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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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

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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

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Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
gnicholls added Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Joni Mitchell Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz

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The Mamas & the Papas is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Zerrin Özer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Zerrin Özer Arabesque, Folk music, Pop folk

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Ivana is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Ivana Pop-folk, Balkan pop, Pop folk

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Tara Blaise is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Tara Blaise Pop folk

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John Denver is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
John Denver Western music, Pop music, Traditional music

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Joan Baez is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Joan Baez Americana, Pop music, Rock music

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

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Judy Collins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Judy Collins Pop music, Folk music, Rock and roll

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Richie Havens is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Richie Havens Folk rock, Funk

The Best Folk Songs Of 2018

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The Kingston Trio is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
The Kingston Trio Pop music, Folk music

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Paul Williams is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Paul Williams Pop music, Traditional music, Folk music

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Arlo Guthrie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Arlo Guthrie Folk music, Folk rock, Talking blues

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Art Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Art Garfunkel Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
The Byrds Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

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The Seekers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
The Seekers Pop music, Folk music, Easy listening

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Pete Seeger is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Pete Seeger Folk music

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Walid Toufic is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Walid Toufic World music, Pop folk, Arabic music

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Ragheb Alama is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Ragheb Alama Arabesque, Middle Eastern music, Pop folk

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Sibel Can is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Sibel Can Ottoman classical music, Folk rock, Pop folk

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The Frogs is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
The Frogs Folk rock, Acoustic music, Pop folk

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Peter, Paul and Mary is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Peter, Paul and Mary Folk music, Folk rock

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Kemal Malovčić is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Kemal Malovčić Pop-folk, Turbo-folk, Folk music

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Seka Aleksić is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Seka Aleksić Pop music, Turbo-folk, Dance music

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

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She & Him is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
She & Him Indie pop, Pop music, Rock music

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Zdravko Čolić is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Zdravko Čolić Pop-folk, Disco, Pop music

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Sinan Sakić is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Sinan Sakić Pop-folk, Balkan pop, Folk music

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Ramy Ayach is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Ramy Ayach Pop folk

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Everly is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Everly Rock music, Acoustic music, Pop folk

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Ronan Keating is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Ronan Keating Ballad, Synthpop, Pop music

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The Head and the Heart is listed (or ranked) 36 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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Amy Malkoff is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Amy Malkoff Pop-folk, Folk music, Acoustic music

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Jason Castro is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Jason Castro Christian music, Pop music, Folk music

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Eleftheria Arvanitaki is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Eleftheria Arvanitaki Laïko, Pop music, Balkan pop

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Backseat Goodbye is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Backseat Goodbye Pop-folk, Pop music, Balkan pop

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Emmylou Harris is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Emmylou Harris Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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Gustav & the Seasick Sailors is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time

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Tiny Dancers is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Tiny Dancers Indie pop, Pop music, Folk music

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Yıldız Tilbe is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Yıldız Tilbe Pop-folk, Balkan pop, Pop folk

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Vesna Zmijanac is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Vesna Zmijanac Pop-folk, Pop music, Turbo-folk

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Nedeljko Bajić Baja is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Nedeljko Bajić Baja Pop-folk, Balkan pop, Pop folk

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La 5ª Estación is listed (or ranked) 47 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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Dragan Kojić Keba is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Dragan Kojić Keba Pop-folk, Balkan pop, Folk music

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Eylem Kızıl is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Eylem Kızıl Adult contemporary music, Folk music, Dance-pop

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Esad Samardžić is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Esad Samardžić Pop music, Folk music, Pop folk