Top Ten Folk/Crossover Hits Of All Time

Jul 12, 2013

By AM740 Staff

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In honour of Woody Guthrie’s birthday (July 14, 1912) we’ve rounded up the top ten folk music songs that became cross-over hits: inspired by the original folk pioneers.

10.Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (written by the Band) – Joan Baez(one-time queen of folk-peaked #3 in 1971)

9. Kisses Sweeter Than Wine – Jimmie Rodgers (peaked #3 in 1957)

8. Blowin’ in The Wind (writen by Bob Dylan) – Peter,Paul & Mary ( peaked #2 in 1963)

7. Greenfields (written by Terry Gilkyson in 1956) – The Brothers Four (peaked #2 in 1960)

6. On Top of Old Smoky (written by Terry Gilkyson) – The Weavers (peaked #2 for 8 weeks in 1951)

5. Tom Dooley (traditional folk song written in 1868 as’Tom Dula”) – The Kingston Trio (their 1st #1 hit in 1958)

4. Walk Right In – The Rooftop Singers (#1 in 1963)

3. Michael – The Highwaymen (peaked at #1 in 1961 )

2. Honeycomb – Jimmie Rodgers (peaked #1 for 4 weeks)

1. Goodnight Irene – The Weavers with Pete Seeger & Gordon Jenkin’s Orchestra -a monster hit selling 2 million copies and #1 for 13 weeks in 1950


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