The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time Bands/Musicians

The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time

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List Criteria: Upvote your favorite folk rock bands and artists

While folk music has been around for as long as spoken word music itself, folk rock rose became popular during the 1960s and hasn't really looked back since. Rising to prominence in the U.S. and UK during this time, folk rock artists were among the first rock stars. Playing traditional folk music with rock instrumentation, the folk rock movement was also influenced by elements of the British invasion and elements of beat music. Over the years, folk rock bands have continued to maintain popularity and while the genre doesn't top the charts anymore, it's influence cannot be denied.

So, what are the best folk rock bands and folk rock artists? Any list of folk rock bands and artist has to include the likes of The Byrds, Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, Neil Young, America, Crosby, Stills and Nash and more recently, Mumford & Sons. These groups are widely recognized as some of the best folk rock bands and for good reason. Their music is and remains wildly popular and their legacy within folk music cannot be disputed.

Ultimately, it's up to you to determine who are the best folk rock bands. If you notice someone is missing from this list, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best folk rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest folk rock 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 rock bands that you might've heard of. (150 items)
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    Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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  3. 3
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    Rock music, Folk rock

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  4. 4
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    Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

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    added by ElijahKaganer
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Electronic music

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  6. 6
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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

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  7. 7
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    Synthpop, Sufi rock, Nasheed

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  8. 8
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    Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

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  9. 9
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    Sunshine pop, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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  10. 10
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    Pop music, Folk rock, Pop rock

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  11. 11
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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

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  12. 12
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    Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz

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  13. 13
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    - 14

    added by ElijahKaganer
    Folk music, Folk rock

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  14. 14
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    added by Ferry73
    Skiffle, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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  15. 15
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    Americana, Folk rock, Alternative rock

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  16. 16
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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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  17. 17
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    Synthpop, Pop music, Spoken word

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  18. 18
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    Blues-rock, Disco, Pop music

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    Classic rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Western music, Pop music, Traditional music

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  21. 21
    + 40
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    added by brian-grills
    Rock music, Folk music, Electric folk

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  22. 22
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    Folk music, Folk rock

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  23. 23
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    Indie pop, Folk music, Folk rock

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  24. 24
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    Americana, Pop music, Rock music

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  25. 25
    + 33
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    added by ElijahKaganer
    Traditional music, Folk music, Electric folk

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  26. 26
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    added by MikeSlobe
    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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  27. 27
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    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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  28. 28
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    Folk music, Folk rock, Bluegrass

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  29. 29
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    added by Ferry73
    Folk music, Folk rock

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  30. 30
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    added by Mark Lanzarotta
    British Invasion, Psychedelic folk, Psychedelic pop

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    added by brian-grills
    Celtic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

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  32. 32
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    Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

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  33. 33
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    Rock music, Gospel music, Blues

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  34. 34
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    Folk music, Folk rock, Indie folk

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  35. 35
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    added by Ferry73
    Indie, Neo soul, Folk music

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    added by Mark Lanzarotta
    Folk music, Folk rock, Talking blues

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  37. 37
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    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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  38. 38
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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

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    + 17
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    added by Mark Lanzarotta
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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    added by ElijahKaganer
    Electric folk, Folk jazz, Folk rock

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    Rock music, Folk rock, Soft rock

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  42. 42
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    - 7

    added by charles-bridgeman
    Psychedelic folk, World music

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    added by ElijahKaganer
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Folk music, Folk rock

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    Indie pop, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music

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  47. 47
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    Folk rock, Funk

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    Rock music, Folk rock, Acid rock

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    added by Mark Lanzarotta
    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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    added by Mark Lanzarotta
    Pop music, Folk music, Easy listening

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