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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. (67 items)
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1,182 108
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
733 220
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
473 218
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
467 216
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
467 217
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge
6
465 219
James Taylor is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Disco, Pop music
7
466 219
The Lumineers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Americana, Folk rock, Alternative rock
8
463 220
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
459 222
The Mamas & the Papas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Sunshine pop, Rock music, Psychedelic pop
10
455 220
Neko Case is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Americana, Folk rock, Alternative country
11
463 217
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
463 217
Van Morrison is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Ferry73 added Skiffle, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music
13
469 223
Mumford & Sons is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Pop music, Folk rock, Pop rock
14
461 219
Buffalo Springfield is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock
15
462 220
Peter, Paul and Mary is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Folk music, Folk rock
16
458 218
Carole King is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music
17
460 219
Leonard Cohen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Synthpop, Pop music, Spoken word
18
459 221
Jethro Tull is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
ElijahKaganer added Blues-rock, Rock music, Electronic music
19
456 218
The Lovin' Spoonful is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock
20
456 219
The Decemberists is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Indie pop, Rock music, Folk rock
21
454 217
Patty Griffin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Americana, Folk music, Folk rock
22
461 216
Jim Croce is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Folk music
23
458 217
Joan Baez is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Americana, Pop music, Rock music
24
461 217
Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock
25
459 218
Art Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Popular music, Pop music, Rock music