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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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Toto is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Toto Melodic Rock, Neo-progressive rock, Pop music

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Coldplay is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
DebashreeGoswami added Coldplay Rock music, Piano rock, Post-Britpop

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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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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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The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 14 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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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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Amy Grant is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Amy Grant Adult contemporary music, Christian music, Pop music

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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

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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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Supertramp is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
mrblond added Supertramp Rock music, Pop rock, Progressive rock

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Air Supply is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Air Supply Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Pop rock

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Journey is listed (or ranked) 21 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) 22 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Bryan Adams Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock

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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

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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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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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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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Michael McDonald is listed (or ranked) 27 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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James Blunt is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
James Blunt Adult contemporary music, Rock music, Folk music

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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INXS is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
mrblond added INXS Rock music, Dance-rock, Pop rock

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Jimmy Buffett is listed (or ranked) 42 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) 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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