The Roots Music Report's
Top Contemporary Folk Song Chart
for the Year of 2016

Rank Song Title Band/Artist Name
1Sake of the SongHayes Carll
2Down to the RiverDarrell Scott
3Today Today TodayJames Taylor
4Worried MindEilen Jewell
5Blindly BelievingThe Waifs
6WaysideMark Erelli
7Wondrous TravelerThe Small Glories
8Pictures on My Phone (Live)John Craigie
9She's Got YouRhiannon Giddens
10When It Comes My TurnDavid Myles
11There Isn't One WayPatty Griffin
12Take You AwayChristian Lopez Band
13To Hell with Monday MorningWinter Wilson
14Come Back DownT Sisters
15Up Above My HeadRhiannon Giddens
16TightropeDrew Holcomb & The Neighbors
17If You Wanna Get KissedEleni Mandell
18Love for a WhileKeith Greeninger
19Hidden HeartMarit Larsen
20I'd Rather Be Ashes Than DustWinter Wilson
21Do You Dream of MeYnana Rose
22Don't Even Think of Leaving MeYnana Rose
23Way over YonderThe Small Glories
24Holding onThe Small Glories
25We've Got a FireThe Steel Wheels
26Black RiverSierra Hull
27The Meaning of My Love (feat. Eliza Gilkyson)Darryl Purpose
28But then You SmileArt Podell
29We Sang Our Songs in CaliforniaArt Podell
30The Bottles on the TableBianca De Leon
31You've Heard My Voice (And You Know My Name)Art Podell
32The Road You Thought You KnewWren
33Waiting to Give (feat. FY5)Gabrielle Louise
34Rare BirdKelley McRae
35Blow Wind BlowThe Grahams
36Love is So EasyHayes Carll
37Big BoxNeil Young
38When I'm GoneBrother Sun
39Shake SugareeRhiannon Giddens
40DriveHayes Carll
41The Healing TimeWinter Wilson
42Lucky LifeLori Lieberman
43Golden ApplesArt Podell
44Driftin DanTimmy Abell
45Time and the RiverArt Podell
46Choices and ChangesSierra Hull
47AusterityWinter Wilson
48The One I'm Still Thinking AboutDarrell Scott
49Giving Up on Your HometownLori McKenna
50Land of Stone and Steel (feat. Steve Phillips)David Hakan
51Live and Not Learn (feat. Mary Danzig & Peter Danzig)David Hakan
52The Fire Warden (feat. Mary Danzig & Peter Danzig)David Hakan
53Solid GoneDavid Hakan
54Weighted MindSierra Hull
55Where the Hippies GoDavid Hakan
56Is It True That His Eyes Are Like Mine?Winter Wilson
57MagicMark Erelli
58Heart of a SongNancy Cassidy
59Red Dirt RoadKelley McRae
60Love is the ReasonDarrell Scott
61Ain't NobodyDori Freeman
62Weary TravellerWinter Wilson
63Fool for YouYnana Rose
64The Love You SowYnana Rose
65Gallows HillWinter Wilson
66Merciful FatherWinter Wilson
67Love Don't Let Me DownHayes Carll
68Nothing Stays the SameWinter Wilson
69New HeartOwen Plant
70Beg Steal or BorrowRay LaMontagne
71Natural CausesRon Renninger
72Big RiverDarrell Scott
73Waiting for the Clothes to Get CleanDarrell Scott
74The In-BetweenSierra Hull
75Doreen and JoeWinter Wilson
76I Sang Patsy ClineBianca De Leon
77Melancholy WaysLucy Wainwright Roche & Suzzy Roche
78Don't Try to Give Me Something I Don't NeedWinter Wilson
79Half-broke HorseEilen Jewell
80To the LightFreebo
81Gibson TownRed Tail Ring
82Mary Don't You Weep and MoanBrother Sun
83When Buddha Smiled at the ElephantDarryl Purpose
84Free (This is the Love Song)Darrell Scott
85Long Blue HillsBen Bedford
86Had I PaidThe Small Glories
87StrandedSierra Hull
88Ribbons and BowsAmanda Pearcy
89Black Sky LightningQuiles & Cloud
90She's My Personal GPSFreebo
91She Loves My Dog More Than MeFreebo
92Peggy OTony Furtado
93Jenny Run AwayAna Egge
94Letters from the EarthBen Bedford
95Keep on GoingBrother Sun
96DesperadoLucy Wainwright Roche & Suzzy Roche
97I'd Rather Be the DevilRed Tail Ring
98Only in My MindCourtney Marie Andrews
99Wings of the DawnSierra Hull
100By the Rio GrandeQuiles & Cloud
101I Ain't Runnin' No MoreFreebo
102Selfish LoverAmanda Pearcy
103Gypsy MoonMeg Braun
104FirecrackerTony Furtado
105Ain't NobodyDonal Hinely
106GunpowderPatty Griffin
107Wealth AddictRoosevelt Dime
108ElectricityVictor & Penny
109Flat Top GuitarAna Egge
110All These ThingsLori McKenna
111Servant of LovePatty Griffin
112The Ocean SongThe Belle Hollows
113If I Had My Way (feat. Regina McCrary and Ann McCrary)Patty Griffin
114Chocolate Chip Banana CupcakesAnna Elizabeth Laube
115Cold October DayLucy Wainwright Roche & Suzzy Roche
116Crocodile ManTerri Hendrix
117Blood on MissouriBen Bedford
118Song for PaulDori Freeman
119Cold SnapEleni Mandell
120From the DayDonal Hinely
121Mighty Mighty RiverBrother Sun
122Bleecker StreetLucy Wainwright Roche & Suzzy Roche
123MenaChris Daniels & The Kings
124Wind Will BlowMo Kenney
125The Pilot and the Flying Machine, Part 1Ben Bedford
126Hallelujah BandEilen Jewell
127Told a Lie to My HeartHarrow Fair
128Hours in a DayDarryl Purpose
129Smoke a Little CigaretteMatt Patershuk
130At LastTattletale Saints
131The Hard WayThe Keller Sisters
132SideshowThe Keller Sisters
133Fortune TellerRobert Plant & Alison Krauss
134Follow This HighwayNeptune's Car
135Stonewalls and FencesNeptune's Car
136Kiss the Sun (A Song for Pat Tillman)Ellis Paul
137Trains CryCaroline Spence
138Morning ManDarrell Scott
139TorontoAshley Condon
140Going to the CountryAshley Condon
141Marjorie (Live)Moors & McCumber
142French KingMark Erelli
143OrreryBen Bedford
144Hard NightKelley McRae
145More in StoreVictor & Penny
146Peace TrailNeil Young
147That's What Love isFreebo
148Little Patch of SkyLarry Murante
149Fountain of SorrowIndigo Girls
150It's Not EasyThe Henry Girls
151Tilt-A-WhirlThe Railsplitters
152CompassSierra Hull
153Yours and MineDawn and Hawkes
154CooCooEvie Ladin
155Running out of RoadMarit Larsen
156Prince of the Apple TownsDarryl Purpose
157Mercy NowMary Gauthier
158The RantTerri Hendrix
159Bring Your Clothes Back HomeApril Verch
160Salt Salt SeaThe Railsplitters
161The Magic KidHayes Carll
162Hurt a Little WhilePatty Griffin
163I Will Do the BreathingMatt The Electrician
164Carnival Jim and JeanEric Taylor
165Your Old AgeCosy Sheridan
166Rather Be FreeHeather Maloney
1674000 Reasons to RunKenny White
168Ease on DownEvie Ladin
169HawkmothThe Deer
170Drunkard's DaughterMeg Braun
171I Never AskedMeg Braun
172HangnailHarrow Fair
173Deep Ellum BluesQuiles & Cloud
174YouThe Railsplitters
175GoosetownThe Railsplitters
176Tell MeThe Railsplitters
177Send Me HomeJaspar Lepak
178CloudsJaspar Lepak
179January FireJaspar Lepak
180Leaving the CountryJaspar Lepak
181More Time with You (feat. Mary Danzig)David Hakan
182SunflowerThe Weepies
183Jump the FireEvie Ladin
184Come into This RoomDarrell Scott
185Turning AwayAna Egge
186SnakebitMary Gauthier
187Almost ThereSuzie Brown
188Tender AnnabelleThe Grahams
189If You Hadn't Gone AwayApril Verch
190GilchristApril Verch

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