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
35Crazy Mixed Up WorldEilen Jewell
36Blindly BelievingThe Waifs
37Shadows DancingElaine Mahon
38A Song for MaryJudy Nazemetz
39WaysideMark Erelli
40The Way BackJudy Nazemetz
41Tell 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
42Electric Blue DandelionRaveis Kole
43Behind That Locked DoorJudy Nazemetz
44Fearless (All In)Raveis Kole
45Cumberland GapDave Rawlings
46Holding Onto a RainbowRaveis Kole
47Dawn Breaks ThroughRaveis Kole
48AlohaRaveis Kole
49We Sang Our Songs in CaliforniaArt Podell
50You've Heard My Voice (And You Know My Name)Art Podell
51One Simple WaltzMicah & Mark Atkinson
52Worried MindTravis Linville
53But then You SmileArt Podell
54All My LifeFlatt Lonesome
55Windy MountainTim O'Brien
56Turtle DoveDori Freeman
57At the Purchaser's OptionRhiannon Giddens
58Dear John or JaneJoy Zimmerman
59Say My Name (For Camille Claudel)Joy Zimmerman
60Higher PlaceJoy Zimmerman
61Rub Some Dirt on ItPaul Lee Arnoldi
62Sweet BirdJoy Zimmerman
63Jump on inJoy Zimmerman
64Moonshine FreezeThis Is the Kit
65Old WolfRay Wylie Hubbard
66Blackleg MinerOffa Rex
67Sometimes You've Got to Do Bad Things to Do GoodMatt Patershuk
68Come on over My HouseDave Rawlings
69Got the BluesCarlo Grimelli
70Just Say It NowDori Freeman
71Spread Some LoveCarlo Grimelli
722 StepCarlo Grimelli
73PandoraCarlo Grimelli
7421 DaysCarlo Grimelli
75Devil Said DoLynne Hanson
76Best of YouOrdinary Elephant
77On My Way TonightQuiles & Cloud
78Last CigaretteAnna Tivel
79Put 'Em Up SolidDave Rawlings
80Natural CausesRon Renninger
81Polyamorous PollyannTaarka
82Had I PaidThe Small Glories
83Time and the RiverArt Podell
84Driftin DanTimmy Abell
85GypsyMatt Patershuk
86Golden ApplesArt Podell
87Black SnakeTim Grimm and the Family Band
88The JukeBrigitte DeMeyer
89A Little RoomRob Lutes
90Baby BoyRhiannon Giddens
91DenaliElaine Mahon
92CaliforniaBeth Wood
93Don't Let Your Heart Be TroubledMadison Violet
94So Many LettersTracy Newman and the Reinforcements
95Over ThereDori Freeman
96Fade AwayAvenhart
97Watch It FallJoseph Eid
98I DreamChimney Choir
99HomeDarden Smith
100If andValerie June
101MariaI Draw Slow
102Halfway HeartHeather Platts
103GravityAmelia Curran
104I'd Rather Be the DevilRed Tail Ring
105Hey BébéRhiannon Giddens
106Following the North StarRhiannon Giddens
107Peace TrailNeil Young
108Broken with YouLynne Hanson
109Further Down the LineScott Cook
110God Looked AroundRay Wylie Hubbard
111Riverside HotelAnna Tivel
112Higher GroundThe Waifs
113Same As I Ever Have BeenMatt Patershuk
114Dark ChandelierAnna Tivel
115The JokeBrandi Carlile
116The Angels Laid Him AwayRhiannon Giddens
117Same SunMadison Violet
118Ordinary DanceAnna Tivel
119Empty NestHeather Platts
120Speed BumpHeather Platts
121TiptoesHeather Platts
122Runnin' It RedHeather Platts
123WildflowersThe Wailin' Jennys
124Counting HeartbeatsLynne Hanson
125Eyes Brand NewZoe & Cloyd
126Railroad ManOrdinary Elephant
127Something's ComingThe Waifs
128Midnight TrainDave Rawlings
129Wayfaring Stanger/June AppleCindy Novelo
130Silver MoonCindy Novelo
131Let Me inJoseph Eid
132DiaryJoseph Eid
133Starting overJoseph Eid
134The Last SongPeter Mulvey
135Grandma's HandsTim O'Brien
136Highway of PainFlatt Lonesome
137My PortionI Draw Slow
138The Way It DimmedAmanda Shires
139Y'all Means AllJohn McCutcheon
140Debtors' PrisonThe Dustbowl Revival
141Highest BuildingAnna Tivel
142Wild SunThe Strumbellas
143Just for NowLynne Hanson
144Always on the RunCarrie Elkin
145I'd Do if for YouJim Bruno
146MarieJim Bruno
147Say Mama DayJim Bruno
148Walk That Lonesome ValleyScott Cook
149These Rollin' HillsTim Grimm and the Family Band
150That's All RightDori Freeman
151I Want to See the Bright Lights TonightDori Freeman
152California RainJim Bruno
153Dial ToneAnna Tivel
154By the Rio GrandeQuiles & Cloud
155Take Me Dancing (feat. Birds of Chicago)Mouths of Babes
156Accidental ThiefMatt The Electrician
157Who Do You Run FormFrances Luke Accord
158Leave Me BreathlessAne Brun
159MosquitoChris Ronald
160Cuba isSusan Werner
161Yonder Comes a SuckerDori Freeman
162My Old Brown Coat and MeTim O'Brien
163A Stranger in This TimeTim Grimm
164A Handmade LifeJill Freeman
165Letters from MurdertownJill Freeman
166No HandsJill Freeman
167Welcome to the BonehouseJill Freeman
168The Light That Leads Me ThereJill Freeman
169AirplaneDave Rawlings
170Paper KitesBeth Wood
171Run to YouBeth Wood
172Black Coal TrainBeth Wood
173Gone Too SoonBeth Wood
174Little Patch of SkyLarry Murante
175Ball and ChainLarry Murante
176Every Now and thenJan Seides
177High Hopes for YouJan Seides
178Gotta DanceJan Seides
179Thinking of YouJan Seides
180Books Pliés and SorrowsLarry Murante
181EverythingDarden Smith
182Told a Lie to My HeartHarrow Fair
183DishonestyJan Seides
184IllinoisAnna Tivel
185While We're HereCatie Curtis
186You Can't Take BackSky Smeed
187Cry Like a BabySky Smeed
188Won't Go to WorkSky Smeed
189Lovers on the RunDori Freeman
190Cold WavesDori Freeman
191You'll Be MineEilen Jewell
192The Miner (feat. Dustin Bentall)Barney Bentall
193Ready for the DarkLarry Murante
194Fall Down As the RainJoe Crookston
195White FlagRose Cousins
196Movin' on Down That LineFireside Collective
197American FlowersBirds Of Chicago
198She Holds onMichael Howard
199I Will Be Your ManHarrow Fair
200Humble & KindLori McKenna
201The FireflyJoy Zimmerman
202Steal My HeartJoy Zimmerman
203Underground RailroadZoe & Cloyd
204Slip Slide on byValerie June
205Nearing HomeSamantha Fish
206SirensPierce Edens
207Love is BlindJillette Johnson
208Waiting to Give (feat. FY5)Gabrielle Louise
209Come Love ComeRhiannon Giddens
210Garage FlowersI Draw Slow
211Jewel of the Caspian SeaZoe & Cloyd
212Son Volt Came to TownDeb Talan
213Sweet FloridaElaine Mahon
214Frontier WaltzZoe & Cloyd
215Rise Again, Handsome JohnnyTom Russell
216Workin' Woman BluesValerie June
217The SunLenore
218You Are LovedCatie Curtis
219Ern & Zorry's Sneakin' Bitin' DogDori Freeman
220High Flying BirdTim O'Brien
221Hungry GhostLarry Murante
223If I Could Make You My OwnDori Freeman
224My Love (The Storm)Amanda Shires
225Hard RoadTim Grimm and the Family Band
226Old Stone WallZoe & Cloyd
227Weeping WillowRebecca Loebe
228CarolinaI Draw Slow
229When the Mist Clears AwayTim O'Brien
230Farewell to FiunaryZoe & Cloyd
231The Last HoboTom Paxton
232Hitch to My GitalongTom Paxton
233Look UpElaine Mahon
234AfterglowElaine Mahon
235When My Mother SingsElaine Mahon
236ShineElaine Mahon
237RebekahElaine Mahon
238The Other Side of MidnightElaine Mahon
239SpringElaine Mahon
240Gently Please Tell Me GoodbyeFlatt Lonesome
241AlleywayAnna Tivel
242Heavy EyesLenore
244Among the TreesScott Cook
245Got overThe Dustbowl Revival
246Down Hearted BluesEilen Jewell
247How Quickly Your Heart MendsCourtney Marie Andrews
248Alone with YouDerek W. Curtis
249The Once and Future QueenJohn Paul White
250Old Red BarnPorter Nickerson
251You Gonna Miss MeEilen Jewell
252Walking with FrankieEilen Jewell
253Running on EmptyZoe & Cloyd
254Mama Always SaidScott Cook
255Happy 'Til He ComesFlatt Lonesome
256The Devil There TooPierce Edens
257Birmingham SundayRhiannon Giddens
258Down to the RiverDarrell Scott
259The Things He SawOrdinary Elephant
260535 (Are You Even Alive)Harpeth Rising
261DriveHat Check Girl
262CurrencyHat Check Girl
263SoftballCaroline Spence
264We Don't TalkDeb Talan
265Somewhere off the Foot of This MountainThe Malvinas
266In BloomPorter Nickerson
267Boulder to BirminghamThe Wailin' Jennys
268Heaven's Wherever You AreEllis Paul
269Widow's WalkDerek W. Curtis
270Tired Old WorldJulie Bennett Hume
271Caliban in the Coal MinesJulie Bennett Hume
272Let's All Go Down to the RiverZoe & Cloyd
273I Did Not Make the WorldHarpeth Rising
274Blank Pages and Lost WagesMatt Patershuk
275Memory and the First Law of ThermodynamicsMatt Patershuk
276New GristScott Cook
277AdiosEric Taylor
278Texas TexasEric Taylor
279DeadwoodEric Taylor
280Free from PrisonErin Eades
281Road TripDerek W. Curtis
282Well's Run DryJulie Bennett Hume
283Sad Fool with a GunJulie Bennett Hume
284Wrong PlaceJulie Bennett Hume
285My Country HomeNeil Young
286If You Could See Me NowThe Dustbowl Revival
287Big ThoughtsAlastair Moock
288Last Kind WordsRhiannon Giddens
289Long TrainPat Fitzgerald & Robin Dale Ford
290Rather Be FreeHeather Maloney
291Crocodile ManTerri Hendrix
292A Road Less Traveled (feat. David Crosby)Kenny White
293CyberspaceKenny White
2944000 Reasons to RunKenny White
295I'll Cry TomorrowJude Johnstone
296Honey BeeBrigitte DeMeyer
297Rainy DayBrigitte DeMeyer
298Broken FencesBrigitte DeMeyer
299Eleonor's SongTom Paxton
30048 Hours in TraitorlandNathan Bell

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