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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 bandsFusing 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
Paul Simon Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

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439 278
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Billy Joel Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

3
435 280
Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Simon and Garfunkel Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music

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439 276
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Elton John Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

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436 278
Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Phil Collins Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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435 278
Hall & Oates is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Hall & Oates Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Rock music

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436 280
Steely Dan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Steely Dan Rock music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues

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435 279
America is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
America Classic rock, Rock music, Folk rock

9
434 277
The Carpenters is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
The Carpenters Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

10
435 282
Coldplay is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
DebashreeGoswami added Coldplay Rock music, Piano rock, Post-Britpop

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434 275
Toto is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Toto Melodic Rock, Neo-progressive rock, Pop music

12
433 275
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Chicago Ballad, Ska, Rock music

13
431 276
James Taylor is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
James Taylor Blues-rock, Disco, Pop music

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429 275
Jackson Browne is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Jackson Browne Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

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Amy Grant is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Amy Grant Adult contemporary music, Christian music, Pop music

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436 277
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
slaft added The Beatles Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

17
428 276
Christopher Cross is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Christopher Cross Pop music, Yacht Rock, Pop rock

18
428 274
Randy Newman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Randy Newman Pop music, Rock music, Soft rock

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433 275
Air Supply is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Air Supply Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Pop rock

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440 274
Journey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Journey Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock

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432 273
Supertramp is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
mrblond added Supertramp Rock music, Pop rock, Progressive rock

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Bryan Adams is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Bryan Adams Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock

23
429 273
The Doobie Brothers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
The Doobie Brothers Swamp pop, Heartland rock, Rock music

24
435 273
Kansas is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
mrblond added Kansas Heartland rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

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428 274
Neil Diamond is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
davidminyard added Neil Diamond Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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428 275
Cat Stevens is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Cat Stevens Synthpop, Sufi rock, Nasheed

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423 278
James Blunt is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
James Blunt Adult contemporary music, Rock music, Folk music

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427 274
Michael McDonald is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Michael McDonald Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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426 277
Sarah McLachlan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Sarah McLachlan Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Piano rock

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427 274
Kenny Loggins is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Kenny Loggins Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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426 279
Jack Johnson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Jack Johnson Indie pop, Tropical rock, Pop music

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425 274
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
AbuDabi added Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

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430 274
Bread is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Bread Rock music, Folk rock, Country rock

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427 274
Carole King is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Carole King Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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430 275
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
slaft added Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Rock music, Folk rock

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The Guess Who is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
flytdeck added The Guess Who Blues-rock, Classic rock, Pop music

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427 274
Seals and Crofts is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
slaft added Seals and Crofts Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

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431 276
The Moody Blues is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
flytdeck added The Moody Blues Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music

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424 274
Art Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Art Garfunkel Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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426 276
Keane is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Keane Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

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428 274
Jimmy Buffett is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Jimmy Buffett Tropical rock, Western music, Pop music

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429 276
INXS is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
mrblond added INXS Rock music, Dance-rock, Pop rock

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427 276
Goo Goo Dolls is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Goo Goo Dolls Jangle pop, Classic rock, Heartland rock

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426 276
Ambrosia is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
slaft added Ambrosia Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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425 276
The Fray is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
The Fray Indie pop, Adult album alternative, Pop music

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425 277
Vanessa Carlton is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Vanessa Carlton Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

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432 275
Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Stevie Nicks Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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432 275
Jim Croce is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Jim Croce Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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426 275
Jefferson Starship is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
slaft added Jefferson Starship Pop music, Rock music, Acid rock

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423 276
Casting Crowns is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Casting Crowns Pop music, Rock music, Contemporary Christian music