bands/musicians The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time

28k votes 133k views 65 items Embed

List Rules Upvote your favorite soft rock bands and musicians. Nothing considered heavy or hard etc should be on here.

This soft rock bands list ranks the best indie soft rock artists and musicians by votes. This list of top soft rock artists let’s you see who soft rock fans think are the best soft rock singers and bands. Fusing elements of low tempo folk music and mainstream rock, soft rock became popular at the end of the initial period of rock music, and has maintained popularity over the years. With the use of acoustic instruments and mellow melodies, the genre combined palatable tones with memorable tunes. The best soft rock artists performed songs about love, everyday life, and relationships. Soft rock is often associated with piano rock due its use of synthesizers and pianos. Soft rock songs dominated the 70s and 80s. Some of the most popular and enduring songs of the era were soft rock songs. The best soft rock artists are widely acclaimed and some are even in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

So, who are the best soft rock bands? Any list of good soft rock artists has to include legends like Elton John, James Taylor, Steely Dan, Paul Simon, Carole King, The Carpenters, and Randy Newman. These artists are known widely for writing soft rock classics. Many of these singers and bands had their biggest hits decades ago, but their songs helped created a new genre and are still incredibly popular today.

That said, it's up to you to determine who are the best soft rock bands of all time. If you notice someone isn't on this list that should be, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best soft rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest soft rock 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 soft rock bands.

1
+ - 546 169
Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Paul Simon Rock music, Folk music Folk rock

The Sexiest Women in Rock The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

2
+ - 291 191
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Billy Joel Blue-eyed soul, Pop music Rock music

3
+ - 299 197
Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Simon and Garfunkel Pop music, Worldbeat Rock music

4
+ - 300 188
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Elton John Pop music, Rock music Piano rock

5
+ - 290 190
Steely Dan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Steely Dan Rock music, Jazz fusion Rhythm and blues

6
+ - 292 190
Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Phil Collins Blue-eyed soul, Pop music Rock music

7
+ - 287 190
America is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
America Classic rock, Rock music Folk rock

8
+ - 289 190
Hall & Oates is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Hall & Oates Blue-eyed soul, New Wave Rock music

9
+ - 290 188
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Chicago Ballad, Ska Rock music

10
+ - 282 192
The Carpenters is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
The Carpenters Adult contemporary music, Pop music Rock music

11
+ - 282 193
Toto is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Toto Melodic Rock, Neo-progressive rock Pop music

12
+ - 279 190
James Taylor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
James Taylor Blues-rock, Disco Pop music

13
+ - 278 189
Jackson Browne is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Jackson Browne Rock music, Folk music Folk rock

14
+ - 292 191
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
The Beatles Pop music, Rock music Pop rock

15
+ - 273 195
Amy Grant is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Amy Grant Adult contemporary music, Christian music Pop music

Rock Stars Who Have Aged Surprisingly Well The 36 Greatest On-Stage Falls of All Time

16
+ - 287 192
Coldplay is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Coldplay Rock music, Piano rock Post-Britpop

17
+ - 292 189
Journey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Journey Rock music, Jazz fusion Pop rock

18
+ - 274 195
Randy Newman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Randy Newman Pop music, Rock music Soft rock

19
+ - 285 186
The Doobie Brothers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
The Doobie Brothers Swamp pop, Heartland rock Rock music

20
+ - 284 187
Supertramp is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Supertramp Rock music, Pop rock Progressive rock

21
+ - 281 189
Air Supply is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Air Supply Adult contemporary music, Pop music Pop rock

22
+ - 282 188
Kansas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Kansas Heartland rock, Rock music Progressive rock

23
+ - 277 188
Christopher Cross is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Christopher Cross Pop music, Yacht Rock Pop rock

24
+ - 278 190
Yusuf Islam is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Yusuf Islam Synthpop, Sufi rock Nasheed

25
+ - 277 192
James Blunt is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
James Blunt Adult contemporary music, Rock music Folk music

26
+ - 278 191
Michael McDonald is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Michael McDonald Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul Pop music

27
+ - 279 190
Kenny Loggins is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Kenny Loggins Blue-eyed soul, Pop music Rock music

28
+ - 277 191
Sarah McLachlan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Sarah McLachlan Adult contemporary music, Pop music Piano rock

29
+ - 280 187
Bread is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Bread Rock music, Folk rock Country rock

21 Famous Schizophrenics The Most Important Phrases to Learn Before You Travel Abroad

30
+ - 279 187
Carole King is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Carole King Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul Pop music

31
+ - 283 191
Bryan Adams is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Bryan Adams Adult contemporary music, Pop music Heartland rock

32
+ - 264 192
Jack Johnson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Jack Johnson Indie pop, Tropical rock Pop music

33
+ - 275 191
Art Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Art Garfunkel Popular music, Pop music Rock music

34
+ - 278 193
Goo Goo Dolls is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Goo Goo Dolls Jangle pop, Classic rock Heartland rock

35
+ - 266 187
The Moody Blues is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
The Moody Blues Synthpop, Rock music Acoustic music

36
+ - 276 189
The Fray is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
The Fray Indie pop, Adult album alternative Pop music

37
+ - 215 187
Jimmy Buffett is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Jimmy Buffett Tropical rock, Western music Pop music

38
+ - 196 189
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop Rhythm and blues

39
+ - 198 188
INXS is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
INXS Rock music, Dance-rock Pop rock

40
+ - 192 194
Keane is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Keane Synthpop, New Wave Rock music

41
+ - 180 187
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Rock music, Folk rock

42
+ - 180 189
The Guess Who is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
The Guess Who Blues-rock, Classic rock Pop music

43
+ - 177 187
Neil Diamond is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Neil Diamond Pop music, Rock music Folk music

The Greatest Songs by '90s One-Hit Wonders The Best Green Tea Brands

44
+ - 163 188
Seals and Crofts is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Seals and Crofts Rock music, Pop rock Soft rock

45
+ - 165 191
Vanessa Carlton is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Vanessa Carlton Pop music, Rock music Piano rock

46
+ - 160 192
Ambrosia is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Ambrosia Pop music, Rock music Pop rock

47
+ - 165 183
Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Stevie Nicks Classic rock, Pop music Rock music

48
+ - 169 184
ABBA is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
ABBA Synthpop, Disco Pop music

49
+ - 165 183
Boston is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Boston Classic rock, Rock music Progressive rock

50
+ - 163 184
Jefferson Starship is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Jefferson Starship Pop music, Rock music Acid rock