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

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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
618 339
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
525 339
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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527 339
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
525 339
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
525 339
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
524 340
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
524 339
America is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Classic rock, Rock music, Folk rock

9
524 339
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
525 338
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
524 338
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Ballad, Ska, Rock music

12
524 339
Toto is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Melodic Rock, Neo-progressive rock, Pop music

13
524 338
James Taylor is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Disco, Pop music

14
524 339
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
524 338
Jackson Browne is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

16
526 338
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
slaft added Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

17
523 338
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
524 338
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
524 338
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
524 338
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
528 338
Journey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock

22
526 338
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
525 338
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
524 338
Cat Stevens is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Synthpop, Sufi rock, Nasheed

25
524 338
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