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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. (66 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
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
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
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
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge
6
James Taylor is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Disco, Pop music
7
The Lumineers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Americana, Folk rock, Alternative rock
8
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
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
Neko Case is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Americana, Folk rock, Alternative country
11
Mumford & Sons is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Pop music, Folk rock, Pop rock
12
Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz
13
Van Morrison is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Ferry73 added Skiffle, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music
14
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
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
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
Leonard Cohen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Synthpop, Pop music, Spoken word
18
The Decemberists is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Indie pop, Rock music, Folk rock
19
Jethro Tull is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
ElijahKaganer added Blues-rock, Rock music, Electronic music
20
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
Patty Griffin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Americana, Folk music, Folk rock
22
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
Gordon Lightfoot is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
MikeSlobe added Pop music, Rock music, Folk music
24
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
Joan Baez is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Folk Rock Bands of All Time
Americana, Pop music, Rock music