Although folk music has been around for as long as spoken word music itself, folk rock became popular during the 1960s and early 1970s -- and it hasn't really looked back since. Rising to prominence in the U.S. and UK during this time, folk rock artists were among the first rock stars. Playing traditional folk music with rock instrumentation, the folk rock movement was also influenced by elements of both the British invasion and beat music. Over the years, folk rock bands have continued to maintain popularity; and while the genre doesn't top the charts as frequently anymore, its influence cannot be denied.
So, what are the best folk rock groups and artists of all time? Any list of folk rock musicians has to include the names Bob Dylan, The Byrds, Simon and Garfunkel, Neil Young, America, and Crosby, Stills and Nash. These older groups are widely recognized as some of the best folk rock bands, and for good reason. More modern artists that have also made a significant splash across the industry and among listeners worldwide include Mumford & Sons, Bon Iver, and Ben Harper. From the OGs to the newbees, all of their music remains wildly popular, and their legacy within folk music lives on forever.
Ultimately, it's up to you to determine which folk rock singers/bands are the greatest. This list answers the questions "who are the best folk rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest folk rock musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the artists' music (albums and songs) instead of just voting for the most popular or famous folk rock bands that you might've heard of.