Folk Alley - 100 Best Folk Songs
A few years back in the USA I discovered Folk Alley a 24/7 free radio station that broadcasts
folk music - and does a terrific job of it too.
You'll hear everything from Asleep at the Wheel to Mike McGoldrick on the station and though it is a little USA biased (as you would expect) it is remarkably diverse in its playlist.
I've found my way into a lot of interesting music through listening to the station, and I was
interested recently in their listener poll which went looking for the 100 Most Essential Folk Songs.
Here is the Top 25.
- This Land is Your Land - Woody Guthrie
- Blowin' in the Wind - Bob Dylan
- City of New Orleans - Steve Goodman
- If I Had a Hammer - Pete Seeger
- Where Have All The Flowers Gone - The Kingston Trio
- Early Morning Rain - Gordon Lightfoot
- Suzanne - Leonard Cohen
- We Shall Overcome - Pete Seeger
- Four Strong Winds - Ian and Sylvia
- Last Thing On My Mind - Tom Paxton
- The Circle Game - Joni Mitchell
- Tom Dooley - The Kingston Trio (Trad)
- Both Sides Now - Joni Mitchell
- Who Knows Where The Time Goes - Sandy Denny
- Goodnight Irene - The Weavers (Trad)
- Universal Soldier - Buffy St Marie
- Don't Think Twice - Bob Dylan
- Diamonds and Rust - Joan Baez
- Sounds of Silence - Simon & Garfunkel
- The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald - Gordon Lightfoot
- Alice's Restaurant - Arlo Guthrie
- Turn, Turn, Turn - The Byrds (Pete Seeger)
- Puff The Magic Dragon - Peter, Paul and Mary
- Thirsty Boots - Eric Andersen
- There But For Fortune - Phil Ochs
You can see a list of all 100 songs here.
We did carry out a survey on my programme a few years back asking for listeners votes for the most influential folk album of all time and Liege And Lief by Fairpot Convention was the leader by a long head.
It would be interesting to see what listeners to my programme came up with in terms of 100 best folk songs of all time. I suspect it would be very different and that Puff The Magic Dragon and Leaving On A Jet Plane might not have made the cut.
Any ideas? Fire them in.