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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.

Examples include Robert Plant and Within Temptation. Rock the vote by upvoting your favorite artists. If they get enough votes they rise to the top. If you're a fan of Battlelore or Gylve Nagell, make sure you give them some love.

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 36
Skyclad is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Medieval metal, Thrash metal, Folk rock

2
21 5
Finntroll is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
RoosdenBesten added Folk metal, Black Metal

3
55 44
Alestorm is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Power metal, Heavy metal, Folk metal

4
56 46
Turisas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Viking metal, Black metal, Power metal

5
20 11
Myrath is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

6
62 53
Wintersun is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Melodic death metal, Viking metal

7
52 48
Týr is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Viking metal

8
38 34
Arkona is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Black metal, Heavy metal, Folk metal

9
22 18
Windir is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Viking metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

10
24 21
Orden Ogan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Folk metal

11
17 16
Vintersorg is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Viking metal, Black metal

12
25 26
Månegarm is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Viking metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

13
18 19
Trollfest is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Black metal, Folk metal

14
14 16
Wolfchant is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Melodic death metal, Viking metal, Black metal

15
13 15
Skálmöld is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Viking metal, Folk metal

16
12 14
Storm is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Viking metal, Heavy metal, Folk metal

17
16 19
Svartsot is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Melodic death metal, Viking metal, Heavy metal

18
20 24
Metsatöll is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Folk music, Heavy metal, Folk metal

19
4 5
Corvus Corax is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Alex Gaginsky added Medieval music, Medieval metal, Heavy metal

20
13 16
Ulver is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Folk music, Electronic music, Gothic metal

21
11 14
Glittertind is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Viking metal, Heavy metal, Folk metal

22
5 7
Dark Forest is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Viking metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

23
5 7
Krampus is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
joel-egger added

24
5 8
Sevan Kirder is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Folk metal, Celtic music

25
4 7
Wind Rose is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Alex Gaginsky added Folk Metal,

26
12 17
Isengard is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Black metal, Heavy metal, Folk metal

27
7 11
Myrkgrav is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Viking metal, Black metal, Folk metal

28
11 16
Tuatha De Danann is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Folk metal

29
5 9
Skiltron is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Killew ZBlouf added Power metal

30
4 8
Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

31
7 12
Slough Feg is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

32
4 9
Distorted is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Death-doom, Progressive metal, Oriental metal

33
4 9
Thronar is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Viking metal, Black metal, Folk metal

34
4 9
Žalvarinis is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Folk rock, Heavy metal, Folk metal

35
11 18
Mael Mórdha is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Folk metal

36
5 11
Salem is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Doom metal, Gothic metal, Black metal

37
4 10
Swashbuckle is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Melodic death metal, Folk metal

38
3 9
Tumulus is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Folk metal

39
3 9
Olli Vänskä is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Viking metal, Folk metal

40
6 13
Ville Sorvali is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Viking metal, Technical death metal, Black metal

41
2 8
Damnagoras is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Power metal, Folk metal, Hard rock

42
2 8
Verjnuarmu is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Doom metal, Black metal, Heavy metal

43
2 8
Ulytau is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Folk rock, Folk metal, Symphonic metal

44
2 8
Aes Dana is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Black metal, Heavy metal, Folk metal

45
2 8
Raud-Ants is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Folk metal

46
2 8
Vratyas Vakyas is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Viking metal, Black metal, Folk metal

47
2 8
Old Corpse Road is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands

48
5 12
Waylander is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Black metal, Heavy metal, Folk metal

49
8 16
Alkonost is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Doom metal, Heavy metal, Folk metal

50
4 11
Blackguard is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Folk Metal Bands
Melodic death metal, Metalcore, Power metal