The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time Bands/Musicians

The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time

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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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    Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time

    Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

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    Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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    Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time

    Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music

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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

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    Rock music, Folk rock

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    Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

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    Pop music, Folk rock, Pop rock

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    The Lumineers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time

    Americana, Folk rock, Alternative rock

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    Sunshine pop, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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    James Taylor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time

    Blues-rock, Disco, Pop music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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    Synthpop, Sufi rock, Nasheed

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    Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz

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    America is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time

    Classic rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Jethro Tull is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time

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

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    Western music, Pop music, Traditional music

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    Buffalo Springfield is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time

    Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Leonard Cohen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time

    Synthpop, Pop music, Spoken word

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    Peter, Paul and Mary is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time

    Folk music, Folk rock

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    Joan Baez is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time

    Americana, Pop music, Rock music

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

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    Indie pop, Folk music, Folk rock

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    Folk music, Folk rock, Bluegrass

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    Art Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time

    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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    Gordon Lightfoot is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time

    added by MikeSlobe
    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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    Jackson Browne is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time

    Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

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    Carole King is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time

    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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    Don McLean is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time

    added by Ferry73
    Folk music, Folk rock

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    Folk music, Folk rock, Indie folk

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    added by ElijahKaganer
    Folk music, Folk rock

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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

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    added by Ferry73
    Indie, Neo soul, Folk music

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    Rock music, Folk rock, Soft rock

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    Rock music, Gospel music, Blues

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    added by brian-grills
    Rock music, Folk music, Electric folk

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    Traditional music, Folk music, Electric folk

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    Indie pop, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Harry Chapin is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time

    Folk music, Folk rock

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    Neil Diamond is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time

    added by Ferry73
    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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    Folk rock

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    Christian music, Alternative country, Baroque pop

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    Richie Havens is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time

    Folk rock, Funk

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    Lucinda Williams is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time

    Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music

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    Indie pop, Folk music, Folk rock

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    Jack Johnson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time

    added by Ferry73
    Indie pop, Tropical rock, Pop music

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    Americana, Anti-folk, Folk rock

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

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    added by ElijahKaganer
    Electric folk, Folk jazz, Folk rock

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    Folk music, Folk rock, Alternative rock

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    added by Ferry73
    Indie pop, Soul music, Blues

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