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
Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

2
431 179
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
307 179
Najwa Karam is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Arabesque, Pop music, World music

4
228 179
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
228 179
YUI is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Pop music, Folk music, J-pop

6
228 179
Zdravko Čolić is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Pop-folk, Disco, Pop music

7
228 179
Zerrin Özer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Arabesque, Folk music, Pop folk

8
228 179
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
228 179
Ivana is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Pop-folk, Balkan pop, Pop folk

10
228 179
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
228 179
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
228 179
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
228 179
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
228 179
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
228 179
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
228 179
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
228 179
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
228 179
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
228 179
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
228 179
Tara Blaise is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Pop folk

21
228 179
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
228 179
Tegan and Sara is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time
Indie pop, Synthpop, Indie

23
228 179
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
228 179
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
228 179
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