My Voice (And You Know My Name)Art Podell
47One Simple WaltzMicah & Mark Atkinson
48Worried MindTravis Linville
49But then You SmileArt Podell
50All My LifeFlatt Lonesome
51Windy MountainTim O'Brien
52Turtle DoveDori Freeman
53At the Purchaser's OptionRhiannon Giddens
54Dear John or JaneJoy Zimmerman
55Say My Name (For Camille Claudel)Joy Zimmerman
56Higher PlaceJoy Zimmerman
57Rub Some Dirt on ItPaul Lee Arnoldi
58Sweet BirdJoy Zimmerman
59Jump on inJoy Zimmerman
60Moonshine FreezeThis Is the Kit
61Old WolfRay Wylie Hubbard
62Blackleg MinerOffa Rex
63Sometimes You've Got to Do Bad Things to Do GoodMatt Patershuk
64Come on over My HouseDave Rawlings
65Got the BluesCarlo Grimelli
66Just Say It NowDori Freeman
67Spread Some LoveCarlo Grimelli
682 StepCarlo Grimelli
69PandoraCarlo Grimelli
7021 DaysCarlo Grimelli
71Devil Said DoLynne Hanson
72Best of YouOrdinary Elephant
73On My Way TonightQuiles & Cloud
74Last CigaretteAnna Tivel
75Put 'Em Up SolidDave Rawlings
76Natural CausesRon Renninger
77Polyamorous PollyannTaarka
78Had I PaidThe Small Glories
79Time and the RiverArt Podell
80Driftin DanTimmy Abell
81GypsyMatt Patershuk
82Golden ApplesArt Podell
83Black SnakeTim Grimm and the Family Band
84The JukeBrigitte DeMeyer
85A Little RoomRob Lutes
86Baby BoyRhiannon Giddens
87DenaliElaine Mahon
88CaliforniaBeth Wood
89Don't Let Your Heart Be TroubledMadison Violet
90So Many LettersTracy Newman and the Reinforcements
91Over ThereDori Freeman
92Fade AwayAvenhart
93Watch It FallJoseph Eid
94I DreamChimney Choir
95HomeDarden Smith
96If andValerie June
97MariaI Draw Slow
98Halfway HeartHeather Platts
99GravityAmelia Curran
100I'd Rather Be the DevilRed Tail Ring
101Hey BébéRhiannon Giddens
102Following the North StarRhiannon Giddens
103Peace TrailNeil Young
104Broken with YouLynne Hanson
105Further Down the LineScott Cook
106God Looked AroundRay Wylie Hubbard
107Riverside HotelAnna Tivel
108Higher GroundThe Waifs
109Same As I Ever Have BeenMatt Patershuk
110Dark ChandelierAnna Tivel
111The JokeBrandi Carlile
112The Angels Laid Him AwayRhiannon Giddens
113Same SunMadison Violet
114Ordinary DanceAnna Tivel
115Empty NestHeather Platts
116Speed BumpHeather Platts
117TiptoesHeather Platts
118Runnin' It RedHeather Platts
119WildflowersThe Wailin' Jennys
120Counting HeartbeatsLynne Hanson
121Eyes Brand NewZoe & Cloyd
122Railroad ManOrdinary Elephant
123Something's ComingThe Waifs
124Midnight TrainDave Rawlings
125Wayfaring Stanger/June AppleCindy Novelo
126Silver MoonCindy Novelo
127Let Me inJoseph Eid
128DiaryJoseph Eid
129Starting overJoseph Eid
130The Last SongPeter Mulvey
131Grandma's HandsTim O'Brien
132Highway of PainFlatt Lonesome
133My PortionI Draw Slow
134The Way It DimmedAmanda Shires
135Y'all Means AllJohn McCutcheon
136Debtors' PrisonThe Dustbowl Revival
137Highest BuildingAnna Tivel
138Wild SunThe Strumbellas
139Just for NowLynne Hanson
140Always on the RunCarrie Elkin
141I'd Do if for YouJim Bruno
142MarieJim Bruno
143Say Mama DayJim Bruno
144Walk That Lonesome ValleyScott Cook
145These Rollin' HillsTim Grimm and the Family Band
146That's All RightDori Freeman
147I Want to See the Bright Lights TonightDori Freeman
148California RainJim Bruno
149Dial ToneAnna Tivel
150By the Rio GrandeQuiles & Cloud
151Take Me Dancing (feat. Birds of Chicago)Mouths of Babes
152Accidental ThiefMatt The Electrician
153Who Do You Run FormFrances Luke Accord
154Leave Me BreathlessAne Brun
155MosquitoChris Ronald
156Cuba isSusan Werner
157Yonder Comes a SuckerDori Freeman
158My Old Brown Coat and MeTim O'Brien
159A Stranger in This TimeTim Grimm
160A Handmade LifeJill Freeman
161Letters from MurdertownJill Freeman
162No HandsJill Freeman
163Welcome to the BonehouseJill Freeman
164The Light That Leads Me ThereJill Freeman
165AirplaneDave Rawlings
166Paper KitesBeth Wood
167Run to YouBeth Wood
168Black Coal TrainBeth Wood
169Gone Too SoonBeth Wood
170Little Patch of SkyLarry Murante
171Ball and ChainLarry Murante
172Every Now and thenJan Seides
173High Hopes for YouJan Seides
174Gotta DanceJan Seides
175Thinking of YouJan Seides
176Books Pliés and SorrowsLarry Murante
177EverythingDarden Smith
178Told a Lie to My HeartHarrow Fair
179DishonestyJan Seides
180IllinoisAnna Tivel
181While We're HereCatie Curtis
182You Can't Take BackSky Smeed
183Cry Like a BabySky Smeed
184Won't Go to WorkSky Smeed
185Lovers on the RunDori Freeman
186Cold WavesDori Freeman
187You'll Be MineEilen Jewell
188The Miner (feat. Dustin Bentall)Barney Bentall
189Ready for the DarkLarry Murante
190Fall Down As the RainJoe Crookston
191White FlagRose Cousins
192Movin' on Down That LineFireside Collective
193American FlowersBirds Of Chicago
194She Holds onMichael Howard
195I Will Be Your ManHarrow Fair
196Humble & KindLori McKenna
197The FireflyJoy Zimmerman
198Steal My HeartJoy Zimmerman
199Underground RailroadZoe & Cloyd
200Slip Slide on byValerie June
201Nearing HomeSamantha Fish
202SirensPierce Edens
203Love is BlindJillette Johnson
204Waiting to Give (feat. FY5)Gabrielle Louise
205Come Love ComeRhiannon Giddens
206Garage FlowersI Draw Slow
207Jewel of the Caspian SeaZoe & Cloyd
208Son Volt Came to TownDeb Talan
209Sweet FloridaElaine Mahon
210Frontier WaltzZoe & Cloyd
211Rise Again, Handsome JohnnyTom Russell
212Workin' Woman BluesValerie June
213The SunLenore
214You Are LovedCatie Curtis
215Ern & Zorry's Sneakin' Bitin' DogDori Freeman
216High Flying BirdTim O'Brien
217Hungry GhostLarry Murante
218FrydSVER
219If I Could Make You My OwnDori Freeman
220My Love (The Storm)Amanda Shires
221Hard RoadTim Grimm and the Family Band
222Old Stone WallZoe & Cloyd
223Weeping WillowRebecca Loebe
224CarolinaI Draw Slow
225When the Mist Clears AwayTim O'Brien
226Farewell to FiunaryZoe & Cloyd
227The Last HoboTom Paxton
228Hitch to My GitalongTom Paxton
229Look UpElaine Mahon
230AfterglowElaine Mahon
231When My Mother SingsElaine Mahon
232ShineElaine Mahon
233RebekahElaine Mahon
234The Other Side of MidnightElaine Mahon
235SpringElaine Mahon
236Gently Please Tell Me GoodbyeFlatt Lonesome
237AlleywayAnna Tivel
238Heavy EyesLenore
239BreatheLenore
240Among the TreesScott Cook
241Got overThe Dustbowl Revival
242Learning to FallJim Patton & Sherry Brokus
243Down Hearted BluesEilen Jewell
244How Quickly Your Heart MendsCourtney Marie Andrews
245Alone with YouDerek W. Curtis
246The Once and Future QueenJohn Paul White
247Old Red BarnPorter Nickerson
248You Gonna Miss MeEilen Jewell
249Walking with FrankieEilen Jewell
250Running on EmptyZoe & Cloyd
251Mama Always SaidScott Cook
252Happy 'Til He ComesFlatt Lonesome
253The Devil There TooPierce Edens
254Birmingham SundayRhiannon Giddens
255Down to the RiverDarrell Scott
256The Things He SawOrdinary Elephant
257535 (Are You Even Alive)Harpeth Rising
258DriveHat Check Girl
259CurrencyHat Check Girl
260SoftballCaroline Spence
261We Don't TalkDeb Talan
262Somewhere off the Foot of This MountainThe Malvinas
263In BloomPorter Nickerson
264Boulder to BirminghamThe Wailin' Jennys
265Heaven's Wherever You AreEllis Paul
266Widow's WalkDerek W. Curtis
267Tired Old WorldJulie Bennett Hume
268Caliban in the Coal MinesJulie Bennett Hume
269Let's All Go Down to the RiverZoe & Cloyd
270I Did Not Make the WorldHarpeth Rising
271Blank Pages and Lost WagesMatt Patershuk
272Memory and the First Law of ThermodynamicsMatt Patershuk
273New GristScott Cook
274AdiosEric Taylor
275Texas TexasEric Taylor
276DeadwoodEric Taylor
277Free from PrisonErin Eades
278Road TripDerek W. Curtis
279Well's Run DryJulie Bennett Hume
280Sad Fool with a GunJulie Bennett Hume
281Wrong PlaceJulie Bennett Hume
282My Country HomeNeil Young
283If You Could See Me NowThe Dustbowl Revival
284Big ThoughtsAlastair Moock
285The Fiona You'll Never KnowAlec Lytle & Them Rounders
286Last Kind WordsRhiannon Giddens
287Long TrainPat Fitzgerald & Robin Dale Ford
288Rather Be FreeHeather Maloney
289Crocodile ManTerri Hendrix
290A Road Less Traveled (feat. David Crosby)Kenny White
291CyberspaceKenny White
2924000 Reasons to RunKenny White
293I'll Cry TomorrowJude Johnstone
294Honey BeeBrigitte DeMeyer
295Rainy DayBrigitte DeMeyer
296Broken FencesBrigitte DeMeyer
297Eleonor's SongTom Paxton
29848 Hours in TraitorlandNathan Bell
299YellowjacketStephen Fearing
300Rock & RollAaron Burdett
 

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