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Folk Radio Charts

Radio programmers play an essential role in the preservation, promotion, and presentation of folk music. Folk charts quantify the impact of the work of radio programmers giving artists a way of tracking their reach and influence.

  • Ensuring the development of a broader network of folk music listeners, brokers, supporters, and fans.
  • Creating a stronger feedback mechanism, supporting artists and managers in strategic tour and marketing planning.


The FAI Folk Chart

Click the image above to see the most recent Folk Radio Charts

The Folk Chart was started in 1998 by Richard Gillmann and is now managed by Folk Alliance International. The chart presents the top albums, artists, and songs each month, and has nearly 150 contributing DJs and reaches thousands of listeners each month. The chart accepts playlists from shows, not spins from stations. It is a non-weighted chart (major market and non-major market are considered equal). Some labels recognize this chart and some do not.

View current and archive charts (through 2015), and report to the Folk Chart at

Folk DJs are encouraged to report their playlists to the monthly Folk Chart every time their show airs. Click "Post to Listserve" to become a reporter.

For charts prior to 2015, please contact Folk Alliance International at

For a list of Folk DJ contacts please sign into your FAI account and click here.

The Folk Chart needs community support to continue. Consider donating to the fund to support administration of the Folk Chart.

For questions, comments, or corrections regarding the Folk Chart please email

Get weekly folk radio chart updates via email

Access to the folk NACC Top 10 is provided for community benefit through FAI. Members and folk music professionals are encouraged to subscribe to the chart for access to the Top 30 each week.

Click here to access your member discount! (Sign-in required)

NACC Chart

The North American College and Community (NACC) Folk Radio Chart started in August 2017. It is a weighted chart (major market stations carry more weight than smaller market stations), show hosts and music directors of stations report to this chart, and it receives more label recognition.

Folk DJs and Music Directors are encouraged to report weekly, it's always free.

How to Report:

  1. Email to request a login.
  2. Login at
  3. Click “Update” pencil for latest show/ channel reporting.
  4. Fill in top 10 albums, in order of most played, on show/ channel/ station.
  5. Hit complete

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