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Rising to prominence in the 1960s, psych folk is one of the most popular subgenres of folk music. Compared to the many different forms of music to emerge during that time, psychedelic folk fused elements of the folk music of that time and psychedelic rock and was a new, exciting genre. Known it's atmospheric sound, psychedelic folk creates a mystical experience for listeners that was far removed from what music fans expect because they also fuse Eastern music bands and influence. Psych folk is also known as avant garde music as well.

So, what are the best psych folk bands and psych folk artists? There are plenty of ones that did start in the '60s that are considered legends. Psychedelic folk bands like originators The Holy Modal Rounders, Red Krayola are among the most prominent names, but let's not forget psychedelic folk artists like Syd Barrett of Pink Floyd fame. Barrett is one of the faces of both psychedelic folk, for his original compositions, but also psychedelic rock as one of the founders of the legendary Pink Floyd during their psychedelic years. While Pink Floyd eventually became one of the best progressive bands, their roots are firmly entrenched in psychedelica.

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best psychedelic folk bands. If you notice a band that isn't on this list of psychedelic folk bands, feel free to add them. All psych folk bands should be included on here. 
This list answers the questions "who are the best psych folk bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest psych 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 psych folk bands that you might've heard of . (90 items)

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Syd Barrett is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Syd Barrett Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Space rock

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Skip Spence is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Skip Spence Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Outsider music

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Comus is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Comus Psychedelic folk, Progressive rock

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Mazzy Star is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Mazzy Star Indie, Psychedelic folk, Shoegazing

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Pearls Before Swine is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Pearls Before Swine Psychedelic folk, Folk rock, Psychedelic rock

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Devendra Banhart is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Devendra Banhart Psychedelic folk, Folk music, New Weird America

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Espers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Espers Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Folk music

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Vashti Bunyan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Vashti Bunyan Psychedelic folk, Folk music, Freak folk

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Arborea is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Arborea Psychedelic folk, New Weird America, Indie folk

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Forest is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Forest Psychedelic folk, Folk music, Folk rock

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Castanets is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Castanets Psychedelic folk, Alternative country

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The Great Society is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
The Great Society Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Garage rock

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The Association is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
The Association Psychedelic folk, Sunshine pop, Folk rock

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Dando Shaft is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists

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Alela Diane is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Alela Diane Americana, Psychedelic folk, Folk music

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Circulus is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Circulus Psychedelic folk, Progressive rock

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The Dodos is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
The Dodos Psychedelic folk, Noise pop, Indie folk

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The Grass Roots is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
The Grass Roots Psychedelic folk, Pop music, Rock music

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Mariee Sioux is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Mariee Sioux Psychedelic folk, Folk music

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Sunforest is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Sunforest Psychedelic folk, Folk music

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Gorky's Zygotic Mynci is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Gorky's Zygotic Mynci Neo-progressive rock, Psychedelic folk, Pop music

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Hapshash and the Coloured Coat is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Hapshash and the Coloured Coat Psychedelic folk, Psychedelic rock, Underground music

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In Gowan Ring is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
In Gowan Ring Psychedelic folk, Traditional music, Folk music

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Amazing Blondel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Amazing Blondel Psychedelic folk, Medieval folk rock, Progressive folk music

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Greg Weeks is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Greg Weeks Psychedelic folk

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Tony, Caro and John is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Tony, Caro and John Psychedelic folk, Electric folk, Folk rock

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Junip is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Junip Rock music, Folk rock, Psychedelic rock

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Local Natives is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Local Natives Indie pop, Psychedelic folk, Folk music

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The Red Krayola is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
The Red Krayola Rock music, Outsider music, Experimental rock

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Janina Angel Bath is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Janina Angel Bath Psychedelic folk

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The Holy Modal Rounders is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
The Holy Modal Rounders Psychedelic folk, Freak folk

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Josephine Foster is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Josephine Foster Psychedelic folk, Folk music, Psychedelic rock

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Faun Fables is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Faun Fables Psychedelic folk, Experimental classical music, Experimental music

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These United States is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
These United States Psychedelic folk, Pop music, Garage rock

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Sonja Kristina Linwood is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Sonja Kristina Linwood Psychedelic folk, Progressive rock

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I Salici Folk Psychedelic, Medioeval, Ambient rock

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Kelli Ali is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Kelli Ali Psychedelic folk, Trip hop, Folk music

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Teresa Bernabe is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Teresa Bernabe Indie, Psychedelic folk, Folk music

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Wendy Penney is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Wendy Penney Americana, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

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Saibou Bungaku is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Saibou Bungaku Psychedelic folk, Freak folk, Blues

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Nurses is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Nurses Psychedelic folk, Psychedelic pop, Experimental rock

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Roger Penney is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Roger Penney Psychedelic folk, Folk rock, Country folk

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Alison O'Donnell is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Alison O'Donnell Psychedelic folk, Folk music, Folk music of Ireland

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Dave Tyack is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Dave Tyack Psychedelic folk, Folk music, Folktronica

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Jan Dukes de Grey is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Jan Dukes de Grey Psychedelic folk, Progressive rock

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Black Sheep is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Black Sheep Psychedelic folk, Folk punk

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Robin Crutchfield is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Robin Crutchfield Psychedelic folk, No wave, Electronic music

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The Goner is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
The Goner Psychedelic folk, Folk rock, Drone music

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Niagara Falls is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Niagara Falls Psychedelic folk, Post-rock, Ambient music

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Natural Snow Buildings is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Natural Snow Buildings Psychedelic folk, Drone music, Experimental music