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The Best Folk Bands/Artists

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Folk music is one of the most renowned genres of music in the world. Every country has its own version and derivative of the genre, which is broad in its appeal. But what makes the best folk singers and folk music artists resonate with listeners. The message reflected in folk music artist's songs is originally supposed to come from folklore, hence the name, but as of late, folk songs have retained a more populist message, with the genre's mainstream pinnacle coming in the 1960s. Usually, folk singers and folk bands play acoustic instruments.

So, who are the best folk music artists and best folk singers? That's not an easy question to answer. But if you're a fan of folk music, you'll know that artists like Woody Guthrie, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell deserve to be at or near the top of this list of folk music bands. This list should include all folk music bands, including the most popular folk musicians and folk singers, and if you notice this isn't the case, feel free to add them to this list. All of the best folk music artists need to be accounted for, and the goal of this list of folk music bands is to do exactly that.

That said it's up to you to decide who are the best folk music artists and best folk singers. This list answers the questions "who are the best folk music bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest folk music musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular folk music bands that you might've heard of. (286 items)
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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    Synthpop, Pop music, Spoken word

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    Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz

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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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    Americana, Pop music, Rock music

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    Folk music, Country

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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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    Western music, Pop music, Traditional music

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    Pop music, Folk music

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    British Invasion, Psychedelic folk, Psychedelic pop

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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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    Rock music, Folk music, Blues

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    Folk music, Indie folk, Indie rock

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    Outlaw country, Rock music, Folk music

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    Rock music, Folk music, Psychedelic rock

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    New Wave, Rock music, Latin American music

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    Folk music, Progressive bluegrass, Country

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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

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    Rock music, Folk music, Electric folk

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    Adult contemporary music, Folk music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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    Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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    Blues-rock, Disco, Pop music

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    Folk music, Alternative rock, Jam band

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    Folk music, Folk, Experimental music

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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Traditional music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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    Psychedelic folk, World music

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    Electric folk, Folk jazz, Folk rock

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    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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    Folk music

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    Folk music, Folk rock

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    Pop music, Folk music, Alternative country

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    Folk music, Alternative country, Gospel music

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    Folk music, Acoustic music

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    Rock music, Folk music, Country rock

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    Folk music, Electric folk, Folk rock

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    Americana, Chicano rock, Heartland rock

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    Pop music, Folk music

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    Rock music, Folk music, Traditional pop music

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    Folk music, Bluegrass, Country

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    Folk music, Folk music of Ireland

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    Pop music, Trip hop, Folk music

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    Rock music, Folk music, Country

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    Indie pop, Tropical rock, Pop music

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    Western music, Folk music, Country rock

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