60 Best Folk Wedding Songs
Some of our favorite songs to play at weddings are folk songs. They contain so much emotion in their performances which makes your wedding memorable.
Traditional folk music has been defined in several ways: as music transmitted orally, music with unknown composers or music performed as a customer over a long period of time.
Folk music is storytelling. It’s simple in its instrumentation but complex in its harmonies. It’s known for beautiful, haunting melodies with choruses that everyone can join.
If you love Folk music, be sure to attend the Montana Folk Festival. It is held in Butte, Montana in the month of July.
Who Are Popular Folk Artists?
Folk isn’t for the old folks. According to Ranker, the top 3 folk artists in 2020 include Leon Bridges, Caamp, and Nathaniel Ratliff. We also like The Avett Brothers, The Milk Carton Kids, and Chris Thile.
The all-time popular folk artists include:
- Ben Harper
- Bob Dylan
- Cat Stevens
- Emmylou Harris
- The Grateful Dead
- Harry Belafonte
- James Taylor
- Joan Baez
- Johnny Cash
- Joni Mitchell
Why Would I Want Folk Music at My Wedding?
If Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, and James Taylor speak to you, then that singer-songwriters feel that brings teardrops to everyone’s eyes, is your jam. Folk music is emotional. Folk music captures our stories as people. it’s part of our tradition and how we tell stories. You could say that country and western stems from folk. American folk music has its roots in Ireland.
Because of this, many of our most beloved songs are from the folk genre. We could also include indie and singer-songwriter in this genre as well.
Sweet, low-key weddings outdoors with a solo guitarist is the ideal wedding for folk music. Imagine walking down the aisle to “Something in the Way She Moves” by James Taylor. You could even include an instrumental version of “You Look Wonderful Tonight” in this category. Wow. Beautiful, just beautiful.
Top 10 Folk Songs
This top ten list is compiled by popular downloads.
- Take Me Home, Country Roads – John Denver
- The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald – Gordon Lightfoot
- Sundown – Gordon Lightfoot
- In Hell I’ll Be in Good Company – The Dead South
- Holocene – Bon Iver
- Ho Hey – The Lumineers
- Bubbly – Colbie Caillat
- Fast Car – Tracy Chapman
- Puff, The Magic Dragon – Peter, Paul and Mary
- Danny’s Song – Loggins & Messina
We have compiled a list of our favorite 60 folk songs perfect for weddings.
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60 Best Folk Songs For Weddings
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Folk wedding song list curated by Matthew Campbell
Last Updated: January 4, 2021
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