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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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Of Monsters and Men is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Of Monsters and Men Indie pop, Ska Folk rock

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Amy Malkoff is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Amy Malkoff Pop-folk, Folk music Acoustic music

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Zerrin Özer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Zerrin Özer Arabesque, Folk music Pop folk

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The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
The Byrds Jangle pop, Pop music Raga rock

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Julean and the Rai is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Julean and the Rai Rock, Heartland rock Rock music

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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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Emilia is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Emilia Pop folk

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Ivana is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Ivana Pop-folk, Balkan pop Pop folk

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Seka Aleksić is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Seka Aleksić Pop music, Turbo-folk Dance music

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Yıldız Tilbe is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Yıldız Tilbe Pop-folk, Balkan pop Pop folk

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Sinan Sakić is listed (or ranked) 14 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) 15 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Nedeljko Bajić Baja Pop-folk, Balkan pop Pop folk

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Kemal Malovčić is listed (or ranked) 16 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) 17 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) 18 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
The Frogs Folk rock, Acoustic music Pop folk

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Ragheb Alama is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Ragheb Alama Arabesque, Middle Eastern music Pop folk

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Tara Blaise is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Tara Blaise Pop folk

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Walid Toufic is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Walid Toufic World music, Pop folk Arabic music

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Tarkan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Tarkan Adult contemporary music, Pop music Folk music

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Tegan and Sara is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Tegan and Sara Indie pop, Synthpop Indie

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The Corrs is listed (or ranked) 24 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) 25 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) 26 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
The Innocence Mission Folk music, Folk rock Dream pop

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The Kingston Trio is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
The Kingston Trio Pop music, Folk music

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The Mamas & the Papas is listed (or ranked) 28 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 Seekers is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
The Seekers Pop music, Folk music Easy listening

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The Weepies is listed (or ranked) 30 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) 31 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) 32 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Vesna Zmijanac Pop-folk, Pop music Turbo-folk

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Sibel Can is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Sibel Can Ottoman classical music, Folk rock Pop folk

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Kobukuro is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Kobukuro Pop music, J-pop Folk rock

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Ebru Yaşar is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Ebru Yaşar Arabesque, Pop folk

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She & Him is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
She & Him Indie pop, Pop music Rock music

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Esad Samardžić is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Esad Samardžić Pop music, Folk music Pop folk

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Mumford & Sons is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Mumford & Sons Pop music, Folk rock Pop rock

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Nate Campany is listed (or ranked) 39 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) 40 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) 41 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) 42 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time

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Everly is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Everly Rock music, Acoustic music Pop folk

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Müslüm Gürses is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Müslüm Gürses Arabesque, Pop-folk Rock music

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Tom Morello is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
The Nightwatchman Rock music, Acoustic music Heavy metal

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Cocoon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Cocoon Folk music, Pop rock Pop folk

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The Head and the Heart is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
The Head and the Heart Indie pop, Folk rock Indie folk

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Jason Castro is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Jason Castro Christian music, Pop music Folk music

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Backseat Goodbye is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Backseat Goodbye Pop-folk, Pop music Balkan pop

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Najwa Karam is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Najwa Karam Arabesque, Pop music World music