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While folk music has been around for as long as spoken word music itself, folk rock rose became popular during the 1960s and 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 the British invasion and elements of beat music. Over the years, folk rock bands have continued to maintain popularity and while the genre doesn't top the charts anymore, it's influence cannot be denied.

So, what are the best folk rock bands and folk rock artists? Any list of folk rock bands and artist has to include the likes of The Byrds, Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, Neil Young, America, Crosby, Stills and Nash and more recently, Mumford & Sons. These groups are widely recognized as some of the best folk rock bands and for good reason. Their music is and remains wildly popular and their legacy within folk music cannot be disputed.

Ultimately, it's up to you to determine who are the best folk rock bands. If you notice someone is missing from this list, feel free to add them. 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 band's music instead of just voting for the most popular folk rock bands that you might've heard of. (61 items)
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Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Paul Simon Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

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Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Simon and Garfunkel Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music

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387 182
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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385 179
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Rock music, Folk rock

5
386 182
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Neil Young Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

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383 181
The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
The Byrds Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

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382 184
The Mamas & the Papas is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
The Mamas & the Papas Sunshine pop, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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385 179
James Taylor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
James Taylor Blues-rock, Disco, Pop music

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Van Morrison is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Ferry73 added Van Morrison Skiffle, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Joni Mitchell Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz

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Carole King is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Carole King Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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384 180
Buffalo Springfield is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Buffalo Springfield Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

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385 181
Leonard Cohen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Leonard Cohen Synthpop, Pop music, Spoken word

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383 182
Jethro Tull is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
ElijahKaganer added Jethro Tull Blues-rock, Rock music, Electronic music

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The Decemberists is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
The Decemberists Indie pop, Rock music, Folk rock

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Neko Case is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Neko Case Americana, Folk rock, Alternative country

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388 181
Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Grateful Dead Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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Peter, Paul and Mary is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Peter, Paul and Mary Folk music, Folk rock

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382 180
Joan Baez is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Joan Baez Americana, Pop music, Rock music

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387 182
The Lumineers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
The Lumineers Americana, Folk rock, Alternative rock

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384 181
The Lovin' Spoonful is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
The Lovin' Spoonful Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

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Nick Drake is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
ElijahKaganer added Nick Drake Folk music, Folk rock

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Patty Griffin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Patty Griffin Americana, Folk music, Folk rock

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378 182
Sufjan Stevens is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Sufjan Stevens Christian music, Alternative country, Baroque pop

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Band of Horses is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
-1449913396271 added Band of Horses Rock music, Alternative country, Indie rock

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387 182
Mumford & Sons is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Mumford & Sons Pop music, Folk rock, Pop rock

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385 179
Jackson Browne is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Jackson Browne Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

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Jim Croce is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Jim Croce Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

The Best Rock Vocalists

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Art Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Art Garfunkel Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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Cat Stevens is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Cat Stevens Synthpop, Sufi rock, Nasheed

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Gordon Lightfoot is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
MikeSlobe added Gordon Lightfoot Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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380 183
Fleet Foxes is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Fleet Foxes Indie pop, Folk music, Folk rock

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379 182
Ray LaMontagne is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Ray LaMontagne Folk music, Folk rock, Country blues

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381 182
Kate Bush is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Kate Bush Synthpop, Pop rock, Alternative rock

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379 182
Cat Power is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Cat Power Indie pop, Blues-rock, Folk music

The Top 500 Musical Groups/Artists of All Time

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Iron & Wine is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Iron & Wine Folk music, Folk rock, Indie folk

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379 183
Bon Iver is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Ferry73 added Bon Iver Indie, Neo soul, Folk music

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378 182
Andrew Bird is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Andrew Bird Swing music, Folk rock, Jazz

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378 182
Noah and the Whale is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Noah and the Whale Folk rock, Pop rock, Bluegrass

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379 182
Sonny & Cher is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
ElijahKaganer added Sonny & Cher Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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380 183
The Irish Rovers is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
EdWildeman added The Irish Rovers Folk music, Folk music of Ireland, Folk rock

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Love is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
ElijahKaganer added Love Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

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Richard Thompson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Richard Thompson Rock music, Folk music, Electric folk

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378 182
The Incredible String Band is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
charles-bridgeman added The Incredible String Band Psychedelic folk, World music

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382 180
America is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
America Classic rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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381 181
John Denver is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
John Denver Western music, Pop music, Traditional music

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379 180
Richie Havens is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Richie Havens Folk rock, Funk

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380 180
Don McLean is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Ferry73 added Don McLean Folk music, Folk rock

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382 180
Harry Chapin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Harry Chapin Folk music, Folk rock

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381 179
Dan Fogelberg is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Dan Fogelberg Rock music, Folk rock, Soft rock