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The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists 

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Updated October 13, 2018 535 votes 135 voters 19.6k views 93 items

Rising to prominence in the 1960s, psych folk is one of the most popular subgenres of folk music. Compared to the many different forms of music to emerge during that time, psychedelic folk fused elements of the folk music of that time and psychedelic rock and was a new, exciting genre. Known it's atmospheric sound, psychedelic folk creates a mystical experience for listeners that was far removed from what music fans expect because they also fuse Eastern music bands and influence. Psych folk is also known as avant garde music as well.

So, what are the best psych folk bands and psych folk artists? There are plenty of ones that did start in the '60s that are considered legends. Psychedelic folk bands like originators The Holy Modal Rounders, Red Krayola are among the most prominent names, but let's not forget psychedelic folk artists like Syd Barrett of Pink Floyd fame. Barrett is one of the faces of both psychedelic folk, for his original compositions, but also psychedelic rock as one of the founders of the legendary Pink Floyd during their psychedelic years. While Pink Floyd eventually became one of the best progressive bands, their roots are firmly entrenched in psychedelica.

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best psychedelic folk bands. If you notice a band that isn't on this list of psychedelic folk bands, feel free to add them. All psych folk bands should be included on here. This list answers the questions "who are the best psych folk bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest psych 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 psych folk bands that you might've heard of . (93 items)
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Syd Barrett is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
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Mazzy Star is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
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Comus is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
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Espers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
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Pearls Before Swine is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
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Arborea is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
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Vashti Bunyan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
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Forest is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
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Skip Spence is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
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Mariee Sioux is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
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Devendra Banhart is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
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Amazing Blondel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
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In Gowan Ring is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
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The Grass Roots is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
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The Holy Modal Rounders ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
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Tony, Caro and John is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
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Dando Shaft is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
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Faun Fables is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
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Mellow Candle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Tammy Jubilant Dutcher added
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Gorky's Zygotic Mynci is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
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The Association is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
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Castanets is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
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Sunforest is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
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Greg Weeks is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
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Hapshash and the Coloure... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists