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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. (57 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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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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Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Neil Young Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Rock music, Folk rock

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The Mamas & the Papas is listed (or ranked) 6 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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The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
The Byrds Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

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Buffalo Springfield is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Buffalo Springfield Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

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Jethro Tull is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Carole King is listed (or ranked) 10 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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James Taylor is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
James Taylor Blues-rock, Disco, Pop music

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Peter, Paul and Mary is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Peter, Paul and Mary Folk music, Folk rock

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Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Joni Mitchell Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz

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Van Morrison is listed (or ranked) 14 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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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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The Lovin' Spoonful is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
The Lovin' Spoonful Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

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Leonard Cohen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Leonard Cohen Synthpop, Pop music, Spoken word

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Neko Case is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Neko Case Americana, Folk rock, Alternative country

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Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Mark Lanzarotta added Grateful Dead Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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Joan Baez is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Joan Baez Americana, Pop music, Rock music

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Art Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Art Garfunkel Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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Sufjan Stevens is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Sufjan Stevens Christian music, Alternative country, Baroque pop

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Nick Drake is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
ElijahKaganer added Nick Drake Folk music, Folk rock

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The Lumineers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
The Lumineers Americana, Folk rock, Alternative rock

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Yusuf Islam is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Yusuf Islam Synthpop, Sufi rock, Nasheed

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Patty Griffin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Patty Griffin Americana, Folk music, Folk rock

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The Irish Rovers is listed (or ranked) 27 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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Sonny & Cher is listed (or ranked) 28 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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The Incredible String Band is listed (or ranked) 29 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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Band of Horses is listed (or ranked) 30 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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Love is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
ElijahKaganer added Love Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock

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Kate Bush is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Mark Lanzarotta added Kate Bush Synthpop, Pop rock, Alternative rock

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Fleet Foxes is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Fleet Foxes Indie pop, Folk music, Folk rock

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Jim Croce is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Jim Croce Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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Richie Havens is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Richie Havens Folk rock, Funk

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Jackson Browne is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Jackson Browne Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

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Iron & Wine is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Iron & Wine Folk music, Folk rock, Indie folk

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Ray LaMontagne is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Ray LaMontagne Folk music, Folk rock, Country blues

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Cat Power is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Cat Power Indie pop, Blues-rock, Folk music

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Bon Iver is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Ferry73 added Bon Iver Indie, Neo soul, Folk music

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Andrew Bird is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Andrew Bird Swing music, Folk rock, Jazz

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Noah and the Whale is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Noah and the Whale Folk rock, Pop rock, Bluegrass

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Country Joe and the Fish is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Country Joe and the Fish Rock music, Folk rock, Acid rock

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Indigo Girls is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Indigo Girls Folk rock

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Phil Ochs is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Phil Ochs Folk music, Folk rock, Country

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Gordon Lightfoot is listed (or ranked) 46 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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Mumford & Sons is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Mumford & Sons Pop music, Folk rock, Pop rock

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Richard Thompson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Richard Thompson Rock music, Folk music, Electric folk

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America is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
America Classic rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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John Denver is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
John Denver Western music, Pop music, Traditional music