The Top Folk Music of 2019

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A comprehensive guide to the top folk music of 2019. Discover new artists and bands, and get the inside scoop on the best folk albums of the year.

The Top Folk Music of 2019

2019 has been a great year for folk music, with a number of artists releasing truly exceptional albums. In no particular order, here are our top 10 picks for the best folk music of 2019.

1. Bonny Light Horseman – Bonny Light Horseman
2. The Highwomen – The Highwomen
3. Lucy Dacus – Historian
4. The Tallest Man on Earth – I Love You. It’s a Fever Dream.
5. Weyes Blood – Titanic Rising
6. Big Thief – U.F.O.F.
7. Girlpool – What Cha̵racter Are You?
8. Mount Eerie – Now Only
9. Anaïs Mitchell – Hadestown (Original cast recording)
10. Ashely Monroe – Sparrow

The Best Folk Music of 2019

The year 2019 was a great one for folk music, with many artists releasing fantastic albums that showcased the best of the genre. From traditional ballads to more modern takes on folk-inspired music, there was something for everyone. Here are some of the best folk albums of 2019.

The Battlefields of Old Hexham by Thea Gilmore

Gilmore’s album is a gorgeous collection of traditional ballads and original songs inspired by her home county of Northumberland in England. The songs are full of rich imagery and convey a deep sense of place, making for a truly rewarding listening experience.

Lines We Trace by The Wheelwrights

This sibling duo from Vermont creates beautiful harmonies and writes thoughtful, personal lyrics that explore themes of family, love, and loss. Their album Lines We Trace is full of heartwarming songs that will stay with you long after the last notes have faded away.

Reunions by Mountain Man

The third album from Mountain Man is a stunning collection of ethereal folk songs that will transport you to another world. The band’s close harmonies and minimalist instrumentation create a haunting atmosphere that is both beautiful and poignant.

It’s been another big year in folk music, with a wide range of artists releasing some truly excellent albums. In compiling this list of the top folk music of 2019, we’ve tried to reflect that diversity, featuring artists from different countries, regions and musical backgrounds.

From established veterans like Joan Baez and Ry Cooder to newer faces like Aldous Harding and Weyes Blood, these are the best folk albums of 2019.

1. Joan Baez – Whistle Down the Wind
2. Ry Cooder – The Prodigal Son
3. Aldous Harding – Designer
4. Weyes Blood – Titanic Rising
5. Andrew Bird – My Finest Work Yet
6. Lucy Dacus – Historian
7. John Prine – The Tree of Forgiveness
8. The Decemberists – I’ll Be Your Girl
9. First Aid Kit – Ruins
10. Lake Street Dive – Free Yourself Up

The Most Streamed Folk Music of 2019

Folk music has seen a resurgence in popularity in recent years, with artists like Mumford & Sons and The Lumineers finding mainstream success. Here are the most streamed folk songs of 2019, according to Spotify.

1. “The Weight” by The Band
2. “The Times They Are A-Changin'” by Bob Dylan
3. “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston
4. “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” by Randy Newman
5. “Leaving on a Jet Plane” by John Denver
6. “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles
7. “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” by Bob Dylan
8. “Take Me Home, Country Roads” by John Denver
9. “Blowin’ in the Wind” by Bob Dylan
10. “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by The Proclaimers

The Most Downloaded Folk Music of 2019

2019 was a great year for folk music. A wide variety of artists released successful albums and singles, and there was something for everyone. Here are the most downloaded folk music albums and singles of 2019:

1. We Are Not Okay by Moira Smiley
2. My Year in Song by Darlingside
3. Good Luck by The Avett Brothers
4. The Nashville Sound by Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
5. From the Ground Up by Johnnyswim

1. “I Will Follow You Into the Dark” by Passenger
2. “The Auld Triangle” by The Dubliners
3. “The Weight” by The Band
4. “House of Gold” by Twenty One Pilots
5. “Roving Gambler” by The Lumineers

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