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Folk metal artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good folk metal bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top folk metal bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Folk metal groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all folk metal bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest folk metal bands of all time, since the most famous folk metal artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best folk metal music.

You can click on the folk metal band names to see more information about that particular notable folk metal group. If they're near the top of the best folk metal artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top folk metal bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the folk metal band names themselves.

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All important, significant and iconic names in folk metal music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new folk metal bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of folk metal, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into folk metal music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good folk metal bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent folk metal bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best folk metal bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest folk metal 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 folk metal bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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78 37
Skyclad is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Medieval metal, Thrash metal, Folk rock

2
22 6
Finntroll is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
RoosdenBesten added Folk metal, Black Metal

3
56 46
Alestorm is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Power metal, Heavy metal, Folk metal

4
56 47
Turisas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Viking metal, Black metal, Power metal

5
62 54
Wintersun is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Melodic death metal, Viking metal

6
55 48
Týr is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Viking metal

7
20 12
Myrath is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

8
40 34
Arkona is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Black metal, Heavy metal, Folk metal

9
22 19
Windir is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Viking metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

10
24 22
Orden Ogan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Folk metal

11
17 17
Vintersorg is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Viking metal, Black metal

12
25 27
Månegarm is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Viking metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

13
18 20
Trollfest is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Black metal, Folk metal

14
5 5
Corvus Corax is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Alex Gaginsky added Medieval music, Medieval metal, Heavy metal

15
14 16
Skálmöld is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Viking metal, Folk metal

16
17 20
Svartsot is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Melodic death metal, Viking metal, Heavy metal

17
14 17
Wolfchant is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Melodic death metal, Viking metal, Black metal

18
12 15
Storm is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Viking metal, Heavy metal, Folk metal

19
20 25
Metsatöll is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Folk music, Heavy metal, Folk metal

20
13 17
Ulver is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Folk music, Electronic music, Gothic metal

21
11 15
Glittertind is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Viking metal, Heavy metal, Folk metal

22
5 8
Dark Forest is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Viking metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

23
5 8
Krampus is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
joel-egger added

24
12 17
Tuatha De Danann is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Folk metal

25
5 9
Sevan Kirder is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Folk metal, Celtic music

26
12 18
Isengard is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Black metal, Heavy metal, Folk metal

27
4 8
Wind Rose is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Alex Gaginsky added Folk Metal,

28
7 12
Myrkgrav is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Viking metal, Black metal, Folk metal

29
5 10
Skiltron is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Killew ZBlouf added Power metal

30
4 9
Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

31
7 13
Slough Feg is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

32
11 19
Mael Mórdha is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Folk metal

33
4 10
Distorted is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Death-doom, Progressive metal, Oriental metal

34
4 10
Žalvarinis is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Folk rock, Heavy metal, Folk metal

35
4 10
Thronar is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Viking metal, Black metal, Folk metal

36
5 12
Salem is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Doom metal, Gothic metal, Black metal

37
4 11
Swashbuckle is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Melodic death metal, Folk metal

38
6 14
Ville Sorvali is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Viking metal, Technical death metal, Black metal

39
3 10
Olli Vänskä is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Viking metal, Folk metal

40
3 10
Tumulus is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Folk metal

41
8 17
Alkonost is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Folk metal

42
5 13
Waylander is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Black metal, Heavy metal, Folk metal

43
2 9
Damnagoras is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Power metal, Folk metal, Hard rock

44
2 9
Ulytau is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Folk rock, Folk metal, Symphonic metal

45
2 9
Vratyas Vakyas is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Viking metal, Black metal, Folk metal

46
2 9
Aes Dana is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Black metal, Heavy metal, Folk metal

47
2 9
Raud-Ants is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Folk metal

48
2 9
Verjnuarmu is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Doom metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

49
2 9
Old Corpse Road is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands

50
4 12
Kivimetsän Druidi is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Power metal, Heavy metal, Folk metal