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Best Songs of the 1960s Folk Revival

Top 60 songs of the '60s Folk Revival


Pete Seeger, full-length portrait, performing on stage at Yorktown Heights High School, Yorktown, N.Y. / World Journal Tribune photo by James Kavallines, 1967.
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection./Wikimedia Commons
The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan

The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan

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Phil Ochs - A Toast to Those Who Are Gone

Phil Ochs - A Toast to Those Who Are Gone

© Phil Ochs

The 60s folk revival churned out a lot of great songs. We all know that cultural phenomena don't necessarily happen in neat little blocks of time we like to refer to as "decades," but the years between 1960 and 1969 sure were packed to the rim with an uncanny amount of folk singer/songwriters doing their thing in New York, California, and elsewhere. 

Among them were some of the most influential artists and groundbreaking women songwriters, not to mention protest singers, traditionalists, and envelope pushers.

Following is a list of some of the greatest songs of the 1960s folk revival, alphabetically by the artist's first name. Click on the link to purchase or download the MP3. If you don't see a song that you think belongs on this list, please drop your vote in the folk music forum.

Arlo Guthrie
1. Alice's Restaurant

Bob Dylan
2. Song to Woody
3. Blowin in the Wind
4. Just Like a Woman
5. Like a Rolling Stone
6. Masters of War
7. Mr. Tambourine Man
8. Subterranean Homesick Blues
9. The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carrol
10. The Times, They Are a-Changin'

Buffy Ste. Marie
11. Now That The Buffalo's Gone

Chad Mitchell Trio
12. Hello Susan Brown

The Chambers Brothers
13. People Get Ready

Crosby, Stills & Nash
14. Suite: Judy Blue Eyes

Dave Van Ronk
15. Both Sides Now
16. The Butcher Boy

Doc Watson
17. Salt Creek
18. Black Mountain Rag
19. Doc's Guitar

Eric Andersen
22. Thirsty Boots
23. Violets of Dawn

Gordon Lightfoot
24. Canadian Railroad Trilogy
25. Early Morning Rain

Harry Belafonte
26. Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)

Janis Ian
27. Society's Child

Jesse Fuller
28. San Francisco Bay Blues

Joan Baez
29. There But For Fortune
30. Diamonds & Rust
31. Kumbaya

The Kingston Trio
32. The MTA
33. Tom Dooley

The New Christy Minstrels
34. Green, Green

35. This Little Light of Mine
36. Mule Skinner Blues
37. He's Got the Whole World In His Hands

Pete Seeger
38. If I had a Hammer
39. We Shall Overcome
40. What Did You Learn In School Today?
41. Which Side Are You On?
42. Where Have All the Flowers Gone?

Phil Ochs
43. I Ain't Marchin' Anymore
44. Is There Anybody Here
45. Love Me, I'm a Liberal
46. Outside of a Small Circle of Friends
47. Talking Vietnam Blues
48. Draft Dodger Rag

The Rooftop Singers
49. Walk Right In

The Sandpipers
50. Guantanamera

Simon & Garfunkel
51. Scarborough Fair
52. The Sound of Silence

The Springfields
53. Silver Threads and Golden Needles

Sonny & Brownie
54. Walk On

Sylvia Fricker (Ian & Sylvia)
55. You Were On My Mind

Tom Paxton
56. I Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound
57. Lyndon Johnson Told the Nation
58. The Last Thing on My Mind

The Village Stompers
59. Washington Square

The Weavers
60. Goodnight Irene

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