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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
Death In June Dark ambient, Folk music, Post-industrial music

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

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:Of the Wand & the Moon: is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
:Of the Wand & the Moon: Dark ambient, Folk music, Post-industrial music

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Rome is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Rome Dark ambient, Gothic rock, Folk music

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

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Sol Invictus is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Sol Invictus Folk music, Post-industrial music, Neofolk

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

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Spiritual Front is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Spiritual Front Nuevo tango, Italian progressive rock, Dark cabaret

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Ulver is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Ulver Folk music, Electronic music, Gothic metal

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Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio Dark ambient, Neofolk, Martial music

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

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Douglas Pearce is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Douglas Pearce Dark ambient, Folk music, Neofolk

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Faun is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Faun Medieval music, Folk music, Neofolk

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Tenhi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Tenhi Doom metal, Neofolk, Progressive folk music

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Sopor Aeternus & The Ensemble ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Sopor Aeternus & The Ensemble of Shadows Neoclassical Dark Wave, Gothic rock, Gothic metal

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Sonne Hagal is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Piet Hein added Sonne Hagal

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Dornenreich is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Dornenreich Black metal, Neofolk, Heavy metal

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Wovenhand is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Wovenhand Psychedelic folk, Folk music, Folk rock

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In Gowan Ring is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
In Gowan Ring Psychedelic folk, Traditional music, Folk music

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Werkraum is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Werkraum Psychedelic folk, Traditional music, Folk music

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14 3
The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath a ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath a Cloud Dark ambient, Gothic rock, Folk music

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Hagalaz' Runedance is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Piet Hein added Hagalaz' Runedance

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Qntal is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Qntal Medieval metal, Gothic rock, Neofolk

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Garmarna is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Garmarna Traditional music, Rock music, Folk music

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Lord Wind is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Lord Wind Medieval music, Soundtrack, Dark ambient

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Changes is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Changes Folk music, Neofolk

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Orplid is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Orplid Post-industrial music, Neofolk, Experimental music

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Ataraxia is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Ataraxia Gothic rock, Neofolk, Neoclassicism

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Von Thronstahl is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Von Thronstahl Electronic music, Post-industrial music, Industrial rock

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Unto Ashes is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Unto Ashes Gothic rock, New Age music, Folk music

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11 3
A Challenge of Honour is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists

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Allerseelen is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Allerseelen Neofolk, Martial music, Experimental music

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

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Kauan is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Kauan Doom metal, Black metal, Neofolk

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Mizar is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Mizar Gothic rock, Rock music, Neofolk

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

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Ordo Equitum Solis is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Ordo Equitum Solis Dark ambient, Gothic rock, Neofolk

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My Silent Wake is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
My Silent Wake Doom metal, Death-doom, Folk music

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Narsilion is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Narsilion Neoclassical Dark Wave, Neofolk

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Death in Rome is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
spamws added Death in Rome

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Varg Vikernes is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Varg Vikernes Medieval music, Thrash metal, Dark ambient

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David Tibet is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
David Tibet Neofolk

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Omnia is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Omnia Folk music, Neofolk

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Naevus is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Naevus Experimental rock, Neofolk, Industrial music

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Rising Shadows is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Rising Shadows Neoclassical Dark Wave, Neofolk

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Tadhg Cooke is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Tadhg Cooke Neofolk, Alternative rock

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Edward Ka-Spel is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Edward Ka-Spel Psychedelia, Neofolk, Industrial music

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Nucleus Torn is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Nucleus Torn Neofolk, Experimental music, Experimental metal

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Fejd is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Fejd Folk music, Folk rock, Neofolk

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Alex Vega is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Neofolk Bands/Artists
Alex Vega Doom metal, Synthpop, Industrial metal