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
43Fearless (All In)Raveis Kole
44Cumberland GapDave Rawlings
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
68Just Say It NowDori Freeman
69Spread Some LoveCarlo Grimelli
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
133I Want to See the Bright Lights TonightDori Freeman
134California RainJim Bruno
135By the Rio GrandeQuiles & Cloud
136Take Me Dancing (feat. Birds of Chicago)Mouths of Babes
137Accidental ThiefMatt The Electrician
138MosquitoChris Ronald
139Cuba isSusan Werner
140Yonder Comes a SuckerDori Freeman
141My Old Brown Coat and MeTim O'Brien
142A Handmade LifeJill Freeman
143Letters from MurdertownJill Freeman
144No HandsJill Freeman
145Welcome to the BonehouseJill Freeman
146The Light That Leads Me ThereJill Freeman
147AirplaneDave Rawlings
148Paper KitesBeth Wood
149Run to YouBeth Wood
150Black Coal TrainBeth Wood
151Gone Too SoonBeth Wood
152Little Patch of SkyLarry Murante
153Ball and ChainLarry Murante
154Every Now and thenJan Seides
155High Hopes for YouJan Seides
156Gotta DanceJan Seides
157Thinking of YouJan Seides
158Books Pliés and SorrowsLarry Murante
159EverythingDarden Smith
160Told a Lie to My HeartHarrow Fair
161DishonestyJan Seides
162IllinoisAnna Tivel
163While We're HereCatie Curtis
164Lovers on the RunDori Freeman
165Cold WavesDori Freeman
166You'll Be MineEilen Jewell
167The Miner (feat. Dustin Bentall)Barney Bentall
168Ready for the DarkLarry Murante
169White FlagRose Cousins
170Movin' on Down That LineFireside Collective
171I Will Be Your ManHarrow Fair
172Humble & KindLori McKenna
173The FireflyJoy Zimmerman
174Steal My HeartJoy Zimmerman
175Underground RailroadZoe & Cloyd
176Slip Slide on byValerie June
177Nearing HomeSamantha Fish
178Love is BlindJillette Johnson
179Waiting to Give (feat. FY5)Gabrielle Louise
180Come Love ComeRhiannon Giddens
181Garage FlowersI Draw Slow
182Jewel of the Caspian SeaZoe & Cloyd
183Son Volt Came to TownDeb Talan
184Sweet FloridaElaine Mahon
185Frontier WaltzZoe & Cloyd
186Rise Again, Handsome JohnnyTom Russell
187Workin' Woman BluesValerie June
188You Are LovedCatie Curtis
189Ern & Zorry's Sneakin' Bitin' DogDori Freeman
190High Flying BirdTim O'Brien
191Hungry GhostLarry Murante
193If I Could Make You My OwnDori Freeman
194My Love (The Storm)Amanda Shires
195Hard RoadTim Grimm and the Family Band
196Old Stone WallZoe & Cloyd
197Weeping WillowRebecca Loebe
198CarolinaI Draw Slow
199When the Mist Clears AwayTim O'Brien
200Farewell to FiunaryZoe & Cloyd

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