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List Rules Upvote your favorite soft rock bands and musicians. Nothing considered heavy or hard etc should be on here.

This soft rock bands list ranks the best indie soft rock artists and musicians by votes. This list of top soft rock artists let’s you see who soft rock fans think are the best soft rock singers and bands. Fusing elements of low tempo folk music and mainstream rock, soft rock became popular at the end of the initial period of rock music, and has maintained popularity over the years. With the use of acoustic instruments and mellow melodies, the genre combined palatable tones with memorable tunes. The best soft rock artists performed songs about love, everyday life, and relationships. Soft rock is often associated with piano rock due its use of synthesizers and pianos. Soft rock songs dominated the 70s and 80s. Some of the most popular and enduring songs of the era were soft rock songs. The best soft rock artists are widely acclaimed and some are even in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

So, who are the best soft rock bands? Any list of good soft rock artists has to include legends like Elton John, James Taylor, Steely Dan, Paul Simon, Carole King, The Carpenters, and Randy Newman. These artists are known widely for writing soft rock classics. Many of these singers and bands had their biggest hits decades ago, but their songs helped created a new genre and are still incredibly popular today.

That said, it's up to you to determine who are the best soft rock bands of all time. If you notice someone isn't on this list that should be, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best soft rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest soft rock 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 soft rock bands.
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Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

2
491 307
Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music

3
475 307
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

4
475 307
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

5
475 307
Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

6
477 307
Hall & Oates is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Rock music

7
475 307
Steely Dan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues

8
475 307
America is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Classic rock, Rock music, Folk rock

9
475 307
The Carpenters is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

10
474 311
Coldplay is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
DebashreeGoswami added Rock music, Piano rock, Post-Britpop

11
475 307
Toto is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Melodic Rock, Neo-progressive rock, Pop music

12
475 307
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Ballad, Ska, Rock music

13
475 308
James Taylor is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Disco, Pop music

14
475 307
Jackson Browne is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

15
481 307
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
slaft added Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

16
472 310
Amy Grant is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Christian music, Pop music

17
472 310
Christopher Cross is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Pop music, Yacht Rock, Pop rock

18
474 308
Randy Newman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Soft rock

19
475 307
Air Supply is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Pop rock

20
475 308
Bryan Adams is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock

21
476 307
Journey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock

22
475 307
Neil Diamond is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
davidminyard added Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

23
474 307
Kansas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
mrblond added Heartland rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

24
475 307
Cat Stevens is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Synthpop, Sufi rock, Nasheed

25
470 309
James Blunt is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Rock music, Folk music

26
472 308
Jack Johnson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Indie pop, Tropical rock, Pop music

27
474 307
Kenny Loggins is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

28
475 307
Bread is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Folk rock, Country rock

29
474 307
Carole King is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

30
474 307
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
slaft added Rock music, Folk rock

31
474 307
Art Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

32
475 307
The Moody Blues is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
flytdeck added Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music

33
474 307
The Guess Who is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
flytdeck added Blues-rock, Classic rock, Pop music

34
471 307
Seals and Crofts is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
slaft added Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

35
471 309
Keane is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

36
474 307
Jimmy Buffett is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Tropical rock, Western music, Pop music

37
472 309
Goo Goo Dolls is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Jangle pop, Classic rock, Heartland rock

38
473 307
Ambrosia is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
slaft added Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

39
467 309
The Fray is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Indie pop, Adult album alternative, Pop music

40
468 309
Vanessa Carlton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

41
475 307
Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

42
474 307
Jim Croce is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

43
474 307
Boston is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
RobLein added Classic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

44
465 308
Casting Crowns is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Contemporary Christian music

45
468 307
B. J. Thomas is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Pop music, Contemporary Christian music, Country

46
464 309
Taylor Dayne is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Urban contemporary, Rock music, Dance-pop

47
468 308
Richard Marx is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

48
464 307
Engelbert Humperdinck is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Traditional pop music

49
461 309
Savage Garden is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Melodic Rock, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

50
462 308
Amanda Palmer is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Dark cabaret, Soft rock, Alternative rock