Folk Music The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time  

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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. (62 items)
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Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

2
537 197
Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music

3
411 197
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

4
411 197
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Folk rock

5
411 197
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

6
411 197
James Taylor is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Disco, Pop music

7
411 197
The Mamas & the Papas is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Sunshine pop, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

8
411 197
The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

9
412 197
The Lumineers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Americana, Folk rock, Alternative rock

10
411 197
Neko Case is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Americana, Folk rock, Alternative country

11
411 197
Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz

12
413 197
Mumford & Sons is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Pop music, Folk rock, Pop rock

13
411 197
Carole King is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

14
411 197
Peter, Paul and Mary is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Folk music, Folk rock

15
411 197
Buffalo Springfield is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

16
411 197
Jethro Tull is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
ElijahKaganer added Blues-rock, Rock music, Electronic music

17
411 197
Van Morrison is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Ferry73 added Skiffle, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

18
411 197
Leonard Cohen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Synthpop, Pop music, Spoken word

19
411 197
The Decemberists is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Indie pop, Rock music, Folk rock

20
411 197
The Lovin' Spoonful is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

21
408 197
Patty Griffin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Americana, Folk music, Folk rock

22
411 197
Joan Baez is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Americana, Pop music, Rock music

23
411 197
Art Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

24
411 197
Jim Croce is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

25
411 197
Jackson Browne is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

26
411 197
Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

27
411 197
Gordon Lightfoot is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
MikeSlobe added Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

28
407 197
Sufjan Stevens is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Christian music, Alternative country, Baroque pop

29
407 197
Iron & Wine is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Folk music, Folk rock, Indie folk

30
407 197
Ray LaMontagne is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Folk music, Folk rock, Country blues

31
410 197
Sonny & Cher is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
ElijahKaganer added Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

32
410 197
The Irish Rovers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
EdWildeman added Folk music, Folk music of Ireland, Folk rock

33
405 197
Nick Drake is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
ElijahKaganer added Folk music, Folk rock

34
406 197
Noah and the Whale is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Folk rock, Pop rock, Bluegrass

35
407 197
Love is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
ElijahKaganer added Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

36
406 197
The Incredible String Band is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
charles-bridgeman added Psychedelic folk, World music

37
406 197
Band of Horses is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
-1449913396271 added Rock music, Alternative country, Indie rock

38
405 197
Richard Thompson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Folk music, Electric folk

39
411 197
Cat Stevens is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Synthpop, Sufi rock, Nasheed

40
410 197
Fleet Foxes is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Indie pop, Folk music, Folk rock

41
410 197
America is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Classic rock, Rock music, Folk rock

42
410 197
John Denver is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Western music, Pop music, Traditional music

43
408 197
The Avett Brothers is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Folk music, Folk rock, Bluegrass

44
410 197
Phil Ochs is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Folk music, Folk rock, Country

45
409 197
Indigo Girls is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Folk rock

46
408 197
Cat Power is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Indie pop, Blues-rock, Folk music

47
408 197
Country Joe and the Fish is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Folk rock, Acid rock

48
406 197
Richie Havens is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Folk rock, Funk

49
407 197
Don McLean is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Ferry73 added Folk music, Folk rock

50
408 197
Bon Iver is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Ferry73 added Indie, Neo soul, Folk music