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
34My Hometown's Not My Hometown AnymoreJim Patton & Sherry Brokus
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
42Behind That Locked DoorJudy Nazemetz
43Cumberland GapDave Rawlings
44We Sang Our Songs in CaliforniaArt Podell
45You've Heard My Voice (And You Know My Name)Art Podell
46One Simple WaltzMicah & Mark Atkinson
47Worried MindTravis Linville
48But then You SmileArt Podell
49All My LifeFlatt Lonesome
50Windy MountainTim O'Brien
51Turtle DoveDori Freeman
52At the Purchaser's OptionRhiannon Giddens
53Dear John or JaneJoy Zimmerman
54Say My Name (For Camille Claudel)Joy Zimmerman
55Higher PlaceJoy Zimmerman
56Sweet BirdJoy Zimmerman
57Jump on inJoy Zimmerman
58Moonshine FreezeThis Is the Kit
59Old WolfRay Wylie Hubbard
60Blackleg MinerOffa Rex
61Sometimes You've Got to Do Bad Things to Do GoodMatt Patershuk
62Come on over My HouseDave Rawlings
63Got the BluesCarlo Grimelli
64Just Say It NowDori Freeman
65Spread Some LoveCarlo Grimelli
662 StepCarlo Grimelli
67PandoraCarlo Grimelli
6821 DaysCarlo Grimelli
69Devil Said DoLynne Hanson
70Best of YouOrdinary Elephant
71On My Way TonightQuiles & Cloud
72Last CigaretteAnna Tivel
73Put 'Em Up SolidDave Rawlings
74Natural CausesRon Renninger
75Polyamorous PollyannTaarka
76Had I PaidThe Small Glories
77Time and the RiverArt Podell
78Driftin DanTimmy Abell
79GypsyMatt Patershuk
80Golden ApplesArt Podell
81Black SnakeTim Grimm and the Family Band
82The JukeBrigitte DeMeyer
83A Little RoomRob Lutes
84Baby BoyRhiannon Giddens
85DenaliElaine Mahon
86CaliforniaBeth Wood
87Don't Let Your Heart Be TroubledMadison Violet
88So Many LettersTracy Newman and the Reinforcements
89Over ThereDori Freeman
90HomeDarden Smith
91If andValerie June
92MariaI Draw Slow
93GravityAmelia Curran
94I'd Rather Be the DevilRed Tail Ring
95Hey BébéRhiannon Giddens
96Following the North StarRhiannon Giddens
97Peace TrailNeil Young
98Broken with YouLynne Hanson
99God Looked AroundRay Wylie Hubbard
100Riverside HotelAnna Tivel
101Higher GroundThe Waifs
102Same As I Ever Have BeenMatt Patershuk
103Dark ChandelierAnna Tivel
104The JokeBrandi Carlile
105The Angels Laid Him AwayRhiannon Giddens
106Same SunMadison Violet
107Ordinary DanceAnna Tivel
108WildflowersThe Wailin' Jennys
109Counting HeartbeatsLynne Hanson
110Eyes Brand NewZoe & Cloyd
111Railroad ManOrdinary Elephant
112Something's ComingThe Waifs
113Midnight TrainDave Rawlings
114The Last SongPeter Mulvey
115Grandma's HandsTim O'Brien
116Highway of PainFlatt Lonesome
117My PortionI Draw Slow
118The Way It DimmedAmanda Shires
119Y'all Means AllJohn McCutcheon
120Debtors' PrisonThe Dustbowl Revival
121Highest BuildingAnna Tivel
122Just for NowLynne Hanson
123Always on the RunCarrie Elkin
124I'd Do if for YouJim Bruno
125MarieJim Bruno
126Say Mama DayJim Bruno
127These Rollin' HillsTim Grimm and the Family Band
128That's All RightDori Freeman
129I Want to See the Bright Lights TonightDori Freeman
130California RainJim Bruno
131By the Rio GrandeQuiles & Cloud
132Take Me Dancing (feat. Birds of Chicago)Mouths of Babes
133Accidental ThiefMatt The Electrician
134MosquitoChris Ronald
135Cuba isSusan Werner
136Yonder Comes a SuckerDori Freeman
137My Old Brown Coat and MeTim O'Brien
138A Handmade LifeJill Freeman
139Letters from MurdertownJill Freeman
140No HandsJill Freeman
141Welcome to the BonehouseJill Freeman
142The Light That Leads Me ThereJill Freeman
143AirplaneDave Rawlings
144Paper KitesBeth Wood
145Run to YouBeth Wood
146Black Coal TrainBeth Wood
147Gone Too SoonBeth Wood
148Little Patch of SkyLarry Murante
149Ball and ChainLarry Murante
150Every Now and thenJan Seides
151High Hopes for YouJan Seides
152Gotta DanceJan Seides
153Thinking of YouJan Seides
154Books Pliés and SorrowsLarry Murante
155EverythingDarden Smith
156Told a Lie to My HeartHarrow Fair
157DishonestyJan Seides
158IllinoisAnna Tivel
159While We're HereCatie Curtis
160Lovers on the RunDori Freeman
161Cold WavesDori Freeman
162You'll Be MineEilen Jewell
163The Miner (feat. Dustin Bentall)Barney Bentall
164Ready for the DarkLarry Murante
165White FlagRose Cousins
166Movin' on Down That LineFireside Collective
167I Will Be Your ManHarrow Fair
168Humble & KindLori McKenna
169The FireflyJoy Zimmerman
170Steal My HeartJoy Zimmerman
171Underground RailroadZoe & Cloyd
172Slip Slide on byValerie June
173Nearing HomeSamantha Fish
174Love is BlindJillette Johnson
175Waiting to Give (feat. FY5)Gabrielle Louise
176Come Love ComeRhiannon Giddens
177Garage FlowersI Draw Slow
178Jewel of the Caspian SeaZoe & Cloyd
179Son Volt Came to TownDeb Talan
180Sweet FloridaElaine Mahon
181Frontier WaltzZoe & Cloyd
182Rise Again, Handsome JohnnyTom Russell
183Workin' Woman BluesValerie June
184You Are LovedCatie Curtis
185Ern & Zorry's Sneakin' Bitin' DogDori Freeman
186High Flying BirdTim O'Brien
187Hungry GhostLarry Murante
189If I Could Make You My OwnDori Freeman
190My Love (The Storm)Amanda Shires
191Hard RoadTim Grimm and the Family Band
192Old Stone WallZoe & Cloyd
193Weeping WillowRebecca Loebe
194CarolinaI Draw Slow
195When the Mist Clears AwayTim O'Brien
196Farewell to FiunaryZoe & Cloyd
197The Last HoboTom Paxton
198Hitch to My GitalongTom Paxton
199Look UpElaine Mahon
200AfterglowElaine Mahon

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