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The Best Contemporary Folk Albums of All Time

1.

Joni Mitchell - Court and Spark
January 17, 1974
Critic Score
100
5 reviews

2.

Nick Drake - Five Leaves Left
July 3, 1969
Critic Score
99
5 reviews

3.

The Beatles - A Hard Day's Night
July 10, 1964
Critic Score
98
5 reviews

4.

Leonard Cohen - Songs of Leonard Cohen
December 27, 1967
Critic Score
95
5 reviews

5.

Nick Drake - Pink Moon
February 25, 1972
Critic Score
95
6 reviews

6.

Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
July 5, 2005
Critic Score
93
22 reviews

7.

Anaïs Mitchell - Hadestown
March 9, 2010
Critic Score
92
5 reviews

8.

Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell
March 31, 2015
Critic Score
91
45 reviews

9.

Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked at Me
March 24, 2017
Critic Score
91
18 reviews

10.

The Magnetic Fields - 69 Love Songs
September 7, 1999
Critic Score
91
10 reviews

11.

Sam Lee & Friends - The Fade In Time
June 16, 2015
Critic Score
89
8 reviews

12.

Leonard Cohen - You Want It Darker
October 21, 2016
Critic Score
89
31 reviews

13.

Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell Live
April 28, 2017
Critic Score
89
5 reviews

14.

Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher
June 18, 2020
Critic Score
88
43 reviews

15.

Joanna Newsom - The Milk-Eyed Mender
March 23, 2004
Critic Score
88
7 reviews

16.

Joanna Newsom - Divers
October 23, 2015
Critic Score
88
40 reviews

17.

Augie March - Strange Bird
October 14, 2002
Critic Score
88
5 reviews

18.

Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear
February 10, 2015
Critic Score
87
41 reviews

19.

Laura Marling - Song For Our Daughter
April 10, 2020
Critic Score
87
31 reviews

20.

Taylor Swift - folklore
July 24, 2020
Critic Score
87
38 reviews

21.

Rhiannon Giddens With Francesco Turrisi - They're Calling Me Home
April 9, 2021
Critic Score
87
8 reviews

22.

Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
May 26, 2009
Critic Score
86
34 reviews

23.

Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
June 3, 2008
Critic Score
86
23 reviews

24.

Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
February 10, 1998
Critic Score
86
9 reviews

25.

Sparrow & the Workshop - Crystals Fall
April 11, 2010
Critic Score
86
5 reviews
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