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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

2
229 108
Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Simon and Garfunkel Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music

3
118 108
The Tallest Man on Earth is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
JacksonMay added The Tallest Man on Earth Folk music

4
117 108
Zerrin Özer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Zerrin Özer Arabesque, Folk music, Pop folk

5
117 108
Ivana is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Ivana Pop-folk, Balkan pop, Pop folk

6
117 108
Tara Blaise is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Tara Blaise Pop folk

7
116 108
Walid Toufic is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Walid Toufic World music, Pop folk, Arabic music

8
116 108
YUI is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
YUI Pop music, Folk music, J-pop

9
116 108
Zdravko Čolić is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Zdravko Čolić Pop-folk, Disco, Pop music

10
116 108
Sibel Can is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Sibel Can Ottoman classical music, Folk rock, Pop folk

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116 108
Ragheb Alama is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Ragheb Alama Arabesque, Middle Eastern music, Pop folk

12
116 108
Seka Aleksić is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Seka Aleksić Pop music, Turbo-folk, Dance music

13
116 108
The Frogs is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
The Frogs Folk rock, Acoustic music, Pop folk

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116 108
Sinan Sakić is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Sinan Sakić Pop-folk, Balkan pop, Folk music

The Best Folk Songs of 2018

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116 108
Kemal Malovčić is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Kemal Malovčić Pop-folk, Turbo-folk, Folk music

16
115 108
Tiny Dancers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Tiny Dancers Indie pop, Pop music, Folk music

17
115 108
Vesna Zmijanac is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Vesna Zmijanac Pop-folk, Pop music, Turbo-folk

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115 108
Tarkan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Tarkan Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Folk music

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115 108
Tegan and Sara is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Tegan and Sara Indie pop, Synthpop, Indie

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115 108
Dragan Kojić Keba is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Dragan Kojić Keba Pop-folk, Balkan pop, Folk music

21
115 108
The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
The Byrds Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters

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115 108
Nedeljko Bajić Baja is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Nedeljko Bajić Baja Pop-folk, Balkan pop, Pop folk

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115 108
The Corrs is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
The Corrs Celtic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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115 108
Yıldız Tilbe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Yıldız Tilbe Pop-folk, Balkan pop, Pop folk

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115 108
The Decemberists is listed (or ranked) 25 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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115 108
The finches is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
The finches Folk rock, Pop folk

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115 108
The Innocence Mission is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
The Innocence Mission Folk music, Folk rock, Dream pop

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115 108
The Kingston Trio is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
The Kingston Trio Pop music, Folk music

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115 108
The Mamas & the Papas is listed (or ranked) 29 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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115 108
The Seekers is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
The Seekers Pop music, Folk music, Easy listening

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115 108
The Weepies is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
The Weepies Indie, Pop music, Balkan pop

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115 108
Kobukuro is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Kobukuro Pop music, J-pop, Folk rock

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115 108
Ebru Yaşar is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Ebru Yaşar Arabesque, Pop folk

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115 108
Julean and the Rai is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Julean and the Rai Rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

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115 108
Julean Rai is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Säraquyael added Julean Rai Folk music, Folk rock, Acoustic music

Catchiest Viral Internet Songs of All Time

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Amy Malkoff is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Amy Malkoff Pop-folk, Folk music, Acoustic music

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115 108
Mumford & Sons is listed (or ranked) 37 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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115 108
Nate Campany is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Nate Campany Pop music, Pop folk, Alternative country

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115 108
Oh, atoms is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Oh, atoms Indie pop, Pop folk

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115 108
The Cotton Jones Basket Ride is listed (or ranked) 40 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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115 108
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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115 108
Everly is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Everly Rock music, Acoustic music, Pop folk

The Best K-pop Dancers of All Time

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115 108
Müslüm Gürses is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Müslüm Gürses Arabesque, Pop-folk, Rock music

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115 108
Tom Morello is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
The Nightwatchman Rock music, Acoustic music, Heavy metal

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115 108
Cocoon is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Cocoon Folk music, Pop rock, Pop folk

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115 108
The Head and the Heart is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
JacksonMay added The Head and the Heart Indie pop, Folk rock, Indie folk

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115 108
Esad Samardžić is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Esad Samardžić Pop music, Folk music, Pop folk

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115 108
She & Him is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
She & Him Indie pop, Pop music, Rock music

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115 108
Jason Castro is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Jason Castro Christian music, Pop music, Folk music

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115 108
Najwa Karam is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Najwa Karam Arabesque, Pop music, World music