Top American Folk Music Songs


Rank All Time Artist Song Subgenre(s) Other Genre(s) Year
1
130
Hank Williams I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry Traditional Country 1949
2
290
Robert Johnson Cross Road Blues Delta Blues 1936
3
445
The Everly Brothers All I Have to Do Is Dream Close Harmony Pop 1958
4
453
Kanye West Ultralight Beam Gospel Contemporary R&B 2016
5
488
The Everly Brothers Cathy's Clown Close Harmony Brill Building 1960
6
568
Jimmie Rodgers Blue Yodel (T for Texas) Country Yodeling 1928
7
619
Mahalia Jackson Move On Up a Little Higher Gospel 1947
8
648
Bill Monroe Blue Moon of Kentucky Bluegrass 1947
9
759
Robert Johnson Hellhound on My Trail Delta Blues 1937
10
883
Fats Waller Ain't Misbehavin' Stride 1929
11
909
Robert Johnson Love in Vain Delta Blues 1937
12
935
The Carter Family Wildwood Flower Appalachian Folk Music, Traditional Country 1929
13
989
Blind Willie Johnson Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground Acoustic Texas Blues 1927
14
1007
Lead Belly The Midnight Special Delta Blues 1934
15
1067
The Carter Family Can the Circle Be Unbroken (Bye and Bye) Appalachian Folk Music, Country Gospel 1935
16
1073
Charley Patton Pony Blues Delta Blues 1929
17
1087
"Tennessee" Ernie Ford Sixteen Tons Country Boogie Rhythm & Blues, Vocal Jazz 1955
18
1109
The Edwin Hawkins Singers Oh Happy Day Gospel 1968
19
1244
Blind Willie McTell Statesboro Blues Piedmont Blues 1928
20
1423
Hank Williams Lovesick Blues Traditional Country 1949
21
1432
Marty Robbins El Paso Cowboy 1959
22
1553
Robert Johnson Sweet Home Chicago Delta Blues 1936
23
1613
Clarence "Pine Top" Smith Pinetop's Boogie Woogie Boogie Woogie 1928
24
1660
Lead Belly Goodnight Irene Country Blues 1936
25
1677
James P. Johnson Carolina Shout Stride 1922
26
1696
Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs Foggy Mountain Breakdown Bluegrass 1949
27
1725
Robert Johnson Terraplane Blues Delta Blues 1936
28
1740
Paul Robeson with Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra Ol' Man River Spirituals Show Tunes, Standards 1928
29
1741
Blind Lemon Jefferson Match Box Blues Acoustic Texas Blues 1927
30
1744
Gene Autry Back in the Saddle Again Cowboy 1939
31
1768
Patsy Montana I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart Country Yodeling, Cowboy 1935
32
1774
Roy Acuff and The Smoky Mountain Boys Wabash Cannonball Traditional Country 1938
33
1790
Skip James Devil Got My Woman Delta Blues 1931
34
1825
Jimmie Davis You Are My Sunshine Traditional Country 1940
35
1899
The Sons of the Pioneers Tumbling Tumbleweeds Cowboy 1934
36
1979
The Stanley Brothers Rank Stranger Bluegrass Gospel, Close Harmony 1960
37
2005
Bill Monroe Mule Skinner Blues Bluegrass, Country Yodeling 1940
38
2010
Blind Lemon Jefferson See That My Grave Is Kept Clean Acoustic Texas Blues 1928
39
2109
Mississippi Sheiks Sitting on Top of the World Country Blues 1930
40
2137
The Carter Family Keep on the Sunny Side Appalachian Folk Music, Country Gospel 1928
41
2180
Mississippi John Hurt Stack O' Lee Blues Piedmont Blues 1928
42
2291
Fisk Jubilee Singers Swing Low Sweet Chariot Gospel, Spirituals 1909
43
2337
Peter, Paul and Mary If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song) Close Harmony Folk Pop, Vocal Group 1962
44
2407
Hank Snow I'm Movin' On Traditional Country 1950
45
2455
Original Dixieland Jazz Band Tiger Rag Ragtime Dixieland 1918
46
2456
Fiddlin' John Carson Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane Appalachian Folk Music, Old-Time 1923
47
2469
Big Joe Williams Baby Please Don't Go Delta Blues 1935
48
2501
Joe Turner & Pete Johnson Roll 'Em Pete Boogie Woogie Jump-Blues 1939
49
2511
Blind Alfred Reed How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live Appalachian Folk Music, Old-Time 1929
50
2646
Eck Robertson Sally Gooden Appalachian Folk Music, Old-Time 1922
51
2778
Jelly Roll Morton King Porter Stomp Stride 1924
52
2797
Meade Lux Lewis Honky Tonk Train Blues Boogie Woogie Piano Blues 1929
53
2836
Joseph Falcon Allons à Lafayette Traditional Cajun 1928
54
2844
Sister Rosetta Tharpe This Train Traditional Black Gospel 1939
55
2912
Arlo Guthrie Alice's Restaurant Massacree Talking Blues Singer/Songwriter 1967
56
2966
Fats Waller Honeysuckle Rose Stride Vocal Jazz 1934
57
2974
Tammy Wynette D-I-V-O-R-C-E Traditional Country 1968
58
2999
Mahalia Jackson Take My Hand, Precious Lord Gospel 1956
59
3044
Vaughn Monroe (Ghost) Riders in the Sky (A Cowboy Legend) Cowboy 1949
60
3155
Fats Waller Handful of Keys Stride 1929
61
3197
Erroll Garner Misty Stride Bebop 1954
62
3442
Vernon Dalhart The Prisoner's Song Traditional Country 1924
63
3478
Harry Choates Jole Blon Traditional Cajun 1946
64
3541
Red Foley with the Sunshine Boys Quartet (There'll Be) Peace in the Valley (For Me) Country Gospel 1951
65
3638
Blind Lemon Jefferson Black Snake Moan Acoustic Texas Blues 1927
66
3641
The Haydn Quartet Take Me Out to the Ball Game Barbershop Vaudeville 1908
67
3665
Elvis Presley Crying in the Chapel Gospel Pop 1965
68
3798
Dock Boggs Country Blues Old-Time 1927
69
3831
Elizabeth Cotten Freight Train Piedmont Blues 1958
70
3891
The Louvin Brothers Knoxville Girl Close Harmony 1956
71
3951
Son House Death Letter Delta Blues 1965
72
4021
Tex Williams & His Western Caravan Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette) Talking Blues Novelty, Western Swing 1947
73
4025
Art Tatum Tea for Two Stride 1933
74
4268
Clara Ward & The Ward Singers How I Got Over Traditional Black Gospel 1950
75
4271
Roy Acuff and His Crazy Tennesseans Great Speckled Bird Traditional Country 1936
76
4317
The Everly Brothers Bird Dog Close Harmony Pop 1958
77
4345
Jimmie Rodgers Blue Yodel No. 9 (Standin' on the Corner) Country Yodeling 1930
78
4368
Clarence "Tom" Ashley The Coo Coo Bird Appalachian Folk Music, Old-Time 1929
79
4502
Gene Autry Deep in the Heart of Texas Cowboy 1942
80
4565
The Sons of the Pioneers Cool Water Cowboy 1941
81
4572
Tommy Johnson Cool Drink of Water Blues Delta Blues 1928
82
4637
Robert Johnson Come On in My Kitchen Delta Blues 1936
83
4775
Marian Anderson He's Got the Whole World in His Hands Spirituals 1932
84
4833
Mississippi John Hurt Frankie Piedmont Blues 1928
85
4872
Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers Don't Let Your Deal Go Down Old-Time 1925
86
4981
Lead Belly Rock Island Line (Railroad Song) Contemporary Folk 1942
87
5003
Jim Europe's 369th Infantry "Hellfighters" Band Memphis Blues Ragtime 1919
88
5107
Red Foley Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy Country Boogie 1950
89
5202
Jimmie Rodgers In the Jailhouse Now Country Yodeling 1928
90
5252
DeFord Bailey Pan American Blues Country Blues 1927
91
5257
Memphis Jug Band Stealin' Stealin' Jug Band 1929
92
5263
The Staple Singers Uncloudy Day Gospel 1956
93
5301
The Statler Brothers Flowers on the Wall Close Harmony Country Pop 1965
94
5340
Art Tatum Tiger Rag Stride 1933
95
5356
Mississippi John Hurt Candy Man Blues Piedmont Blues 1929
96
5442
The Soggy Bottom Boys I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow Bluegrass, Old-Time Film Soundtrack 2000
97
5504
Kokomo Arnold Milk Cow Blues Country Blues 1934
98
5512
The Louvin Brothers When I Stop Dreaming Close Harmony 1955
99
5515
W.H. Stepp Bonaparte's Retreat Old-Time 1937
100
5548
Lead Belly The Gallis Pole Delta Blues 1939
101
5610
Mahalia Jackson His Eye Is on the Sparrow Gospel 1951
102
5657
Tommy Johnson Big Road Blues Delta Blues 1928
103
5658
Mary Lou Williams Night Life Stride 1930
104
5670
The Everly Brothers Love Hurts Close Harmony Pop 1960
105
5742
Memphis Minnie Me and My Chauffeur Blues Country Blues 1941
106
5761
The Golden Gate Quartet Rock My Soul Traditional Black Gospel 1938
107
5825
Blind Willie Johnson Mother's Children Have a Hard Time Acoustic Texas Blues 1928
108
5907
Arthur Smith Guitar Boogie Boogie Woogie, Country Boogie 1945
109
5933
Richard "Rabbit" Brown James Alley-Blues Country Blues 1927
110
5956
Merle Travis Dark As a Dungeon Traditional Country 1947
111
5974
Sister Rosetta Tharpe Strange Things Happening Every Day Traditional Black Gospel 1945
112
6012
Eddy Arnold & His Guitar The Cattle Call Country Yodeling 1945
113
6018
Swan Silvertones Oh Mary Don't You Weep Traditional Black Gospel 1958
114
6184
Ernest V. "Pop" Stoneman The Titanic Appalachian Folk Music, Old-Time 1925
115
6308
Hank Williams I Saw the Light Country Gospel 1948
116
6344
Skip James Hard Time Killing Floor Blues Delta Blues 1931
117
6474
Jimmie Rodgers Waiting for a Train Country Yodeling 1929
118
6487
The Monroe Brothers What Would You Give in Exchange? Close Harmony 1936
119
6495
Jelly Roll Morton The Pearls Ragtime Dixieland 1924
120
6514
Robert Petway Catfish Blues Delta Blues 1941
121
6548
Pee Wee King & His Golden West Cowboys Slow Poke Traditional Country 1951
122
6609
Furry Lewis Kassie Jones Country Blues 1928
123
6664
Stoney Edwards Hank and Lefty Raised My Country Soul Traditional Country Honky Tonk 1973
124
6688
Son House My Black Mama Delta Blues 1931
125
6768
Steve Earle The Mountain Bluegrass 1999
126
6787
The Browns The Three Bells Close Harmony, Country Gospel Nashville Sound 1959
127
6841
The Delmore Brothers Blues Stay Away from Me Bluegrass, Close Harmony 1949
128
6849
Johnny Cash I Still Miss Someone Traditional Country 1958
129
6964
Molly O'Day & The Cumberland Mountain Folks Tramp on the Street Traditional Country 1947
130
6991
Chuck Wagon Gang I'll Fly Away Country Gospel 1949
131
6992
Earl Hines Monday Date Ragtime 1929
132
7018
The Soul Stirrers By and By Traditional Black Gospel 1950
133
7101
Clarence Williams' Blue Five Cake Walking Babies from Home Ragtime Dixieland 1925
134
7115
Uncle Dave Macon Keep My Skillet Good and Greasy Appalachian Folk Music, Old-Time 1924
135
7210
Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys It's Mighty Dark to Travel Bluegrass 1948
136
7336
The Carter Family Single Girl, Married Girl Appalachian Folk Music, Traditional Country 1927
137
7347
The Carter Family Worried Man Blues Appalachian Folk Music, Traditional Country Acoustic Blues 1930
138
7416
Reverend Thomas A. Dorsey Take My Hand, Precious Lord Traditional Black Gospel 1932
139
7440
The Stanley Brothers I'm a Man of Constant Sorrow Bluegrass 1951
140
7476
The Kalin Twins When Close Harmony Rock & Roll, Vocal Group 1958
141
7549
Arthur Collins & Byron Harlan Alexander's Ragtime Band Ragtime 1911
142
7567
Harry McClintock The Big Rock Candy Mountains Traditional Country 1928
143
7580
Vess L. Ossman Honolulu Cake Walk Cakewalk 1899
144
7644
Fats Waller Viper's Drag Ragtime 1935
145
7775
Jelly Roll Morton Mr. Jelly Lord Ragtime 1924
146
7791
Blind Willie Johnson John the Revelator Acoustic Texas Blues 1930
147
7910
Vess L. Ossman Yankee Doodle 1897
148
7937
The Delmore Brothers Freight Train Boogie Close Harmony, Country Boogie 1946
149
7946
Erroll Garner I'll Remember April Stride Bebop 1956
150
7967
The Everly Brothers Walk Right Back Close Harmony Pop 1961
151
8174
Robert Johnson Ramblin' on My Mind Delta Blues 1937
152
8175
Robert Johnson Stop Breakin' Down Blues Delta Blues 1938
153
8218
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Will the Circle Be Unbroken Bluegrass 1972
154
8320
Woody Guthrie Tom Joad Contemporary Folk 1940
155
8327
Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandel Dueling Banjos Bluegrass Film Soundtrack 1972
156
8382
Spiritualized Stop Your Crying Gospel Neo-Psychedelia 2001
157
8476
Europe's Society Orchestra Castle House Rag (Castles in Europe) Ragtime 1914
158
8520
The Everly Brothers Crying in the Rain Close Harmony Brill Building 1961
159
8536
Five Blind Boys Our Father (Which Art in Heaven) Traditional Black Gospel 1950
160
8635
The Weavers On Top of Old Smoky 1951
161
8640
The Dixie Hummingbirds Amazing Graze Traditional Black Gospel 1946
162
8717
The Stanley Brothers Little Maggie Bluegrass 1947
163
8891
The Dixie Hummingbirds Let's Go Out to the Programs Traditional Black Gospel 1953
164
8907
Bob Dylan Ring Them Bells Gospel Piano Rock, Singer/Songwriter 1989
165
8919
The Southern Sons Lift Every Voice and Sing Gospel Vocal Group 1942
166
9017
Jack Guthrie & His Oklahomans Oklahoma Hills Cowboy 1945
167
9063
Iry LeJeune Love Bridge Waltz Cajun 1948
168
9213
Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers Soldier's Joy Old-Time 1929
169
9220
Robert Johnson Me and the Devil Blues Delta Blues 1938
170
9280
Ma Rainey & Her Tub Jug Washboard Band Prove It on Me Blues Jug Band Vaudeville Blues 1928
171
9555
Bascom Lamar Lunsford I Wish I Was a Mole in the Ground Appalachian Folk Music, Old-Time 1928
172
9559
Vess L. Ossman A Bunch of Rags Ragtime 1898
173
9580
The Dixie Hummingbirds I'll Live Again Traditional Black Gospel 1952
174
9682
Ralph Stanley O Death A cappella, Film Soundtrack 2000
175
9707
Ossman-Dudley Trio St. Louis Tickle Ragtime 1906
176
9749
U.S. Marine Band Maple Leaf Rag Ragtime 1910
177
9770
Fats Waller Two Sleepy People Stride Vocal Jazz 1938
178
9782
Marion Williams Packing Up Gospel 1959
179
9795
Cannon's Jug Stompers Walk Right In Country Blues, Jug Band 1930
180
9880
Roy Acuff and The Smoky Mountain Boys Wreck on the Highway Traditional Country 1942
181
9928
Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys Uncle Pen Bluegrass 1950
182
9942
Vernon Dalhart The Wreck of the Old 97 Traditional Country 1924
183
9953
Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys In the Pines Bluegrass 1952

Songs "bubbling under" the all-time top 10000:
Leo Soileau La Valse Gueydan (Jolie Fille) Traditional Cajun 1935
Hank Snow I Don't Hurt Anymore Traditional Country 1954
Frank Proffitt Tom Dooley (Dula) Appalachian Folk Music 1962
Arthur Collins Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home? Ragtime 1902
Aretha Franklin Bridge Over Troubled Water Gospel Deep Soul 1971
Jimmy Murphy Electricity Bluegrass, Country Gospel 1951
Jim & Jesse & The Virginia Boys Are You Missing Me Bluegrass 1952
Nathan Abshire Pine Grove Blues Cajun 1949
Frankie Miller Blackland Farmer Traditional Country Honky Tonk 1959
Fred Van Eps Whipped Cream Ragtime 1913
Jelly Roll Morton Jelly Roll Blues Ragtime 1924
Jimmie Rodgers Blue Yodel no. 8 (Mule Skinner Blues) Country Yodeling 1931
Lead Belly The Bourgeois Blues Delta Blues 1939
Roy Rogers & Dale Evans Happy Trails Cowboy 1952
Son House John the Revelator Delta Blues 1965
Uncle Dave Macon & His Fruit Jar Drinkers Sail Away Ladies Old-Time 1927
Bascom Lamar Lunsford (Good Old) Mountain Dew Appalachian Folk Music, Old-Time 1928
Pete Steele Coal Creek March Old-Time 1938
Jay Ungar Ashokan Farewell 1990
Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet Golden Gate Gospel Train Southern Gospel Vocal Group 1937
Clifton Chenier Ay-Tete Fee Zydeco, Zydeco 1955
Pee Wee Hunt & His Orchestra Twelfth Street Rag Ragtime Dixieland 1948
The Clark Sisters You Brought the Sunshine Gospel Disco 1981
Sister Rosetta Tharpe & Marie Knight Up Above My Head, I Hear Music in the Air Gospel 1948
"Tennessee" Ernie Ford Shot Gun Boogie Country Boogie 1950
Dorothy Love Coates Strange Man Gospel 1968
Skip James I'm So Glad Delta Blues 1931
Woody Guthrie John Henry 1952
Bukka White Fixin' to Die Blues Delta Blues 1940
Art Tatum Humoresque Stride 1940
Lonnie Johnson Careless Love Blues Country Blues 1928
The Weavers So Long (It's Been Good to Know Yuh Vocal Group 1950
Jimmy Martin You Don't Know My Mind Bluegrass 1960
The Everly Brothers Ebony Eyes Close Harmony Pop 1961
Robert Johnson I Believe I'll Dust My Broom Delta Blues 1937
Washington Phillips Denomination Blues Country Blues, Gospel 1928
The Everly Brothers Devoted to You Close Harmony Pop 1958
Doc Watson Deep River Blues Appalachian Folk Music Contemporary Folk 1964
Paul Kelly [USA] Stealing in the Name of the Lord Gospel Deep Soul 1970
Vess L. Ossman Smoky Mokes Ragtime 1899
Ted Lewis When My Baby Smiles at Me Ragtime 1920
Slim Dusty A Pub with No Beer Traditional Country 1957
The Soul Stirrers feat. Sam Cooke Were You There (When They Crucified My Lord) Gospel 1957
Dock Boggs Sugar Baby Appalachian Folk Music, Old-Time 1927
Washington Phillips A Mother's Last Word to Her Daughter Gospel 1930
The Dixie Hummingbirds Christian's Automobile Traditional Black Gospel 1957
Albert Ammons and His Rhythm Kings Boogie Woogie Stomp Boogie Woogie 1936
The Purple Gang Granny Takes a Trip Jug Band Psychedelic Folk 1967
Bukka White Parchman Farm Blues Delta Blues 1940
Woody Guthrie Vigilante Man Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter 1940
Jimmie Rodgers Jimmie Rodgers' Last Blue Yodel Country Yodeling 1933
The Soul Stirrers Touch the Hem of His Garment Traditional Black Gospel 1956
Henry Thomas John Henry Country Blues 1927
Jimmie Rodgers Miss the Mississippi and You Country Yodeling 1932
Merle Travis Sixteen Tons Traditional Country 1947
The Everly Brothers When Will I Be Loved Close Harmony Rock & Roll 1960
Thelonious Monk I Should Care Stride Hard Bop, Vocal Jazz 1949
Jelly Roll Morton Wolverine Blues (Joys) Stride 1923
The Carter Family I'm Thinking To-Night of My Blue Eyes Appalachian Folk Music, Traditional Country 1929
The Stanley Brothers The Lonesome River Bluegrass 1951
Osborne Brothers Rocky Top Bluegrass 1967
Original Dixieland Jazz Band Sensation Rag Ragtime Dixieland 1918
James P. Johnson Keep Off the Grass Stride 1922
Lightnin' Hopkins Short Haired Woman Acoustic Texas Blues 1947
Elvis Presley The Wonder of You Southern Gospel Pop Rock, Traditional Pop 1970
Lightnin' Hopkins Baby Please Don't Go Acoustic Texas Blues 1949
Doc Watson Black Mountain Rag Appalachian Folk Music Contemporary Folk 1964
The Everly Brothers The Price of Love Close Harmony Folk Pop 1965
The Everly Brothers ('Til) I Kissed You Close Harmony Rock & Roll 1959
16 Horsepower Black Soul Choir Country Gospel Gothic Country 1996
Lead Belly (Black Gal) Where Did You Sleep Last Night? Delta Blues 1944
Ray Stevens Everything Is Beautiful Gospel Sunshine Pop 1970
Old Crow Medicine Show Sweet Amarillo Old-Time Americana 2014
Janelle Monáe & Wondaland Records Hell You Talmbout Gospel 2015
Gene Autry & Jimmy Long The Yellow Rose of Texas Cowboy 1933
Woody Guthrie Do Re Mi Talking Blues Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter 1940
Charley Patton A Spoonful Blues Delta Blues 1929
Hambone Willie Newbern Roll and Tumble Blues Country Blues 1929
Memphis Minnie & Kansas Joe Bumble Bee Country Blues 1930
Kokomo Arnold Old Original Kokomo Blues Country Blues 1934
Cecil Gant I Wonder Boogie Woogie, Stride Piano Blues 1944
The Joubert Singers Stand on the Word Gospel Boogie, Soul 1985
Aretha Franklin Brand New Me Gospel Deep Soul 1971
Freddie Slack & Ella Mae Morse The House of Blue Lights Boogie Woogie Vocal Jazz 1946
Blind Lemon Jefferson Jack O'Diamond Blues Acoustic Texas Blues 1926
Robert Johnson 32-20 Blues Delta Blues 1937
Robert Johnson Kind Hearted Woman Blues Delta Blues 1937
Robert Johnson Walkin' Blues Delta Blues 1937
The Everly Brothers Let It Be Me Close Harmony 1959
The Everly Brothers Sing Me Back Home Close Harmony Country Pop 1968
Bukka White Special Stream Line Delta Blues 1940
Lou Reed New York Telephone Conversation Novelty Piano Novelty, Singer/Songwriter, Vaudeville 1972
Blind Willie McTell Dying Crapshooter's Blues Piedmont Blues 1961
Hank Williams Long Gone Lonesome Blues Traditional Country 1950
The Soul Stirrers Any Day Now Traditional Black Gospel 1954
Lead Belly In New Orleans Delta Blues 1944
Aretha Franklin Spirit in the Dark Gospel Southern Soul 1970