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The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time

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. (146 items)

The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time Bands/Musicians
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    Bridge Over Troubled Water, Sounds of Silence, Bookends

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    Highway 61 Revisited, Blood on the Tracks, Blonde on Blonde

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    Déjà vu, 4 Way Street, Crosby

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    Sweetheart of the Rodeo, Mr. Tambourine Man, Younger Than Yesterday

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    Harvest, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, After the Gold Rush

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    Graceland, Still Crazy After All These Years, So Beautiful or So What

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    If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears, Deliver, The Mamas & the Papas ...

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    Live at Shepherd's Bush Empire, London (Deluxe Companion), Babel

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    Aqualung, The Jethro Tull Christmas Album, Thick as a Brick

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    Blue, Court and Spark, Ladies of the Canyon

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    Simply the Best: Time in a Bottle: His Greatest Hits, Jim Croce Smash ...

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    Sweet Baby James, A Christmas Album, James Taylor at Christmas

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    The Lumineers, The Lumineers EP, Winter

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    Last Time Around, Retrospective: The Best of Buffalo Springfield, Buffalo ...

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    Homecoming, The Complete Greatest Hits, A Horse With No Name

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    Tea for the Tillerman, The Very Best Of, Teaser and the Firecat

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    Astral Weeks, Moondance, Saint Dominic's Preview

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    Peter, Paul and Mary, Peter

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    Rocky Mountain Christmas, Christmas Like a Lullaby, A Christmas Together ...

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    Songs of Leonard Cohen, Songs of Love and Hate, Old Ideas

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    Speaking of Dreams, Gracias a la Vida, The Joan Baez Country Music Album ...

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    Endless Wire, If You Could Read My Mind, Summer Side of Life

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    I and Love and You, Emotionalism, A Carolina Jubilee

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    Tapestry, Wrap Around Joy, Music

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    Definitive Collection, Fairytale, 25 Years in Concert: The Classics Live ...

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    Helplessness Blues, Fleet Foxes (EP), Fleet Foxes

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    Pink Moon, Bryter Layter, Five Leaves Left

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    For Emma, Forever Ago, Bon Iver

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    Running on Empty, Jackson Browne, Solo Acoustic

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    Shoot Out the Lights, I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight, Walking on ...

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    The Animals' Christmas, Angel Clare, Watermark

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    Liege & Lief, Meet on the Ledge: The Classic Years (1967–1975), ...

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    Christmas Dreams, Christmas, American Pie

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    The Shepherd's Dog, The Creek Drank the Cradle, Our Endless Numbered Days ...

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    Diamonds on the Inside, Fight for Your Mind, Lifeline

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    The First Christmas Morning, No Resemblance Whatsoever, Love Songs

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    Daydream, Do You Believe in Magic, Everything Playing

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    Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, Essence, World Without Tears

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    The Hazards of Love, The Crane Wife, Her Majesty the Decemberists

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    Carry On, Super Session, Stephen Stills 2

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    Once I Was an Eagle, A Creature I Don't Know, Alas I Cannot Swim

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    Feoffees' Lands, The Pentangle, Sweet Child

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    Hounds of Love, The Dreaming, The Kick Inside

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    The Christmas Album Volume II, Hot August Night, The Christmas Album

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    American Beauty, Europe '72 (disc 1), Aoxomoxoa

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    Greatest Stories Live, Living Room Suite, Verities & Balderdash

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    The 5000 Spirits or the Layers of the Onion, The Incredible String Band, ...

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    The Táin, The Book of Invasions, Dancehall Sweethearts

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    In Between Dreams, Sleep Through the Static, On and On

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    Come Fill Your Glass With Us: Irish Songs of Drinking and Blackguarding, ...

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