Our top 10 Joan Baez songs list dives deep into the music of an activist, inspiration, and queen of folk music. Joan Baez released her first self-titled album in the summer of when she was only Little did she know it would reach the top 20 and set her on a path of admiration by thousands. Whilst becoming an important influence for anti-war and social-justice movements during the s. It develops parallel themes of sex and nothingness, fantasy and realism, as Browne, looking at the photograph of a former lover, recalls.
Often relegated to the role of one of Bob Dylan's coterie of artistic contemporaries, Joan Baez was the godmother of modern folk. These 14 songs are a great starting point for getting to know her wider work. But it can be a bit of a complex game: after all, even the people who inspired contemporary music were inspired by someone else. Not so much with Joan Baez. She was inspired by American and British folk music — which, in turn, is heavily inspired by the folk music of the Middle East before it — but without her, 20th-century folk music would be a very different place indeed. A part of the s folk scene, inspired by the gospel musicians she fell in with and a religious family, Baez is a principal player in the rise of Bob Dylan and perhaps the ur-folk chanteuse: without her, it is arguable that Mitchell, Judy Collins, Emmylou Harris and many more women would have had a very different sound or, arguably, never have broken into a market where Baez pioneered. But it's her many talents and voracious musical appetite that make her so crucial to modern music: she is a musical polyglot, who sang the ballads, protest songs and musical standards of great bands, songwriters, political movements and entire cultures and religions. Over dozens of albums and decades of work, Baez has produced so much music it is almost impossible to provide a selection that will describe her virtues and attributes perfectly. It's also hard, in over 50 years of recordings, to perfectly plate up a true, rounded display of her output.
2. ‘Barbara Allen’ (from Joan Baez Vol 2)
As always, her current show is packed with protest songs. When we spoke to her recently, she shared her five favorites and explained why they are so meaningful to her after all these years. It is an anthem that came out of some kind of depth. I think that is where really good songs come out of.
Fluent in Spanish and English, she has also recorded songs in at least six other languages. Baez is generally regarded as a folk singer , but her music has diversified since the counterculture era of the s and encompasses genres such as folk rock , pop , country and gospel music. She began her recording career in and achieved immediate success. She was one of the first major artists to record the songs of Bob Dylan in the early s; Baez was already an internationally celebrated artist and did much to popularize his early songwriting efforts. Baez performed fourteen songs at the Woodstock Festival and has displayed a lifelong commitment to political and social activism in the fields of nonviolence , civil rights , human rights and the environment.