The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time 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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    Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music

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    Sunshine pop, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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    Pop music, Folk rock, Pop rock

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    Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

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    Folk music, Folk rock

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    Indie pop, Ska, Folk rock

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    Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

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    Western music, Pop music, Traditional music

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    Americana, Pop music, Rock music

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    Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz

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    Pop music, Folk music, Easy listening

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    Folk music

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    Pop music, Folk music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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    Folk music, Folk rock, Talking blues

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    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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    Indie pop, Folk rock, Indie folk

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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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    Folk music, Folk rock, Country

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    Pop music, Folk music, Rock and roll

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    Jangle pop, Indie pop, Rock music

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    Indie pop, Pop music, Folk music

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    Folk rock, Funk

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    Celtic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    Indie pop, Pop music, Rock music

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    Pop music, Folk music, Pop folk

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    Laïko, Pop music, Balkan pop

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    Folk music

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, Indie

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    Pop music, Folk music, Pop folk

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    Folk music, Folk rock, Pop folk

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    Laïko, Pop-folk, Pop music

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    Pop music, Folk music, Pop folk

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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Folk music

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    Pop-folk, Pop music, Turbo-folk

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    Rock music, Folk music, Pop folk

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    Rock music, Folk rock, Pop folk

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    Indie pop, Pop music, Folk music

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    Indie pop, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Pop-folk, Pop music, Folk music

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    Indie pop, Pop music, Folk rock

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    Pop-folk, Pop music, Balkan pop

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    Indie pop, Americana, Psychedelic folk

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    Pop-folk, Sevdalinka, Folk music

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    Pop music, Pop folk, Turkish pop music

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    Folk music, Folk rock, Dream pop

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    Folk rock, Pop folk

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    Pop music, Folk music, Ottoman classical music

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    Indie pop, Pop folk

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    Pop music, Pop folk, Alternative country

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