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
946 100
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
384 173
Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music

3
306 174
Najwa Karam is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Arabesque, Pop music, World music

4
192 173
The Seekers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Pop music, Folk music, Easy listening

5
192 173
Orhan Gencebay is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Arabesque, Psychedelic folk, Ottoman classical music

6
192 173
Mitar Mirić is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Pop-folk, Pop music, Folk music

7
192 173
Mišo Kovač is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Pop music, Pop folk

8
192 173
Maggie Reilly is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Pop music, Folk music, Pop folk

9
192 173
Linda Ulvaeus is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Pop music, Pop folk

10
192 173
Linda is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Gothic rock, Pop music, Trip hop

11
192 173
Katie Melua is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Folk music, Acoustic music, Pop folk

12
192 173
Judy Collins is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Pop music, Folk music, Rock and roll

13
192 173
Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz

14
192 173
John Denver is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Western music, Pop music, Traditional music

15
192 173
Paul Williams is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Pop music, Traditional music, Folk music

16
192 173
Pesniary is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

17
192 173
Pete Seeger is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Folk music

18
192 173
The Mamas & the Papas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Sunshine pop, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

19
192 173
The Kingston Trio is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Pop music, Folk music

20
192 173
Serdar Ortaç is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Folk music, Pop folk, Turkish pop music

21
192 173
Šako Polumenta is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Pop folk

22
192 173
Ruslana is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Electro

23
192 173
Royal Wood is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Pop music, Balkan pop, Pop folk

24
192 173
Rosetta Pebble is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Rock music, Folk rock, Pop folk

25
192 173
Ron Sexsmith is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Pop music, Folk music, Pop folk

26
192 173
Ronan Keating is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Ballad, Synthpop, Pop music

27
192 173
Rie fu is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

28
192 173
Richie Havens is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Folk rock, Funk

29
192 173
Ramy Ayach is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Pop folk

30
192 173
Joan Baez is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Americana, Pop music, Rock music

31
192 173
Peter, Paul and Mary is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Folk music, Folk rock

32
192 173
Gordon Lightfoot is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

33
192 173
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
gnicholls added Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

34
192 173
Arlo Guthrie is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Folk music, Folk rock, Talking blues

35
192 173
The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

36
192 173
Art Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

37
192 174
Dragan Kojić Keba is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Pop-folk, Balkan pop, Folk music

38
192 174
The Frogs is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Folk rock, Acoustic music, Pop folk

39
192 174
Ragheb Alama is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Arabesque, Middle Eastern music, Pop folk

40
192 174
Sibel Can is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Ottoman classical music, Folk rock, Pop folk

41
192 174
YUI is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Pop music, Folk music, J-pop

42
192 174
Göksel is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Pop music, Folk music, Ottoman classical music

43
192 174
Cocoon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Folk music, Pop rock, Pop folk

44
192 174
Tom Morello is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Rock music, Acoustic music, Heavy metal

45
192 174
Kemal Malovčić is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Pop-folk, Turbo-folk, Folk music

46
192 174
Nedeljko Bajić Baja is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Pop-folk, Balkan pop, Pop folk

47
192 174
Zdravko Čolić is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Pop-folk, Disco, Pop music

48
192 174
Zerrin Özer is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Arabesque, Folk music, Pop folk

49
192 174
La 5ª Estación is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Pop music, Latin American music, Latin pop

50
192 174
Of Monsters and Men is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
JacksonMay added Indie pop, Ska, Folk rock