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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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    Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time

    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

    Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music

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    Halid Bešlić is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time

    Pop-folk, Sevdalinka, Folk music

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    Arabesque, Psychedelic folk, Ottoman classical music

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    Pop music, Latin American music, Latin pop

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    Pop music, Pop folk

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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    Lepa Brena is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time

    Pop-folk, Pop music, Balkan pop

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    Katie Melua is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time

    Folk music, Acoustic music, Pop folk

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    Pop music, Folk music, Ottoman classical music

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    Indie pop, Americana, Folk music

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    Folk music, Folk rock, Acoustic music

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    Paul Williams is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time

    Pop music, Traditional music, Folk music

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    Folk music, Folk rock

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, Indie

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    Tara Blaise is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time

    Pop folk

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    Indie pop, Pop music, Folk music

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    World music, Pop folk, Arabic 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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    Ramy Ayach is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time

    Pop folk

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    Kemal Malovčić is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time

    Pop-folk, Turbo-folk, Folk music

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    Indie pop, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Oh, atoms is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time

    Indie pop, Pop folk

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    Ebru Gündeş is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time

    Arabesque, Folk music, Pop folk

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    Amy Malkoff is listed (or ranked) 28 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-folk, Pop music, Turbo-folk

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    Rock music, Folk music, Pop folk

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    Folk music, Alternative country

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    Folk music

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    Rock music, Acoustic music, Pop folk

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

    Folk music, Pop rock, Pop folk

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    Arlo Guthrie is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time

    Folk music, Folk rock, Talking blues

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    Indie pop, Folk rock, Indie folk

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    Sofia Talvik is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time

    Pop music, Folk rock, Pop folk

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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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    Pop music, Folk music, Pop folk

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    Pop-folk, Pop music, Balkan pop

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    Pop folk

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    Pop music, Folk music, Easy listening

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

    Pop music, Folk music, J-pop

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    Friska Viljor is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time

    Folk rock, Pop folk, Indie rock

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    Pop-folk, Pop music, Turbo-folk

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    Rock music, Acoustic music, Heavy metal

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    Indie pop, Ska, Folk rock

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    Sunshine pop, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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    Smile Smile is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time

    Indie pop, Pop folk, Indie rock

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