Those who are in touch with their country roots will be familiar with its cousins – bluegrass, folk and Appalachian. Those who love folk and have not found a comprehensive source to get that music will find the following songs very helpful. Worry no more for your quest to have the latest and most popular folk songs.
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- Playlist is here and do enjoy these top 10 best folk songs 2017-2018.
- 10. Ed Sheeran – Castle on the Hill
- 9. Jesca Hoop – Memories are Now
- 8. Valerie June – Got Soul
- 7. The Secret Sisters – He’s Fine
- 6. Rhiannon Giddens – Better Get It Right the First Time
- 5. Valerie June – Shakedown
- 4. This is the kit – Moonshine Freeze
- 3. Darden Smith – Love will Win the War
- 2. Valerie June – Astral Plane
- 1. Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer – Not Dark Yet
Playlist is here and do enjoy these top 10 best folk songs 2017-2018.
10. Ed Sheeran – Castle on the Hill
This record was released by British singer Ed Sheeran as one of the double lead singles, in addition to Shape of You. The song is folk-pop with elements of rock fused. The main theme being explores on this track is Sheeran’s childhood. He remembers getting drunk and smoking cigarettes with his friends as a teenager. The castle that is continually referred to in this song is Framlingham Castle. In the beginning of 2017, he was invited to perform at the castle. The song was praised by many critics with its “nervous guitar builds and wistful, generic lyrics”. Another critic compared the track to a record that the rock band Train would perform with its fast yet powerful melody. Yet another critic compared the track to Coldplay’s latest style, with its potential to be performed at arenas. The folk song debuted at number six on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Its video has over 276 million views.
9. Jesca Hoop – Memories are Now
Released from her album of the same name, Memories are Now is an indie/folk record that is soulful yet confrontational. The song opens with a slow guitar and moves at a crawl, subdued, yet disciplined. The song then builds, with Jesca Hoop’s vocals getting wilder and more defiant as she sings “memories are now”. The message that she is trying to put across may be that the internet has a way of blurring the past and the present, and the future never really arrives. Or, she could simply be trying to put across that every moment is precious and could be a memory. The video has over 96,000 views.
8. Valerie June – Got Soul
Valerie June is a singer, song-writer and multi-instrumentalist that hails from Tennessee. Her music is a blend of folk, indie, blues, soul, country, Appalachian and blue grass. The talented singer plays the guitar, banjo and ukulele. Got Soul is a soul-shaking and uplifting ode to the numerous threads of June’s musical tapestry. The song has rooted elements of folk, blues and country. The music video for the dong is stunning and artistic, using adorable pictures of her from her childhood. The song’s video has garnered over 15,000 views.
7. The Secret Sisters – He’s Fine
Sisters Laura and Lydia Rodgers make up the singing duo The Secret Sisters. They had never eve r considered singing as a career, with Laura studying business and Lydia being considered as the real singer. As fate would have it, the two sisters ended up singing at an impromptu audition, giving birth to The Secret Sisters. They were signed to Universal Records and they brought in steel guitar player, Pig Robbins. The sisters were eventually dropped by the label, beginning a really hard period in their lives. Thus came the inspiration for the record, He’s Fine. While on the surface, He’s Fine sounds like a lady struggling to deal with a man’s infidelity, the song is actually about the duo’s hardships. They personified their problems into the persona of the song. The track is a folk-pop singalong and is as catchy as it is personal. The song has over 117,000 views.
6. Rhiannon Giddens – Better Get It Right the First Time
In life, there must always be change. Changes in seasons, weather, growth in animals etc. For instance, most plant and animal life change in ways that are beneficial to them. Not so with humans. We often move in directions that are completely opposite to the ones that bring progress. Rhiannon Giddens’ LP is about change and growth. In “Better Get It Right the First Time”, Giddens highlights the issue of police brutality. It has great harmonies, incorporating horns and urgent raps. It speaks out against how the black man is condemned to always be on their best behavior when it comes to the police, and the consequences of not “getting it right’. The song has over 29,000 views.
5. Valerie June – Shakedown
The name for this song is quite apt, considering its rock-shattering impact on the ears. The song is a banger for sure, with its use of fierce percussion and with Valerie June taking an energetic lead on the vocals. The song is no ordinary folk track; it actually makes you want to dance. So press play and let Shakedown shake you down. Really. The song has 256,870 views on YouTube.
4. This is the kit – Moonshine Freeze
Released off the album of the same name, Moonshine Freeze offers a soundscape of smooth folk. The song has repeated chanted lyrics and smooth drums. The track presents a seductive hypnotizing approach to music, with its repetitive lyrics and soothing melodies. The song is also dark and mysterious, with its mysterious lyrics. The instruments in this track are allowed to have their spotlight. Moonshine Freeze may at first be the usual happy folk song but it is deeper than that. The video has over 90,000 views.
3. Darden Smith – Love will Win the War
Darden Smith is a popular folk singer known best for his amazing lyrics and for his ability to weave Americana and folk influences with pop and rock. His latest folk song, Love Will Win the War is a track off his latest album, Everything. The song’s soulful lyrics are all about the power of love obver hatred. If you enjoy, the fusion of folk with other genres, then listen to Darden Smith.
2. Valerie June – Astral Plane
Astral Plane is yet another folk gem from her album The Order of Time. The lead single was made to be a sweet lullaby, soothing our ears with the gauzy guitar sounds. The song is country-tinged and showcases her ability to communicate through the universal language that is song. It is calmly philosophical, which the sound that most fans have come to expect from Valerie June. The video for the song has over 166,000 views.
1. Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer – Not Dark Yet
Named as the album it is released from, Not Dark Yet is a study into the art of sibling harmonies. The two sisters have never sung before this album which was a serious crime against folk music. Their voices, each beautiful in their own right, interweave across this Bob Dylan song, transforming it and making it their own. The video has over 13,000 views on YouTube.
If you are a lover of folk music, then the songs above are the perfect playlist for you. Sit back in your rocking chair and take a listen to top 10 best folk songs 2017-2018. For those who aren’t aware of the genre just take a moment and listen to a few tracks, and maybe you might fall in love with the genre.