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Best Indie Folk Bands/Artists

Indie folk artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good indie folk bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top indie folk bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Indie folk groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all indie folk bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest indie folk bands of all time, since the most famous indie folk artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best indie folk music.

You can click on the indie folk band names to see more information about that particular notable indie folk group. If they're near the top of the best indie folk artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top indie folk bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the indie folk band names themselves.

List ranges from Zooey Deschanel to The Replacements and more. The list order changes if enough people vote for the right items, so cast your vote now. The list includes Jeff Buckley and The National so that you have plenty of choices on what to vote for.

All important, significant and iconic names in indie folk music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new indie folk bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of indie folk, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into indie folk music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good indie folk bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent indie folk bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best indie folk bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest indie folk 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 indie folk bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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    Indie, Neo soul, Folk music More
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    Indie pop, Folk music, Folk rock More
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    Mumford & Sons

    added by: ChristianEaton
    Indie-folk, bluegrass, folk rock, roots revival
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    Folk music, Folk rock, Indie folk More
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    Country pop, Folk rock, Neo-psychedelia More
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    Pop music, Folk music, World music More
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    Indie pop, Rock music, Folk rock More
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    Folk rock, Pop rock, Bluegrass More
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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music More
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    Christian music, Alternative country, Baroque pop More
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    Indie pop, Folk music, Emo More
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    new! Purna Das Baul

    added by: AlinganDas
    Purna Das Baul is regarded as the emperor of baul songs.he is given the title of the"BAUL ... more
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    Folk music, Indie folk, Indie rock More
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    The Middle East

    Folk music, Post-rock, Indie folk More
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    Psychedelic folk, Folk music, New Weird America More
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    Blues-rock, Traditional music, Folk music More
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    Folk rock, Urban Folk, Indie folk More
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    American Primitivism, Alternative country, Indie folk More
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    Boy & Bear

    Folk music, Indie rock More
    added by: JoelGarrison
    Indie folk 
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    Dark cabaret, Gypsy punk, Folk rock More
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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Folk rock More
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    Sense Sal

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    Folk music, Alternative rock, Indie folk More
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    Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock More
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    Pop music, Rock music, Acoustic music More
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    Indie pop, Pop music, Rock music More
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    Folk music, Indie folk More
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    Pop-folk, Balkan pop, Folk rock More
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    Folk music, Folk, Experimental music More
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    Rock music, Alternative rock, Indie folk More
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    Scott Matthews

    Americana, Folk music, Folk rock More
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    South San Gabriel

    Alternative country, Indie folk, Indie rock More
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    Americana, Indie folk More
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    Folk rock, Alternative country, Indie folk More
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    Folk rock, Pop rock, Bluegrass More
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