Women Folk Singers

Throughout history, there have been many women folk singers who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great female folk singers such as Nelly Furtado, Linda Ronstadt, Tracy Chapman, Pink, Aimee Mann.The women folk singers featured in this list are from United States, United Kingdom, Canada & Australia and many more countries.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Tracy Chapman

Tracy Chapman
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 30, 1964
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States

A four-time Grammy Award-winning artist, singer Tracy Chapman is best known for her hit single, Give Me One Reason. Interested in music from a young age, she learned to play multiple instruments as a child. She made her major-stage debut in 1985 and soon became a sensational hit. She is also known for her social activism.

 2 Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: November 7, 1943
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Macleod, Canada

Joni Mitchell is one of the most popular Canadian singer-songwriters. Widely regarded as one of the greatest songwriters of all time, her songs reflect her feelings about joy, romance, disillusionment, and confusion. Apart from being a musician, Joni is also a visual artist who designs most of her album covers. In fact, she calls herself a painter derailed by circumstance.  

 3 Mary Travers

Mary Travers
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: November 9, 1936
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Died: September 16, 2009

Mary Travers was an American singer and songwriter. She was part of Peter, Paul and Mary, one of the most successful and popular folk music groups of the 1960s. Apart from working with the music group, Travers released five solo albums. In 1999, she was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame as part of the group.

 4 Linda Ronstadt

Linda Ronstadt
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 15, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tucson, Arizona, United States

One of the world's best-selling music artists ever, Linda Ronstadt has sold over 100 million records worldwide. She performed in diverse genres, including Latin, light opera, rock, and country. She is also one of the most decorated female music artists of all time, having won prestigious awards, such as the National Medal of Arts and Humanities.

 5 Cass Elliot

Cass Elliot
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 19, 1941
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland
Died: July 29, 1974

Cass Elliot was a popular American singer and actress. As part of the famous folk-rock vocal group The Mamas and the Papas, Cass Elliot played an important role in influencing the counterculture of the 1960s and its music scene. She had a great impact on the American entertainment industry of the 1960s.

 6 Sandy Denny

Sandy Denny
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: January 6, 1947
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London
Died: April 21, 1978

 7 Joan Chandos Baez

Joan Chandos Baez
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 9, 1941
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Staten Island, New York, United States

Singer, songwriter, musician, and activist Joan Baez has been active in the music world for over six decades. She emerged as a major musical figure in the counterculture era of the 1960s. Her music encompasses various genres like pop, folk-rock, country, and gospel music. She is involved in civil rights, human rights, and environmental activism as well.

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 8 Jewel

Jewel
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: May 23, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Payson, Utah, United States

 9 Agnetha Faltskog

Agnetha Faltskog
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Famous As: Swedish musician
Birthdate: April 5, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Jönköping, Sweden
Swedish singer Agnetha Fältskog was part of the iconic pop group ABBA, along with her husband, Bjorn Ulvaeus. After the group disbanded, Fältskog launched a solo career and also appeared in a film. She released an album in 2004, after a 16-year hiatus, and then again in 2013.

 10 Deborah Ryan

Deborah Ryan
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Famous As: Actress, Singer
Birthdate: May 13, 1993
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Huntsville, Alabama

Deborah Ryan is an American singer and actress who started her career as a child artist before going on to establish herself as a successful adult actress in the TV and film industry. A multi-talented personality, Ryan can also play the guitar, keyboard, and piano. Also a well-known philanthropist, Ryan has been working on various causes, such as ocean conservation.

 11 Emmylou Harris

Emmylou Harris
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 2, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States

Emmylou Harris is an American musician, singer, and songwriter. Apart from being a bandleader, a solo artist, and an interpreter of other artists' works, Harris is also an activist; since 1999, she has been conducting Concerts for a Landmine Free World, an annual benefit tour. She is also an ardent supporter of animal rights organizations, such as PETA.

 12 Joanna Newsom

Joanna Newsom
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Famous As: Multi-instrumentalist
Birthdate: January 18, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nevada City, California

Joanna Newsom is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actress. Noted for her unique musical style, Newsom's early work was influenced by polyrhythms. She is one of the most important members of the modern freak folk and psychedelic folk movement. Newsom is also noted for her songwriting, which incorporates elements of avant-garde modernism and Appalachian music.

 13 Nelly Furtado

Nelly Furtado
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Birthdate: December 2, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Victoria

Nelly Furtado is a Portuguese-Canadian record producer and singer-songwriter. Known for her constant reinvention and musical versatility, Furtado is one of the most successful musical artists from Canada, having sold more than 40 million records. Her work has also inspired fellow musicians like Dua Lipa and Bridgit Mendler. Also a philanthropist, Furtado is a member of Artists Against Racism charity.

 14 Regina Spektor

Regina Spektor
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: February 18, 1980
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

 15 Judy Collins

Judy Collins
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 1, 1939
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States

 16 Deborah Falconer

Deborah Falconer
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 13, 1965
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sacramento, California, United States
Deborah Falconer has appeared in quite a few films, such as the comedy Pyrates and the biographical film The Doors. She also released music albums such as Untangle and Brave Like Me. She was previously married to actor Robert Downey Jr. and also had a son with him.

 17 Colbie Caillat

Colbie Caillat
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 28, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Malibu, California, United States

 18 Suzanne Vega

Suzanne Vega
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Musician
Birthdate: July 11, 1959
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States

 19 Sierra Deaton

Sierra Deaton
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Famous As: Pop Singer
Birthdate: February 11, 1991
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 20 Maria Doyle Kennedy

Maria Doyle Kennedy
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 25, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Clontarf, Dublin, Ireland

 21 Janis Ian

Janis Ian
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter, Musician & Author
Birthdate: April 7, 1951
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Farmingdale, New Jersey, United States

 22 Buffy Sainte-Marie

Buffy Sainte-Marie
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Famous As: Actor, Singer-songwriter, Visual artist, Record producer, Composer
Birthdate: February 20, 1941
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Piapot, Canada

Known for her music that showcases the issues of Native Americans, Canadian-American singer Buffy Sainte-Marie became the first person from any indigenous community to win an Oscar, with the song Up Where We Belong. She had also been blacklisted by many radio stations earlier due to her activism.

 23 Peaches

Peaches
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 11, 1968
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Canadian musician Merrill Nisker was fighting thyroid cancer in 2000, when she suddenly changed her name to Peaches and worked on a phenomenal album named The Teaches of Peaches. The queer singer has gained followers for her gender-oriented lyrics and her sexual gestures during her stage performances. 

 24 Laura Marling

Laura Marling
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Singer
Birthdate: February 1, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: England

 25 Kim Carnes

Kim Carnes
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 20, 1945
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pasadena, California, USA

 26 Sasha Spielberg

Sasha Spielberg
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 14, 1990
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

 27 Maddy Prior

Maddy Prior
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 14, 1947
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Blackpool

 28 Maddie Poppe

Maddie Poppe
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 5, 1997
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Clarksville, Iowa, United States

 29 Sharon Van Etten

Sharon Van Etten
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 26, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Belleville, New Jersey, USA

 30 Ashe

Ashe
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 24, 1993
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: San Jose, California, United States

 31 Lianne La Havas

Lianne La Havas
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer, Pianist, Songwriter, Musician, Guitarist
Birthdate: August 23, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London

 32 Una Healy

Una Healy
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 10, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: County Tipperary, Ireland

 33 Gillian Welch

Gillian Welch
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer, Guitarist, Composer
Birthdate: October 2, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States

 34 Rebecca Pidgeon

Rebecca Pidgeon
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 10, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

 35 Constanze Mozart

Constanze Mozart
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 5, 1762
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Zell im Wiesental, Germany
Died: March 6, 1842

 36 Iris DeMent

Iris DeMent
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: January 5, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paragould, Arkansas, United States

 37 Exene Cervenka

Exene Cervenka
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 1, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Exene Cervenka soared to fame as a singer of the punk rock band X. She has also held exhibitions for her mixed media art, published books, and released a spoken word album. She has also expressed her views as a conspiracy theorist named Christine Notmyrealname, on social media.

 38 Beth Gibbons

Beth Gibbons
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 4, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bristol, England, UK

 39 Falguni Pathak

Falguni Pathak
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Famous As: singer, composer
Birthdate: March 12, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vadodara

Known as the Dandiya Queen, Falguni Pathak rocked the 1990s with her chartbusting tracks such as Chudi Jo Khanki Haathon Mein, which still light up Navratri celebrations in India. She is also known for her signature androgynous looks. Though she’s based in Mumbai, her songs reflect the Gujarati folk culture.

 40 Nanci Griffith

Nanci Griffith
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: July 6, 1953
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Seguin, Texas, U.S.

 41 Ella Edmondson

Ella Edmondson
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Famous As: Singer, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist
Birthdate: January 22, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hammersmith

 42 Dana Rosemary Scallon

Dana Rosemary Scallon
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 30, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Islington, London, England

 43 Cerys Matthews

Cerys Matthews
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 11, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cardiff, Wales, UK

 44 Martha Wainwright

Martha Wainwright
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 8, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Montreal

Born into a family of musicians, Canadian-American folk singer Martha Wainwright initially studied drama but later began her music career, performing at coffee-houses. She is talented songwriter, too and has performed as part of the duo known as the Wainwright Sisters, with her half-sister Lucy Wainwright Roche.

 45 Kathy Mattea

Kathy Mattea
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: June 21, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: South Charleston, West Virginia, United States

 46 Jelena Karleuša

Jelena Karleuša
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 17, 1978
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia

 47 Vashti Bunyan

Vashti Bunyan
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Famous As: singer, songwriter, singer-songwriter, guitarist
Birthdate: 1945 AD
Birthplace: London

 48 Maria Muldaur

Maria Muldaur
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 12, 1943
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Greenwich Village, New York City New York, U.S.

 49 Jill Gibson

Jill Gibson
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Famous As: Painter, Photographer, Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: June 18, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles

 50 Judee Sill

Judee Sill
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer, Composer, Pianist
Birthdate: October 7, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Oakland
Died: November 23, 1979