Bands/Musicians 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
2
694 360
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
582 358
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
4
583 354
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
579 355
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
563 355
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
558 353
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
563 354
The Carpenters is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music
9
560 354
America is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Classic rock, Rock music, Folk rock
10
566 351
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Ballad, Ska, Rock music
11
573 350
Toto is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Melodic Rock, Neo-progressive rock, Pop music
12
581 350
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
slaft added Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock
13
564 353
James Taylor is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Disco, Pop music
14
562 377
Coldplay is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
DebashreeGoswami added Rock music, Piano rock, Post-Britpop
15
561 357
Amy Grant is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Christian music, Pop music
16
577 351
Journey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock
17
559 348
Bryan Adams is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock
18
559 349
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
577 348
Neil Diamond is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
davidminyard added Pop music, Rock music, Folk music
20
557 349
Jackson Browne is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock
21
563 348
Cat Stevens is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Synthpop, Sufi rock, Nasheed
22
560 351
Christopher Cross is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Pop music, Yacht Rock, Pop rock
23
565 348
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
559 350
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
556 348
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