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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1
848 100
Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

2
304 158
Najwa Karam is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Arabesque, Pop music, World music

3
295 166
Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music

4
131 158
Walid Toufic is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
World music, Pop folk, Arabic music

5
131 158
YUI is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Pop music, Folk music, J-pop

6
131 158
Zdravko Čolić is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Pop-folk, Disco, Pop music

7
131 158
Zerrin Özer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Arabesque, Folk music, Pop folk

8
131 158
Seka Aleksić is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Pop music, Turbo-folk, Dance music

9
131 158
Ivana is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Pop-folk, Balkan pop, Pop folk

10
131 158
Yıldız Tilbe is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Pop-folk, Balkan pop, Pop folk

11
131 158
Sinan Sakić is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Pop-folk, Balkan pop, Folk music

12
131 158
Nedeljko Bajić Baja is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Pop-folk, Balkan pop, Pop folk

13
131 158
Kemal Malovčić is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Pop-folk, Turbo-folk, Folk music

14
131 158
Dragan Kojić Keba is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Pop-folk, Balkan pop, Folk music

15
131 158
The Frogs is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Folk rock, Acoustic music, Pop folk

16
131 158
Ragheb Alama is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Arabesque, Middle Eastern music, Pop folk

17
131 158
Sofia Talvik is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Pop music, Folk rock, Pop folk

18
131 158
Vesna Zmijanac is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Pop-folk, Pop music, Turbo-folk

19
131 158
Sylvia Tyson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
gnicholls added Folk music, Country rock, Country

20
131 158
Tara Blaise is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Pop folk

21
131 158
Tarkan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Folk music

22
131 158
Tegan and Sara is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Indie pop, Synthpop, Indie

23
131 158
The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

24
131 158
The Corrs is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Celtic rock, Pop music, Rock music

25
131 158
The Decemberists is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
JacksonMay added Indie pop, Rock music, Folk rock

26
131 158
The finches is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Folk rock, Pop folk

27
131 158
The Innocence Mission is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Folk music, Folk rock, Dream pop

28
131 158
The Kingston Trio is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Pop music, Folk music

29
131 158
The Mamas & the Papas is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Sunshine pop, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

30
131 158
The Seekers is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Pop music, Folk music, Easy listening

31
131 158
The Weepies is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Indie, Pop music, Balkan pop

32
131 158
Tiny Dancers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Indie pop, Pop music, Folk music

33
131 158
Sibel Can is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Ottoman classical music, Folk rock, Pop folk

34
131 158
Kobukuro is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Pop music, J-pop, Folk rock

35
131 158
Julean and the Rai is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

36
131 158
Julean Rai is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Säraquyael added Folk music, Folk rock, Acoustic music

37
131 158
Amy Malkoff is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Pop-folk, Folk music, Acoustic music

38
131 158
Mumford & Sons is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
JacksonMay added Pop music, Folk rock, Pop rock

39
131 158
Nate Campany is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Pop music, Pop folk, Alternative country

40
131 158
Oh, atoms is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Indie pop, Pop folk

41
131 158
The Cotton Jones Basket Ride is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Indie pop, Americana, Psychedelic folk

42
131 158
The Tallest Man on Earth is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
JacksonMay added Folk music

43
131 158
Everly is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Rock music, Acoustic music, Pop folk

44
131 158
Müslüm Gürses is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Arabesque, Pop-folk, Rock music

45
131 158
Tom Morello is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Rock music, Acoustic music, Heavy metal

46
131 158
Cocoon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Folk music, Pop rock, Pop folk

47
131 158
The Head and the Heart is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
JacksonMay added Indie pop, Folk rock, Indie folk

48
131 158
Of Monsters and Men is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
JacksonMay added Indie pop, Ska, Folk rock

49
131 158
Esad Samardžić is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Pop music, Folk music, Pop folk

50
131 158
She & Him is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Indie pop, Pop music, Rock music