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
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682 355
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
569 350
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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568 350
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
564 352
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
556 350
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
550 350
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
552 350
America is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Classic rock, Rock music, Folk rock
9
550 350
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
553 349
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Ballad, Ska, Rock music
11
561 347
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
553 350
James Taylor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Disco, Pop music
13
553 371
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
562 348
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
slaft added Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock
15
554 352
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
568 346
Journey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock
17
554 347
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
552 347
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
565 347
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
552 348
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
553 347
Cat Stevens is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Synthpop, Sufi rock, Nasheed
22
551 350
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
557 347
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
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552 349
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
550 347
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