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
236
Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago Singer/Songwriter 2007
3
252
Neutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane Over the Sea Indie Rock 1998
4
255
Fleet Foxes Fleet Foxes Americana, Chamber Folk 2008
5
256
Elliott Smith Either/Or Singer/Songwriter 1997
6
357
Bon Iver Bon Iver, Bon Iver Art Pop 2011
7
410
Grizzly Bear Veckatimest Psychedelic Folk, Psychedelic Pop 2009
8
428
Father John Misty I Love You, Honeybear Singer/Songwriter 2015
9
515
Bright Eyes I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning 2005
10
760
Angel Olsen Burn Your Fire for No Witness Psychedelic Folk, Singer/Songwriter 2014
11
794
Grizzly Bear Shields Psychedelic Folk 2012
12
816
The Microphones The Glow, Pt. 2 Lo-Fi Indie, Psychedelic Folk 2001
13
874
Cat Power You Are Free Indie Rock, Singer/Songwriter 2003
14
915
Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues Chamber Folk 2011
15
930
Elliott Smith Figure 8 Indie Pop, Singer/Songwriter 2000
16
1021
Okkervil River Black Sheep Boy Indie Rock 2005
17
1254
Sufjan Stevens Michigan Chamber Folk, Singer/Songwriter 2003
18
1266
Bright Eyes Lifted or the Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground 2002
19
1275
Grizzly Bear Yellow House Psychedelic Folk 2006
20
1277
The Decemberists Picaresque Chamber Pop 2005
21
1328
Palace Brothers There Is No-One What Will Take Care of You Alt-Country 1993
22
1352
The Decemberists The Crane Wife Folk Rock, Indie Pop 2006
23
1354
Midlake The Trials of Van Occupanther Americana, Folk Rock 2006
24
1423
Beirut Gulag Orkestar 2006
25
1444
Sharon Van Etten Tramp Alternative Singer/Songwriter 2012
26
1499
Iron & Wine Our Endless Numbered Days Singer/Songwriter 2004
27
1640
Beirut The Flying Club Cup 2007
28
1992
Whitney Light Upon the Lake Indie Rock 2016
29
2163
Iron & Wine The Shepherd's Dog Americana, Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter 2007
30
2173
M. Ward Post-War Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter 2006
31
2273
First Aid Kit The Lion's Roar Folk Pop 2012
32
2397
The Mountain Goats The Sunset Tree Singer/Songwriter 2005
33
2531
Father John Misty Fear Fun Psychedelic Folk, Singer/Songwriter 2012
34
2787
Laura Marling Short Movie Singer/Songwriter 2015
35
2819
Sufjan Stevens Seven Swans Chamber Folk, Singer/Songwriter 2004
36
2825
Kings of Convenience Quiet Is the New Loud Folk Pop, Indie Pop 2001
37
2903
First Aid Kit Stay Gold Folk Pop 2014

Albums "bubbling under" the all-time top 3000:
Laura Marling I Speak Because I Can Singer/Songwriter 2010
Monsters of Folk Monsters of Folk Folk Rock 2009
Villagers Becoming a Jackal Indie Pop 2010
Bright Eyes Cassadaga Alt-Country 2007
José González Veneer Singer/Songwriter 2003
Laura Marling A Creature I Don't Know Singer/Songwriter 2011
Beirut The Rip Tide 2011
The Mountain Goats Tallahassee Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter 2002
The Decemberists The King Is Dead Country Rock 2011
Kristin Hersh Hips and Makers Alternative Singer/Songwriter 1994
Micah P. Hinson Micah P. Hinson & The Gospel of Progress Singer/Songwriter 2004
The Dodos Visiter Folk Pop, Folk Rock, Indie Rock 2008
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
Department of Eagles In Ear Park 2008
Laura Marling Alas, I Cannot Swim Singer/Songwriter 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