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

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

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Turisas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Turisas Viking metal, Black metal, Power metal

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Alestorm is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Alestorm Power metal, Heavy metal, Folk metal

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

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Myrath is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Myrath Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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Týr is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Týr Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Viking metal

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Orden Ogan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Orden Ogan Progressive metal, Power metal, Folk metal

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Arkona is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Arkona Black metal, Heavy metal, Folk metal

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Windir is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Windir Viking metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

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

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Trollfest is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Trollfest Black metal, Folk metal

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Månegarm is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Månegarm Viking metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

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Metsatöll is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Metsatöll Folk music, Heavy metal, Folk metal

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Wolfchant is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Wolfchant Melodic death metal, Viking metal, Black metal

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

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Storm is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Storm Viking metal, Heavy metal, Folk metal

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Svartsot is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Svartsot Melodic death metal, Viking metal, Heavy metal

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Wind Rose is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Alex Gaginsky added Wind Rose Folk Metal,

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Isengard is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Isengard Black metal, Heavy metal, Folk metal

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Ulver is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Ulver Folk music, Electronic music, Gothic metal

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Glittertind is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Glittertind Viking metal, Heavy metal, Folk metal

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Skiltron is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Killew ZBlouf added Skiltron Power metal

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Sevan Kirder is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Sevan Kirder Folk metal, Celtic music

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Krampus is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
joel-egger added Krampus

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Corvus Corax is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Alex Gaginsky added Corvus Corax Medieval music, Medieval metal, Heavy metal

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Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Wuthering Heights Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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Mael Mórdha is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Mael Mórdha Doom metal, Heavy metal, Folk metal

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Dark Forest is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Dark Forest Viking metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

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Tuatha De Danann is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Tuatha De Danann Folk metal

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Myrkgrav is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Myrkgrav Viking metal, Black metal, Folk metal

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Slough Feg is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Slough Feg Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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Salem is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Salem Doom metal, Gothic metal, Black metal

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Holy Blood is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Holy Blood Black metal, Folk metal, Extreme metal

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Swashbuckle is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Swashbuckle Thrash metal, Melodic death metal, Folk metal

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Schattentantz is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Schattentantz Medieval metal, Heavy metal, Folk metal

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Distorted is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Distorted Death-doom, Progressive metal, Oriental metal

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Olli Vänskä is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Olli Vänskä Viking metal, Folk metal

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Verbal Deception is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Verbal Deception Progressive metal, Melodic death metal, Power metal

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Thronar is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Thronar Viking metal, Black metal, Folk metal

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Vanaheim is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Vanaheim Viking metal, Heavy metal, Folk metal

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Žalvarinis is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Žalvarinis Folk rock, Heavy metal, Folk metal

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Tumulus is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Tumulus Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Folk metal

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Ville Sorvali is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Ville Sorvali Viking metal, Technical death metal, Black metal

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Verjnuarmu is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Verjnuarmu Doom metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

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Raud-Ants is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Raud-Ants Folk metal

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Vratyas Vakyas is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Vratyas Vakyas Viking metal, Black metal, Folk metal

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Ulytau is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Ulytau Folk rock, Folk metal, Symphonic metal

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Damnagoras is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Damnagoras Power metal, Folk metal, Hard rock

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Old Corpse Road is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands