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The Ten Most Popular American Folk Songs of All Time

Folk music is arguably the oldest genre of music in existence. Most musical genres, including rap, country, and rock, have their roots in folk music. Just a few examples of American musicians that helped popular folk music in the country are Woody Guthrie, Joan Baez, and Bob Dylan.

Many of the most well-known American folk songs date back many years, if not centuries. Musicians from a variety of genres have repeatedly covered them. Among all American folk songs, these ten are among the most well-known:

  1. “Michael Row the Boat Ashore.” Peter, Paul, and Mary
  2. “This Land is Your Land.” Woody Guthrie 
  3. “Go Tell It on the Mountain.” James Baldwin
  4. “Mr. Tambourine Man.” Bob Dylan 
  5. “The Wabash Cannonball.” J.A. Roff. 
  6. “Feelin’ Groovy (The 59th Street Bridge Song.)” Simon and Garfunkel 
  7. “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” Pete Seeger. 
  8. “Blowin’ In the Wind.” Bob Dylan 
  9. “If I Had a Hammer.” Peter, Paul, and Mary
  10. “Alice’s Restaurant Massacre.” Arlo Guthrie


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