Rock The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time  

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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

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676 352
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
554 347
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

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553 348
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
554 348
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
552 346
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

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549 347
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

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548 347
America is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Classic rock, Rock music, Folk rock

9
548 347
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
551 346
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Ballad, Ska, Rock music

11
551 346
Toto is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Melodic Rock, Neo-progressive rock, Pop music

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551 347
James Taylor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Disco, Pop music

13
549 366
Coldplay is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
DebashreeGoswami added Rock music, Piano rock, Post-Britpop

14
549 348
Amy Grant is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Christian music, Pop music

15
551 347
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

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552 346
Bryan Adams is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock

17
557 346
Journey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock

18
550 346
Air Supply is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Pop rock

19
548 347
Jackson Browne is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

20
549 346
Cat Stevens is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Synthpop, Sufi rock, Nasheed

21
547 349
Christopher Cross is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Pop music, Yacht Rock, Pop rock

22
552 347
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

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548 347
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
547 349
Randy Newman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Soft rock

25
548 346
Carole King is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music