Bands/Musicians The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists  

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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
Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Space rock
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18 5
Mazzy Star is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Indie, Psychedelic folk, Shoegazing
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21 13
Comus is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Psychedelic folk, Progressive rock
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12 8
Pearls Before Swine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Psychedelic folk, Folk rock, Psychedelic rock
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12 9
Espers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Folk music
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11 8
Skip Spence is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Outsider music
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9 6
Forest is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Psychedelic folk, Folk music, Folk rock
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5 2
Amazing Blondel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Psychedelic folk, Medieval folk rock, Progressive folk music
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5 2
Mariee Sioux is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Psychedelic folk, Folk music
10
5 2
The Grass Roots is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Psychedelic folk, Pop music, Rock music
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5 2
The Holy Modal Rounders is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Psychedelic folk, Freak folk
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4 1
Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
TrevorKuszmaul added
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4 1
Tony, Caro and John is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Psychedelic folk, Electric folk, Folk rock
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9 7
Arborea is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Psychedelic folk, New Weird America, Indie folk
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6 4
Dando Shaft is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
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5 3
Gorky's Zygotic Mynci is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Neo-progressive rock, Psychedelic folk, Pop music
17
4 2
Local Natives is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Indie pop, Psychedelic folk, Folk music
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4 2
Hapshash and the Coloured Coat is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Psychedelic folk, Psychedelic rock, Underground music
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4 2
The Dodos is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Psychedelic folk, Noise pop, Indie folk
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4 2
In Gowan Ring is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Psychedelic folk, Traditional music, Folk music
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3 1
Mellow Candle is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Tammy Jubilant Dutcher added Folk rock, Progressive folk music
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3 1
Faun Fables is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Psychedelic folk, Experimental classical music, Experimental music
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2 0
These United States is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Psychedelic folk, Pop music, Garage rock
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2 0
Alison O'Donnell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Psychedelic folk, Folk music, Folk music of Ireland
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11 10
Vashti Bunyan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Psychedelic folk, Folk music, Freak folk