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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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The Carpenters is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
The Carpenters Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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America is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
America Classic rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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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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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

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

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The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
slaft added The Beatles Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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James Taylor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
James Taylor Blues-rock, Disco, Pop music

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Jackson Browne is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Jackson Browne Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

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Christopher Cross is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Christopher Cross Pop music, Yacht Rock, Pop rock

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Amy Grant is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Amy Grant Adult contemporary music, Christian music, Pop music

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

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Randy Newman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Randy Newman Pop music, Rock music, Soft rock

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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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Bryan Adams is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Bryan Adams Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock

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Kansas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
mrblond added Kansas Heartland rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

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Neil Diamond is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Cat Stevens is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Cat Stevens Synthpop, Sufi rock, Nasheed

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

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Bread is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Bread Rock music, Folk rock, Country rock

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Jack Johnson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Jack Johnson Indie pop, Tropical rock, Pop music

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Kenny Loggins is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Kenny Loggins Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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Carole King is listed (or ranked) 29 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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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is listed (or ranked) 30 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 Moody Blues is listed (or ranked) 31 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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The Guess Who is listed (or ranked) 32 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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Art Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Art Garfunkel Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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Seals and Crofts is listed (or ranked) 34 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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Keane is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Keane Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Savage Garden is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Savage Garden Melodic Rock, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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Engelbert Humperdinck is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Engelbert Humperdinck Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Traditional pop music

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Benny Mardones is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Benny Mardones Blue-eyed soul, Pop rock, Soft rock