The Roots Music Report's
Top Alternative Folk Song Chart
for the Year of 2021

Rank Song Title Band/Artist Name
1The Real ThingParker Millsap
2Part WolfJohn Craigie
3Till the Wheels Fall offStrung Like a Horse
4CrutchBand Of Horses
5Can I Believe YouFleet Foxes
6Spruce & PineSLPSTRM
7Nine Foot ProblemOtis Gibbs
8The CureWatkins Family Hour
9Friend of the SkyCej
10Honey on the MindCej
11Creature's BluesCej
12Crazy Bee (Abeja Loca)Cej
13Fly AwayCej
14Billie JeanAlexandr Misko
15Olympia, WAMolly Tuttle
16Sugar Babe (Highway Troubadour Version)Jesse Colin Young
17SanctuaryHiss Golden Messenger
18Eye of the StormLinda Sussman
19These WallsLinda Sussman
20Catch Me if I FallLinda Sussman
21The Shape I'm inKeith Rayburn
22My BabyLinda Sussman
23I'll Be There for YouSteve Free
24Revolutionary LoveAni DiFranco
25One Life to LiveSteve Free
26We'll Be SingingSteve Free
27Andy's SongJackdaw
28The Printer's DevilJames Kahn
29Rio AllieJames Kahn
30Gypsy MothJames Kahn
31Teddy Two-WorldsJames Kahn
32The Night That John Prine DiedJohn McCutcheon
33Shrinking VioletAni DiFranco
34Stairway to HeavenLucas Imbiriba
35Without WaterDavid G Smith
36I Won't Remember YouDavid G Smith
37Right Amount of WrongDavid G Smith
38WildfireThe Accidentals
39Careless WhisperAlexandr Misko
40What in the World...Michael McDermott
41Now and the EvermoreColin Hay
42Who CaresDavid G Smith
43Shadows by My SideLinda Sussman
44Night TrainThe Accidentals
45The RealistDerek Bodkin
46Join HandsLinda Sussman
47The Devil in MeGarrison Starr
48CocoonLinda Sussman
49Mountain of FireLinda Sussman
50Coast StarlightCej
51I Just Don’t Know What to Do with MyselfColin Hay
52New CountryMartha Renaud
53SoundsLinda Sussman
54Every HighwayJames Lee Stanley
55Water Flowing DownwardAndrea von Kampen
56RunGarrison Starr
57One More TimeJackdaw
58The Very Last Cowboy in ParisJackdaw
59Sing You MineJackdaw
60All Shall Be WellThe Accidentals
61Don't Give UpLinda Sussman
62Just for You (feat. Dan Kassel)Gordon Thomas Ward
63WonderlandMartha Renaud
64Tomorrow BluesLinda Sussman
65Vagabond WindJackdaw
66What'll I Do?Keith Rayburn
67Just to Feel the WindDavid G Smith
68SimultaneouslyAni DiFranco
69Of Him I Love Both Day and NightAndrea von Kampen
70ChloroformAni DiFranco
71Rare to WakeShannon Lay
72Hawks Don't ShareCarson McHone
73Eiderdown (feat. Caroline Cotter, Eric Troyer, Ian Rankine & Michael Mitsch)Gordon Thomas Ward
74She's a RainbowMolly Tuttle
75Beautiful MoonMartha Renaud
76Year of the SpiderShannon & The Clams
77Miss Olivia RoseMartha Renaud
78Chabelley JourneyCej
79HorobinMartha Renaud
80Let Me Be Your Break in the CloudsAlec Fraser Jr
81NipissingMartha Renaud
82It's Been Too LongMartha Renaud
83Diddle Aye DeeCej
84CaféJoe Flip
85Long, Long AgoGordon Thomas Ward
86DreamsGordon Thomas Ward
87Go GetterThe Accidentals
88Laurie Rolled Me a JJohn Craigie
89Ocean of EmotionAlec Fraser Jr
90Exactly Where You AreCrys Matthews
91Making DoCej
92ZeroMolly Tuttle
93AnnieJillette Johnson
94HardlytownHiss Golden Messenger
95RollingParker Millsap
97Sweet MiseryTre Burt
98I Don't MindRic Robertson
99Djibouti Moon (Many Eye One Sky)Cej
101DiamondsBen Howard
102WatercolorsMichelle Qureshi
103StrongmanAaron Nathans & Michael G. Ronstadt
104Haunted HouseAaron Nathans & Michael G. Ronstadt
105Désirée (feat. Eric Troyer)Gordon Thomas Ward
106The Ballad of Joseph Martin (feat. Eric Troyer)Gordon Thomas Ward
107Piety of Thieves (feat. Eric Troyer)Gordon Thomas Ward
108Not Enough TimeJoy Zimmerman
109Ghost WriterAaron Nathans & Michael G. Ronstadt
110I Go LowAaron Nathans & Michael G. Ronstadt
111Satellites (feat. Eric Troyer)Gordon Thomas Ward
112My Only LeapAaron Nathans & Michael G. Ronstadt
113Joke's on MeRachel Baiman
114The Woman Who Planted TreesEmily Barker
115How Many TimesEsther Rose
116Change is AfootCej
117AngeloJillette Johnson
118Crazy Like MeStrung Like a Horse
119FarmerJohn McCutcheon
120Prairie WindJoy Zimmerman
121A Little LostMolly Tuttle
122The State That We Are inRachel Garlin
123Through the PinesTrout Steak Revival
124Prodigal SonCrys Matthews
125Crazy MamaJohn Craigie
126SpringshineDebbie Cushman
127Messed with My MindMolly Tuttle
128Three Days StraightRay Wylie Hubbard
129Carry Me over the Sea (feat. Maura O'Connell)Tony Trischka
130When You Bloom (Colorado)Rachel Baiman
131Modern WomanErin Rae
132Intimate IndieSLPSTRM
133BiloxiHiss Golden Messenger
134I Need a TeacherHiss Golden Messenger
135ConfluenceAni DiFranco
136That SpellAndrea von Kampen
137VesselThe Accidentals
138How Many MoreCrys Matthews
139Above UsMichelle Qureshi
140With JoyMichelle Qureshi
141With TendernessMichelle Qureshi
142Just Another ReasonWatkins Family Hour
143Shores of AtlantisMichelle Qureshi
144Stay WildThe Bones of J.R. Jones
145Bucket ListJohn McCutcheon
146Lookin' for LoveStrung Like a Horse
147ArtJohn McCutcheon
148ContagiousAni DiFranco
149My WingHiss Golden Messenger
150It's a Beautiful Day and I Love YouJillette Johnson
151Don't Cry for MeAlec Fraser Jr
152All of My Cryin'Shannon & The Clams
153Four in the Morning (Highway Troubadour Version)Jesse Colin Young
154Might As Well Be GoldThe Accidentals
155To Be GratefulGarrett Wieland
156Mama Got RhythmWhiteWater Ramble
157The Sleep of the JustRay Wylie Hubbard
158Goin' HomeCej
159Hickory WindCej
160Luxury LinerCej
161Drinking SongWhiteWater Ramble
162Promised LandMartha Renaud
163MachineEmily Barker
164Count the RingsThe Accidentals
165It Will if We Let ItHiss Golden Messenger
166VulnerableParker Millsap
167Rust Belt FieldsRachel Baiman
168WeevilsRay Wylie Hubbard
169HollowWhiteWater Ramble
171Just a Little RainGarrison Starr
172Keep It CleanWatkins Family Hour
173Call Them inCrys Matthews
174JealousJillette Johnson
175The Great MystifierHiss Golden Messenger
176Wish I KnewReed Foehl
177This Ol' GuitarWhiteWater Ramble
178Capture MeRachel Garlin
179When Stars Cannot Be FoundEmily Barker
180If Your Life Were a MovieJoy Zimmerman
181SeashellsRachel Garlin
182Rollin' RiverRic Robertson
183Fake Badge, Real GunWatkins Family Hour
184American MilesReed Foehl
185Speed of the Sound of LonelinessKurt Vile
186Out HereJohn McCutcheon
187Hunter (Blue Sessions)Joni Mitchell
188Chestnut StreetTrace The Sun
189Mighty DollarHiss Golden Messenger
190DammitParker Millsap
191Don't DenyJohn Craigie
192Why Are the Guns Still FiringKatie Oates
193Grandma's HouseAlec Fraser Jr
194Ships in the NightRachel Baiman
195Take Back Thy GiftAndrea von Kampen
196Late to BloomRachel Garlin
197Keeps Me RunningEsther Rose
198Good TimeEsther Rose
199Radio SilenceRachel Garlin
200Broken BellTony Furtado

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