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 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.  

 2 Tracy Chapman

Tracy Chapman
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
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.

 3 Judy Collins

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

 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 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

 6 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.

 7 Emmylou Harris

Emmylou Harris
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
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.

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 8 Joanna Newsom

Joanna Newsom
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Famous As: Multi-instrumentalist, Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 18, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Grass Valley, California, United States

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.

 9 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.

 10 Jewel

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

 11 Vera Lynn

Vera Lynn
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Famous As: Singer, Entertainer whose musical recordings, performances were very popular during the Second World War
Birthdate: March 20, 1917
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Essex, England, United Kingdom
Died: June 18, 2020

 12 Roberta Flack

Roberta Flack
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 10, 1939
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Black Mountain, North Carolina, United States

 13 Regina Spektor

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

 14 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.

 15 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

 16 Maria Doyle Kennedy

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

Irish singer and actor Maria Doyle Kennedy is best known for her role as Catherine of Aragon in The Tudors. She has also been part of films such as The Conjuring 2 and The Commitments. Once part of the Black Velvet Band, she has also released several solo albums.

 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 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.

 19 Sierra Deaton

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

 20 Laura Marling

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

 21 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

 22 Maddie Poppe

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

 23 Kim Carnes

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

 24 Una Healy

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

Una Healy initially rose to fame as part of the 5-member girl group The Saturdays. The Irish singer is the niece of country music star Declan Nerney. A talented swimmer, she gave up the sport at 13 to switch to music. She has also scored solo hits such as Stay My Love.  

 25 Ashe

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

 26 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

 27 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

 28 Rebecca Pidgeon

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

 29 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

 30 Beth Gibbons

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

 31 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

 32 Maddy Prior

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

 33 Nanci Griffith

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

 34 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.

 35 Sasha Spielberg

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

 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 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

 38 Natalia Lafourcade

Natalia Lafourcade
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Famous As: Has been one of the most successful singers in Latin America
Birthdate: February 26, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

 39 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

 40 Cerys Matthews

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

Best known for hosting music shows on various BBC Radio networks, singer-songwriter Cerys Matthews had also previously established the Welsh band Catatonia. She also writes and presents documentaries and has been a reporter for the TV magazine The One Show. Her album Tir has been the best-selling Welsh album in a decade.

 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 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.

 43 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.

 44 Dana Rosemary Scallon

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

 45 Vashti Bunyan

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

 46 Jill Gibson

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

 47 Norma Tanega

Norma Tanega
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Famous As: Former Folk and Pop singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 30, 1939
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vallejo, California, United States
Died: December 29, 2019

 48 Eddi Reader

Eddi Reader
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Famous As: musician, singer, songwriter
Birthdate: August 28, 1959
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Glasgow

 49 Anais Mitchell

Anais Mitchell
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Birthdate: March 26, 1981
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vermont

 50 Suzy Bogguss

Suzy Bogguss
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 30, 1956
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Aledo, Illinois, U.S.