Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” Voted Top Folk Song

from FolkWax:

“This Land is Your Land,” a song Woody Guthrie wrote in response to Irving Berlin’s more commercially patriotic “God Bless America,” has been voted the number one essential folk song by 3,200 listeners to FolkAlley.com.

FolkAlley.com asked listeners, “What do you consider an essential folk song?” It was a wide-open request, no suggestions of song titles and artists were offered. The top five also includes Bob Dylan‘s “Blowin’ in the Wind;” “City of New Orleans,” which was written by Steve Goodman and popularized by Arlo Guthrie; and two songs by Pete Seeger, “If I Had a Hammer” and “Where Have All the Flowers Gone.”

The final list of the top 100 songs was compiled from nearly 3,200 votes from listeners all over the world. Ties were broken by Folk Alley’s programming staff. The top 100 list can be viewed online at http://www.folkalley.com/lists/. Visitors can also go to FolkAlley.com to access an audio stream featuring the winning songs. And, if they disagree with the final list, listeners are encouraged to give a nod to “songs that should have made the list but didn’t.” Additional songs from this new pool will be added to the on-demand sidestream later in June.

Folk Alley is heard online at FolkAlley.com, iTunes, Windows Media, RealAudio, Live 365, and as one of the founding partners of NPR Music. The stream can also be heard as an HD Radio side channel in select markets and each month on SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio’s The Village. FolkAlley.com is a non-profit Internet venture produced by WKSU-FM, an award-winning public radio station with nearly 60 years of broadcasting history. A service of Kent State University, the station also presents the Kent State Folk Festival and broadcasts 13 hours of original folk music programming throughout Northeast Ohio each week over WKSU 89.7, four repeater stations and two translator signals.

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