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Ectofolk

Most popular artists in Ectofolk

This chart is based on the monthly listeners metric for all artists tagged with the genre ectofolk by Spotify. It may contain some errors or some data may not be up to date. You can check the artist profile to update data if necessary.

# Artist Monthly Listeners Followers
1
5,418,076
1,930,403
2
5,105,797
422,106
3
4,147,709
819,848
4
2,648,932
878,873
5
2,335,619
791,149
6
1,612,644
786,985
7
1,541,147
207,171
8
Eva Cassidy
1,428,796
501,017
9
Tori Amos
1,127,473
796,850
10
Paula Cole
886,076
165,904
11
Lisa Loeb
872,803
222,705
12
Melissa Etheridge
864,951
485,267
13
The Secret Sisters
851,786
100,638
14
Indigo Girls
848,244
354,713
15
The Weepies
750,840
168,722
16
10,000 Maniacs
707,884
382,578
17
Deb Talan
703,418
13,590
18
Natalie Merchant
659,004
419,504
19
Anna Nalick
596,823
161,424
20
Mary Chapin Carpenter
571,833
218,672
21
The Be Good Tanyas
552,776
100,738
22
Liz Phair
508,675
181,387
23
Aoife O'Donovan
502,648
65,631
24
Edie Brickell & New Bohemians
502,333
159,048
25
Aimee Mann
470,711
244,260
26
Cowboy Junkies
463,231
196,986
27
Shelby Lynne
446,997
55,041
28
Chantal Kreviazuk
402,790
82,887
29
Shawn Colvin
383,863
136,953
30
Patty Griffin
369,586
156,523
31
Neko Case
366,572
224,828
32
Eilen Jewell
350,860
65,426
33
The Wailin' Jennys
319,563
150,970
34
Priscilla Ahn
312,064
134,606
35
Sara Watkins
307,239
51,688
36
Ani DiFranco
301,043
243,946
37
Lori McKenna
233,277
63,842
38
Bruce Cockburn
220,561
61,959
39
Jann Arden
207,574
72,685
40
I'm With Her
193,917
82,969
41
Heather Nova
187,671
85,299
42
Nanci Griffith
184,214
99,799
43
Beth Orton
181,475
144,084
44
Pieta Brown
166,256
12,520
45
Gretchen Peters
147,363
24,824
46
Mary Gauthier
146,754
47,447
47
Tift Merritt
111,132
36,475
48
Dar Williams
110,374
60,365
49
Hem
97,108
19,584
50
Kathleen Edwards
91,393
60,760
51
Allison Moorer
84,137
27,307
52
Rosie Thomas
75,513
22,833
53
Vienna Teng
68,698
41,018
54
Jill Sobule
66,305
11,232
55
Mindy Smith
58,781
23,339
56
Greg Brown
58,404
37,414
57
Erin McKeown
55,389
15,968
58
Beth Nielsen Chapman
52,094
18,935
59
Leona Naess
46,439
11,687
60
Sarah Harmer
45,511
35,082
61
Jonatha Brooke
44,944
15,273
62
Tracy Grammer
44,608
6,279
63
Eliza Gilkyson
44,031
24,379
64
Jane Siberry
43,563
13,418
65
Amy Speace
41,769
8,223
66
Over the Rhine
40,593
32,235
67
Brittain Ashford
36,740
4,521
68
Dave Carter
35,650
2,171
69
October Project
33,729
13,490
70
John Gorka
32,276
19,197
71
Kate Wolf
30,176
22,009
72
Thea Gilmore
29,515
14,949
73
Kim Richey
29,503
10,984
74
Po' Girl
27,679
8,850
75
Peter Mulvey
26,315
8,094
76
Ana Egge
25,568
5,894
77
Shannon McNally
25,303
16,539
78
Cheryl Wheeler
23,604
15,218
79
Ellis Paul
22,951
9,461
80
Amy Ray
20,911
18,875
81
Cry Cry Cry
20,346
9,002
82
Carrie Newcomer
18,755
17,072
83
Caroline Herring
17,708
8,313
84
Chris Pureka
16,250
16,930
85
Lucy Kaplansky
15,824
18,170
86
Charlotte Martin
15,052
14,519
87
Rachael Sage
13,686
6,801
88
Lucy Wainwright Roche
13,464
7,174
89
Melissa Ferrick
13,392
20,045
90
Patty Larkin
13,163
9,591
91
Kris Delmhorst
13,148
10,959
92
Richard Shindell
12,854
12,392
93
Red Molly
11,916
8,690
94
Tara MacLean
11,608
7,292
95
Emm Gryner
10,876
4,791
96
Jess Morgan
9,766
2,425
97
Antje Duvekot
9,371
12,616
98
Catie Curtis
6,603
10,645
99
Keri Noble
6,076
9,222
100
Lynn Miles
5,920
4,778
101
Abra Moore
5,258
4,744
102
Ferron
5,235
6,974
103
Girlyman
5,018
6,938
104
The Story
4,384
3,987
105
Sonya Kitchell
4,323
2,666
106
Meg Hutchinson
4,258
6,032
107
Jonatha Brooke & The Story
4,125
3,302
108
Edie Carey
3,772
2,603
109
Mark Erelli
3,246
4,435
110
Susan Werner
3,150
6,887
111
Helen Boulding
2,980
163
112
The Nields
2,965
2,898
113
Jodymoon
2,671
1,554
114
Christine Kane
2,238
2,312
115
Happy Rhodes
2,081
3,370
116
Nina Storey
1,955
8,306
117
Mae Moore
1,506
711
118
Jess Klein
1,390
1,469
119
Brenda Kahn
1,181
892
120
Lizanne Knott
1,035
643
121
Treva Blomquist
787
540
122
Kira Fontana
675
755
123
Jennifer Terran
610
671
124
Rose Polenzani
561
748
125
Grey Eye Glances
419
754
126
Gabby Young
324
739
127
Amy Blaschke
234
358
128
Natalia Zukerman
220
1,013
129
disappear fear
196
409
130
Anne Heaton
192
877
131
Jennifer Kimball
186
738
132
Lijie
180
428
133
Trina Hamlin
178
244
134
Emaline Delapaix
171
661
135
Kristin Allen-Zito
168
558
136
The Mary Dream
144
126
137
Laura Marie
143
197
138
Julia Darling
130
304
139
Pamela Means
115
508
140
Coles Whalen
108
378
141
Kristy Hanson
76
246
142
Layah Jane
45
166
143
Diana Winter
39
676
144
Ana Miura
13
74
145
Jodelle
5
51
146
Vanessa Van Spall
4
114
147
Sheila Kirsten Hughes Band
2
51

Some info about ectofolk

Ectofolk, or "ectoplasmic folk", is an intriguing subgenre of folk music that emerged in the late 1980s in the United States, particularly within the alternative music scenes of New York City. The term was coined to describe a new kind of acoustic music that was being played at a Lower East Side club called the Sidewalk Café. This genre blends traditional folk music elements with alternative rock influences and an ethereal, sometimes whimsical lyrical style, distinguishing itself from mainstream folk music and the heavily polished sounds prevalent at the time.

The birth of ectofolk can be attributed to a group of musicians and songwriters who were looking to explore new territories in folk music, steering away from the stricter, purist traditions of earlier folk revivals. Artists associated with the inception and development of ectofolk were typically singer-songwriters who embraced idiosyncratic approaches to music and storytelling, often with a strong emphasis on poetic lyricism and personal narrative. The genre's foundation was laid by a vibrant community of artists who were regular performers at the Sidewalk Café, turning this venue into a hub for the ectofolk movement.

Key figures in the ectofolk scene include Suzanne Vega, whose early work in the mid-1980s is considered seminal to the genre’s aesthetic. Vega’s songs like "Tom's Diner" and "Luka" are characterized by their narrative style and subtle but complex acoustic arrangements. Another significant artist is Jeff Buckley, particularly his album "Grace," which includes tracks that embody the ectofolk spirit through their haunting melodies and introspective lyrics. His work not only exemplified the genre but also helped in spreading its appeal to a broader audience.

The music of ectofolk is characterized by acoustic instrumentation, often guitar-based, fused with lyrical themes that explore emotional depth, existential contemplation, and a connection to the supernatural or mystical, hence the prefix "ecto-", implying something ghostly or otherworldly. The songs tend to have a personal and introspective quality, with songwriters sharing intimate thoughts and stories in a manner that is both vulnerable and compelling.

While ectofolk began in the U.S., its appeal has seen a broader reach, influencing artists and music scenes in Europe, particularly in the United Kingdom and Scandinavia, where the tradition of storytelling through music deeply resonates with local cultural narratives. The genre has remained somewhat niche, appealing particularly to those who seek deeper lyrical content and a more organic sound in their music, often outside the commercial mainstream.

Over the years, ectofolk has influenced various other genres and intersected with movements like anti-folk, which similarly challenges the conventional boundaries of folk music but with a more punk-infused rebellious edge. While not as widely recognized or commercially dominant as other music genres, ectofolk holds a significant place in the landscape of contemporary folk music, continuing to inspire new generations of musicians who are drawn to its emotive potency and distinctive aesthetic. Today, the genre remains a cherished category for music enthusiasts who appreciate its unique blend of narrative depth, acoustic purity, and innovative spirit.