The Most Influential Folk & Americana Albums of 2017

THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, WE STAY BUSY TRACKING JUST HOW MANY TIMES NEW FOLK ALBUMS ARE SHARED ACROSS SOCIAL MEDIA TO GIVE YOU A NUMBERS-BASED VIEW OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL RELEASES OF 2017.

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Artist / Album Label Total Shares
Feist / Pleasure Universal 103,720
Aimee Mann / Mental Illness SuperEgo 41,387
The Mountain Goats / Goths Merge 23,279
Sufjan Stevens / Carrie & Lowell Live Asthmatic Kitty 17,372
Big Thief / Capacity Saddle Creek 16,539
Mount Eerie / A Crow Looked at Me P.W. Elverum & Sun 15,090
Rhiannon Giddens / Freedom Highway Nonesuch 10,289
Hurray For The Riff Raff / The Navigator ATO 10,165
Pieta Brown / Postcards Lustre 4,155
(Sandy) Alex G / Rocket Domino 2,340
Julie Byrne / Not Even Happiness Ba Da Bing! 2,181
Aldous Harding / Party 4AD 2,110
Sun Kil Moon / Common As Light and Love Are Red Valleys of Blood Caldo Verde 1,686
Jesca Hoop / Memories Are Now Sub Pop 1,498
Ariel Pink & Weyes Blood / Myths 002 Mexican Summer 1,141
Duke Garwood / Garden of Ashes Heavenly, PIAS 961
Nadia Reid / Preservation Universal Music New Zealand 947
Michael Chapman / 50 Paradise of Bachelors 751
Molly Burch / Please Be Mine Captured Tracks 609
Karen Elson / Double Roses H.O.T. 536
Six Organs of Admittance / Burning the Threshold Drag City 444
Frontier Ruckus / Enter the Kingdom Loose Music 371
Charlie Cunningham / Lines Dumont Dumont 274
Meursault / I Will Kill Again Song, by Toad 239
Tim Cohen / Luck Man Sinderlyn 192
Tall Tall Trees / Freedays Joyful Noise 176

Influence is calculated based on the total number of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, and Linkedin shares generated directly from editorial coverage. Share counts were accurate at time of research, typically 1-2 weeks after the official release of each album, but current share counts may differ.

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