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The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time

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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    Bridge Over Troubled Water, Sounds of Silence, Bookends

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    If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears, Deliver, The Mamas & the Papas ...

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    Graceland, Still Crazy After All These Years, So Beautiful or So What

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    Live at Shepherd's Bush Empire, London (Deluxe Companion), Babel

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    My Head Is an Animal, Live from Vatnagarðar, Into the Woods

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    Peter, Paul and Mary, Peter

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    Sweetheart of the Rodeo, Mr. Tambourine Man, Younger Than Yesterday

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    Speaking of Dreams, Gracias a la Vida, The Joan Baez Country Music Album ...

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    Together in Concert, American Favorite Ballads, Volume 1

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    Rocky Mountain Christmas, Christmas Like a Lullaby, A Christmas Together ...

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    The Seekers Complete, This Is, Roving With The Seekers

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    Blue, Court and Spark, Ladies of the Canyon

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    Last Month of the Year, American Troubadours, Here We Go Again!

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    Endless Wire, If You Could Read My Mind, Summer Side of Life

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    Together in Concert, Precious Friend, More Together Again in Concert

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    The Animals' Christmas, Angel Clare, Watermark

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    Light of the Stable, Anthology: The Warner/Reprise Years, Red Dirt Girl ...

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    The Head and the Heart, Let's Be Still, iTunes Session

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    All the News That's Fit to Sing, I Ain't Marching Anymore, Pleasures of ...

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    So Early in the Spring, the First 15 Years, Judith

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    If You’re Feeling Sinister, The Boy With the Arab Strap, Fold Your Hands ...

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    Oh, My Darling, Heart of My Own

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    A Very She & Him Christmas, Volume One, Volume Two

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    Resume: The Best of Richie Havens, Alarm Clock, Mixed Bag

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    The Wild Hunt, Shallow Grave, There's No Leaving Now

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    So Jealous, This Business of Art, The Con

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    Midnight Sun, Echoes, Elena

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    The Very Best of 1989–1998, Ola Sto Fos, Meno Ektos

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    Talk on Corners, Best of The Corrs, Forgiven

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    Other Songs, Whereabouts, Ron Sexsmith

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    Honesty, Introduction, Maybe That's What It Takes

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    Protereotita, My Number One, Iparhi Logos

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    Marcher dans le sable, Un homme sans racines, Les lois de la nature

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    Mon paradis, Comme à la maison, Je veux du bonheur

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    Sve Vesnine tuge i radosti, Istina, Sokole

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    Bedtime Stories, Hurly Burly, Triage

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    Shape, Marvin the Album, Clunk

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    The Hazards of Love, The Crane Wife, Her Majesty the Decemberists

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    Reflection, Spring, Summer

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    Nåt gammalt, nåt nytt, nåt lånat

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    Lepa Brena, Lepa Brena & Slatki Greh, Jedan dan života

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    Sit Beside Your Vegetables, Paranoid Cocoon, The Archery EP

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    Ljiljani, Zajedno smo jači, Zbogom noći

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    Chante Hier Pour Aujourd'hui, Hazırım, Çapkın

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    Birds of My Neighborhood, The Innocence Mission, Glow

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    Human Like a House, On Golden Hill, Six Songs

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    Soz Ver, Ay'da Yürüdüm, I have a love

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    You Can't See The Stars From Here

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