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Traditional music is an umbrella term for all folk music that has made it down the generations largely thanks to oral tradition. The obscure and random inception of such songs means that the original author(s) of the song is rarely documented. Rather, the song by time becomes part of a country’s or ethnic group’s canon of folk songs, usually sung by groups of people performing a custom particular to their culture (ex. pub songs, sea shanties, football anthems, lullabies, children’s songs, working songs, dancing tunes etc…).

Countless musicians have performed and re-injected life into traditional songs with examples ranging from Thin Lizzy’s (and later Metallica’s) Whiskey in a Jar (traditional Irish song) to Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy’s latest collaboration Among the Gold.


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  • crimsonmaestro

    godammit spotify

    18 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Eclectic-G

    So much better than Conventional.

    4 Oct 2014 Reply
  • ballseven

    Their names will live forever through their works. All the greetings of the world to these nameless people!

    29 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Eyoki

    Good old Traditional - master of so many genres.

    4 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Vaaram

    "kanto_sho" worte: 'Traditional music, can't be mistagged. Traditional in this case means no artist too mention.'

    14 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Retro_Saiyan

    @TotenFaschist Perhaps, although some of the 1890s tracks include traditional pieces.

    13 Jul 2013 Reply
  • TotenFaschist

    @Retro_Saiyan 'Anonymous' maybe, since it wouldn't be traditional music?

    20 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Retro_Saiyan

    However, some tracks recorded in the early days of recorded music (1890s) don't feature a credited performer. What do we do then?

    20 Jun 2013 Reply
  • TotenFaschist

    "there are almost always known performers". Almost always isn't good enough. Secondly, the performer might be so obscure that there is no point in making a profile for them, the piece itself can be way more relevant than any performer. Going to the "Traditional" artist in someone's library serves to show their favourite folk tunes, regardless of specific arrangements or interpretations. Really silly to call this a mistag when it's such a commonly used term in music.

    18 Jun 2013 Reply
  • FaerytaleMalice

    That description is a bit...aggressive. I was listening to radio, so it's their fault.

    15 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Grosseteste

    Oh, and much of the music in the charts and in the top albums isn't traditional in any case.

    27 May 2013 Reply
  • Grosseteste

    Look at the "Top albums" -- not one of them has no artist. Very little recorded music has no artist; when it doesn't have a composer, there'll be a performer. It seems, though, that the people who keep voting down the "mistagge" graphic, and remoiving the explanation in the bio, have no respect for the people who produced the music to which they listen.

    27 May 2013 Reply
  • kanto_sho

    Traditional music, can't be mistagged. Traditional in this case means no artist too mention.

    13 Feb 2013 Reply
  • derdangerdave

    Windsbacher Knabenchor mistagged, also by spotify.

    6 Dec 2012 Reply
  • JenLane

    Terry Callier mistagged by Spotify here. [2]

    31 Oct 2012 Reply
  • reinderd

    Terry Callier mistagged by Spotify here.

    30 Oct 2012 Reply
  • lovetaylorswift

    i hate his damn music

    30 Sep 2012 Reply
  • VolcanoColdplay

    there's always an artist who performs it. [2]

    5 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Rarrrrrrrrr

    What? No free downloads?

    26 Feb 2012 Reply
  • FiftySven

    Guter Komponist

    15 Jan 2012 Reply
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