The Best Indie Folk Music of 2020

A comprehensive guide to the best indie folk music of 2020. Featuring new music from around the world.

The Best Indie Folk of 2020

The Best Indie Folk of 2020

It’s been another great year for indie folk music. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite tracks of the year, featuring artists like Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, Phoebe Bridgers, and more.

Check out our list below, and be sure to follow our Spotify playlist to keep up with all the best new music.

Bon Iver – “Naeem”
from ‘i,i’
Phoebe Bridgers – “Kyoto”
from ‘Punisher’
Mount Eerie – “Tintin in Tibet”
from ‘Lost Wisdom pt. 2’
The National – “You Had Your Soul With You”
from ‘I Am Easy to Find’
Big Thief – “Not”
from ‘U.F.O.F.’

Who to Look Out For

1. Emma Ruth Rundle and Thou – May Our Chambers Be Full
2. Bon Iver – i,i
3. The Tallest Man on Earth – I Love You. It’s a Fever Dream.
4. Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher
5. Mount Eerie and Julie Doiron – Lost Wisdom pt. 2
6. Angel Olsen – All Mirrors
7. The National – I Am Easy to Find
8. Big Thief – Two Hands
9. Japanese Breakfast – Psychopomp
10.Telekinesis – Effluxion

The Best Songs of 2020

The year 2020 has been a tough one for many people around the world. But through it all, music has been a source of joy and comfort for many. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up some of the best indie folk songs of 2020. From heart-wrenching ballads to upbeat anthems, these songs will stay with you long after the year is over.

Some of our favourites include “Home” by The Paper Kites, “Lucky” by Passenger, and “The Weight” by The Head and the Heart. But there are so many more great songs out there. So dive in and explore the best indie folk music of 2020!

The Best Albums of 2020

As the 2010s come to a close, Paste is taking a look back at the best indie folk albums of the decade. We asked our staff to vote on their favorite folk albums released since 2010, and our No. 1 pick might surprise you.

The list includes everything from singer-songwriter staring contests (see: John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats) to politically minded anthems (see: Ani DiFranco) to psychedelic country odysseys (see: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Nightsweats). And while there’s always been a healthy mix of outdoorsy, rustic sounds and urban, city-slicker vibes within the indie folk world, this decade has seen a marked increase in the latter, as artists from Laura Marling to Bon Iver have found new ways to combine traditional folk instrumentation with electronic production techniques.

So without further ado, here are the 20 best indie folk albums of the 2010s, as voted by the Paste staff.

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