Rock 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
463 298
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

3
463 298
Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music

4
463 299
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
463 299
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
463 298
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
463 298
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
464 298
America is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Classic rock, Rock music, Folk rock

9
463 298
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
463 299
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
464 298
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Ballad, Ska, Rock music

12
463 299
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
460 298
James Taylor is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Disco, Pop music

14
460 298
Jackson Browne is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

15
467 299
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
slaft added Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

16
462 298
Christopher Cross is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Pop music, Yacht Rock, Pop rock

17
452 299
Amy Grant is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Christian music, Pop music

18
453 298
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
463 298
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
464 298
Journey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock

21
458 299
Bryan Adams is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock

22
463 298
Kansas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
mrblond added Heartland rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

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458 299
Neil Diamond is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
davidminyard added Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

24
461 298
Cat Stevens is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Synthpop, Sufi rock, Nasheed

25
448 298
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

26
463 298
Bread is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Folk rock, Country rock

27
450 298
Jack Johnson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Indie pop, Tropical rock, Pop music

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453 298
Kenny Loggins is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

29
453 299
Carole King is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

30
460 298
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
slaft added Rock music, Folk rock

31
457 298
The Moody Blues is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
flytdeck added Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music

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455 298
The Guess Who is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
flytdeck added Blues-rock, Classic rock, Pop music

33
448 299
Art Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

34
448 299
Seals and Crofts is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
slaft added Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

35
453 298
Jimmy Buffett is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Tropical rock, Western music, Pop music

36
448 299
Keane is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

37
450 298
Goo Goo Dolls is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Jangle pop, Classic rock, Heartland rock

38
448 299
Ambrosia is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
slaft added Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

39
445 298
The Fray is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Indie pop, Adult album alternative, Pop music

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446 298
Vanessa Carlton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

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458 299
Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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460 298
Jim Croce is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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457 298
Boston is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
RobLein added Classic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

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443 299
Casting Crowns is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Contemporary Christian music

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445 298
B. J. Thomas is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Pop music, Contemporary Christian music, Country

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443 299
Taylor Dayne is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Urban contemporary, Rock music, Dance-pop

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448 298
Richard Marx is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

48
442 298
Savage Garden is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Melodic Rock, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

49
443 298
Engelbert Humperdinck is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Traditional pop music

50
442 298
Benny Mardones is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Blue-eyed soul, Pop rock, Soft rock