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The Best Indie Folk Bands & Artists

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For years, folk music was not popular. However, during the 2000s, the subgenre of indie folk began gradually build an audience among captive music listeners. Armed with an acoustic guitar and poignant lyrics, indie folk bands started to show up on college radio before ultimately exploding at the beginning of the 2010s. Since then, these groups have managed to sell out theatres, arenas and even amphitheatres on the strength of music that would have been dismissed or only have a cult following as recently as 10 years ago and indie folk music is popular with listeners.

So, that begs the question, who are the best indie folk bands? Well, there's no easy answer to that. For starters, if you want to measure indie folk artists based solely on popularity, then London's Mumford & Sons has to be near the top of your list. Their second record, Babel, won multiple Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year back in 2013. The same goes for Bon Iver, who took home a Grammy for Best New Artist in 2012. However, Iceland's Of Monsters and Men and Los Angeles' Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros would argue that the strength of their extremely catchy songs and the constant radio play would land them as some of the best indie folk artists.

This list should include every famous indie folk band. If you notice a particular artist is missing, then feel free to add them. The point of this list should be to answer the questions "who are the best indie folk bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest indie folk musician ever?" There's no right or wrong answer, but ultimately, these good indie folk artists' fate is in your hands so choose wisely! (150 items)

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