folk music 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
Syd Barrett Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Space rock

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Mazzy Star is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Mazzy Star Indie, Psychedelic folk, Shoegazing

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Comus is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Comus Psychedelic folk, Progressive rock

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Pearls Before Swine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Pearls Before Swine Psychedelic folk, Folk rock, Psychedelic rock

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Forest is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Forest Psychedelic folk, Folk music, Folk rock

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Amazing Blondel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Amazing Blondel Psychedelic folk, Medieval folk rock, Progressive folk music

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Mariee Sioux is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Mariee Sioux Psychedelic folk, Folk music

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Local Natives is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Local Natives Indie pop, Psychedelic folk, Folk music

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Tony, Caro and John is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Tony, Caro and John Psychedelic folk, Electric folk, Folk rock

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Skip Spence is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Skip Spence Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Outsider music

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Gorky's Zygotic Mynci is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Gorky's Zygotic Mynci Neo-progressive rock, Psychedelic folk, Pop music

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The Holy Modal Rounders is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
The Holy Modal Rounders Psychedelic folk, Freak folk

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The Dodos is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
The Dodos Psychedelic folk, Noise pop, Indie folk

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The Association is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
The Association Psychedelic folk, Sunshine pop, Folk rock

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The Grass Roots is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
The Grass Roots Psychedelic folk, Pop music, Rock music

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In Gowan Ring is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
In Gowan Ring Psychedelic folk, Traditional music, Folk music

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Hapshash and the Coloured Coat is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Hapshash and the Coloured Coat Psychedelic folk, Psychedelic rock, Underground music

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Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
TrevorKuszmaul added Rodriguez

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These United States is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
These United States Psychedelic folk, Pop music, Garage rock

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Alison O'Donnell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Alison O'Donnell Psychedelic folk, Folk music, Folk music of Ireland

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Vashti Bunyan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Vashti Bunyan Psychedelic folk, Folk music, Freak folk

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Devendra Banhart is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Devendra Banhart Psychedelic folk, Folk music, New Weird America

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Arborea is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Arborea Psychedelic folk, New Weird America, Indie folk

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Dando Shaft is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists

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Alela Diane is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Alela Diane Americana, Psychedelic folk, Folk music

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Sunforest is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Sunforest Psychedelic folk, Folk music

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The Great Society is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
The Great Society Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Garage rock

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Ben Chasny is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Ben Chasny Psychedelic folk, Indie rock, Psychedelic rock

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Azalia Snail is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Azalia Snail Psychedelic folk, Film score, Indie rock

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Bermuda Triangle Band is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Bermuda Triangle Band Psychedelic folk, Country pop, Pop music

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Bobb Trimble is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Bobb Trimble Psychedelic folk, Psychedelic rock

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Nalle is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Nalle Psychedelic folk

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Mircea Florian is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Mircea Florian Psychedelic folk, New Wave, Avant-garde jazz

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Brian Castillo is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Brian Castillo Psychedelic folk, Experimental music, Film score

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Kelli Ali is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Kelli Ali Psychedelic folk, Trip hop, Folk music

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Wendy Penney is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Wendy Penney Americana, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

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Niagara Falls is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Niagara Falls Psychedelic folk, Post-rock, Ambient music

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Teresa Bernabe is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Teresa Bernabe Indie, Psychedelic folk, Folk music

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Saibou Bungaku is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Saibou Bungaku Psychedelic folk, Freak folk, Blues

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Espers is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Espers Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Folk music

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Circulus is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Circulus Psychedelic folk, Progressive rock

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Castanets is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Castanets Psychedelic folk, Alternative country

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Junip is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
MattBonilla added Junip Rock music, Folk rock, Psychedelic rock

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Greg Weeks is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Greg Weeks Psychedelic folk

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SaliCi added I Salici Folk Psychedelic, Medioeval, Ambient rock

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Janina Angel Bath is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Janina Angel Bath Psychedelic folk

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Faun Fables is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Faun Fables Psychedelic folk, Experimental classical music, Experimental music

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Larkin Grimm is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Larkin Grimm Psychedelic folk, Folk music, Experimental music

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Kaleidoscope is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Kaleidoscope Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Psychedelic rock

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Mellow Candle is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Psych Folk Bands/Artists
Tammy Jubilant Dutcher added Mellow Candle Folk rock, Progressive folk music