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Folk can be a very big genre change for a lot of people. The laid back, acoustic style’s completely different from the maximalist, energetic songs that you’d hear on the radio. So here’s a list of songs that serve as a great transition for anyone trying to know a little bit more about folk music.

Woodland by The Paper Kites

This chill but upbeat song is a good pick-me-up for relaxing after a long day. The simplistic instrumentation and nostalgic lyrics are perfect for a walk across nature. I’m sure this song will make you feel like a kid again.

Sleep On The Floor by The Lumineers

There’s never been a better road trip song than this one. With impactful drums and powerful singing, it’ll leave you in a good mood for the rest of the day. If you ever feel like running away from your life and responsibilities for a little while, this is the song for you.

Bitter Water by The Oh Hellos

If you’re an avid TikTok user, you’ve probably heard this band’s song “Poet, Soldier, King”. Keeping with the same style, the whimsical plucking pattern and the impressive choirs of this song will make you feel like you’re a fantasy book.

Brazil by Declan Mckenna

If your taste is more geared towards indie or chill rock, this song is my personal recommendation. It has an extremely catchy riff and interesting social critiques that will make it play on repeat.

King And Lionheart by Of Monsters and Men

Finally, with heartfelt lyrics and emotional instrumentals, this song is a force to be reckoned with. Based on the singer’s own experience of being separated from her brother at an early age, it’s perfect for when you’re missing someone important in your life.

While not purely folk, this list’s a great mix of different styles offered by the genre. And, if you like the sound of them you might want to check out more about folk music and diversify your playlist.

I'm a first year international student from Brazil majoring in Psychology! I'm a major movie buff and I love learning new languages.