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Folk Alley's 100 Most Essential Folk Songs

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Folk Alley, the 24-hour online stream of Kent State University's WKSU, has never hopped on or off any folk-music bandwagons. Which, in turn, makes it a perfect place to explore the genre's many permutations, from bare-bones acoustic protest music to the many forms of electric roots music that followed. Folk Alley recently spent eight weeks polling its listeners in search of a master list of "The 100 Most Essential Folk Songs." The results -- found here in the form of a printable list and a continuous music mix, streamed in no particular order -- are fodder for debate, discussion and discovery.

What are your favorite folk songs? Head over to the Folk Alley site and join the discussion. To get you started, here's the master list:

(The list is the following format: Song - Written OR Performed By )

Join the discussion at Folk Alley's Web site

The 100 Essential Folk Songs

1. "This Land Is Your Land" - Woody Guthrie

2. "Blowin' in the Wind" - Bob Dylan

3. "City of New Orleans" - Steve Goodman

4. "If I Had a Hammer" - Pete Seeger

5. "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" - The Kingston Trio

6. "Early Morning Rain" - Gordon Lightfoot

7. "Suzanne" - Leonard Cohen

8. "We Shall Overcome" - Pete Seeger

9. "Four Strong Winds" - Ian and Sylvia

10. "Last Thing on My Mind" - Tom Paxton

11. "The Circle Game" - Joni Mitchell

12. "Tom Dooley" - The Kingston Trio (Trad)

13. "Both Sides Now" - Joni Mitchell

14. "Who Knows Where the Time Goes" - Sandy Denny

15. "Goodnight Irene" - The Weavers (Trad)

16. "Universal Soldier" - Buffy Sainte-Marie

17. "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright" - Bob Dylan

18. "Diamonds and Rust" - Joan Baez

19. "Sounds of Silence" - Simon & Garfunkel

20. "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" - Gordon Lightfoot

21. "Alice's Restaurant" - Arlo Guthrie

22. "Turn, Turn, Turn!" - The Byrds (Pete Seeger)

23. "Puff the Magic Dragon" - Peter, Paul and Mary

24. "Thirsty Boots" - Eric Anderson

25. "There But for Fortune" - Phil Ochs

26. "Across the Great Divide" - Kate Wolf

27. "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" - The Band (Robbie Robertson)

28. "The Dutchman" - Steve Goodman

29. "Matty Groves" - Fairport Convention (Trad)

30. "Pastures of Plenty" - Woody Guthrie

31. "Canadian Railroad Trilogy" - Gordon Lightfoot

32. "Ramblin' Boy" - Tom Paxton

33. "Hello in There" - John Prine

34. "The Mary Ellen Carter" - Stan Rogers

35. "Scarborough Fair" - Martin Carthy (Trad)

36. "Freight Train" - Elizabeth Cotton

37. "Like a Rolling Stone" - Bob Dylan

38. "Paradise" - John Prine

39. "Northwest Passage" - Stan Rogers

40. "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda" - Eric Bogle

41. "Changes" - Phil Ochs

42. "Streets of London" - Ralph McTell

43. "Gentle on My Mind" - John Hartford

44. "Barbara Allen" - Shirley Collins (Trad)

45. "Little Boxes" - Malvina Reynolds

46. "The Water Is Wide" - Traditional

47. "Blue Moon of Kentucky" - Bill Monroe

48. "No Regrets" - Tom Rush

49. "Amazing Grace" - Odetta (Trad)

50. "Catch the Wind" - Donovan

51. "If I Were a Carpenter" - Tim Hardin

52. "Big Yellow Taxi" - Joni Mitchell

53. "House of the Rising Sun" - Doc & Richard Watson (Trad)

54. "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine" - The Weavers

55. "Tangled Up in Blue" - Bob Dylan

56. "The Boxer" - Simon and Garfunkel

57. "Someday Soon" - Ian and Sylvia

58. "Miles" - Peter, Paul and Mary

59. "Masters of War" - Bob Dylan

60. "Wildwood Flower" - Carter Family

61. "Can the Circle Be Unbroken" - Carter Family

62. "Can't Help but Wonder Where I'm Bound" - Tom Paxton

63. "Teach Your Children" - Crosby, Stills Nash & Young

64. "Deportee" - Woody Guthrie

65. "Tecumseh Valley" - Townes Van Zandt

66. "Mr. Bojangles" - Jerry Jeff Walker

67. "Cold Missouri Waters" - James Keeleghan

68. "The Crucifixion" - Phil Ochs

69. "Angel from Montgomery" - John Prine

70. "Christmas in the Trenches" - John McCutcheon

71. "John Henry" - Traditional

72. "Pack Up Your Sorrows" - Richard and Mimi Farina

73. "Dirty Old Town" - Ewan MacColl

74. "Caledonia" - Dougie MacLean

75. "Gentle Arms of Eden" - Dave Carter

76. "My Back Pages" - Bob Dylan

77. "Arrow" - Cheryl Wheeler

78. "Hallelujah" - Leonard Cohen

79. "Eve of Destruction" - Barry McGuire

80. "Man of Constant Sorrow" - Ralph Stanley (Trad)

81. "Shady Grove" - Traditional

82. "Pancho and Lefty" - Townes Van Zandt

83. "Old Man" - Neil Young

84. "Mr. Tambourine Man" - Bob Dylan

85. "American Tune" - Paul Simon

86. "At Seventeen" - Janis Ian

87. "Bridge Over Troubled Water" - Simon & Garfunkel

88. "Road" - Nick Drake

89. "Tam Lin" - Fairport Convention (Trad)

90. "Ashokan Farewell" - Jay Ungar and Molly Mason

91. "Desolation Row" - Bob Dylan

92. "Love Is Our Cross to Bear" - John Gorka

93. "Hobo's Lullaby" - Woody Guthrie

94. "Urge for Going" - Tom Rush

95. "Return of the Grievous Angel" - Gram Parsons

96. "Chilly Winds" - The Kingston Trio

97. "Fountain of Sorrow" - Jackson Browne

98. "The Times They Are A-Changin'" - Bob Dylan

99. "Our Town" - Iris Dement

100. "Leaving on a Jet Plane" - John Denver

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