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The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time

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Beginning in the 1960s, the genre known as folk pop emerged as folk music grew in popularity. While the earliest folk singers and folk bands would never have believed that they'd hit the mainstream. Yet, with catchy songs, big hooks and a carefully crafted persona, pop folk bands started to emerge and caught on both commercially and critically. The earliest folk pop bands helped pave the way for bands in the neo-folk movement that rose to popularity during the late 2000s and early 2010s. Thus, while pop folk hasn't soared to the heights of the hippie years, that doesn't mean it hasn't completely gone away.

So, what are the best folk pop bands? Any list would be incomplete without the likes of Simon and Garfunkel, the Byrds, Pete Seeger, Peter, Paul and Mary, and Joni Mitchell. While some of these folk artists didn't creative pop music as a whole, their songs were so good that a widespread audience couldn't help but pay attention to what they were doing. These bands paved the way for the likes of Grammy Award winning folk pop band like Mumford & Sons and Iceland's Of Monsters and Men.

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best pop folk bands. If you notice that a folk pop band is missing from this list, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best pop folk bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest pop 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 pop folk bands that you might've heard of.
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    Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

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    Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music

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    Folk music, Country rock, Country

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    Pop music, Folk music, J-pop

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    Pop-folk, Disco, Pop music

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    Arabesque, Folk music, Pop folk

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    Pop music, Turbo-folk, Dance music

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    Pop-folk, Balkan pop, Pop folk

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    Pop-folk, Balkan pop, Pop folk

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    Pop-folk, Balkan pop, Folk music

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    Pop-folk, Balkan pop, Pop folk

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    Kemal Malovčić is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time

    Pop-folk, Turbo-folk, Folk music

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    Pop-folk, Balkan pop, Folk music

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    Folk rock, Acoustic music, Pop folk

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    Arabesque, Middle Eastern music, Pop folk

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    World music, Pop folk, Arabic music

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    Pop-folk, Pop music, Turbo-folk

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    Tara Blaise is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time

    Pop folk

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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Folk music

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, Indie

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    Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

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    Celtic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    Indie pop, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Folk rock, Pop folk

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    Folk music, Folk rock, Dream pop

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    Pop music, Folk music

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    Sunshine pop, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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    Pop music, Folk music, Easy listening

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    Indie, Pop music, Balkan pop

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    Indie pop, Pop music, Folk music

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    Ottoman classical music, Folk rock, Pop folk

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    Pop music, J-pop, Folk rock

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    Arabesque, Pop folk

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    Rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

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    Amy Malkoff is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time

    Pop-folk, Folk music, Acoustic music

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    Pop music, Folk rock, Pop rock

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    Pop music, Pop folk, Alternative country

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    Oh, atoms is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time

    Indie pop, Pop folk

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    Indie pop, Americana, Psychedelic folk

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    Folk music

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    Rock music, Acoustic music, Pop folk

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    Müslüm Gürses is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time

    Arabesque, Pop-folk, Rock music

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    Rock music, Acoustic music, Heavy metal

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    Cocoon is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time

    Folk music, Pop rock, Pop folk

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    Indie pop, Folk rock, Indie folk

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    Indie pop, Ska, Folk rock

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    Esad Samardžić is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time

    Pop music, Folk music, Pop folk

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    Indie pop, Pop music, Rock music

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    Christian music, Pop music, Folk music

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    Arabesque, Pop music, World music

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