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bands/musicians 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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Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Paul Simon Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

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Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Simon and Garfunkel Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music

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The Decemberists is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
The Decemberists Indie pop, Rock music, Folk rock

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Mumford & Sons is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Mumford & Sons Pop music, Folk rock, Pop rock

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Of Monsters and Men is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Of Monsters and Men Indie pop, Ska, Folk rock

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Richie Havens is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Richie Havens Folk rock, Funk

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Julean and the Rai is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Julean and the Rai Rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

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Judy Collins is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Judy Collins Pop music, Folk music, Rock and roll

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Gordon Lightfoot is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Gordon Lightfoot Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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John Denver is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
John Denver Western music, Pop music, Traditional music

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Joan Baez is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Joan Baez Americana, Pop music, Rock music

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Amy Malkoff is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Amy Malkoff Pop-folk, Folk music, Acoustic music

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The Mamas & the Papas is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
The Mamas & the Papas Sunshine pop, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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The Kingston Trio is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
The Kingston Trio Pop music, Folk music

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Arlo Guthrie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Arlo Guthrie Folk music, Folk rock, Talking blues

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Phil Ochs is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Phil Ochs Folk music, Folk rock, Country

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Tom Morello is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
The Nightwatchman Rock music, Acoustic music, Heavy metal

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Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
The Byrds Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

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Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Joni Mitchell Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz

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Zerrin Özer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Zerrin Özer Arabesque, Folk music, Pop folk

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Emilia is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Emilia Pop folk

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Sinan Sakić is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Sinan Sakić Pop-folk, Balkan pop, Folk music

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Nedeljko Bajić Baja is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Nedeljko Bajić Baja Pop-folk, Balkan pop, Pop folk

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The Seekers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
The Seekers Pop music, Folk music, Easy listening

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Kemal Malovčić is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Kemal Malovčić Pop-folk, Turbo-folk, Folk music

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Dragan Kojić Keba is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Dragan Kojić Keba Pop-folk, Balkan pop, Folk music

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The Frogs is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
The Frogs Folk rock, Acoustic music, Pop folk

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Yıldız Tilbe is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Yıldız Tilbe Pop-folk, Balkan pop, Pop folk

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Ivana is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Ivana Pop-folk, Balkan pop, Pop folk

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The Corrs is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
The Corrs Celtic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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The finches is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
The finches Folk rock, Pop folk

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The Innocence Mission is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
The Innocence Mission Folk music, Folk rock, Dream pop

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Everly is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Everly Rock music, Acoustic music, Pop folk

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The Weepies is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
The Weepies Indie, Pop music, Balkan pop

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Tiny Dancers is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Tiny Dancers Indie pop, Pop music, Folk music

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Vesna Zmijanac is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Vesna Zmijanac Pop-folk, Pop music, Turbo-folk

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Walid Toufic is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Walid Toufic World music, Pop folk, Arabic music

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Seka Aleksić is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Seka Aleksić Pop music, Turbo-folk, Dance music

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Ragheb Alama is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Ragheb Alama Arabesque, Middle Eastern music, Pop folk

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Sibel Can is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Sibel Can Ottoman classical music, Folk rock, Pop folk

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Smile Smile is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Smile Smile Indie pop, Pop folk, Indie rock

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Backseat Goodbye is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Backseat Goodbye Pop-folk, Pop music, Balkan pop

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Jason Castro is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Jason Castro Christian music, Pop music, Folk music

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She & Him is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
She & Him Indie pop, Pop music, Rock music

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Nate Campany is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Nate Campany Pop music, Pop folk, Alternative country

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Oh, atoms is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Oh, atoms Indie pop, Pop folk

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The Cotton Jones Basket Ride is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
The Cotton Jones Basket Ride Indie pop, Americana, Psychedelic folk

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The Tallest Man on Earth is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time

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Müslüm Gürses is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Müslüm Gürses Arabesque, Pop-folk, Rock music