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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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Cocoon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Cocoon Folk music, Pop rock, Pop folk

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Tarkan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Tarkan Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Folk music

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The Corrs is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
The Corrs Celtic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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The Weepies is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
The Weepies Indie, Pop music, Balkan pop

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The Frogs is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
The Frogs Folk rock, Acoustic music, Pop folk

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Eylem Kızıl is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Eylem Kızıl Adult contemporary music, Folk music, Dance-pop

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Oh, atoms is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Oh, atoms Indie pop, Pop folk

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

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

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Orhan Gencebay is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Orhan Gencebay Arabesque, Psychedelic folk, Ottoman classical music

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Nancy Ajram is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Nancy Ajram World, Pop music, World music

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

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Maggie Reilly is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Maggie Reilly Pop music, Folk music, Pop folk

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Linda Ulvaeus is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Linda Ulvaeus Pop music, Pop folk

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Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Joni Mitchell Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz

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Pete Seeger is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Pete Seeger Folk music

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Phil Ochs is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Phil Ochs Folk music, Folk rock, Country

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

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Göksel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Göksel Pop music, Folk music, Ottoman classical music

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Najwa Karam is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Najwa Karam Arabesque, Pop music, World music

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La 5ª Estación is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
La 5ª Estación Pop music, Latin American music, Latin pop

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Šako Polumenta is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Šako Polumenta Pop folk

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Ruslana is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Ruslana Pop music, Rock music, Electro

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Ron Sexsmith is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Ron Sexsmith Pop music, Folk music, Pop folk

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Ronan Keating is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Ronan Keating Ballad, Synthpop, Pop music

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Rie fu is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Rie fu Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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Richie Havens is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Richie Havens Folk rock, Funk

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John Denver is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
John Denver Western music, Pop music, Traditional music

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Jelena Karleuša is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Jelena Karleuša Synthpop, Pop music, Turbo-folk

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Diana Haddad is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Diana Haddad Khaliji, Pop music, Dance music

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Dar Williams is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Dar Williams Folk music, Alternative country

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Dado Polumenta is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Dado Polumenta Pop-folk, Balkan pop, Pop folk

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Elissa is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Elissa Romance, World, World music

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David Baerwald is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
David Baerwald Rock music, Folk music, Pop folk

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Emmylou Harris is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Emmylou Harris Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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Gérald De Palmas is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Gérald De Palmas Pop music, Folk music, Pop folk

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Gordon Lightfoot is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Gordon Lightfoot Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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Demis Roussos is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Demis Roussos Pop-folk, Pop music, Folk music

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Alex Parks is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Alex Parks Folk music, Folk rock, Pop folk

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Jason Castro is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Jason Castro Christian music, Pop music, Folk music

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

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Basia Bulat is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Basia Bulat Indie pop, Pop music, Folk music

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Walid Toufic is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Walid Toufic World music, Pop folk, Arabic music

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Kobukuro is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Kobukuro Pop music, J-pop, Folk rock

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YUI is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
YUI Pop music, Folk music, J-pop

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Zdravko Čolić is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Zdravko Čolić Pop-folk, Disco, Pop music

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Sibel Can is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Sibel Can Ottoman classical music, Folk rock, Pop folk

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Zerrin Özer is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Zerrin Özer Arabesque, Folk music, Pop folk