Folk Music The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time  

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Beginning in the 1960s, the genre known as folk pop emerged as folk music grew in popularity. While the earliest folk singers and folk bands would never have believed that they'd hit the mainstream. Yet, with catchy songs, big hooks and a carefully crafted persona, pop folk bands started to emerge and caught on both commercially and critically. The earliest folk pop bands helped pave the way for bands in the neo-folk movement that rose to popularity during the late 2000s and early 2010s. Thus, while pop folk hasn't soared to the heights of the hippie years, that doesn't mean it hasn't completely gone away.

So, what are the best folk pop bands? Any list would be incomplete without the likes of Simon and Garfunkel, the Byrds, Pete Seeger, Peter, Paul and Mary, and Joni Mitchell. While some of these folk artists didn't creative pop music as a whole, their songs were so good that a widespread audience couldn't help but pay attention to what they were doing. These bands paved the way for the likes of Grammy Award winning folk pop band like Mumford & Sons and Iceland's Of Monsters and Men.

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best pop folk bands. If you notice that a folk pop band is missing from this list, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best pop folk bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest pop 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 pop folk bands that you might've heard of.

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Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Paul Simon Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

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Najwa Karam is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Najwa Karam Arabesque, Pop music, World music

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Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Simon and Garfunkel Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music

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Walid Toufic is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Walid Toufic World music, Pop folk, Arabic music

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Siniša Vuco is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Siniša Vuco Pop-folk, Pop music, Turbo-folk

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Zerrin Özer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Zerrin Özer Arabesque, Folk music, Pop folk

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Amy Malkoff is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Amy Malkoff Pop-folk, Folk music, Acoustic music

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Mumford & Sons is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
JacksonMay added Mumford & Sons Pop music, Folk rock, Pop rock

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Phil Ochs is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Phil Ochs Folk music, Folk rock, Country

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Frente! is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Frente! Indie pop, Pop music, Folk music

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The Seekers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
The Seekers Pop music, Folk music, Easy listening

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The Kingston Trio is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
The Kingston Trio Pop music, Folk music

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The Mamas & the Papas is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
The Mamas & the Papas Sunshine pop, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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YUI is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
YUI Pop music, Folk music, J-pop

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Zdravko Čolić is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Zdravko Čolić Pop-folk, Disco, Pop music

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The Innocence Mission is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
The Innocence Mission Folk music, Folk rock, Dream pop

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The finches is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
The finches Folk rock, Pop folk

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The Decemberists is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
JacksonMay added The Decemberists Indie pop, Rock music, Folk rock

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The Corrs is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
The Corrs Celtic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
The Byrds Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

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Tegan and Sara is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Tegan and Sara Indie pop, Synthpop, Indie

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Tarkan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Tarkan Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Folk music

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Tara Blaise is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Tara Blaise Pop folk

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Ron Sexsmith is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Ron Sexsmith Pop music, Folk music, Pop folk

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Ronan Keating is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Ronan Keating Ballad, Synthpop, Pop music

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Seka Aleksić is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Seka Aleksić Pop music, Turbo-folk, Dance music

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Ivana is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Ivana Pop-folk, Balkan pop, Pop folk

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Sofia Talvik is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Sofia Talvik Pop music, Folk rock, Pop folk

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Kobukuro is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Kobukuro Pop music, J-pop, Folk rock

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Ebru Yaşar is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Ebru Yaşar Arabesque, Pop folk

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Sibel Can is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Sibel Can Ottoman classical music, Folk rock, Pop folk

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Ragheb Alama is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Ragheb Alama Arabesque, Middle Eastern music, Pop folk

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The Frogs is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
The Frogs Folk rock, Acoustic music, Pop folk

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Dragan Kojić Keba is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Dragan Kojić Keba Pop-folk, Balkan pop, Folk music

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Ebru Gündeş is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Ebru Gündeş Arabesque, Folk music, Pop folk

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Yıldız Tilbe is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Yıldız Tilbe Pop-folk, Balkan pop, Pop folk

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Sinan Sakić is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Sinan Sakić Pop-folk, Balkan pop, Folk music

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Elissa is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Elissa Romance, World, World music

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Nedeljko Bajić Baja is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Nedeljko Bajić Baja Pop-folk, Balkan pop, Pop folk

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Kemal Malovčić is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Kemal Malovčić Pop-folk, Turbo-folk, Folk music

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La 5ª Estación is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
La 5ª Estación Pop music, Latin American music, Latin pop

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The Cotton Jones Basket Ride is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
The Cotton Jones Basket Ride Indie pop, Americana, Psychedelic folk

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Oh, atoms is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Oh, atoms Indie pop, Pop folk

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Rosetta Pebble is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Rosetta Pebble Rock music, Folk rock, Pop folk

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Royal Wood is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Royal Wood Pop music, Balkan pop, Pop folk

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Ruslana is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Ruslana Pop music, Rock music, Electro

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Eylem Kızıl is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Eylem Kızıl Adult contemporary music, Folk music, Dance-pop

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Nate Campany is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Nate Campany Pop music, Pop folk, Alternative country

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Šako Polumenta is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Šako Polumenta Pop folk

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Serdar Ortaç is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Serdar Ortaç Folk music, Pop folk, Turkish pop music