Top Indie Folk Albums





Rank All Time Artist Album Subgenre(s) Other Genre(s) Year
1
220
Sufjan Stevens Carrie & Lowell Singer/Songwriter 2015
2
242
Neutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane Over the Sea Indie Rock 1998
3
246
Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago Singer/Songwriter 2007
4
251
Elliott Smith Either/Or Singer/Songwriter 1997
5
261
Fleet Foxes Fleet Foxes Americana, Chamber Folk 2008
6
387
Bon Iver Bon Iver, Bon Iver Art Pop 2011
7
434
Grizzly Bear Veckatimest Psychedelic Folk, Psychedelic Pop 2009
8
441
Father John Misty I Love You, Honeybear Singer/Songwriter 2015
9
527
Bright Eyes I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning 2005
10
826
Mount Eerie A Crow Looked at Me Singer/Songwriter 2017
11
843
Angel Olsen Burn Your Fire for No Witness Psychedelic Folk, Singer/Songwriter 2014
12
845
The Microphones The Glow, Pt. 2 Lo-Fi Indie, Psychedelic Folk 2001
13
849
Grizzly Bear Shields Psychedelic Folk 2012
14
911
Cat Power You Are Free Indie Rock, Singer/Songwriter 2003
15
958
Elliott Smith Figure 8 Indie Pop, Singer/Songwriter 2000
16
962
Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues Chamber Folk 2011
17
1070
Okkervil River Black Sheep Boy Indie Rock 2005
18
1303
Sufjan Stevens Michigan Chamber Folk, Singer/Songwriter 2003
19
1313
Bright Eyes Lifted or the Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground 2002
20
1319
Grizzly Bear Yellow House Psychedelic Folk 2006
21
1321
The Decemberists Picaresque Chamber Pop 2005
22
1326
Palace Brothers There Is No-One What Will Take Care of You Alt-Country 1993
23
1396
Midlake The Trials of Van Occupanther Americana, Folk Rock 2006
24
1400
The Decemberists The Crane Wife Folk Rock, Indie Pop 2006
25
1479
Beirut Gulag Orkestar 2006
26
1536
Sharon Van Etten Tramp Alternative Singer/Songwriter 2012
27
1541
Iron & Wine Our Endless Numbered Days Singer/Songwriter 2004
28
1706
Beirut The Flying Club Cup 2007
29
2116
Whitney Light Upon the Lake Indie Rock 2016
30
2257
M. Ward Post-War Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter 2006
31
2281
Iron & Wine The Shepherd's Dog Americana, Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter 2007
32
2450
First Aid Kit The Lion's Roar Folk Pop 2012
33
2472
The Mountain Goats The Sunset Tree Singer/Songwriter 2005
34
2640
Father John Misty Fear Fun Psychedelic Folk, Singer/Songwriter 2012
35
2902
Laura Marling Short Movie Singer/Songwriter 2015
36
2906
Kings of Convenience Quiet Is the New Loud Folk Pop, Indie Pop 2001
37
2942
Sufjan Stevens Seven Swans Chamber Folk, Singer/Songwriter 2004

Albums "bubbling under" the all-time top 3000:
First Aid Kit Stay Gold Folk Pop 2014
Laura Marling I Speak Because I Can Singer/Songwriter 2010
(Sandy) Alex G Rocket Singer/Songwriter 2017
Monsters of Folk Monsters of Folk Folk Rock 2009
Villagers Becoming a Jackal Indie Pop 2010
José González Veneer Singer/Songwriter 2003
Bright Eyes Cassadaga Alt-Country 2007
Laura Marling A Creature I Don't Know Singer/Songwriter 2011
Beirut The Rip Tide 2011
Kristin Hersh Hips and Makers Alternative Singer/Songwriter 1994
The Mountain Goats Tallahassee Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter 2002
The Decemberists The King Is Dead Country Rock 2011
Micah P. Hinson Micah P. Hinson & The Gospel of Progress Singer/Songwriter 2004
The Dodos Visiter Folk Pop, Folk Rock, Indie Rock 2008
Phoebe Bridgers Stranger in the Alps Singer/Songwriter 2017
Avi Buffalo Avi Buffalo Indie Pop 2010
Elliott Smith Elliott Smith Lo-Fi Indie, Singer/Songwriter 1995
Kings of Convenience Riot on an Empty Street Folk Pop, Indie Pop 2004
Smog Dongs of Sevotion 2000
Avi Buffalo At Best Cuckold Indie Pop 2014
Andy Shauf The Party Chamber Pop, Singer/Songwriter 2016
Julia Jacklin Don't Let the Kids Win Singer/Songwriter 2016
Laura Marling Alas, I Cannot Swim Singer/Songwriter 2008
Department of Eagles In Ear Park 2008
Okkervil River The Silver Gymnasium Indie Rock 2013
Get Well Soon Rest Now, Weary Head! You Will Get Well Soon Alternative Rock, Chamber Pop 2008
Gorky's Zygotic Mynci Spanish Dance Troupe Folk Rock, Indie Pop, Psychedelic Folk 1999
Elliott Smith New Moon Lo-Fi Indie, Singer/Songwriter 2007
Damien Jurado Where Shall You Take Me? Americana, Singer/Songwriter 2003
Sufjan Stevens The Avalanche: Outtakes and Extras from the Illinois Album Chamber Pop, Singer/Songwriter 2006
Iron & Wine Woman King EP Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter 2005
The Mountain Goats Get Lonely Singer/Songwriter 2006