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The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists  

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Freak folk is a subgenre of folk music that takes elements of psych folk, avant garde music and baroque pop. These strange genre bedfellows is what comprises the sound of freak folk. Similarly to psych folk, the genre's origins are sewn in the 1960s and like folk music, freak folk bands use acoustic instruments. Over the years, freak folk bands have managed to build a rabid cult following that centers on the hippie-like musicians in the scene. A lot of the best freak folk bands and freak folk artists channel those 1960 hippie folk songs.

So what are the best freak folk bands and freak folk artists? While as we said before freak folk as we know it began in the 1960s, it wasn't until the 2000s where the freak folk genre became to gain more prominence with a larger audience. That can be attributed to the success of the likes of Animal Collective and it's individual members, who have become one of the most popular freak folk bands. That's why Panda Bear and Avey Tare are on here. The same goes for Joanna Newsom and Devandra Banhart, other relatively established freak folk artists who are known among freak folk fans.

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best freak folk bands and freak folk artists. If you notice a freak folk band isn't on here, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best freak folk bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest freak folk 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 freak folk bands that you might've heard of. (38 items)
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Animal Collective is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Psychedelic folk, New Weird America, Electronic music
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N. Penston is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
mondriaanlied added Freak-folk, math-folk, jazz
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CocoRosie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Hip hop music, Psychedelic folk, Experimental music
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Devendra Banhart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Psychedelic folk, Folk music, New Weird America
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Vashti Bunyan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Psychedelic folk, Folk music, Freak folk
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Panda Bear is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
New Weird America, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music
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The Fugs is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Rock music, Experimental rock, Psychedelia
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Bowerbirds is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Indie folk, Freak folk, Nu-folk
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Brightblack Morning Light is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Folk rock, Freak folk, Funk
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Deakin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia, Freak folk
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Jackie-O Motherfucker is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Psychedelic folk, Musical improvisation, Space rock
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Avey Tare is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Folk music, New Weird America, Electronic music
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Espers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Folk music
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Birdengine is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
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2D is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Alternative hip hop, Trip hop, Trip rock
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Alexander Tucker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Experimental music, Freak folk, Blues
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Bird By Snow is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Indie rock, Freak folk
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Vetiver is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Jam band, Indie folk, Freak folk
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Bermuda Triangle Band is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Psychedelic folk, Country pop, Pop music
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Backwoods Warriors is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Grunge, Folk rock, Post-grunge
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Pocahaunted is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Experimental rock, Drone music, Noise music
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Rio en Medio is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
New Weird America, Freak folk
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Julean Rai is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Folk music, Folk rock, Acoustic music
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Voice of the Seven Woods is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Experimental music, Freak folk, Psychedelic rock
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O'Death is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Americana, Romani music, New Weird America