The Most Popular Folk Music of 2015

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It’s been a great year for folk music! Check out our list of the most popular folk songs of 2015.


Folk music has seen a surge in popularity in recent years, with a blend of traditional and modern styles making it one of the most popular genres around. 2015 was no different, with a number of artists releasing critically acclaimed albums and touring the world to perform their music. Here are some of the most popular folk music artists of 2015.

The Lumineers
The Lumineers were one of the most successful folk bands of 2015, with their album Cleopatra debuting at number one on the US Billboard 200 and selling over 4 million copies worldwide. The band went on to tour extensively throughout the year, performing sold-out shows across the globe.

Mumford & Sons
Mumford & Sons were another huge success in the folk world this year, with their album Wilder Mind selling over 2 million copies worldwide and reaching number one in several countries. The band also toured extensively, playing to large crowds at festivals such as Glastonbury and Bonnaroo.

Of Monsters and Men
Of Monsters and Men released their highly anticipated second album, Beneath the Skin, in June 2015. The album was a commercial success, reaching number three on the US Billboard 200 and selling over 1 million copies worldwide. The band also embarked on a successful world tour, playing to packed arenas and stadiums across Europe and North America.

Folk music has been around for centuries, and it’s no surprise that it’s still popular today. 2015 was a great year for folk music, with a variety of artists releasing fantastic albums. In this article, we’ll be counting down the top 10 most popular folk songs of 2015.

“Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley

“Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley was a popular folk song of 2015. The song peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.

“I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” was the most popular folk song of 2015. The song, which was released in 1992, reached the top of the charts in many countries and has sold more than four million copies in the United States alone. Released as a single from Houston’s album “The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album”, the song received critical acclaim and won several awards, including the Grammy Award for Record of the Year.

“You Are My Sunshine” by Jimmie Davis

“You Are My Sunshine” is a song popularized by Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell in the early 1940s. It has been recorded by numerous artists, including Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Emmylou Harris, and Willie Nelson. The song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 and was added to the National Recording Registry in 2002.

The song was written by Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell and was first recorded by Davis in 1939. The original version did not have the now-famous verse about “the devil” occurring “in my heart”. That verse was added later, reportedly at the suggestion of Mitchell.

The song became a hit in 1941 when it was recorded by Bing Crosby. It has since been recorded by numerous artists, including Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Emmylou Harris, and Willie Nelson.

“The Times They Are A-Changin'” by Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changin'” is one of the most popular folk songs of 2015. The song was written in 1963 and released as a single in 1964. It is one of Dylan’s most famous and iconic songs, and it has been covered by many artists over the years. The song is about social change, and it was widely seen as a anthem for the civil rights movement and the anti-war movement.

2015 was a big year for folk music. More and more people are turning to folk music for its simple, honest sound. Folk artists are gaining popularity and recognition for their unique take on the genre. Let’s take a look at the most popular folk artists of 2015.

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran is one of the most popular folk artists of 2015. His music is characterized by its simple melodies and acoustic guitars. Sheeran’s music has been described as “mellow” and “sentimental”.

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift is an American singer-songwriter and one of the most popular folk artists of 2015. Raised in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, she moved to Nashville, Tennessee at the age of 14 to pursue a career in country music. Her self-titled debut album was released in 2006 and achieved commercial success. Swift’s second album, Fearless, was released in 2008 and became the best-selling album of 2009 in the United States. Swift’s third album, Speak Now, was released in 2010 and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.

Swift’s fourth album, Red, was released in 2012 and her fifth album, 1989, was released in 2014. Both albums topped the charts in the United States and United Kingdom. As a songwriter, Swift has received awards from the Nashville Songwriters Association and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. She is also one of the bestselling music artists of all time with more than 150 million records sold worldwide.

The Lumineers

The Lumineers are an American folk rock band based in Denver, Colorado. The band’s classic lineup consists of Wesley Schultz on guitar and vocals, Jeremiah Fraites on drums and vocals, and Neyla Pekarek on cello and vocals. The Lumineers emerged as one of the most popular folk-rock bands of 2015 with their debut album, which peaked at number 2 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Mumford & Sons

Mumford & Sons is a British folk band formed in 2007. The band consists of Marcus Mumford (lead vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, drums), Ben Lovett (vocals, keyboards, piano), Winston Marshall (vocals, electric guitar, banjo) and Ted Dwane (vocals, bass guitar, double bass). Mumford & Sons have released three studio albums: Sigh No More (2010), Babel (2012) and Wilder Mind (2015). The band has also released three live albums: Live at Shepherd’s Bush Empire (2011), The Road to Red Rocks (2012) and An Evening with Mumford & Sons and Friends.


From the energetic anthems of Mumford & Sons to the intimate ballads of Passenger, folk music had a strong presence in 2015. What sets folk music apart from other genres is its focus on storytelling, often through song. This year, we saw a resurgence in popularity for traditional folk songs as well as new takes on the genre.

Here are the most popular folk songs of 2015:

1. “The Wolf” by Mumford & Sons
2. “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers
3. “Home” by Phillip Phillips
4. “I Will Wait” by Mumford & Sons
5. “Let Her Go” by Passenger
6. “The A Team” by Ed Sheeran
7. “Take Me to Church” by Hozier
8. “Rivers and Roads” by The Head and the Heart

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