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
10Worried MindEilen Jewell
11Lucifer and the Fallen AngelsRay Wylie Hubbard
12Better Get It Right the First TimeRhiannon Giddens
13Astral PlaneValerie June
14Guardian AngelTim O'Brien
15Where the River Meets the RoadTim O'Brien
16SpringMouths of Babes
17Strike the BellsRayna Gellert
18Got SoulValerie June
19Workin's Too HardRayna Gellert
20When It Comes My TurnDavid Myles
21Lean into LoveElaine Mahon
22Reach for the StarsElaine Mahon
23I'm a Little Mixed UpEilen Jewell
24Big CreekPint & a Half
25Going HomeJoe Jencks
26Ether's ArmsLenore
27Take You AwayChristian Lopez Band
28DestituteChristopher Paul Stelling
29Way over YonderThe Small Glories
30Sake of the SongHayes Carll
31You Are Not AloneElaine Mahon
32Wondrous TravelerThe Small Glories
33Rolling HomeElaine Mahon
34Crazy Mixed Up WorldEilen Jewell
35Blindly BelievingThe Waifs
36Shadows DancingElaine Mahon
37A Song for MaryJudy Nazemetz
38WaysideMark Erelli
39The Way BackJudy Nazemetz
40Tell 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
41Electric Blue DandelionRaveis Kole
42Behind That Locked DoorJudy Nazemetz
43Cumberland GapDave Rawlings
44Fearless (All In)Raveis Kole
45Holding Onto a RainbowRaveis Kole
46Dawn Breaks ThroughRaveis Kole
47AlohaRaveis Kole
48We Sang Our Songs in CaliforniaArt Podell
49You've Heard My Voice (And You Know My Name)Art Podell
50One Simple WaltzMicah & Mark Atkinson
51Worried MindTravis Linville
52But then You SmileArt Podell
53All My LifeFlatt Lonesome
54Windy MountainTim O'Brien
55Turtle DoveDori Freeman
56At the Purchaser's OptionRhiannon Giddens
57Dear John or JaneJoy Zimmerman
58Say My Name (For Camille Claudel)Joy Zimmerman
59Higher PlaceJoy Zimmerman
60Sweet BirdJoy Zimmerman
61Jump on inJoy Zimmerman
62Moonshine FreezeThis Is the Kit
63Old WolfRay Wylie Hubbard
64Blackleg MinerOffa Rex
65Sometimes You've Got to Do Bad Things to Do GoodMatt Patershuk
66Come on over My HouseDave Rawlings
67Got the BluesCarlo Grimelli
68Spread Some LoveCarlo Grimelli
69Just Say It NowDori Freeman
702 StepCarlo Grimelli
71PandoraCarlo Grimelli
7221 DaysCarlo Grimelli
73Devil Said DoLynne Hanson
74Best of YouOrdinary Elephant
75On My Way TonightQuiles & Cloud
76Last CigaretteAnna Tivel
77Put 'Em Up SolidDave Rawlings
78Natural CausesRon Renninger
79Polyamorous PollyannTaarka
80Had I PaidThe Small Glories
81Time and the RiverArt Podell
82Driftin DanTimmy Abell
83GypsyMatt Patershuk
84Golden ApplesArt Podell
85Black SnakeTim Grimm and the Family Band
86The JukeBrigitte DeMeyer
87A Little RoomRob Lutes
88Baby BoyRhiannon Giddens
89DenaliElaine Mahon
90CaliforniaBeth Wood
91Don't Let Your Heart Be TroubledMadison Violet
92So Many LettersTracy Newman and the Reinforcements
93Over ThereDori Freeman
94HomeDarden Smith
95If andValerie June
96MariaI Draw Slow
97GravityAmelia Curran
98I'd Rather Be the DevilRed Tail Ring
99Hey BébéRhiannon Giddens
100Following the North StarRhiannon Giddens
101Peace TrailNeil Young
102Broken with YouLynne Hanson
103God Looked AroundRay Wylie Hubbard
104Riverside HotelAnna Tivel
105Higher GroundThe Waifs
106Same As I Ever Have BeenMatt Patershuk
107Dark ChandelierAnna Tivel
108The JokeBrandi Carlile
109The Angels Laid Him AwayRhiannon Giddens
110Same SunMadison Violet
111Ordinary DanceAnna Tivel
112WildflowersThe Wailin' Jennys
113Counting HeartbeatsLynne Hanson
114Eyes Brand NewZoe & Cloyd
115Railroad ManOrdinary Elephant
116Something's ComingThe Waifs
117Midnight TrainDave Rawlings
118The Last SongPeter Mulvey
119Grandma's HandsTim O'Brien
120Highway of PainFlatt Lonesome
121My PortionI Draw Slow
122The Way It DimmedAmanda Shires
123Y'all Means AllJohn McCutcheon
124Debtors' PrisonThe Dustbowl Revival
125Highest BuildingAnna Tivel
126Just for NowLynne Hanson
127Always on the RunCarrie Elkin
128I'd Do if for YouJim Bruno
129MarieJim Bruno
130Say Mama DayJim Bruno
131These Rollin' HillsTim Grimm and the Family Band
132That's All RightDori Freeman
133California RainJim Bruno
134By the Rio GrandeQuiles & Cloud
135Take Me Dancing (feat. Birds of Chicago)Mouths of Babes
136Accidental ThiefMatt The Electrician
137MosquitoChris Ronald
138Cuba isSusan Werner
139Yonder Comes a SuckerDori Freeman
140My Old Brown Coat and MeTim O'Brien
141A Handmade LifeJill Freeman
142Letters from MurdertownJill Freeman
143No HandsJill Freeman
144Welcome to the BonehouseJill Freeman
145The Light That Leads Me ThereJill Freeman
146AirplaneDave Rawlings
147Paper KitesBeth Wood
148Run to YouBeth Wood
149Black Coal TrainBeth Wood
150Gone Too SoonBeth Wood
151Little Patch of SkyLarry Murante
152Ball and ChainLarry Murante
153Every Now and thenJan Seides
154High Hopes for YouJan Seides
155Gotta DanceJan Seides
156Thinking of YouJan Seides
157Books Pliés and SorrowsLarry Murante
158EverythingDarden Smith
159Told a Lie to My HeartHarrow Fair
160DishonestyJan Seides
161IllinoisAnna Tivel
162While We're HereCatie Curtis
163Lovers on the RunDori Freeman
164Cold WavesDori Freeman
165You'll Be MineEilen Jewell
166The Miner (feat. Dustin Bentall)Barney Bentall
167Ready for the DarkLarry Murante
168White FlagRose Cousins
169Movin' on Down That LineFireside Collective
170I Will Be Your ManHarrow Fair
171Humble & KindLori McKenna
172The FireflyJoy Zimmerman
173Steal My HeartJoy Zimmerman
174Underground RailroadZoe & Cloyd
175Slip Slide on byValerie June
176Nearing HomeSamantha Fish
177Love is BlindJillette Johnson
178Waiting to Give (feat. FY5)Gabrielle Louise
179Come Love ComeRhiannon Giddens
180Garage FlowersI Draw Slow
181Jewel of the Caspian SeaZoe & Cloyd
182Son Volt Came to TownDeb Talan
183Sweet FloridaElaine Mahon
184Frontier WaltzZoe & Cloyd
185Rise Again, Handsome JohnnyTom Russell
186Workin' Woman BluesValerie June
187You Are LovedCatie Curtis
188High Flying BirdTim O'Brien
189Hungry GhostLarry Murante
190FrydSVER
191My Love (The Storm)Amanda Shires
192Hard RoadTim Grimm and the Family Band
193Old Stone WallZoe & Cloyd
194Weeping WillowRebecca Loebe
195CarolinaI Draw Slow
196When the Mist Clears AwayTim O'Brien
197Farewell to FiunaryZoe & Cloyd
198The Last HoboTom Paxton
199Hitch to My GitalongTom Paxton
200Look UpElaine Mahon
 

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