Bands/Musicians The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists  

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Neofolk artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good neofolk bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top neofolk bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Neofolk groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all neofolk bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest neo folk bands of all time, since the most famous neofolk artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best neofolk music.

You can click on the neofolk band names to see more information about that particular notable neofolk group. If they're near the top of the best neofolk artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top neofolk bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the neofolk band names themselves.

Ben Harper and Florence and the Machine are only the beginning of the artists on this list. Rock the vote (not the boat) by clicking thumbs up on your favorite artists. What will come out on top in the end? Acid Mothers Gong? Mike Oldfield?

All important, significant and iconic names in neofolk music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new neofolk bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of neofolk, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into neofolk music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good neofolk bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent neofolk bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best neofolk bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest neofolk 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 neofolk bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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Death In June is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Dark ambient, Folk music, Post-industrial music

2
62 13
Wardruna is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Neofolk, Nordic folk music, Folk metal

3
64 16
Rome is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Dark ambient, Gothic rock, Folk music

4
62 15
:Of the Wand & the Moon: is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Dark ambient, Folk music, Post-industrial music

5
52 18
Current 93 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Dark ambient, Post-industrial music, Neofolk

6
20 2
Sonne Hagal is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Piet Hein added

7
46 17
Blood Axis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Spoken word, Folk music, Post-industrial music

8
45 17
Sol Invictus is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Folk music, Post-industrial music, Neofolk

9
33 10
Faun is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Medieval music, Folk music, Neofolk

10
32 10
Ulver is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Folk music, Electronic music, Gothic metal

11
24 4
Daemonia Nymphe is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Neoclassical Dark Wave, Neoclassical New Age music, Neofolk

12
24 6
Spiritual Front is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Nuevo tango, Italian progressive rock, Dark cabaret

13
25 7
Tenhi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Doom metal, Neofolk, Progressive folk music

14
26 8
Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Dark ambient, Neofolk, Martial music

15
32 13
Douglas Pearce is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Dark ambient, Folk music, Neofolk

16
18 3
Werkraum is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Psychedelic folk, Traditional music, Folk music

17
23 9
Sopor Aeternus & The Ensemble ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Neoclassical Dark Wave, Gothic rock, Gothic metal

18
16 3
Garmarna is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Traditional music, Rock music, Folk music

19
19 6
Wovenhand is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Psychedelic folk, Folk music, Folk rock

20
22 9
Von Thronstahl is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Electronic music, Post-industrial music, Industrial rock

21
14 2
Hagalaz' Runedance is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Piet Hein added

22
15 3
The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath a ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Dark ambient, Gothic rock, Folk music

23
14 3
Orplid is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Post-industrial music, Neofolk, Experimental music

24
15 4
In Gowan Ring is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Psychedelic folk, Traditional music, Folk music

25
16 5
Dornenreich is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Black metal, Neofolk, Heavy metal

26
13 3
Qntal is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Medieval metal, Gothic rock, Neofolk

27
13 3
Lord Wind is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Medieval music, Soundtrack, Dark ambient

28
13 3
Unto Ashes is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Gothic rock, New Age music, Folk music

29
12 3
Changes is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Folk music, Neofolk

30
15 6
Ataraxia is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Gothic rock, Neofolk, Neoclassicism

31
11 3
Allerseelen is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Neofolk, Martial music, Experimental music

32
11 3
A Challenge of Honour is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists

33
9 2
Nest is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Dark ambient, Neofolk, Folk metal

34
7 1
Death in Rome is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
spamws added

35
9 3
Kauan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Doom metal, Black metal, Neofolk

36
11 6
Camerata Mediolanense is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Neoclassical Dark Wave, Neofolk, Dark wave

37
8 3
Narsilion is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Neoclassical Dark Wave, Neofolk

38
26 22
Varg Vikernes is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Medieval music, Thrash metal, Dark ambient

39
7 3
Mizar is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Gothic rock, Rock music, Neofolk

40
12 9
David Tibet is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Neofolk

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9 6
Ordo Equitum Solis is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Dark ambient, Gothic rock, Neofolk

42
8 5
My Silent Wake is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Doom metal, Death-doom, Folk music

43
3 0
Sangre De Muerdago is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Branislav Faktores added

44
8 6
16 Horsepower is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Folk music, Neofolk, Alternative country

45
7 5
Tadhg Cooke is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Neofolk, Alternative rock

46
7 5
Rising Shadows is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Neoclassical Dark Wave, Neofolk

47
6 4
Love Is Colder Than Death is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Neoclassical Dark Wave, Neofolk, Ethereal wave

48
5 3
Luftwaffe is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Folk music, Post-industrial music, Neofolk

49
5 3
Nucleus Torn is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Neofolk, Experimental music, Experimental metal

50
5 3
Hexperos is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Neoclassical Dark Wave, Neofolk, Ethereal wave